With two federal probes, lawsuits being filed, legislators looking for heads, the state auditor being asked to poke around, and more sexual conduct allegations going public, it’s clear that LSU is approaching meltdown.
The chief executives of Georgia’s two largest corporations — Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola — issued statements Wednesday opposing Georgia’s new voting laws.
Republican attorneys general often tilt at partisan windmills hoping to disrupt what they call the socialist agenda of Democrats. A lawsuit to overturn the presidential election results, unsuccessful because it recycled unfounded claims of electio…
Most media coverage of the flaws in Louisiana’s unemployment benefits system start with an individual, sometimes in tears but always angry, telling of six- or seven-hour waits on the phone and no check.
Today is the 56th anniversary of Bloody Sunday when African Americans peacefully demonstrating their desire to exercise their right to vote were met at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma by Alabama state troopers swinging batons and sho…
The federal Transportation Security Administration last week tweeted out a reminder that airline travelers are going to need REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses with a Gold Star in order to fly starting Oct. 1, 2021.
Like a child yelling, “1,2,3, not me” on the playground, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is blaming bureaucrats and renewable energy for the historic collapse of that state’s power supply during last week’s unprecedented cold that cost 30 Texans…
Without a doubt, Louisiana is a fossil fuels state whose economy is dependent on the royalties, taxes — an estimated $373 million this year — and the 48,000 jobs oil and gas creates.
“Cut that crap out,” U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy reportedly told Republican congressmen in a private meeting Wednesday. "No more attacks to one another," he tweeted later in the day.
Karen Haymon, of Alexandria, estimated she was about 50 yards from the U.S. Capitol steps chanting "U.S.A." when the first tear gas canisters were set off.
Grambling State University President Rick Gallot recalled a stab of fear that shot through him when he saw Lee Hall on the campus of the school founded in 1901 to educate Black students forbidden from attending the state’s public institutions.
It was Vic Stelly’s wife of 60 years, Terry, dying only 14 hours after he, both of COVID-19 complications, that grabbed the attention of people around the nation.
That Louisiana’s Republican congressmen won’t acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory — even after the Electoral College voted decisively last week — is more political calculation than “Profiles in Courage.”
Despite President Donald Trump’s efforts, all 50 states by Tuesday had certified the vote from the presidential election that took place nearly six weeks ago. Democratic candidate Joe Biden received 7 million more votes than the Republican incumbent.
Back in mid-October, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy was effusive about President Donald Trump’s fast-tracking of a COVID-19 vaccine that now will become available by the end of next week. “There will be the highest praise,” Cassidy said Oct. 11.
Gov. John Bel Edwards planned to serve mustard greens grown in his garden but described this year’s Thanksgiving as far different than last year’s.
The people choosing LSU’s next leader talk a lot about diversity and inclusion, creating an environment where young students can thrive regardless of race, gender and background.
On the phone last week, she sounded like a typical grandmother — full of sage of advice and unqualified love — until she suggested seppuku for everyone who said Joe Biden is now president-elect. They’re all communists who stole the election from P…
Less than a month after Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican Attorney General Jeff Landy took their oaths of office in January 2016, they were quarreling over an issue on which they both fundamentally agreed.
As the third legislative session of the year — the second called by the legislators themselves — sputtered to a close, a reasonable question is whether it was all worth it?
Last week, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin did as he said he would and appealed the court order that established how Louisiana is voting in the Nov. 3 election.
Inevitably while watching evangelist revival meetings end with a teary flock of the newly converted head to the altar full of commitment and purpose, my late father-in-law, a Baptist minister, would wonder aloud how many would continue going to ch…
Gov. John Bel Edwards was correct when he said the special session, which only is supposed to focus on one or two items, will be more like a regular session with 70 issues on the agenda.
It was one of those moments that in hindsight Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter wishes he would have knocked on wood and spit three times as he said on Aug. 19: “We’ll be in decent in shape unless a hurricane hits us.”
Some racism is easy to identify: riots at Ole Miss; George Wallace blocking the door at the University of Alabama; torchlight parades and death at the University of Virginia.
A week after Hurricane Laura came ashore near Cameron with 150 mile-per-hour winds, the head of Entergy Louisiana, Phillip May, has found himself in the eye of a storm of sweaty, often homeless, southwest Louisiana residents wondering just when th…
Like Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, every election day, my wife and I made a point of walking to our precinct. Ardoin gets misty-eyed, so do I, when describing that patriotic feeling of physically casting a vote.
Hoping to put an end to claims by some sheriffs and parish officials that the Edwards administration has exaggerated the number of positive COVID-19 tests, a legislative committee last week investigated.
Louisiana drivers will pay the highest prices for auto insurance in the nation next year despite having passed a sweeping tort reform law that was sold as a way to dramatically lower premiums by as much as 25%, an insurance industry executive, who…
The entry of a viable Democrat into the race for U.S. Senate may not make the contest LSU-Alabama competitive, but Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins’ candidacy certainly means the Nov. 3 election is no longer a mere coronation for U.S. Sen. Bill Cas…
It’s a clichéd scene in political theater: sign-waving throngs, urging their champion to take those final steps and pick up the mantle of leadership.
Back in 2017 when the latest Mike the Tiger was acquired, LSU President F. King Alexander was asked if he had problems with the origins of the tiger mascot being the fierce-fighting Confederate Army units.
The governor is expected this week to sign into law a bill that reduces an individual’s ability to successfully seek recompense for injuries in state courts on the hope auto insurance rates will fall.
As the Louisiana Legislature heads into its final 48 hours of what has been two back-to-back sessions, overwhelming Republican majorities were able to strip the name of George Floyd, whose death while being detained by Minneapolis police set off a…
Louisiana’s Republican legislative leaders and the Democratic governor’s top assistants have gathered to discuss how far to upend the state’s civil justice system in pursuit of lower auto insurance rates.
Uniformed Girl Scouts prowled the halls of the State Capitol in past years, helping their adult leaders corral votes for state aid to save their camp in Tangipahoa Parish.
In a body with a history of flubs — think weight restrictions for pole dancers — one of the most embarrassing moments came last week when Louisiana legislators triumphantly passed a bill aimed at lowering auto insurance rates by curtailing lawsuit…
In his spirited attempt to pass legislation that he says will lower auto insurance prices by 25%, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has taken to blaming boogeymen: television lawyers.
State Sen. Jay Luneau was a bit irritated after Republicans summarily shot down his suggested alternatives to tort reform during this first week of the renewed session.
One good thing about the novel coronavirus is the brief respite in the ongoing interparty bickering over whose mother wears Army boots.
As bad as the state budget will fare because of a drop in sales tax revenues from closed businesses and high unemployment, the real crisis will be in Louisiana’s parish and municipal governments.
After a month of coronavirus business closures and layoffs, the cavalry should start arriving in Louisiana by April 24 with about $1.8 billion in federal aid.
Remember a few weeks ago when the Louisiana Legislature was gearing up for a big fight on tort reform?
The last time a crisis closed businesses and threw Louisiana residents out of work — as the response to COVID-19 has done — the Louisiana Legislature hopped to and slashed hundreds of millions of dollars in spending to stanch a fast evaporating st…
The State Bond Commission got ink around the world and praise from right-wingers by proclaiming in August 2018 Louisiana would not do business with two of the nation’s largest banks because of their gun policies, which a majority on the panel cons…
Well-funded battle axes will swing at the State Capitol as Democratic and Republican legislators wage war over tort reform when the Louisiana Legislature convenes a week from Monday.
Much was made in last fall’s campaign of a U.S. News & World Report ranking that named Louisiana as the worst state in the nation.