We never thought that quoting an American president could get a citizen threatened with jail. But in a political climate in which all sorts of civic norms seem to crumble by the day, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Sunday, March 18, 2018
In a Pennsylvania House race, the winner, Democrat Conor Lamb, is being dubbed John Bel Lamb — a nod to another Democrat, Louisiana’s John Bel Edwards, who was elected in a race that favored the GOP.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
The Louisiana Constitution was enacted in 1974, and it's showing its age. But we urge legislators, as well as the public, to reflect on a maxim that’s even older: Be careful what you wish for.
Friday, March 16, 2018
Disgraced Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler has cast his refusal to resign as a profile in courage. But his decision seems defined by hubris, not bravery, and the people he was elected to represent deserve better.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
The death of Tom Benson, a wealthy car dealer whose ownership of the New Orleans Saints coincided with the team’s rise from mediocrity to a 2010 Super Bowl win, is an occasion to remember a man who was much like New Orleans itself: resourceful, a …
Christopher Lawton was both a firefighter and a policeman for the city of Zachary, so his death this week was a double blow to his community — and to a state where bloodshed is all too common.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Although government transparency is often regarded as a running dispute between reporters and politicians, all citizens — not just media types — need an open look at the work being done by public servants.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
One of the rules of political life is that if you have anything to say, you will be sick and tired of saying it before the public has started to pay attention.
Monday, March 12, 2018
With only a couple of months left in office, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has landed a $200,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to get ideas from the public on what should replace the statue of Robert E. Lee removed from Lee Circle last year.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Though it cost almost $1 million, the just-completed special session of the Legislature accomplished zero toward resolving Louisiana’s budget problems.
Friday, March 09, 2018
In a state with thousands of families struggling, is it any wonder that on an array of economic and social indicators Louisiana remains well behind the pack?
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
This spring, Louisiana’s latest crop of graduates will enter the workforce, taking on jobs that require them to finish assignments before getting paid.
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
With the Legislature in disarray even more than usual, but scheduled to come back to the State Capitol on Monday, there will be weeks ahead before a June end to the regular session.
Monday, March 05, 2018
Last Sunday, as millions of Americans prepared to watch the Academy Awards, Louisiana lawmakers reached an impasse over how to fund the state’s budget, condemning to collapse a special session that Gov. John Bel Edwards had called to address a loo…
Sunday, March 04, 2018
The stock market has been on a bit of a roller-coaster for weeks, but it took an immediate dive Thursday when President Donald Trump unilaterally raised tariffs on imported steel and aluminum — materials essential to almost all manufactured goods.
Saturday, March 03, 2018
The courts are supposed to clarify disputes and act judiciously when jobs and other real-world impacts are possible from a judge's ruling.
Friday, March 02, 2018
Although elected officials get a lot of attention for what they do or don’t do, civic life also depends on those who don’t hold public office, yet help strongly shape the future of their community. All of this comes to mind with the news that volu…
Thursday, March 01, 2018
After East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging Executive Director Tasha Clark-Amar helped an elderly client craft a will that allowed lavish payments to Clark-Amar for handling the woman’s estate, family members balked. Faced with a mounting publi…
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
One of the most frequent criticisms of Louisiana's financial mismanagement is that much of the state's revenue is dedicated by statute to various purposes, and there is not enough flexibility in annual appropriations.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Saturday, February 24, 2018
America’s national reckoning on sexual harassment has now reached a corner of the culture that seems a surprising place for a scandal, the office of Louisiana’s Secretary of State.
Friday, February 23, 2018
As yet another special session of the Legislature is amply demonstrating, Louisiana's withdrawal from its addiction to oil and gas revenues continues to shape the state budget quagmire.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
When politicians talk about "wins" in economic development, they are apt to overstate their own roles and underplay the business fundamentals that drive decisions by companies.
For all the criticism of Gov. John Bel Edwards' decisions on property tax breaks for industries, or lawsuits against energy companies he's pushed, or his rhetoric on business taxes being too low, it's really his opponents in the Legislature who ha…
Monday, February 19, 2018
Shortly before Christmas last year, LSU got the kind of national publicity no institution wants. In a Dec. 15 Wall Street Journal commentary, writer Naomi Schafer Riley highlighted the university’s new Lazy River as “no better example of American …
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Here in Lent, a season given over to penance and reflection, south Louisiana motorists should have lots of time for their own form of self-imposed hardship — and for thinking about the error of their ways.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
In a triumph of hope over experience, the gavels will fall Monday in House and Senate chambers at the State Capitol, opening a new special session of the Legislature.
The 2016 campaign for the White House prompted many Americans to consider what being presidential means — a question that continued to pop up during the first year of Donald Trump’s controversial administration.
Friday, February 16, 2018
If there is one constant in ever-shifting politics in Washington, it is that the president's Office of Management and Budget will try to hold on to as much of the U.S. government's revenues as it can.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Because of term limits in the State Capitol, the follies of the past are too easily forgotten. Unfortunately, some of those mistakes are now being recycled as political expedients for addressing the state’s No. 1 problem, an inefficient and unreli…
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
The tax cut pushed by President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress is already being seen in paychecks when withholding tables were adjusted this month, and some companies have cited the corporate tax cuts as reasons for employee bonuses.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
The way to deter crime, the experts say, is to have more eyes on the street — neighbors watching out for the neighborhood. The same principle should work for government: If you want to deter wasteful spending, open up the books so that there are m…
Saturday, February 10, 2018
The remaining days of Carnival season could be wet ones across south Louisiana, including some rain on Mardi Gras.
Friday, February 09, 2018
Regrettably, at $200 billion over the next decade, there’s not that much federal “oomph” behind President Donald Trump’s much-discussed $1.5 trillion plan for upgrading America’s declining networks of roads, rails, pipes and airports.
Thursday, February 08, 2018
Despite chronic gridlock at the state Capitol, the Legislature and Gov. John Bel Edwards can claim a big victory in 2017 with criminal justice reforms passed through a historic bipartisan effort.
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Voters get the government they deserve, and the latest example of that wisdom is playing out in Jefferson Parish, where candidates backed by the parish’s powerful teacher union took control of the School Board in 2014.
Sunday, February 04, 2018
Saturday, February 03, 2018
If Louisiana, like the rest of America, is going to succeed in waging war on opioid addiction, we should have a clear idea of who — or what — we’re fighting.