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Legislative task force targets reforms lawmakers

Legislators managed to pass tax increases and budget cuts during the first, and maybe last, special session of the year but they admittedly fell short of making any structural changes. Read More...
March 09 at 4:34 pm
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Louisiana House politics are under a microscope

Never before have the Louisiana House of Representative’s politics been under so much much scrutiny. Read More...
February 05 at 5:41 pm
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I’m sorry, will you forgive me?

By "Deacon G" Gautrau
How many of us have done something for which we should have asked forgiveness, but haven’t?Read More...
February 28, 2014 at 10:49 am
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Analysis: Vitter gives Democrats the next move

By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

It may be unprecedented to have three statewide-elected Republicans, all with their own individual strengths and weaknesses, eyeing the same seat in Louisiana, but U.S. Sen. David Vitter has made it a reality with his announcement for governor early Tuesday morning. Read More...
January 24, 2014 at 10:39 am
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A tale of 2 states’ unemployment experience

Last month, the North Carolina Legislature enacted legislation to corral its expanding federal debt for unemployment compensation (UC) benefits to its unemployed.Read More...
July 19, 2013 at 9:28 am
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Looking Back Part III: The Tort Reform Special Session of 1996

For years the civil justice system in Louisiana was one of the worst in the nation in spite of very few bills being passed by the Legislature to liberalize tort laws and generate more lawsuits.Read More...
July 03, 2013 at 7:50 am
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No fat in state budget?

There is a public perception and a perception by the leges that Tim Barfield is in charge of the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

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April 25, 2013 at 9:37 am
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Battle for the Senate taking shape

With less than two months to go before the Nov. 6 election, the focus of the media is on the presidential race. Power in Washington is perceived to reside in the White House and understandably so. However, power on the Potomac also splits between President Obama and a divided Congress.

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September 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm
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Hagler-Hearns revisited?

I will never forget "The War" between boxers "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler and Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns fought on April 15, 1985. I watched it at a closed-circuit big screen TV location. A state legislator from the Bayou Lafourche region was sitting in front of me. Right before the bell rang for Round One, he turned to me and asked if I wanted to put $50 on the fight but told me I would have to take Hagler.

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July 20, 2012 at 8:49 am
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Stockman takes the Fed to the woodshed

It is the scariest thing I have read in a long time. Unfortunately, it is hard to argue with much of the message it contains. Read More...
March 16, 2012 at 10:22 am
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Education, retirement will bring debate

In less than two weeks, the 2012 Regular Session of the Legislature will be gaveled to order. There will be new faces in both chambers, new leaders in the House and Senate, and a bevy of controversial issues that will make life interesting for the lawmakers. Members of the Legislature do not relish controversy. Read More...
March 09, 2012 at 9:46 am
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The end of the beginning

Winston Churchill’s comments about the Battle of Egypt in 1942 popped into my mind when the Iowa Caucus vote was in: "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." Presidential campaigns before the age of state primaries lasted about six months maximum. Today they go on for two years-if they ever really stop. Iowa, perhaps, is the end of the beginning for 2012.Read More...
January 13, 2012 at 10:04 am
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Red ink woes plague Louisiana budget

Just 29 days before Governor Jindal and the 144 members of the Legislature are to be sworn in, they got a strong hint that governing might not be a bed of roses during the next four years.

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December 22, 2011 at 10:34 am
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Fiscal plight of European Union, euro

November 18, 2011 at 9:55 am
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Democrats have major say in Republican elections

The recent state elections gave a little more clarity to political trends in Louisiana. It is disappointing that only 35 percent of the registered voters in the state exercised their right to select their leaders in government, but that 35 percent is a good sample to help analyze the political landscape in the Bayou State as it currently exists.
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November 04, 2011 at 9:16 am
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What the Occupation Wall Street crowd should focus on

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) crowd has ensconced itself in New York City and doesn’t appear to be going home anytime soon.
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October 28, 2011 at 9:37 am
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New HHS principal: 'It's good to be home'
New HHS principal: 'It's good to be home'
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Laura Abbey admits she's still getting used to the feeling of sitting in her principal's chair, looking out of the "fish bowl" in the middle of Hahnville High School and at the teachers and students relying on her to lead them.
But while she admits that thought is a bit nerve-wracking, the new Hahnville principal wouldn't trade her position.