When Gov. John Bel Edwards and a delegation of state lawmakers toured LSU’s Middleton Library earlier this year, they found a leaky basement, ragged furniture, bubbled and cracked wallpaper, rooms that flood so often from the rain that a vacuum is…
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Last year brought unwelcome and tragic attention to Baton Rouge, as the police-involved shooting of Alton Sterling Jr. in July sparked protests. Within days, a deeply troubled man named Gavin Long ambushed officers in the city, killing three and w…
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Over many years, Louisiana teachers and school leaders have been focused on classroom performance, a laser-like focus that is paying off in long-term advances in graduation rates from public high schools.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Our reputation as prison capital of the United States preceded us, but Louisiana is getting more positive recognition for real changes in the way it approaches incarceration and its consequences.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
In Louisiana, as in the nation, the Republican Party is at a high-water mark: It controls in Washington the White House and Capitol Hill, and most governors in the nation are from the GOP, as are the majorities in most statehouses.
If President Donald Trump can give an impression of grumpiness from his frequent comments on Twitter, he's also capable of a boyish charm even at 71. It was on display on July 14 in Paris, at the annual Bastille Day parade.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Some of the blocks in Baton Rouge's Fortune Addition neighborhood do not merit the sunny tone of the name, as blight in the Zion City area has taken a toll. So it's a real positive to see something of a rebirth of mixed-income housing in the area.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Of all President Donald Trump's ill-judged remarks, one has stood the test of legislative experience on Capitol Hill: "Now, I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject," he said. "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated."
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The Mississippi River was called the father of waters. It is certainly the ancestor of Louisiana, depositing over the centuries the sediments that formed the river's delta where our state now stands.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
One year ago, on Sunday, July 17, 2016 a troubled Missouri gunman shot six Baton Rouge law enforcement officers, killing three of them.
Dubious claims about privacy rights are justifying a cover-up by Southern University in Baton Rouge of a faculty member’s possible misdeeds.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Hundreds of miles from Louisiana, at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, a crowd of well-wishers gathers today to mark the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth. He was born two centuries ago this week, on July 12, 2017.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Overdose deaths across Louisiana — including in Baton Rouge and New Orleans — outnumbered homicides for the first time in 2016, a development that ought is rightly alarming the public and officials, who have watched a new wave of addictions to pre…
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
In all the reviews of the 2017 Legislature, the consensus is that the lawmakers failed to do the one thing they need to do: address the "fiscal cliff."
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
With due respect to the eloquence of Cory Booker, the senator from New Jersey is a little over the top when he explains to Louisiana folks about the dangers of industrial pollution.
Sunday, July 09, 2017
Usually, when a tough political subject is tossed off to a committee that will meet in the interim between Louisiana legislative sessions, the maneuver is at least publicly portrayed as a step toward doing something, eventually, about the problem.
Saturday, July 08, 2017
With so many bad reviews of action, or inaction, by the 2017 Legislature, there is at least some reason to be pleased with the state budget, the main task of lawmakers.
Friday, July 07, 2017
Between Tropical Storm Cindy and just regular Louisiana showers, it's been a wet spring and summer, but for too many households in our state, rains is a reminder of last year's unfinished business.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
When voting fraud as a crime is almost vanishingly rare, but concern about the privacy of databases is rife, Louisiana is right to stand up to a sweeping federal request for personal data about our voters.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Although there have been no charges against officers involved in the shooting of Alton Sterling, who died one year ago today, the U.S. Department of Justice investigation appears to have been sharply critical of the actions of the two Baton Rouge …
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Editor's note: This editorial with modifications, has appeared in previous Fourth of July editions of The Advocate:
Sunday, July 02, 2017
Since the 1970s, Louisiana has held to a simple rule: pick roads for repairs based on objective factors, such as wear and tear and traffic counts. While the highway priority program is a good bit more complex than that, that plan pioneered by then…
Saturday, July 01, 2017
After last year’s summer of violence and flooding in south Louisiana, residents needed a calmer vacation season in 2017. But the recent news cycle has brought strange echoes of 2016, reopening old wounds.
Friday, June 30, 2017
In recent months, Americans here and across the country have winced at video from various police stops that call into question whether officers did the right thing.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
In a summer of shootings, storms and the grim politics of health care, maybe the news that Monopoly is changing its game tokens won’t rank as the top tragedy of the season.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Ask a young teacher about his preparation, and he'll likely tell you that he could have used more time to prepare for the challenges of managing a classroom.
To borrow a phrase from industry, continuous improvement has to be part of the mantra for education leaders in schools across the state.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
His constituents, and those appearing before his court, almost needed a play-by-play commentary to keep up with the games played by their judge, J. Robin Free.
Monday, June 26, 2017
As a historic trading partner with Cuba, Louisiana is poised to benefit from a more normal relationship with the island, long in the grip of an outdated Communist government and under resulting trade restrictions with the United States.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Among the unfortunate legacies of the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal was the continual raiding of the state's highway funds to pay for the operating costs of State Police.
There's a drop in the price of oil, and then there's a long drop. Even veterans of the industry probably were as surprised as the stock markets when oil went down to almost $43 a barrel for U.S. benchmark crude.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Advocates for the poor and working families appear to be most agitated by a new health care bill springing from the U.S. Senate's back rooms and being fast-tracked to a vote.
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
Tropical Storm Cindy, the first major weather event of the Gulf of Mexico storm season, is now upon us, and once again it is time for hurricane preparations.
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
A veteran of State Police, Kevin Reeves, is the new superintendent. We congratulate him after decades of service, because it is a special position for a career public servant who started as a motorcycle trooper in Baton Rouge in 1990.
The Legislature this year could have done one thing to make Louisiana roads better: raise the gasoline tax for the first time in 28 years.
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
In his successful 2014 bid to become majority whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Steve Scalise, of Metairie, gave designer baseball bats made in Louisiana to his colleagues. The bats, crafted by Marucci Sports in Baton Rouge, ca…
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
The Louisiana Legislature is not a place for the squeamish when it comes to rhetoric, but even lawmakers listening to state Sen. John Milkovich had qualms the other day.
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.…