Jim McCrery, who retired from Congress in 2009 and now works as a lobbyist, could be called Louisiana's original Republican health care wonk. He's the guy who once hired a summer intern named Bobby Jindal, asked him to research ways to reform the …
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
After years of winning elections by vowing to banish President Barack Obama's landmark Affordable Care Act to history, some of the law's critics seemed surprised after the first Trump-era attempt died in the House last week that the country didn't…
Nobody who was involved in the GOP's spectacularly failed crusade to replace the Affordable Care Act emerged looking good, and that includes the Louisianan who was closer than any other to the action, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards' sudden embrace of a plan to replace the state's corporate income tax with a corporate tax on sales is surprising on two levels.
Friday, March 24, 2017
When Gov. Kathleen Blanco's administration set up the state's massive recovery infrastructure after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, officials were deeply concerned that possible improprieties would validate Louisiana's shady reputation.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Following President Donald Trump's unorthodox campaign and throughout his equally nontraditional transition, there's been more than the typical amount of conjecture over which Louisiana Republicans might find themselves with an inside track.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Can we just concede at this point that everyone in state government would like to fully fund the TOPS college scholarships?
Monday, March 20, 2017
When he ran for U.S. Senate in 2014, there was nothing Bill Cassidy talked about more than consigning President Barack Obama's signature health care law to history. This was the Republican Party line at the time, and a pretty effective one, judgin…
Monday, March 20, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Reducing Louisiana's nation-leading incarceration rate is one of those goals that everybody talks about, but nobody seems to be able to achieve. But with the Legislature poised to tackle a wide-ranging criminal justice package over the next severa…
Friday, March 17, 2017
When news came out that former U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany has signed on with a Washington lobbying firm, my first thought was that it would really be news if he hadn't.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Col. Mike Edmonson didn't use up his nine lives, but before he announced his retirement this week, he had gotten a third of the way there.
When people in politics talk about a free lunch, they're often speaking metaphorically about the idea of receiving something for nothing.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Imagine spending a leisurely evening in the French Quarter, lounging under the newly installed ferns on Bourbon Street and sipping your Huge Ass Beer.
Monday, March 13, 2017
One consequence of the long legal delay in taking down New Orleans' hotly disputed Confederate-themed monuments is that the focus has remained firmly on the past. The burning question was what would, and should, become of prominent statues depicti…
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Thursday, March 09, 2017
The Battle of Liberty Place monument is the least prominent of the four statues that New Orleans has slated for removal. It's an unimpressive obelisk surrounded by parking lots and dwarfed by power poles. As public memorials go, it's pretty much a joke.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Now that New Orleans' controversial Confederate-themed monuments are finally slated to come down, one looming question is what will replace them as focal points of the three prominent spots they now occupy in the city's streetscape.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
It took more than five months for a panel of federal appeals court judges to rule that activists hoping to keep New Orleans' hotly disputed Confederate monuments in place were relying on legal arguments that “wholly lack legal viability or support.”
Monday, March 06, 2017
As House Republicans get ready to finally try to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act, keep an eye on how Medicaid expansion plays into the debate.
Saturday, March 04, 2017
It's not so easy to emerge from years of government service in Louisiana with colleagues from both parties singing your praises, but Paul Rainwater managed to pull off that feat.
Friday, March 03, 2017
Polls have unearthed voter confusion over whether the Affordable Care Act and "Obamacare" are the same thing. They are.
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Self-described "serial entrepreneur" Sidney Torres IV saw his new reality show debut on CNBC Wednesday, but if he's at all serious about jumping into this fall's New Orleans mayoral race, another recent development might be even more auspicious: T…
U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, newly elected chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and one of Washington's politicians on the rise, landed a major speaking gig at Wednesday night's Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner, broadcast live on C-SPAN. T…
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
President Donald Trump, who arrived at the White House with no government experience, has shown a disturbing pattern of elevating others with either thin or off-point credentials to important posts.
Monday, February 27, 2017
If there was ever any question which public figure would dominate this year's Carnival season satire, it was put to rest with the very first parades. Of course, nobody was about to trump Trump.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
People across the country have grown pretty accustomed to seeing photos of flooding in Louisiana. California, not so much.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Just in case anyone doubted the mood of the lucky 200 or so people who arrived early enough to claim a spot at U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy's Wednesday town hall, it became apparent within a minute of the appointed 3:30 start time. Literally.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
As former Gov. Bobby Jindal was wrapping up his second term in 2015, a national polling firm singled him out for a dubious honor: According to Morning Consult's surveys in all 50 states, Jindal's constituents gave him the second-lowest approval ra…
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The first step towards dealing with a problem is recognizing that a problem exists in the first place. Not that it's exactly a state secret that Congress is suffering from a dearth of comity across party lines, and that the toxic atmosphere has ta…
Monday, February 20, 2017
Given how worked up President Donald Trump gets over being satirized on "Saturday Night Live," he really should avert his eyes from New Orleans until Carnival's over. Already, the opening acts of the season have aimed much of their comedic energy …
Saturday, February 18, 2017
At a gathering last week with a bunch of political, business, gay rights and sport A-listers, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared in no uncertain terms that Sunday's NBA All-Star game at the Smoothie King Center is about way more than basketball.
Friday, February 17, 2017
You could travel the length of the Mississippi, or drive from eastern Pennsylvania all the way down to West Texas, without ever leaving a state that's been hit in recent months by catastrophic flooding.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
State Sen. Troy Brown has managed to avoid going on trial twice, but only because he entered two no-contest pleas to domestic violence-related allegations in the space of four months.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
This fall's election to replace new Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn on the Jefferson Parish Council will determine just one of seven votes, but it'll be a key one.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The latest special legislative session had just gotten underway, but as Gov. John Bel Edwards once again welcomed lawmakers to Baton Rouge Monday evening, he already sounded tired.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Washington, D.C. — The setting for Cheniere Energy's big invitation-only shindig to kick off Washington Mardi Gras was breathtaking.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Washington, D.C. — As I wrote in an earlier post, none of the small receptions that fill the Washington Hilton's many suites during Washington Mardi Gras have achieved the same must-hit status as former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's karaoke party, hum…
Washington, D.C. — Here's one question I've gotten from people back in Louisiana who've been reading my dispatches from Washington Mardi Gras: Can I go?
Washington, D.C. — As a few people who've been following my dispatches from the annual Washington Mardi Gras festivities have pointed out, this is a place where money talks.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Washington, D.C. — Jefferson Parish has always sent a large contingent of political and business leaders to the annual Washington Mardi Gras, but it holds a particularly high profile this year.
Washington, D.C. — Washington Mardi Gras is always a requisite stop for politicians seeking higher office, and this year is no exception.