They’ve appeared at so many forums together that they might as well set up a carpool, but still, it can be hard to distinguish between the agendas being pushed by the major candidates for New Orleans mayor. The more they answer questions, though, …
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Everyone loves to complain about the proliferation of traffic cameras in New Orleans, and it seems as if the candidates for mayor are listening.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
What could be more cynical than diverting money away from states that have worked hard to take care of their own people, and toward those that haven't?
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Sheriff-turned-radio-host Newell Normand's resignation signaled a changing of the guard in Jefferson Parish, but things may be changing even more than we knew back when Normand announced he'd leave office and join WWL radio.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Jimmy Kimmel's not exactly Walter Cronkite, and losing the support of a late night comic on health care isn't quite the same as losing America's most trusted anchor on Vietnam.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Less than one month out from primary day, this year's New Orleans municipal elections aren't exactly generating a lot of heat.
As Republicans in Congress make one last run at unraveling the Affordable Care Act, new government data points to yet another measure of the law's benefit: Significantly fewer people in Louisiana are going without health insurance now than in the past.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
To hear Gov. John Bel Edwards and House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, tell it, negotiations over the looming loss of more than $1 billion in expiring taxes are going to be different from the dysfunction that has marked previous attempts to …
Friday, September 15, 2017
Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy is pushing a bill in Congress that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and instead send the money through block grants down to the states. He thinks governors should love it.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
It's now or never, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and several Senate co-sponsors of his latest proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act made clear during a last gasp news conference in Washington this week.
With more than $1 billion in temporary taxes set to drop off the state rolls on July 1, there's no doubt that lawmakers will have to take some unpleasant votes to raise revenue before then.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
As endorsements go, a nod from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu for one of his potential successors could be double-edged.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
State treasurer candidate Angele Davis has never been elected to anything, but she's worked for a bunch of people who have. You might have heard of some of them: Mike Foster, Mitch Landrieu, Bobby Jindal.
Monday, September 11, 2017
U.S. Sen. John Kennedy was against it before he was for it, in a sense, but in the end, he joined the rest of the Louisiana delegation last week in voting for the first big down-payment on aid to recover from Hurricane Harvey.
Monday, September 11, 2017
In her weekly column, Associated Press reporter Melinda Deslatte really captured the circular nature of the Legislature's never-ending debate over how to control the growing cost of the immensely popular TOPS college scholarships. Lawmakers have d…
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Aspen is most famous for its lush scenery and its lavish wealth. But among the crowd that trades in high-level politics and policy, the Rocky Mountain getaway is also known as a prime summer gathering spot.
Friday, September 08, 2017
Thursday, September 07, 2017
President George W. Bush flew over Katrina-ravaged New Orleans in Air Force One a dozen years ago, and the photo of him peering down from on high remains iconic to this day.
After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck in 2005, Louisiana had to rely on Mississippi to amplify its voice in Washington.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Unlike his predecessor, Gov. John Bel Edwards studiously avoids any hint that he might have ambitions beyond Louisiana's borders.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Hurricane Katrina struck 12 years ago this week, and I've been talking to high school and college groups from around the country about it for almost that long. And over time the experience has changed.
Last month, as Republicans in Congress were mired in their ill-fated, ill-advised and entirely one-sided drive to overthrow the Affordable Care Act, I wrote a column suggesting that maybe the Washington pols should just leave this one to the governors.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
New Orleanians have a knack for finding the humor in living on the edge. So it wasn't really surprising that someone thought to print up a banner reading "I think I can, I think I can" and post it in front of one of the city's fragile pump station…
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
As Texas' neighbor, not to mention a recipient of its extraordinary generosity in the past, Louisiana has responded to the horrific effects of Hurricane Harvey with an open heart. State wildlife and fisheries agents have joined the rescue mission,…
Monday, August 28, 2017
Harvey's rains were still drenching Texas over the weekend, and people were still being pulled from flooded cars and homes. But already, politics was seeping into the official conversation.
Even before the enormity of the crisis became clear, FEMA administrator Brock Long, who was previously Alabama's top emergency response official and who surely knows his stuff, declared that the disaster response agency would be on the ground in T…
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Jeffrey Rouse served New Orleans well as coroner. During his single term in office, the psychiatrist modernized the office, improved transparency in cases involving deaths in police custody, secured more funding from the city and worked to bring f…
Friday, August 25, 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Louisiana's nonparty primary system can make for some pretty weird election scenarios, but this may be a first: The candidate who consistently leads the polls in the fall special election for state treasurer is considered so weak that his own part…
Two years ago next week, after New Orleans had survived a gut-wrenching stretch of tenth anniversary commemorations and status checks, it occurred to me: One day, August 29, the date Hurricane Katrina made landfall, won't be circled on the region'…
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
William Wordsworth was a poet. Larry Speakes was a spokesman for former President Ronald Reagan. A Sun Prairie, Wisconsin volunteer firefighter named Les McBurney regularly makes lists of people whose names perfectly fit their jobs.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
When the rains came on August 5, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wound up saddled with an issue he didn't want: How to rebuild a broken system and restore public confidence in an agency that had been patently dishonest with residents about condit…
Monday, August 21, 2017
You know what New Orleans could probably use right about now, with the city on edge over the fragile state of its all-important drainage system? A fully functioning Inspector General's Office.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
If politicians want credit for bringing home the bacon, they're going to have to put up with some criticism when they don't.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
It took longer than it does for many ex-politicians, a full year and half, but former Gov. Bobby Jindal is officially moving on.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Donald Trump loves Twitter. Obviously. It helped fuel his improbable rise from conspiracy-peddling reality show host to president. It allows him to say just what he thinks, without the interference of pesky policy experts who might worry about wha…
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
While reading up on U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy's latest comments on the health care bill he's co-sponsoring with South Carolina's Lindsey Graham and Nevada's Dean Heller, I stopped short one word: momentum.
Monday, August 14, 2017
It takes just 24 characters to type out the simple sentence, "That's not what I meant." The sentiment "he doesn't speak for me," is just as concise. A president who, say, favors Twitter as a rapid-response vehicle could easily have typed in both o…
People across the nation mourned the weekend's horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia, but for some in New Orleans, there was an extra tinge of sadness borne of the recognition that it could have happened here.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
It's a little hard to fathom in retrospect, but one question that surrounded Newell Normand back when he became Jefferson Parish sheriff a decade ago was the extent to which he'd be his own man.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
With less than a year left in his final term, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is in the midst of making a long closing statement.
When you have to cancel school because it might rain, well, does it even need to be said that there's a problem?
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
While watching New Orleans Councilman James Gray's growing exasperation as he grilled Sewerage & Water Board General Superintendent Joe Becker over Saturday's surprise flood, I thought I had come up with a pretty good line to describe the exch…
There's a new book out about John G. Schwegmann, the New Orleanian who built the once-revolutionary and now-defunct supermarket chain, and author David Cappello and friends are planning a 106th birthday bash this weekend to honor its publication.