Thursday, June 22, 2017

The old saying is that it is an ill wind that blows no one any good, and even Tropical Storm Cindy might be said to have some benefits, or at least a potential positive for Louisiana.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Amid a wearying legislative session on the budget, precious little was done to restore state finances. But although it will take time to mature, a landmark package of bills aimed at whittling away at the state's prison population could be good for…

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017

When U.S. House Whip Steve Scalise was shot during baseball practice at a Virginia playing field Wednesday, he became the second Louisiana member of Congress to face a gunman while in office. The first was U.S. Sen. Huey Long, who died after a con…

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

We've been over this before with the Obama administration, but now it is the new Trump administration, seeking to sell off the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve to reduce the budget deficit.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

For generations, Louisiana operated under the depressing assumption that its Legislature could not manage itself. Governors hand-picked top leaders of the House and Senate, with lawmakers generally acquiescing to the wishes of the chief executive.…

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017

When you've got plastic paid for by friendly donors to your department, why not use it? For a major at Louisiana State Penitentiary, it appears to have been too tempting, given his urgent need for sunglasses and a couple of La-Z-Boy recliners.

Thursday, June 08, 2017
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

In response to the controversy surrounding the removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans, the St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee is urging veterans not to visit the city, including trips to the National World War II Museum.

Monday, June 05, 2017

In its short life, the Trump administration has received some criticism for its tendency to self-congratulation, to a degree unusual even in Washington. But the administration should be applauded for a pro-trade step involving China.

Saturday, June 03, 2017
Friday, June 02, 2017

With just days to go, a broad package of criminal justice reform bills is looking stronger in the legislature. But the session ends Thursday, and action on the 10-bill package is still needed in both chambers. The case for justice reform is eviden…

Thursday, June 01, 2017

The deaths of 11 workers and the devastation to offshore Louisiana following the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 had many consequences for both the state and the nation.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017

When author Lynne Olson stopped by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans this month as part of her new book tour, she couldn’t have known how timely her message would become.

Sunday, May 28, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017

Professors and students at LSU work every day to solve the most critical challenges we face such as improving cancer detection and treatment; stabilizing coastal land loss; improving our education system; reducing crime and poverty; inventing adva…

Thursday, May 25, 2017

With not a vote to spare, the state House has advanced a modest proposal to raise — four years from now — the grade-point average for students to win a TOPS tuition waiver.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017

With a decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a lawsuit brought by a New Orleans-area levee board appears to be at an end, but the legal issues involving the coast don’t end there.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

With the removal of Robert E. Lee’s likeness from its prominent perch at the center of Lee Circle, New Orleans now has four fewer public monuments linked to the Confederacy.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A sense of crisis would engulf a Legislature in a normal state with a situation like this: “The highest sales tax rates in the land, credit downgrades, critical infrastructure needs, and sliding tax climate rankings don’t provide the best optics t…

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hard times for the state and its budget are forcing a long-overdue reassessment of the corporate tax giveaways that have cost the state hundreds of millions, if not billions over time.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

With a budget crisis in full bloom at the State Capitol, some lawmakers have sought to steer federal funds toward a diversion project. The Comite canal is only partly done, but is intended to mitigate, eventually, some of the flooding in the Amite…

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017