The definition of "charter school" starts with "public," because these are public schools that are run by independent boards. But the threat of competition for dollars has fueled a legal challenge to public funding for that particular type of publ…
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we must note that Louisiana continues its march to the top of the bad lists, with a top-five finish in the risk of pedestrians being fatally struck by cars. Baton Rouge, where sprawl has been the norm …
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Perhaps Troy Brown's criminal record isn't enough to automatically trigger a vacancy in the state Senate seat he holds in the River Parishes. That would require a felony conviction.
Friday, January 13, 2017
With neither the governor nor state lawmakers eager for a special session, after being in session for months last spring amid budget woes, it still seems sensible to us that they should come back to the State Capitol before the next regular sessio…
Thursday, January 12, 2017
The commitment of another $1.2 billion toward flood aid by Congress was good news at the end of the old year, but there is still a great deal to be done in the new year to navigate the bureaucratic process and get the money to people who need it t…
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Monday, January 09, 2017
A century ago, in response to a drive to clean up sin in the Crescent City, the mayor of New Orleans declared that the busybodies in the state Legislature could make prostitution illegal, "but they can't make it unpopular."
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Although most members of Louisiana’s newly constituted congressional delegation campaigned against big government when running for office, there’s at least one crisis facing the state that’s going to need massive help from Washington, D.C. to resolve.
Saturday, January 07, 2017
The record of legislative accomplishment last year on Capitol Hill is pretty spotty, but there are positive examples of leadership that transcend the partisan anger of 2016.
Friday, January 06, 2017
With the prospect of repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” families and institutions are looking at the implications for Louisiana’s new expansion of Medicaid insurance for the working poor.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
The presence of Gov. John Bel Edwards at the inauguration of Baton Rouge’s new mayor-president, Sharon Weston Broome, was a useful reminder that the city is important to the rest of the state. In a regional economy that depends on strong urban cen…
In the marbled halls of Capitol Hill, a new initiative came perilously close to reducing accountability for ethical misbehavior of members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
When President-elect Donald Trump enters office this month, he’ll have a billion-dollar public information machine at his disposal — an eye-popping asset even for someone of Trump’s means. And, it will all be paid for with tax dollars, as an LSU p…
Monday, January 02, 2017
Amid 2016’s controversies about threats real and perceived to America’s elections system, at least one thing seemed certain: Voters would be able to cast their ballots in private.
Sunday, January 01, 2017
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Monday, December 26, 2016
Observed on Dec. 26 in England and several other countries of the British Commonwealth, Boxing Day doesn't have much of a profile here in the United States, but maybe it should.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016
The playing field for Louisiana retailers is going to get a bit fairer, as Internet sales giant Amazon.com will begin charging state and local sales tax for purchases.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
In a world where everybody seems to have an award or plaque for what they do, it might be easy enough to pay little attention to another, this time given to Louisiana's tourism promotion efforts.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The great news about East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office deputy Nick Tullier's recovery is a gift to the community and state he served, as well as his family and friends.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
In his recent visit to Louisiana, President-elect Donald J. Trump told the adoring crowd that he would strip away “job-killing restrictions” on energy production and encourage the construction of refineries in the United States.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Saturday, December 17, 2016
A close loss in Saturday’s election for a purely local facility in Baton Rouge nevertheless has statewide implications for the continuing discussion of prisons and jails across Louisiana.
Friday, December 16, 2016
After difficult and sometimes tragic circumstances break up families and leave children in foster care, the state of Louisiana — through the courts, and the Department of Children and Family Services — has to pick up the pieces.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
In the wake of disastrous flooding 11 years ago, when New Orleans' levees were breached following Hurricane Katrina, the long aftermath was made worse because thousands of homeowners could not prove, legally, they owned their own houses.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Monday, December 12, 2016
The telephone call heard ‘round the world, but particularly loudly on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, shows in stark relief the ways that Donald Trump’s freewheeling ways will change policy here and abroad.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
If you're stuck in traffic, just about anything that will help is going to be popular, even new fees or a higher gasoline tax. Is it politically possible?
Saturday, December 10, 2016
East Baton Rouge Parish voters face several proposals on the Dec. 10 ballot. Here's a recap of our positions on these proposals, which enjoy the support of community leaders and key political leaders, including the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.
Voters in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish face several tax proposals on today's ballot. The Bureau of Governmental Research, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that studies public policy issues in the New Orleans area, has endorsed all of the taxes. …
Thursday, December 08, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump will still be in campaign mode as he visits Louisiana today to stump for GOP candidates before Saturday’s runoff election. But Trump becomes president next month, assuming responsibility for running the country, not ju…
Getting a new downtown Baton Rouge library approved in the first place, replacing the old River Center branch, was a political battle years ago.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
In 1978, a generation of young Americans who had not known the agony of war had enough time on their hands for more trivial pursuits, like watching “Animal House,” a movie about the antics of a not-so-bright college fraternity. In an often-quoted …
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Sunday, December 04, 2016
With the appointment of the veteran administrator Elaine Chao as head of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the president-elect has a start in putting some bones into one of his most expansive campaign promises, rebuilding America's infrastructure.
Saturday, December 03, 2016
Friday, December 02, 2016
Given the scope of change promised by a new administration in Washington, we hope that members will not forget those suffering in Louisiana from disastrous flooding this year.
The election of Cedric Richmond of New Orleans to head the Congressional Black Caucus, which will be 49 members strong in the new U.S. House of Representatives, is a welcome addition to Louisiana's clout on Capitol Hill. Richmond's district also i…
Thursday, December 01, 2016
While the shape of the new administration in Washington is still in flux, there is hope that President-elect Donald Trump will be more supportive of the energy industry.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
One of the wildest years in LSU football history ended with a dramatic victory against Texas A&M University, and student-athletes voted in the much-discussed sweepstakes about who would permanently replace Coach Les Miles.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
In south Louisiana, a season supposedly devoted to peace on Earth and goodwill toward men has begun with bloodshed in our streets. The weekend’s violence shows how far we are from the promise of Christmas as another yuletide approaches.