The blockade of revenue measures in the state House of Representatives is not only frustrating to senators across the State Capitol’s main hall but in institutions large and small across the state.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018
A defining story in Louisiana culture is “Evangeline,” the epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow about Acadian loved ones far from their native land who must endure the additional agony of being separated from each other during their odyssey.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Oscar Wilde learned a thing or two about corrections as an inmate of Reading jail. He said Queen Victoria treated her prisoners so badly, she didn't deserve to have any.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Maybe a seventh special session of the never-ending Louisiana Legislature will patch the gaping budget hole awaiting the fractious House and the increasingly frustrated members of the Senate.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Louisiana’s Republican Party has done the right thing in endorsing a proposal to end the state’s practice of convicting defendants of serious crimes without a unanimous jury vote.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
In a culture defined by Carnival, New Orleans residents are accustomed to seeing kings and queens. But a different kind of royalty is visiting the city Thursday, with the king and queen of Spain scheduled to arrive for a visit that will last until…
With a bipartisan thank-you to President Donald Trump, Louisiana leaders in Congress and the State Capitol have snagged a significant federal grant to build a new bridge at Belle Chasse across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
In 2015, John Bel Edwards was elected governor with just over 56 percent of the total vote. Now, just over halfway into his term, the state’s junior U.S. senator says he wants the governor to quit.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Recent rains across south Louisiana have brought welcome relief from summer heat, and they’ve been a blessing for local yards, gardens and farms, too.
Monday, June 11, 2018
In the highly partisan atmosphere of Louisiana’s State Capitol, it’s hard to get a Democrat and a Republican to agree on anything these days.
Saturday, June 09, 2018
Last month, as another special session of the Louisiana legislature headed toward yet another meltdown, global markets dropped in response to a political shake-up in Italy, where that country’s fiscal fiasco raised worries that the problem could d…
Friday, June 08, 2018
In the wake of the national #MeToo movement, lots of public figures involved in sexual misconduct have lost their jobs.
Rachel Carson, the environmental writer best known for publishing “Silent Spring” in 1962 to warn the world about the dangers of pesticides, had a gift for seeing into the future and grasping the problems mankind was making for itself by neglectin…
Thursday, June 07, 2018
The Louisiana Legislature has had six special sessions in two years to address an ongoing state budget crisis, accomplishing virtually nothing in most of them. A seventh special session is on the way, with taxpayers picking up the estimated $60,00…
With apologies to Charles Dickens, it may be the best of times in the nation, but it is also far from the worst of times in Louisiana. Even if, as some studies show, Louisiana's economy isn't doing as well as that of many other states.
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Partisan divisions have not seeped but flooded into Louisiana's governing processes in a way that few would have predicted only a couple of years ago, as yet another collapse of a special legislative session in Baton Rouge this week made clear. Si…
While the State Capitol might be tied up in partisan politics, we hope that Louisiana can continue if not improve upon its bipartisan and widespread commitment to preserving the state's coastline.
Sunday, June 03, 2018
Scan the headlines these days, and it’s easy to assume that civic discourse has seldom been more belligerent. But in a new biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, historian Robert Dallek brings us back to a time when political debate could get at …
Saturday, June 02, 2018
From the perspective of many education leaders in Louisiana parishes, no news is really not good news from the Louisiana Legislature. During the recent regular legislative session, while few changes were made in state law concerning schools, the f…
Friday, June 01, 2018
In an era when many voters criticize government as a haven for do-nothings, the notion of creating a do-nothing president’s position in Ascension Parish seems off-key, to say the least.
In Louisiana, where food is the foundation of cultural and civic life, the passing of a restaurateur can be as noteworthy as the death of a quarterback, a politician or an archbishop.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Summer is supposed to be the most carefree time of all, but it doesn’t always seem that way for those of us who live along the Gulf Coast, where the vacation months also coincide with hurricane season.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Editor's note: This editorial, with variations, has been published on previous Memorial Days in The Advocate:
Saturday, May 26, 2018
If, as has been said, a second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience, what is a sixth special session of the Louisiana Legislature?
A valuable new study by researchers at Tulane University suggests that Louisiana will not be able to build land fast enough to keep up with how quickly wetlands are disappearing.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
President Donald Trump often speaks before he thinks, but he’s mostly right about the sad spectacle of an NFL culture in which basic respect for the American flag has become a matter of negotiation.
It may be too early to say that Louisiana is turning a corner on diversification of its economy, but there certainly is evidence that the technology sector is speeding up.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
If the NFL owners had to choose a single city to play the Super Bowl every year, it’s no secret that they would pick New Orleans.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
"A change of scenery," Gov. John Bel Edwards called it, to contemplate the "end of the road" for the Legislature that has refused to deal with the "fiscal cliff."
Monday, May 21, 2018
To those who argue that life is a marathon, not a sprint, Billy Cannon showed that it could be both.Cannon, the LSU football legend who died Sunday at 80, will always be known for his 89-yard punt return for the Tigers when they played against Ole…
LSU is committed to changing the future of Louisiana by investing in the next generation of leaders, scientists, scholars, artists, doctors, teachers and innovators. Collectively, our campuses educate nearly 50,000 students across this great state…
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Through the wisdom of the Louisiana Legislature, Louisiana will remain the only state in the nation that requires retail florists to pass a licensing exam.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
State money for schools is up in Louisiana this year, just slightly. That's only because a few more students are enrolled in public schools, which means the Minimum Foundation Program, which distributes funds on a per-pupil basis was obligated to …
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The old saying about financial common sense is that when in a hole, stop digging. The House Appropriations Committee agreed, killing two Senate-passed bills that would have expanded eligibility for the popular TOPS tuition waivers at state colleges.
When a coroner's report showed that a suspect in custody of Jefferson Parish officers had died by asphyxiation, the sheriff's office responded promptly and correctly in classifying the death of Keeven Robinson as a homicide.
The companies that operate "riverboat" casinos are big winners in this legislative session, with lawmakers approving a bill to allow them to dispense with the longtime fiction that the facilities are creatures of the water.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
In Baton Rouge last Friday, LSU and Southern University held spring commencement ceremonies, a time when graduates are urged to put away the things of childhood and think seriously about the world.
Monday, May 14, 2018
As evidenced by the political ascendance of Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan, having a background in the entertainment industry can be a plus for a political figure.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Louisiana’s House of Representatives is the most conservative and populist institution in state government.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
For Louisiana, the cost of delay and bickering are growing every day that the Legislature fails to grapple with the state's big problems.