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Senate race becomes most expensive ever waged in state
July 18 at 9:27 am
By Jeremy Alford

If you’re already growing weary of seeing all those television ads about Louisiana’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race, then you’ll take little comfort in learning that there’s now more money flowing into the candidates’ campaign accounts than in any other comparable statewide election in recent history.

Alcoholism takes away peace
July 11 at 9:24 am
By "Deacon G"

How many of us at one time or another have had one too many to drink? Perhaps it happened accidentally in our youth. We saw the older kids or adults drinking and since we were told we were too young to drink, we were even more tempted to find out what the “poisoned fruit” was all about.

Testing the Tea: Maness campaign fully steeped in Senate race
July 11 at 9:22 am
By Jeremy Alford

While his campaign for the U.S. Senate has so far been defined by money and endorsements from national tea party groups, retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness of Mandeville could soon have the backing of the Family Research Council’s Action PAC, or political action committee.

We are hope for hopeless
July 04 at 8:00 am
Some of us have experienced times in our lives when things just seemed hopeless. Perhaps we had lost a job and of course it happened right after we came back from vacation.

State bar backs marijuana reform
July 04 at 8:00 am
Feeling that lawmakers were ignoring them, marijuana advocates held a rally at the State Capitol last month to gain traction for their chosen issue.

Hope remains for state transportation reform
June 27 at 9:33 am
By Jeremy Alford

The push by state Sen. Norby Chabert, R-Houma, this year to restructure the strategic decision-making process at the Department of Transportation and Development crossed an important threshold last week with Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature on his cornerstone legislation.

Trustworthiness is a key to success
June 20 at 8:59 am
By "Deacon G"

One of the most valuable keys to success in the business world is trustworthiness.

Dynamics of 6th district race are shaping up
June 20 at 8:58 am
By Jeremy Alford

While a reporter from New York magazine has been in Baton Rouge recently keeping former Gov. Edwin Edwards occupied, the other contenders in the 6th Congressional District have been free to ponder the angles behind state Rep. Lenar Whitney, R-Houma, entering the race.

Do not discard an old friend
June 13 at 9:43 am
By "Deacon G"

What separates “old friends” from a new friend or acquaintance? What is it that earns them the revered title of “old friend?” Certainly it’s not just their age.

Oil industry still steering the discussion post-session
June 13 at 9:39 am
By Jeremy Alford

More than a week after the regular session adjourned, Louisiana’s oil and gas industry is still capping off what has arguably been the most conspicuous policy initiative of the year.

Edwin Edwards running without professional help
June 06 at 10:25 am
By Jeremy Alford

When former Gov. Edwin Edwards announced his 6th District bid in March, he told LaPolitics that he planned on doing something most other serious, and even half-serious, congressional candidates would never do — that is, run without a campaign manager.

When angry, think before you act
May 30 at 9:40 am
By Deacon "G"

Many murders are a result of someone acting out of anger in a misdirected way, often without thinking of the ultimate consequences. This has been going on since the beginning of time, when Cain killed Abel. And yet thousands of years later, we still have not learned our lesson.

As lawmakers complain, Jindal’s poll numbers climb
May 30 at 9:38 am
By Jeremy Alford

Last week when higher education officials were scrambling to figure out whether they would need a seed loan to cover cash-flow payments, Gov. Bobby Jindal was in New York attending a meeting of the Republican Governor’s Association. The following day, when the Appropriations Committee passed a $75 million supplemental bill to re-balance the current fiscal year budget, he was in Florida speaking to the American Federation for Children.

Don’t reward the avoidance of problems
May 23 at 8:00 am
At Monday’s Revenue Estimating Conference (“REC”) meeting, the group rejected including in the FY15 budget $54 million in savings proposed by the New York consulting firm of Alvarez and Marsal as unsubstantiated.

Give people a chance to be good neighbors
May 23 at 8:00 am
Not many of us have lived in the same house our whole lives. We’ve experienced the trial of moving into a new residence, perhaps knowing no one on the street to which we’ve moved or even the neighborhood, town or state. It can cause feelings of loneliness or perhaps depression.

Lawmakers second guess red money keeping budget in black
May 23 at 8:00 am
When the state signed a cooperative endeavor agreement last summer with the Russian-based company EuroChem, lawmakers barely took notice.

Christianity, good citizenship go hand in hand
May 15 at 9:10 am
By Deacon G

How many of us turn on television or read the newspaper and instinctively know that something will be proclaimed wrong with government? And to be truthful, how many of us agree with the criticism before we completely know all the facts of the story? Seems government is the everyday citizen’s “whipping boy.” We blame it for all of the world’s problems, as if it could wave its magic wand and all would be well, yet refuses to do so.

Session enters final stretch
May 15 at 9:01 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

There are only a few weeks remaining until legislators will adjourn their regular session on June 2. For bills that have not passed their house of origin, time is a factor.

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'Covered in blood': Suspect still sought 14 years after New Sarpy club murder
'Covered in blood': Suspect still sought 14 years after New Sarpy club murder
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Fourteen years ago, St. Charles Parish deputies were called to a bloody scene after a group of juveniles had tried to force their way into a New Sarpy club. As deputies were trying to control the crowd in the parking lot, a shot rang out from inside the club and a stream of people came running out of the building.