It's much easier to point to places where President Donald Trump's agenda diverges from Barack Obama's, but the president's newly submitted budget has one similarity.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Kickoff speeches often telegraph the themes that a candidate plans to emphasize during a campaign, and Desirée Charbonnet's Monday night announcement did that, and more.
Monday, May 22, 2017
When the Jefferson Chamber gathered for a preview of the current legislative session in March, one of the targets of the day was an oldie but goodie: rampant statutory and constitutional dedications.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
The last time New Orleans held a mayoral election that featured neither an incumbent nor an overwhelming favorite, the field was big and brawling.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Nearly two years after the whole Confederate monument drama started, P.G.T Beauregard is down and Robert E. Lee is right behind him.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
So let me get this straight. A proponent of the death penalty co-sponsors a bill to abolish it, then casts the deciding vote to make sure it doesn't become law, and then says he did it all because he's frustrated that more people aren't being put …
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
One of the many striking aspects of Monday's emotional debate over House Bill 71, which would prevent localities from removing Confederate-themed and other military monuments on public ground without a referendum, was how one-sided it was.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy based his successful 2014 challenge to Democrat Mary Landrieu on a simple, endlessly repeated premise: Landrieu may have brought home the bacon to Louisiana, but she was too willing to vote with her own party's pr…
Saturday, May 13, 2017
By now, everyone in Louisiana must know that creating disaster recovery policy that's fair to individuals and meets the needs of rebuilding communities is hard. Really, really hard.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Retired Judge Michael Bagneris kicked off his second campaign for New Orleans mayor Thursday night, but don't expect a rerun of his first go-round.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
I was sitting on a long plane ride recently, working my way through a good book, when one line made me stop short.
One key question heading in to the first legislative session since the cash-strapped state shorted the popular TOPS college scholarship program was whether lawmakers would have the appetite to rein in the rampant growth in the program's cost. A se…
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Monday's must-watch hearing before a U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee amounted to a star turn by fired acting attorney general Sally Yates, who testified about short-term national security adviser Michael Flynn's Russian connections and her refu…
Monday, May 08, 2017
To say that Gov. John Bel Edwards' 2015 election charts a path for other Democrats in conservative states is to understate the particulars of that race, the appetite for drastic change after eight years of Republican Bobby Jindal and the underlyin…
Saturday, May 06, 2017
Maybe this whole budgeting process would be easier if everyone wore gloves. That way, we wouldn't be spending so much time talking about whose fingerprints will wind up on the state budget.
Friday, May 05, 2017
To produce an event the size and scale of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival each year is to conquer a million minor logistical challenges, and sometimes a few major ones.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Political journalists can be somewhat loose with the speculation. Call it an occupational hazard, when the occupation involves trying to figure out what's really happening amid self-serving rumors and rampant spin.
Mitch Landrieu has his supporters and his detractors, but they'd surely agree on this: the New Orleans mayor is not one to wallow in self-doubt.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
When news came down via leaks to national press organizations that the Department of Justice wouldn't bring charges against the Baton Rouge police officers who shot Alton Sterling last summer, East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome …
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Anyone can run for president (see: current occupant of White House), and anyone can say anyone else might run, particularly if the speculation is unattributed. So keep that it mind when you read, even in the New York Times, that New Orleans Mayor …
Monday, May 01, 2017
I'm sure the nursing home interests that donated $370,000 to then-Gov. Bobby Jindal's sputtering presidential campaign in 2015 simply thought he would make a make a great commander-in-chief.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had a lot to say during an interview with The Advocate last week about his controversial quest to remove monuments dedicated to three Confederate leaders and an anti-Reconstruction uprising from city streets.
Friday, April 28, 2017
In an interview with The New Orleans Advocate this week, Mayor Mitch Landrieu finally floated his thoughts on what should replace the prominently-placed statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, once it finally comes down.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
When Gov. John Bel Edwards' announced his plan to impose a commercial activity tax, I couldn't help thinking of his predecessor's last stab at large-scale tax reform.
I don't know which is worse, an agency tasked with upholding law and order misrepresenting the law, or the fact that it did so in order to blatantly bully witnesses in criminal cases.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Update: After publication of the Vox piece, the bill's author has promised to fix it. Read more here.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Editor's note: This column from Stephanie Grace was published several days before the Liberty Place monument was taken down.
Baton Rouge has one. So does Shreveport. But while New Orleans once had an almost entirely female city council, it has never had a woman mayor.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
If campaign finance reports had themes, the new one by Walt Leger III, filed 180 days before New Orleanians head to the polls to vote for a new mayor, might be this: I'm not saying, I'm just saying....
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Scanning through today's story on proposed legislation to extend domestic violence laws to cover people in same-sex couples, I waited to get to the inevitable slippery slope objection. And indeed, there it was, courtesy of Gene Mills, president of…
Monday, April 17, 2017
Here's the thing about human nature: If you tell people that they don't have to make hard decisions now but can instead put them off until later, they'll probably do it.
Lawmakers in Baton Rouge face a bunch of tough votes during the legislative session that kicked off last week, starting with but not limited to the $1.3 billion question: How to make up revenue that will be lost once a temporary sales tax drops of…
Friday, April 14, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Landry defends his all-out legal crusade to block Gov. John Bel Edwards' executive order requiring that state contractors not discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees by noting that the Legislatur…
Thursday, April 13, 2017
If you just go by the job description, it's easy to conclude that Louisiana's lieutenant governors are meant to be seen and not heard.
Before Gov. John Bel Edwards pleaded with lawmakers to revamp the state's outmoded tax code, before he asked them to pass the 2017 coastal master plan and to tackle prison reform, and before he implored them to refrain from Washington-style partis…
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
It's no secret that the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students scholarships, which have become a treasured entitlement in Louisiana, are awarded based on the students' academic qualifications, with no regard given to financial need.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has bumbled into so many misadventures during his short time in office, I'm starting to wonder whether his story might make for a good TV sitcom.
Monday, April 10, 2017
I recently spoke to an ally of state Rep. Walt Leger, the Democrat who had Gov. John Bel Edwards' backing to become House Speaker, but who lost the job after Republicans who hold the chamber's majority closed ranks to elect one of their own.
Saturday, April 08, 2017
If there's one word to describe what lawmakers will face when they converge on Baton Rouge this week for the regular legislative session, it's "reckoning."
Friday, April 07, 2017
There are some daunting figures facing proponents of a higher gas tax, a group that now includes a broad coalition of business groups that plans to push revenue-raising legislation in the regular session that starts Monday. One of them is this: tw…
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Republicans in the state House proved they can win. Last year, the party used its majority to break precedent, buck the newly elected Democratic governor and install one of its own as House Speaker.
Don't cry for Walter Reed, even though the 70-year-old former district attorney from St. Tammany and Washington Parishes was sentenced Wednesday to serve four years in prison. The guy used his political position to enrich himself, and he got caught.