One of the many amazing things about the groundswell in favor of eliminating Louisiana’s nearly unique law allowing criminal convictions by non-unanimous verdicts was how quickly advocates from the left and the right came together.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018
If the Republicans win back control of the House in this fall’s elections, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, currently the No. 3-ranked Republican courtesy of his post as majority whip, could wind up in either the No. 2 spot, or perhaps even speaker of the…
Every now and then, a segment on a late night talk show starts, and you just know that Louisiana is about to take a hit. And usually, it’s well-earned.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards often opens his public speeches by touting one of his first decisions and proudest accomplishments in office — to expand access to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. He delves into the details: How many people, mostly wo…
Friday, August 10, 2018
Just over three months into her first term, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell probably doesn’t need any reminders that she’s hit the big time in Louisiana politics. She got one this week anyway, courtesy of U.S. Sen. John Kennedy.
Thursday, August 09, 2018
The Advocate published a nice editorial this week about former New Orleans City Councilman Bryan Wagner’s successful efforts to bring the 1988 Republican National Convention to his hometown.
Thursday, August 09, 2018
President Donald Trump has a lot on his plate these days, what with the problems any president would face and the many more of his own making. Does he really need to mediate the long-running feud between Gov. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy?
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Director Spike Lee’s new movie, “BlacKkKlansman,” focuses on the hate group’s activities in Colorado, but Louisiana doesn’t get a pass. That’s because a major character in the film, based on the true story of an African-American cop who infiltrate…
Thursday, August 02, 2018
This may burst a few bubbles out there, but apparently Attorney General Jeff Landry’s recent obsession with bringing executions back to Louisiana is more about politics than policy.
Thursday, August 02, 2018
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
The financially strapped New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board is getting a badly needed infusion of cash this week. But at what cost?
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
With the first of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s trials on charges of bank and tax fraud beginning today in Alexandria, Virginia, news sites are flooded with guides to understanding the case’s key players.
Monday, July 30, 2018
It’s become a truism that Louisiana is following in Washington, D.C.’s footsteps and becoming ever more partisan, and there’s good reason for that. It is, indeed, true, particularly when we’re talking about relations between the Republican-majorit…
Lawmakers spent hours upon hours fighting over whether Louisianans should pay four cents or five cents per dollar spent in sales tax, or 4.33 or 4.5 or 4.4 or — finally and officially — 4.45 cents. Yet I highly doubt too many consumers noticed muc…
Saturday, July 28, 2018
House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t exactly been a profile in courage lately, but the suggestion by 11 of Congress’s most conservative members last week that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should be impeached was too much for him.
Friday, July 27, 2018
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Louisiana’s highest-ranking member of Congress since the late Hale Boggs, didn’t take long to climb to the top of the House Republican establishment. A key step along the way was his term as chairman of the Repub…
Thursday, July 26, 2018
A periodic nationwide survey of how people in each state feel about their elected leaders may not be the most precise measure, but it usually makes for interesting reading. The latest gubernatorial roundup from Morning Consult, based on polling co…
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Congressional authorization of the the National Flood Insurance Program expires at the end of July, and some lawmakers are pushing a four-month extension that would keep the program going until November 30.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
As he dips his toe into national politics, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is positioning himself on the more moderate side of the great Democratic Party divide.
Monday, July 23, 2018
The last time a Louisiana politician eyed the big stage, there was no doubt as to what he wanted and how he planned to get it. Former Gov. Bobby Jindal barely bothered to conceal his presidential hopes, and pursued hard-right policies that were un…
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Friday, July 20, 2018
Qualifying for the fall elections hasn’t ended yet, but one of the season’s key questions has already been settled.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Sal Perricone, the tough-talking former federal prosecutor whose insatiable need to go online and comment on his office’s cases triggered an epic scandal, should have known that “his actions had the potential to wreak havoc,” the state attorney di…
Louisiana has a long history of letting political candidates appear on the ballot as they wish, as long as their chosen nicknames don’t offend.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Some of Louisiana’s Republican members of Congress have been kind of squirrely ever since President Donald Trump openly questioned the evidence gathered by American intelligence agencies about Russian interference in the 2016 election while appear…
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Monday morning, as President Donald Trump was embarking on his instantly infamous encounter with Russian president Vladimir Putin, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise went on Twitter to insist that Trump was working “from a position of American stre…
Monday, July 16, 2018
I went shopping over the weekend, checked my receipts and saw that I was charged 4.45 percent of the price of my purchases in sales tax. Had I purchased the same items a month ago, I would have been charged 5 percent.
It’s way too early to handicap this fall’s special election for secretary of state, but by the time qualifying closes this week, one candidate will be able to claim a major victory just by making it to the starting line.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Friday, July 13, 2018
If House Majority Whip Steve Scalise hadn’t already announced that he won’t challenge John Bel Edwards for governor next year, his fundraising activities would have told the same story. His latest numbers, released Friday morning, have national am…
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr. confirmed this week that he’s moving to Philadelphia, thus ending, or at least deferring, some political dreams.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
U.S. Sen. John Kennedy said he had some tough words for the Russian officials during an all-GOP July 4 week congressional visit in advance of President Donald Trump’s hugely controversial meeting with Vladimir Putin.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
If New Orleans native Amy Coney Barrett is feeling a little down this morning after being passed over by President Donald Trump for a U.S. Supreme Court nomination, she might take comfort in the fact that she’s not alone.
Monday, July 09, 2018
As Gov. John Bel Edwards returns from his summer vacation this week, he faces an unfamiliar landscape. Now that lawmakers have finally adopted enough revenue to guarantee that vital services won’t be threatened year in and year out, the budget cri…
Saturday, June 30, 2018
There’s a reason Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks of one of his proudest accomplishments, the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, in terms of how many Louisianans are benefiting.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Pretty much everything in Washington is contentious these days, and that includes many components of the farm bill that passed out of the Senate Thursday and must now be reconciled with a very different House bill. Causing the most rancor is a pro…
Thursday, June 28, 2018
The first big headline from this year’s third special legislative session was that lawmakers finally agreed on how to raise enough money to avert deep cuts to higher education and other state-funded services when the new fiscal year begins on Sunday.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
When it comes to calling for political civility, Steve Scalise has some standing. The genial House Majority Whip is as partisan as they come, but he’s known for not making things personal. Hence his well-documented interparty friendship with congr…
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Now that the great tax compromise of 2018 is on the books, what’s the next act in Louisiana’s never-ending political show?
Monday, June 25, 2018
Although there’s been considerable debate about who’s really been pulling the strings, Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, is the official leader of the state House.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Many national groups hold big meetings in New Orleans every few years, but the American Library Association, which opens its national conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Friday with a big-time speech by Michelle Obama, is special.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
In a vacuum, “We’re No. 49!” doesn’t sound like much of an accomplishment, let alone a rousing rallying cry.
Just when it seemed as if Louisiana’s fall congressional elections would be entirely humdrum, some unexpected drama has suddenly erupted in the fight for the state’s 3rd District.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Given the humanitarian crisis playing out on the country’s southern border and in the locked-down shelters and often far-off foster homes where children ripped from their parents’ arms are being held, it was probably inevitable that political pund…
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
You’d think lawmakers gathered in Baton Rouge for yet another special session would have a sense of urgency, that they’d want to finally take care of business and go home. After all, the fiscal cliff that they’ve been talking about for more than t…