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, July 07, 2018
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.”
Saturday, October 07, 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
It was an idea from one state treasurer that dominated budget negotiations for months only to be quietly sidelined earlier this year by the concerns of another state treasurer and likely will be resurrected by the person elected next state treasur…
Saturday, September 16, 2017
For years, Ron Henson was the one left behind at the Treasury Department when John N. Kennedy went politicking.
Saturday, September 09, 2017
President Donald Trump sounded like he was running for the Louisiana Legislature when he told Republican leaders last week: “We're going to reduce taxes for companies, and those companies are going to produce jobs.”
Saturday, September 02, 2017
Now that the wicked weather has passed, Louisiana this week shifts focus to the financial storm threatening to swamp TOPS, the popular grants that keep public colleges and universities nearly free for students with modest academic achievements.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Greg Albrecht fields a lot of stupid questions as the Louisiana Legislature’s economist, but his voice takes on a special patience when talking sales tax holidays.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Wearing loose-fitting purple and gold clothing for a steamy morning of schlepping his daughter’s belongings into her dorm, proud father Steven Procopio settled down Wednesday to jambalaya at an LSU Honors College picnic.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Sunday, August 06, 2017
When the century was new and U.S. Sen. John N. Kennedy was still state treasurer, he used one of the powers available in that post and touched off a war among the highest ranks of Louisiana’s last Democratic majority government.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
The best debut video in what otherwise is a boring election season has to be Public Service Commission candidate Craig Greene talking about checking if a cow is pregnant.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Ali Reza Payandah is hunkered down in Baton Rouge this summer because of President Donald J. Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim majority countries.
Saturday, July 08, 2017
It’s unappealingly smug, true, but those photos last week of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enjoying a beach deserted because of a government shutdown surely brought a smile to survivors of Louisiana’s brutal budget battles.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Politics, once a staple along with fishing and Tigers/Saints, has been crossed off the list of acceptable topics at crawfish boils, tailgates and dinners on the grounds.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne waxed poetic Monday about legislators finally getting down to doing in overtime what they should have done in the regular session.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
During floor debate in the final week of the regular legislative session, Democratic Rep. Barbara Norton, of Shreveport, apparently had enough of Republican Rep. Valarie Hodges from Denham Springs.