Kyle Ardoin, who stepped into the secretary of state’s job when former boss Tom Schedler was forced to resign amid a sexual harassment scandal, is a Republican.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Like his former boss before him, interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is casting himself to voters as basically indispensable.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Constitutional amendments nearly always elicit yawns, but this November’s ballot is shaping up as an exception. In fact, the second ballot question, the one that asks whether voters want to change a nearly unique Louisiana law that requires only 1…
Thursday, October 11, 2018
The first step in promising to fix something — a public office, say — is to identify what’s broken. That’s led to an unusual challenge for candidates seeking to replace Tom Schedler as Louisiana’s next secretary of state.
I don’t know Eddie Rispone, the first Republican to declare a challenge to Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards in next year’s gubernatorial race. That surely puts me in the same boat as most Louisianans. Rispone is founder of an industrial contractin…
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
“Seriously, Hillary?” U.S. Rep. and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise asked the other day on Twitter, as he linked to a clip of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton saying of Republicans: "You cannot be civil with a political par…
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Once U.S. Sen. John Kennedy became a darling of the national political media and regular target of late night talk show hosts, could “Saturday Night Live” be far behind?
Monday, October 08, 2018
There are nine candidates on next month’s ballot for Louisiana's secretary of state, including four current or former elected officials, each with his or her own natural constituency. One major candidate who has not run before has a niche too, bot…
Saturday, October 06, 2018
Watching Congress in action is downright demoralizing these days. Is there anyone on either side who has emerged from the Senate fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination with faith in the system — or without wanting to take a shower?
Friday, October 05, 2018
Journalists seeking to assess President Donald Trump personal and corporate finances have had to work around his refusal to release his tax returns, and this week, The Washington Post got some insight from records provided to investors in some Tru…
Thursday, October 04, 2018
If you purchase your own health insurance, you’ve now got some new options, thanks to a Trump administration rule relaxing certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Amazingly enough, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy may be on to something that people on both sides of the gaping, deeply partisan divide over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination could actually agree upon.
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Monday, October 01, 2018
Monday, October 01, 2018
An awful lot of people watched the searing Friday video of two sexual assault survivors confronting U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake on an elevator moments after the Arizona Republican announced he’d vote to send Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination fro…
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Here’s one thing that I keep coming back to after bearing witness to Thursday’s all-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
Friday, September 28, 2018
It’s a good thing for Gov. John Bel Edwards that the epic budget battles are behind him, at least for his first term. The Republican-majority House of Representatives, which was never friendly territory for the Democratic governor to begin with, j…
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Although she was interviewed by an experienced prosecutor Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when the two were teens, wasn’t on trial before the Senate Judici…
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The first time he questioned Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy asked the 53-year-old appeals court judge about his time at an all-boys Washington, DC area prep school. And as is his wont, Kennedy played it for laughs.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Former Gov. Bobby Jindal has never minced words about Medicaid, particularly the largely federally funded expansion that he adamantly refused to accept on behalf of Louisiana’s working poor. Here a few of those words:
Monday, September 24, 2018
A decade ago, recently elected Gov. Bobby Jindal and a bunch of new legislators who made up the first post-term limits class were still finding their legs. Money was rolling in to state coffers, thanks to recovery spending from monster hurricanes …
When the U.S. Supreme Court OK'd sports betting across the land earlier this year, one outcome was already in the cards: Just as with the establishment of casino gambling itself, Louisiana would lose out to nearby Mississippi.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Earlier this month, I wrote a column about the phrase “shoo-shoo,” which is sometimes used in these parts to describe a tropical threat that fails to materialize. Some readers had never heard the phrase, while others said they had known it since t…
Friday, September 21, 2018
New Orleans’ new airport terminal, once it finally opens, will be a grand new gateway to the region. It could also serve as a symbol, not just of the city’s modern, outwardly-focused ambitions but also its prosaic, perennial challenges.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Being mayor of a major city such as New Orleans is a big, big job, and realistically speaking, no one person can do it all.
One of many unproductive dynamics during and after Hurricane Katrina was the toxic relationship between FEMA director Michael Brown and his boss, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Speaking at a Tuesday morning briefing hosted by the Bureau of Governmental Research, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell answered a question over the long-shuttered Municipal Auditorium with what sounded like a pretty enthusiastic pitch for relocat…
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
Some prominent Louisiana Republicans think they have a winning strategy for the 2019 governor’s election: Make the contest a referendum on Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Watching the congressional hearings into the Hurricane Katrina response could be infuriating. Some members didn’t bother to do their homework and get good information. Some seemed intent on simply finding someone to blame.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards is practically taunting Attorney General Jeff Landry these days, arguing to anyone who’ll listen that a Texas lawsuit seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act’s ban on discrimination against people with pre-existing heal…
Friday, September 14, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards still doesn’t know who his main opponent will be next year. But he’s fundraising as if he does.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
As Americans were busy this week poring over the busy tropical weather forecast maps, word got out that Department of Homeland Security had diverted $10 million from FEMA’s budget to provide more “detention beds” for people arrested as part of the…
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Must be nice to be state treasurer. You get to put out press releases when the credit rating agencies smile upon the state, but avoid the unpleasantness of creating the conditions to make that happen.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards has spent much of his first term playing defense, particularly when it comes to state spending. The exhausting, all-consuming struggle between the Democratic administration and Republican-led state House ended with most of Ed…
Sunday, September 09, 2018
Despite all the controversy over Colin Kaepernick’s emergence as the new face of Nike, that unmistakable swoosh was all over the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday, including on the right shoulder of each and every Saint. If the company logo ruined th…
Saturday, September 08, 2018
Long before he left the Louisiana Legislature for Congress, Steve Scalise developed a reputation as a team player. It’s one reason he stayed in Baton Rouge as long as he did.
Friday, September 07, 2018
When politicians reach for pop-culture references, they’re generally attempting to appear hip, cool, now.
Thursday, September 06, 2018
There’s been lots of chatter, some of it from me, about how the new New Orleans City Council is maneuvering to assert its own power and independence from the mayor who was elected, from council ranks, on the same ballot.
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Gordon, it turned out, wasn’t the first big test of New Orleans’ new mayor, LaToya Cantrell, or of much newer Sewerage & Water Board leader Ghassan Korban, who showed up for his first day of work just as the tropical storm was heading toward t…
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Ghassan Korban clocked in to his new job at the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans on Monday, as long scheduled. By the end of the day, Louisiana was under a state of emergency, with a tropical storm or perhaps even a hurricane headed in th…
Saturday, September 01, 2018
Even a year out from the last Louisiana governor race, we knew what the big issues would be. The state’s dire budget situation stood above everything else, and Medicaid expansion topped the list of other burning causes.
Friday, August 31, 2018
Hey, New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board customers: That bill that was so far off that you got a refund? Turns out it may be wrong, too.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
When you cover politics in a place other than Washington, D.C. for a long time, you’re bound to cross paths with national figures when they pass through. So it was with me and the late Arizona senator and 2008 presidential candidate John McCain.