People across the country have grown pretty accustomed to seeing photos of flooding in Louisiana. California, not so much.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
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?
Saturday, February 11, 2017
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.
Washington, D.C. — Warner Thomas, the president and CEO of Ochsner Health Systems, stood before a packed house of 650 economic development officials, politicians and other visitors to the annual Washington Mardi Gras Friday and marveled at his situation.
Washington, D.C. — Steve Scalise and Cedric Richmond started together in the state House, and the Republican from Jefferson Parish and Democrat from New Orleans have carried their friendly rivalry all the way to Congress.
Washington, D.C. — When news broke this week that acclaimed actress Annette Bening had been cast to play former Gov. Kathleen Blanco in FX's upcoming "American Crime Story" miniseries on Hurricane Katrina, I couldn't help wondering if her husband,…
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Advocate columnist Stephanie Grace is in Washington D.C. for the annual Washington Mardi Gras events.
Washington, D.C. —In the nation's buttoned-down, conservative-colored capital, the Louisianans who descend on the Washington Hilton for the annual Washington Mardi Gras celebration are an exception to the rule.
Washington, D.C. —The most popular party at Washington Mardi Gras, dubbed Louisiana Alive and held on the Thursday night of each year's gathering, manages to be both very Washington and very Mardi Gras.
Washington, D.C. —John Kennedy, Louisiana's longtime treasurer, finally made it to Washington last month, following his third-time's-the-charm U.S. Senate run last year.
Washington, D.C. — Steve Scalise has come a long way during more than two decades in public office, and not just in terms of mileage.
Washington, D.C. — There's a sign on the observation deck overlooking the Library of Congress's famed reading room asking for "quiet please."
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
A friend took to Facebook Monday night to pose the following question: "If anyone is watching this new show on Fox entitled 'APB,' does it look and sound familiar? In other words, does the story line sound like a common thread between the French Q…
Monday, February 06, 2017
If there's a well-trod — and highly lucrative — career path for people who once represented Louisiana in Congress, it leads straight to K Street, the famed home base for Washington's vast lobbying corps and, in reality, less a specific address tha…
While moderating a U.S. Senate primary forum for the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce last fall, I asked the five candidates on the stage whether they'd vote for incremental changes aimed at fixing some of the Affordable Care Act's problems, o…
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Well, as anyone paying attention could have predicted, the "chaos" candidacy of Donald Trump — a term coined by one of his vanquished GOP primary opponents, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — has now transitioned into a chaos presidency.
Friday, February 03, 2017
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
During a conversation with a state legislator yesterday, it occurred to me that the conversation among Louisiana lawmakers over the future of the wildly popular TOPS state college scholarships isn't that different from the debate among Washington …
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Lawmakers have long acknowledged the need to rein in spending on the hugely popular, yet ever more costly, Taylor Opportunity Program for Students scholarships, or TOPS, but have balked at most specific measures to do so. The political cost of cut…
Saturday, January 28, 2017
If you were to announce plans to run for New Orleans mayor, you could do worse than starting off with warm testimonials from both the current mayor and the governor.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Crime in New Orleans continues to be a frightening reality, and city and state criminal justice officials all say they're focused on fighting it.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Visitors come to Bourbon Street year-round for a taste of Mardi Gras, or what they might imagine Mardi Gras to be, anyway.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Now that we've official embarked on the nation's first Twitter-driven presidency, it seems like a good time to explore more of what President Donald Trump's favorite social media platform has to offer.
John Bel Edwards' first year in office has been a pretty rough ride, as these things go. And not just because he faced a massive budget shortfall, epic flooding, the Alton Sterling police shooting and subsequent protests in Baton Rouge, and the fa…
Saturday, January 21, 2017
It's not even Mardi Gras yet, but candidates are already starting to officially line up for some of next fall's biggest elections. One legislator, Republican state Rep. John Schroder of Covington, has already assembled a full campaign team for his…
Friday, January 20, 2017
1) Donald Trump's inaugural speech answered one question: Yes, President Trump will be very much like candidate Trump. He read from a teleprompter and skipped the personal insults, but otherwise, Trump addressed the country as commander-in-chief f…
Thursday, January 19, 2017
I got together with a group of friends recently, and as often happens these days, the conversation circled around to what's happening in Washington. At one point someone at the table came out and said something that we all, deep-down, understood: …
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards is set to host a fundraiser for state senator and Louisiana Democratic Party chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson next week at the home of Jimmie Woods, whose company, Metro Service Group, holds one of New Orleans' major trash co…