Editorial

Price of oil getting political

While oil prices, and predictions about where they’re going, don’t paint a pretty picture for the state of Louisiana, we’re unlikely to see a true and complete portrait of their effect on the current fiscal year budget until the next governor is sworn in. Read More...
September 11, 2015 at 12:46 pm
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Deja vu on ammo, weapons hoarding

Past Times by Terry Jones

The head of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service declared in a news release that the “great game of hoarding” ammunition by “greedy individuals” was unsportsmanlike. Read More...
September 04, 2015 at 7:34 am
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Oil prices drop is a double whammy in taxes, services

At the Aug. 14 meeting of the State Revenue Estimating Conference we learned revenue predictions from oil revenues for the current fiscal year were based on $62 a barrel. Read More...
September 04, 2015 at 6:37 am
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New tort group targeting legislative elections

With a budget that could reach $2 million, the newly-created Louisiana Lawsuit Fairness Committee (LLFC) may emerge in the coming weeks as one of the biggest players involved in this year’s state House and Senate races.Read More...
September 04, 2015 at 6:31 am
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Look that gift horse in the mouth

During the 2015 regular session the legislators pass a “temporary” (wink, wink, nod, nod) 1 percent tax increase (HCR 8) on all non-residential electrical utilities.Read More...
August 28, 2015 at 2:54 pm
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Several groups poised to get into play in BESE races

The elections for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education around the state could become expensive if the slate of so-called reform candidates from 2011 face serious challenges this go around. Read More...
August 28, 2015 at 2:43 pm
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Patience and love help overcome stress in busy life

For some of us, stress in our lives begins from the moment we wake up until the moment our heads hit the pillow at night.Read More...
August 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm
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Self-financing is becoming a trend in this election cycle

It’s not unheard of to have a self-financed candidate in a major Louisiana campaign. But to see seven statewide candidates, including one incumbent and a regional officeholder, dipping into their own pockets during the same reporting period is somewhat unusual. Read More...
August 21, 2015 at 1:44 pm
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Former lawmaker wants to dual register as GOP, Dem

Former state Rep. Damon Baldone attempted to change his party affiliation to both Democrat and Republican — a dual registration — on Monday morning with the Terrebonne Parish Registrar of Voters, but was refused and he is now taking the matter to court. Read More...
August 14, 2015 at 11:30 am
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A peek into Jindal’s inner sanctum

Despite holding the title of governor of Louisiana for over 7-1/2 years, we know very little about Bobby Jindal beyond his carefully-crafted public persona and well-scripted talking points.Read More...
August 07, 2015 at 12:33 pm
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Outside political players are flocking to legislative races

Given the treacherous tax votes that state lawmakers took during this year’s regular session, many now find themselves on the defensive as the fall election season kicks into high gear. Read More...
August 07, 2015 at 12:23 pm
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Next year’s U.S. Senate race revving up already

With senior U.S. Sen. David Vitter running for governor, and leading the polling and fundraising wars, three high-octane Republican politicians are already sounding like likely candidates, including Congressmen Charles Boustany and John Fleming and state Treasurer John Kennedy.Read More...
July 31, 2015 at 11:35 am
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Louisiana campaign money rules being tested

For the first time in the long history of Louisiana politics super PACS are poised to play a defining role in statewide elections as nearly every candidate for governor has an independent money group backing their efforts. Read More...
July 24, 2015 at 11:12 am
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Business scorecard delivers poor grades for most of Legislature

The annual legislative scorecard compiled by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry was released Tuesday and includes a grade of “F” for 94 members of the Louisiana Legislature. Read More...
July 17, 2015 at 9:58 am
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How do we find peace in our lives?

Do you ever just plop down on the down on the sofa and say, “Dang, I’m tired? I’m worn out from all the running around today.Read More...
July 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm
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Uncertainty clouds state’s fiscal future

The state’s new fiscal year started on July 1 with a budget that lawmakers and the Jindal Administration say is balanced, but Louisiana’s longterm financial outlook remains as murky as ever as tax collections fail to impress and an ongoing review by national credit rating agencies is nearing completion. Read More...
July 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm
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Fugitive arrested, accused of stealing from Catfish Festival
Fugitive arrested, accused of stealing from Catfish Festival
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The Des Allemands man accused of stealing more than $12,000 from the 2014 Louisiana Catfish Festival and fleeing police has been arrested and charged with theft and writing worthless checks.