Louisiana’s ailing municipalities can cure themselves if they choose more wisely.
To win re-election, Gov. John Bel Edwards hopes to get by with a little help from his friends. If, that is, their efforts don’t draw much scrutiny.
Court mandates shouldn’t reshape Louisiana’s indigent defense system. Instead, public defender agencies and legislators should make it work as intended.
After a few months in office, Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry received two public records requests. They cast a wide net, involving Republican Landry’s conduct as a public official, his office’s relations with legal services subcontractors…
With governing authorities in Orleans and East Baton Rouge parishes essentially hanging up “closed for business” signs, Republican challengers to Gov. John Bel Edwards have a ready-made campaign issue.
You would have thought Louisiana Republicans already would have learned how to act like the majority party.
It’s probably the first and only time Gov. John Bel Edwards will feel gratified that U.S. Sen. John Kennedy marches to the beat of his own drummer.
Bolstered by recent election results, Gov. John Bel Edwards and his liberal allies have returned to stumping for a minimum-wage increase in Louisiana. Recent data confirm that’s still a bad idea.
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration wasted at least $62 million of taxpayer money to boost his reelection chances. And that’s just the beginning of accounting for the extra burden Medicaid expansion has put on Louisianans.
Given the controversy surrounding Entergy New Orleans, the New Orleans City Council should resist grandstanding and keep its eyes on what’s best for the public.
On Tuesday, Louisiana's registered voters in several dozen towns and villages with a few thousand or fewer residents, along with those in a handful or larger cities, will elect police chiefs. Actually, only about half will have this chance, as aro…
You don’t rehabilitate a troubled bail system by breaking it. That’s what some New Orleans public officials and activists have done to the detriment of citizens’ safety.
Leave it to Louisiana politics to transform the most apolitical statewide office into a hotbed of gubernatorial intrigue.
Let New Orleans drown in water and red ink or stop giving special interests money to finance their real-life Monopoly game? It should be a no-brainer for Louisiana lawmakers.
If a horse throws you, get back on it. And if you then can ride that horse to take some political scalps, all the better.
The Louisiana Board of Regents must halt Louisiana State University’s quest to enrich itself, wasting taxpayer dollars and lowering academic standards.
We’ve learned what Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards does to opponents of his signature criminal justice initiative. Now we’ll find out how he treats its friends.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Some will read this as I watch Stage 2 of the 2018 Tour de France. Sadly, Anthony “Buddy” Amoroso IV will do neither.
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.
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.
Heading toward a tough re-election campaign, sometimes a good offense is no offense. Even when it involves presumably slam-dunk legislation.
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.
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 …
Last week, Mitch Landrieu described his accomplishments as mayor of New Orleans as “admirable at least, and miraculous at best.”
The next two months will make or break Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ term, in turn enhancing or sinking his uncertain prospects for reelection.
Did anyone doubt that legalizing medical marijuana dispensing in Louisiana would descend into something less about medicine and more about politics and money?
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.
The golden rule should apply when evaluating how Louisiana uses video recordings of child care centers: he who has the gold makes the rule.
A statesman uses a budget to help people with disabilities. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards does it backward.
As recent events make clear, Louisiana public schools have a lot of work to do in improving instruction about Second Amendment issues.
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.
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.
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.