|A tale of 2 states’ unemployment experience
July 19 at 9:28 am
Last month, the North Carolina Legislature enacted legislation to corral its expanding federal debt for unemployment compensation (UC) benefits to its unemployed.
|Looking Back Part III: The Tort Reform Special Session of 1996
July 03 at 7:50 am
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.
|No fat in state budget?
April 25 at 9:37 am
There is a public perception and a perception by the leges that Tim Barfield is in charge of the Louisiana Department of Revenue.
|Battle for the Senate taking shape
September 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm
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.
July 20, 2012 at 8:49 am
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.
|Stockman takes the Fed to the woodshed
March 16, 2012 at 10:22 am
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.
|Education, retirement will bring debate
March 09, 2012 at 9:46 am
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.
|The end of the beginning
January 13, 2012 at 10:04 am
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.
|Red ink woes plague Louisiana budget
December 22, 2011 at 10:34 am
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.
|Fiscal plight of European Union, euro
November 18, 2011 at 9:55 am
|Democrats have major say in Republican elections
November 04, 2011 at 9:16 am
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.
|What the Occupation Wall Street crowd should focus on
October 28, 2011 at 9:37 am
The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) crowd has ensconced itself in New York City and doesn’t appear to be going home anytime soon.
|Clarity coming for health care law
October 07, 2011 at 9:12 am
This column has made the point repeatedly that one of the major drags on the U.S. economy comes from the uncertainty that the business community faces in determining how government laws and regulations will impact its costs going forward.
|Representative’s budget attacks crony capitalism
September 16, 2011 at 9:33 am
If you don’t know much about Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee in Washington, you may want to Google him. You will be hearing a lot from him and about him in the years to come.
|America’s workforce deserves better
September 09, 2011 at 9:23 am
Once again, Labor Day approaches. For the third consecutive year, it is a time of considerable anxiety for America's workforce. Wages are stagnant while prices for basic commodities are rising. Housing values are depressed.
|EPA’s new air rule is harmful, scary
September 02, 2011 at 9:26 am
When I was a kid, there was a personable little cartoon character named Casper the Friendly Ghost. He was harmless, likeable, and not at all scary once you got to know him.
|Good news/bad news of downgraded credit rating
August 26, 2011 at 9:09 am
The bad news is the U.S. credit rating was recently downgraded by Standard and Poor’s. In essence, that rating agency said the soundness of our government’s finances is more risky than that of nations like England, France, Canada and Australia.
|Economically, nation is running on empty
August 12, 2011 at 9:16 am
I don’t know where I’m running now,
I’m just running on
Running on-running on empty Running on-running blind Running on-running into the sun
But I’m running behind.
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Wildcats will have to stop physical Ruston rushing attack to advance - 674 views
After dominating Terrebonne 44-0 in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs, the Destrehan Wildcats will host a Ruston squad that prides itself on its physical rushing attack.
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