Interestingly, a flawed and controversial decision by Pope Francis on capital punishment also yields some insights into whether Louisiana should require unanimous jury verdicts for felony cases.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Saturday, August 04, 2018
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards should know by now that the longer you dodge an issue, the greater the chance it’ll knock you for a loop.
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Want a free ad promoting the creation of St. George, the proposed breakaway city from Baton Rouge? Interested in telling the world that Caddo Parish has better economic development prospects than East Baton Rouge Parish? Some on Baton Rouge’s Metr…
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Making policy based on the exception rather than the rule isn’t wise. Yet that’s what happened in recent budget debates over funding Taylor Opportunity Program for Students tuition awards.
Saturday, July 07, 2018
Some will read this as I watch Stage 2 of the 2018 Tour de France. Sadly, Anthony “Buddy” Amoroso IV will do neither.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Saturday, June 09, 2018
Louisiana’s intransigent Gov. John Bel Edwards and his fellow Democrats made yet another costly special session all but inevitable last week, with help from a few Republicans.
Saturday, June 02, 2018
Louisiana has come to a crucial fork in the road. And, contrary to what the renowned wordsmith Yogi Berra recommended, you can’t simply take it.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Heading toward a tough re-election campaign, sometimes a good offense is no offense. Even when it involves presumably slam-dunk legislation.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
There’s both irony and hypocrisy when Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration speaks of a “pretend” budget. Edwards, after all, created “pretend” savings from “pretend” health care.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
At one point, passage of House Bill 553 by Republican Speaker Taylor Barras seemed inevitable. But the Louisiana Legislature should slam the brakes on this bill, which would allow the parent of Harrah’s, Caesar’s Entertainment, to renew its lease …
Sunday, May 06, 2018
Last week, Mitch Landrieu described his accomplishments as mayor of New Orleans as “admirable at least, and miraculous at best.”
Saturday, May 05, 2018
Saturday, April 28, 2018
The next two months will make or break Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ term, in turn enhancing or sinking his uncertain prospects for reelection.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Did anyone doubt that legalizing medical marijuana dispensing in Louisiana would descend into something less about medicine and more about politics and money?
Saturday, April 14, 2018
In the old days, the warden would give a released convict a handshake and bus fare. These days, state Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat, expects Louisiana taxpayers to give some newly minted ex-cons the keys to a new place.
Saturday, April 07, 2018
The golden rule should apply when evaluating how Louisiana uses video recordings of child care centers: he who has the gold makes the rule.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
A statesman uses a budget to help people with disabilities. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards does it backward.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
As recent events make clear, Louisiana public schools have a lot of work to do in improving instruction about Second Amendment issues.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Was it ineptitude or political cunning by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards that blew up the recently concluded legislative special session?
Saturday, March 03, 2018
A state board you’ve probably never heard of might start changing its ways — after helping to dig taxpayers into a hole several billion bucks deep.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
As the Louisiana Legislature churns through a special session debating state fiscal reform, flying underneath the radar is desperately needed reform dealing with property taxation.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Louisiana enjoys some spectacular February traditions: Carnival parades roll, baseball and softball begin, mudbugs become commonplace cuisine ... and, of course, the governor calls the Legislature into special session.
Saturday, February 03, 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Why does Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards now favor work requirements for able-bodied adult Medicaid recipients after having opposed it last year? Because voters and taxpayers are catching on to the Medicaid expansion shell game he has played on t…
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Public school students have the right to express political opinions at school functions as long as they're not disruptive. But they don’t have the right to make the public provide school functions as venues for that expression without consequences.
Friday, December 29, 2017
How many times must Rep. Cedric Richmond have to vote against his constituents’ self-interests before they find him too tiresome to reelect?
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Incompetence or part of the permanent campaign? Maybe a bit of both prompted Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to try turning lemons into lemonade.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
For his job, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards defeated Republican former Sen. David Vitter. Two years later, it appears Edwards has found a way to add insult to injury against the politician he sent into retirement.
Saturday, December 09, 2017
While most Louisianans will win from looming federal income tax reform, perhaps the biggest winner will be Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Saturday, December 02, 2017
Last week, Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy emitted the strongest signals yet that Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards should be looking over his shoulder for 2019.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
In his first campaign for chief executive, Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke of working together to fix state problems. That he has turned to promoting needless conflict in governance, spiting the law and Constitution in the proce…
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Saturday produced a new mayor and city council for New Orleans. But expect the same old lack of political courage to address a shortsighted, short-term rental policy.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Louisiana's concealed-carry firearms law puts churchgoers at elevated risk, which, as recent events sadly illustrate, needs to change.
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Although public health issues usually get lots of news coverage, a crisis threatening the physical and emotional well-being of thousands of Louisiana residents has gotten little attention. The latest statistics from the national Centers for Diseas…
Saturday, October 21, 2017
A Louisiana university’s attempt to suffocate free speech proved Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards wrong. The state does need legislation to help protect free speech on Louisiana college and university campuses.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
On the Second Amendment, U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains principled. But he and other Louisiana Republicans in Congress have needlessly abandoned free-market principles regarding the Merchant Marine Act of 1920.
Saturday, October 07, 2017
How Congress recently handled disaster relief shows why things need to change. Louisiana’s U.S. senators didn't distinguish themselves in the process.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
The past two Orleans Parish coroner contests, having turned into dog and pony shows, illustrate why Louisianans should rethink having a plethora of parish elected executives.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
The third time may be the charm to replace a state hospital operator, in a political drama Byzantine even by Louisiana standards.
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Saturday, September 02, 2017
Louisiana's governor and Legislature can put the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students on firm financial footing — but only by ignoring the politics that have thwarted previous efforts to control its spending.