Editorial

‘Louisiana Way’ is hard to leave behind

By John Maginnis

The Louisiana Way is back, if it ever left. The term was famously used by federal prosecutors in the 2000 riverboat racketeering trial of former Gov. Edwin Edwards to describe the corrupt system of bribery, inside dealing and influence peddling by which state politics had operated for decades.

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March 01, 2012 at 2:44 pm
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Recycling needs a fix

If St. Charles Parish wants residents to recycle, it needs to change the present method of doing so. At present, residents are required to deliver their recyclables to collection points in the parish.

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March 01, 2012 at 2:43 pm
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Landrieu fix not enough for rival

By John Maginnis
Even in this bitterly divided Congress, bipartisan cooperation within a delegation is to be expected on issues vital to a state. So it was when Congressman Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, and Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, succeeded in attaching amendments to separate bills to direct 80 percent of the Gulf oil spill fines to the coastal states. The RESTORE Act itself, to accomplish the same goal, is stuck on the congressional calendar, so the language in the bill needs to hitch a ride on one that will pass.

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February 24, 2012 at 9:28 am
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Missed opportunity of 2008

We have all read those stories many times. The professional athlete or new pop idol makes a fortune and in no time spends it all and is worse off than they were before riding the wave of fame. That syndrome is a metaphor to some degree for our state government.

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February 24, 2012 at 9:26 am
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Setting the record straight

This is an on-going effort to assist a project initiated by Team Jindal to make sure the facts are presented to the citizens of Louisiana.

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February 17, 2012 at 9:58 am
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Future of unborn at stake

All of a sudden, the future of the unborn has come into focus.

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February 17, 2012 at 9:57 am
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Reforms needed to reign in state retirement debt

Governor Bobby Jindal recently revealed his legislative package to revamp the way Louisiana funds its state retirement plans. His proposals aim to tackle accumulated unfunded pension debt that began accruing back in 1936 with the creation of the teachers’ retirement system. Eventually, additional systems were established, including those for state police, school employees, and rank-and-file state workers.

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February 10, 2012 at 9:34 am
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Spectacular ending for Super Bowl

We thought the Super Bowl was mainly a sporting event but it turned out to be much more than that Sunday night.

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February 10, 2012 at 9:34 am
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State’s GOP nomination far from democratic

By John Maginnis

Regardless of the results from Florida, the three main Republican presidential contenders say they are in it for the long haul. If so, Louisiana, the 30th state to vote, could still matter when its March 24 primary is held.

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February 03, 2012 at 9:40 am
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‘The Artist’ brings back memories of the past

This writer heard a radio talk show host ask the question recently if anyone read newspapers anymore. I answered that yes they do and that includes the most important and best informed people. And also included are radio people looking for news to report.

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February 03, 2012 at 9:39 am
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Governor throws deep on education

By John Maginnis
Unveiling his plan for revamping K-12 education last week, Gov. Jindal outlined dozens of proposals that go further and deeper than many thought he would or that any previous governor’s reform plans have, spanning tenure, school choice, merit pay, salaries, seniority, pre-K and the hiring and firing powers of superintendents versus school boards. It’s a comprehensive plan, though short on details, that now needs to be crafted into a manageable package of bills for lawmakers to digest and debate.

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January 27, 2012 at 9:54 am
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Plan for coast must move forward

The Louisiana coast has lost 1,883 square miles of land since the 1930s. In another 50 years, it is expected to lose an additional 771 to 1,756 square miles of land . . . unless we go full speed ahead on providing the projects that have already been determined will restore our coast.

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January 27, 2012 at 9:53 am
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Here we go again with assessments

The new year has begun. There will be many new faces in the state legislature that will soon convene to enact and amend laws that will impact our lives. This is also a year in which the state constitution requires that all residential and commercial properties must be reassessed to determine their current values for property tax purposes.Read More...
January 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm
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There’s always next year

Oh, when those Saints go marching in!

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January 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm
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Review Bill of Rights today

By Bill of Rights Institute


The Bill of Rights is a list of limits on government power. For example, what the founders saw as the natural right of individuals to speak and worship freely was protected by the First Amendment’s prohibitions on Congress from making laws establishing a religion or abridging freedom of speech. For another example, the natural right to be free from unreasonable government intrusion in one’s home was safeguarded by the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirements.

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December 16, 2011 at 10:23 am
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Poll shows what’s on politician’s minds

By John Maginnis
The governor’s election did not offer much of a guidepost to the future, mainly because Gov. Bobby Jindal, barely challenged, said little about what he wants to do in his second term.

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December 16, 2011 at 9:09 am
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Construction begins on I-310 project
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Massana Construction has started work on a $609,155 project to install about three miles of median cable barriers along Interstate 310 in Luling.