After six months of research, the New Orleans City Planning Commission (CPC) staff released its study on short-term rentals (STRs) last week. The study's findings and recommendations back up what STR opponents have said since the former City Council passed its much-criticized STR ordinances … Read more

We’ve all heard about the “brain drain” of Louisiana scholars — bright and talented young people who have to leave the state to make a living — but what about our homegrown musicians who have to do the same? This week brings our annual Music Issue, where we spotlight up-and-coming New Orlean… Read more

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has enough on her plate with ongoing Sewerage & Water Board issues, the height of hurricane season, crime, police manpower shortages, street repairs and a deadline looming to submit her first budget to the City Council. She doesn't need to pile another c… Read more

The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Board would really like to build a hotel attached to the Convention Center — so badly it wants taxpayers to pay for much of it. Last month, the nonpartisan Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) looked into a proposal to build the hotel and concluded it … Read more

Republicans, who tend to be absolutists when it comes to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, aren't so fond of the First Amendment these days, according to a recent survey by a respected nonpartisan polling firm. A poll of voters nationwide by Ipsos found that a significant plural… Read more

The Louisiana Legislature wrapped its third special session of the year with a compromise tax and budget plan that avoided the “fiscal cliff” that lawmakers themselves created. The cliff would have kicked in July 1, the start of the state’s fiscal year, when a temporary fifth penny of state … Read more

As the U.S. and the world blanched at the images and sounds of immigrant children warehoused in cages along the nation’s southern border, watching President Donald Trump’s administration and its apologists flail and fail to justify the policy horror they created has been instructive — for th… Read more

U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy has become the darling of the Washington press corps for his colorful turns of phrase. They are captivated by his faux-homespun utterances, such as his absurdly ubiquitous, "I'd rather drink weed killer" than support the Affordable Care Act. His popularity on the… Read more

On June 4, the day the website WalletHub declared Louisiana to have the worst economy of all 50 states, the Republican-controlled Louisiana Legislature demonstrated that it's a big part of the problem. In the regular legislative session, lawmakers failed to adopt a fully funded state budget,… Read more