I remember the day like it was yesterday, even though it was a half-century ago. My eighth grade classmates and I were sitting in the stands of the Holy Cross School gymnasium when the kid next to me struck up a conversation. Read more

City Council President Jason Williams’ announcement last week that he will run for district attorney in 2020 reminded me of how New Orleanians will sit down at any one of our city’s many great restaurants and spend an hour talking about where they’re going to eat their next great meal, even … Read more

There's widespread evidence to support the proposition that money determines the outcome of an election, but that notion could be turned on its head when Louisiana voters decide whether to repeal the state's outlier law allowing nonunanimous jury verdicts in felony cases. Read more

The federal mid-term elections are a nonevent in Louisiana, but Jefferson Parish has some red-hot school board races. In several of the seven contested board elections, the Nov. 6 primary is another showdown between business interests and the teachers union. Then, of course, there's the cont… Read more

Tragedy often brings opportunity along with loss. Hurricane Katrina brought unprecedented devastation to New Orleans, but in the storm's aftermath natives and newcomers banded together to rebuild the city in ways great and small. It changed our landscape, our politics, and our culture — just… Read more

The most important lesson I learned as a history major is that history repeats itself, mostly because we human beings haven’t changed much in the past 3,500 years. As Shakespeare put it, “What’s past is prologue.” Read more

Nothing tests a New Orleans mayor's mettle like a hurricane. Although Tropical Storm Gordon bypassed the city completely — it hit our neighbors to the east instead and produced little rainfall locally — the runup to the storm's eventual landfall gave us an early look at how LaToya Cantrell h… Read more

Politicians never say “never” when it comes to elections, but Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni may be the exception that proves the rule. The consensus among parish politicos (not counting Yenni, of course) is he’ll never get re-elected. Read more

The demotion of Charles Rice from Entergy New Orleans (ENO) president into a new role as legal adviser came as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to the local utility’s foibles in recent years. That change may not be the only one among ENO brass. Read more