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

The first day of the Louisiana Legislature's special session to address the state's $648 million budget gap got off to a familiar start: It was rancorous and partisan. One noteworthy exception: Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, a Republican, addressed a crowd a… Read more

The first day of the Louisiana Legislature's special session to address the state's $648 million budget gap got off to a familiar start: It was rancorous and partisan. One noteworthy exception: Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, a Republican, addressed a crowd a… Read more

At the end of their first week in office, members of the new New Orleans City Council held an informal meet-and-greet for their constituents at New Orleans City Park. It was a chance for citizens not only to meet their council representatives in a relaxed setting, but also to collect names a… Read more

At the end of their first week in office, members of the new New Orleans City Council held an informal meet-and-greet for their constituents at New Orleans City Park. It was a chance for citizens not only to meet their council representatives in a relaxed setting, but also to collect names a… Read more

It's easy to get caught up in what's wrong with New Orleans at the expense of what's right about the city. Two things happened recently that should make us all happy — and grateful: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival had a spectacular run, and the New Orleans Pelicans had a truly g… Read more

It's easy to get caught up in what's wrong with New Orleans at the expense of what's right about the city. Two things happened recently that should make us all happy — and grateful: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival had a spectacular run, and the New Orleans Pelicans had a truly g… Read more

Most politicians get a honeymoon period after they're elected — constituents allow them a few mulligans as they get used to their new duties. LaToya Cantrell, who takes office as New Orleans' 51st mayor this week, may get no do-overs, however. There are several reasons why. Read more