Jazz musicians often use recognizable melodies as their base from which they improvise their way to new interpretations.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Key conservative funder Lane Grigsby sounds like he’d rather drink weed killer than support a run by U.S. Sen. John N. Kennedy for Louisiana governor.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
In his early days as governor, John Bel Edwards laid down the law to a gathering of higher education pooh-bahs: He would brook no more bickering, “Not on my watch,” two of the participants in that conversation recalled.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Saturday, October 06, 2018
A casual observer of the Secretary of State’s race — and that includes pretty much everyone — could be forgiven for mistaking George Soros as the leading candidate.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Four years ago, seething tea-partiers and their allies stormed the State Capitol to stop Louisiana from joining Common Core, an effort to raise academic standards in the nation’s schools.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Like those Nextdoor social media sites where your neighbors whine about the way things used to be, the Louisiana Legislature’s largely negative reaction has overshadowed news of an actual surplus after 15 mid-year deficits over a span of nine years.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
The thought of San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi becoming speaker of the U.S. House “should scare all Americans,” GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said last week when asked what would happen if the Republicans lost their 23-seat majority in th…
Saturday, September 08, 2018
Saturday, September 01, 2018
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Led by U.S. Sen John N. Kennedy and Attorney General Jeff Landry, Louisiana Republicans have spent much of the summer reminding party faithful of how their positions differ from those held by a Democratic governor — the only one in the Deep South …
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Just a month ago, when the nine candidates for the secretary of state’s race were getting their names on the Nov. 6 ballot, their narratives were all pap bromides that sound good but have little to do with the job.
Sunday, August 05, 2018
On the “Talk Louisiana” radio show last week, Republican Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser was unapologetic about his willingness to work with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Landry last week proposed a political red meat trifecta — bring back hanging, firing squads and electrocutions — to break the logjam of executions and bring peace to victims’ families.
Saturday, July 07, 2018
With the fiscal cliff under control for at least a few years, legislators and the governor took off on vacation leaving the State Capitol quiet, at least as far as governing issues go.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Louisiana voters have a long history of electing fix-it governors to handle tough situations, then turning them out after a single term.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
It’s been said Louisiana always lags a little bit behind. And a century-old poem by Irish nationalist W.B. Yeats proves a good example.
Saturday, June 02, 2018
Baton Rouge Democratic Rep. Ted James was cut off Thursday when he tried to make the point that the Republican House majority had sent a total of one bill to the Senate that addressed the fiscal cliff facing the state’s budget at the end of this month.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,” in the words of William Shakespeare’s Henry V, as the Louisiana Legislature charges into its sixth special session to cover the gap between promised services and the money available.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Five years ago, in a room deep in the bowels of the State Capitol, David L. Callecod, president of Lafayette General, signed a contract with the state to administer the public Lafayette University hospital open to all regardless of their ability to pay.
Sunday, May 06, 2018
From the speaker of the House to the mayor of Turkey Creek, literally dozens of politicos are floating their names as the next Secretary of State.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
“Take a breath, guys,” state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, said last week, stepping between a Republican and a Democrat squaring off over Medicaid fraud.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Almost at the very beginning of a recent speech, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards reminded his Southern University audience that they were used as a backdrop “to scare people” in an ad attacking him during the 2015 gubernatorial campaign.
Saturday, April 07, 2018
Saturday, March 31, 2018
With a finger checking the rhetorical wind and a tongue planted firmly in cheek, the City of New Orleans’ chief lobbyist introduced himself to a state Senate committee last week as Don Quixote.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018
A crowd of mostly Louisiana businessmen and businesswomen audibly “ohh”-ed at a recent demonstration of the “Ohio Checkbook” — a user-friendly website that tracks checks written by government agencies, detailing where the money came from and where…
Saturday, March 10, 2018
At the beginning of the 2017 regular session, House Speaker Taylor Barras and the Republican leadership talked about bold, brave, new ideas that would percolate up to fix a financial structure that routinely can’t raise enough money to pay the sta…
Monday, March 05, 2018
As momentum on Sunday night turned against approving a key GOP demand that could save the special session, the governor’s executive counsel, Matthew Block, pulled so many Democrats to the chamber rail — forbidden by House rules — that a sergeant a…
Sunday, March 04, 2018
While Louisiana legislators milled around the State Capitol last week doing nothing more than accusing members of the other party of sidetracking the latest stab at fixing the state’s ongoing fiscal crisis, U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise p…
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Republican state Rep. Stephen Dwight stormed out of the Louisiana House Ways & Means Committee Tuesday, just moments after his bill was set aside because a Democrat’s maneuver would have required GOP members to vote on camera for his modest ta…
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Looking at the depth of the proposed budget cuts, prosecutors are approaching the upcoming special session with a sense of dread about the success of the criminal justice package that they signed onto and already has led to thousands of convicted …
Saturday, February 03, 2018
For those who still hold that Baton Rouge has missed the hyperpartisan political culture that defines Washington these days, a brief vignette from last week’s Louisiana Public Service Commission meeting might prove enlightening.
Saturday, January 27, 2018
The Democratic governor’s proposal last week to cut state spending by $1 billion — including the near elimination of TOPS — was met with outrage from many on the Republican side.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Monday is "high noon" at the State Capitol when the Democratic governor releases his deep cuts budget and the House Republicans are supposed to whip out their counter-proposal to gun down a $1 billion-plus deficit that arrives on June 30, sharp.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Though not real excited about what he expects to be a 10 percent cut in the operating budget of the state’s parks and historical sites, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser does see a chance to fulfill a long-held dream to privatize.
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards drew a Jan. 19 line in the sand for Louisiana House Republicans to put up or shut up.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Tears welled in the eyes of Senior U.S. District Judge Tucker Melancon as he remembered his old friend, Senior U.S. District Judge James Brady.
Saturday, December 09, 2017
Bloomberg’s called Tuesday’s special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama a “Hobson’s choice” for the Republicans because of the party’s association with Roy Moore, the 70-year-old Republican candidate recently accused of hitting on teenage …
Saturday, December 02, 2017
With all the recent disclosures of bad behavior by powerful men, it was only a matter of time before sexual harassment allegations came to Louisiana government.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Though few voters and reporters paid heed, the recent state treasurer’s race gave us a preview of how things might play out in the 2019 gubernatorial election.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Later this week, voting machines will be moved from their secured warehouses to 3,904 precincts around the state.
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Secretary of State Tom Schedler seems downright depressed about the Nov. 18 runoff, when only one of 10 voters are expected to participate in deciding who handles the state’s money. Not a taciturn fellow, Schedler laments democracy’s future and sh…
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Perhaps feeling that voters are reaching the end of their tolerance for dysfunctional government, Louisiana House members of both parties gathered Thursday to talk about how to deal with the impending “fiscal cliff.”