Dan Juneau

Let’s take our cities back from criminals - one block at a time

It was a Rosa Parks moment for Cathy Toliver. Returning home from church on Sunday, she found three young burglars in her Baton Rouge home stealing her possessions. She refused to assume the role of victim. Instead, she ran them out and chased them through her neighborhood, hollering through her car windows for neighbors to call the police.Read More...
June 13, 2007 at 2:36 pm

Feds have put you $516,348 in debt & you don’t even know it

Our state Legislature seems determined at this point to bring fiscal irresponsibility to new heights as it fashions the state budget for next year. Read More...
June 06, 2007 at 3:06 pm

The Katrina Factor meets politics

Two interesting sources of information came to light during the past week.Read More...
October 11, 2006 at 4:18 pm

Federal money used for coastal restoration must actually solve the problem

One of the biggest issues facing Louisiana is the preservation of its coastal regions. Loss of coastal areas impacts hurricane safety, wildlife and fisheries, and private property. Read More...
September 27, 2006 at 2:38 pm

The Congressional election tide is rolling in

Last Tuesday, a large number of states held their Congressional primaries leading up to the November elections. For months, the conventional wisdom among pundits and prognosticators has been that the Republicans will lose control of the House of Representatives in Washington and could lose the Senate, as well. Six weeks is still an eternity in an election, but the trends afoot don't seem to back up the conventional wisdom. Can the Republicans still lose both the House and the Senate? Absolutely. Some critics outside of the Democratic circles would even argue that they should lose in order to be brought back to their senses, especially on fiscal issues.Read More...
September 20, 2006 at 1:39 pm

Lead us not into temptation

Sometime between now and the end of December, the state will release the amount of surplus revenue available after the books are closed on Fiscal Year 2005-06.Read More...
September 13, 2006 at 1:35 pm

A year later

The mainstream media were loaded with stories recently about the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It almost seems insensitive for me to admit that I felt pain again while watching the replays of the nation's worst natural disaster. Read More...
September 06, 2006 at 1:36 pm

Can we learn from the Mexicans?

Until recently, Mexico had a long history of election fraud, intimidation and outright suppression of voting.Read More...
July 13, 2006 at 11:46 am

An unresolved problem

When the state appropriations bill emerged from the House, it had a conspicuous passenger - a $150 million line item for hurricane evacuations. Governor Blanco's floor leaders argued that the money was needed to pay state expenses for mandatory evacuations from future hurricanes. That explanation rang hollow to many Capitol observers, since it would equate to seven mandatory evacuations in one year.Read More...
July 07, 2006 at 10:29 am

The means, the motivation and the opportunity

The two most obvious areas needing attention in the aftermath of last year's devastating hurricanes were the levee system and housing. While efforts are being made to address those two important issues, another critical aspect of life in Louisiana remains reeling from the effects of the storms. Healthcare-particularly for the indigent and the uninsured-was under great stress before Katrina and Rita slammed into the state. Now, 10 months after the initial disaster, the crisis has worsened exponentially.Read More...
June 28, 2006 at 2:24 pm

Another one bites the dust

At the moment, only four days remain in the legislative session. Time enough to do harm, time enough to do good-and perhaps time enough to add a bit more to the record level of state spending. The voters who pay attention to the legislative process will probably focus on two things in the 2006 Regular Session: The first is the record budget headed for the governor's desk; the second is the ethanol mandate that will likely hit them in their wallets. Read More...
June 22, 2006 at 10:55 am

Bush, Bilbray, Busby and control of congress

The scrimmages are ending, and game time is near. In the rough and tumble world of congressional politics, sides are being chosen. The whistle is about to blow for the real contests that will decide if the Republicans keep their majorities in both chambers of Congress, or if the Democrats take the trophies back. Read More...
June 14, 2006 at 11:25 am

Class action lawsuit loophole

Last year, Congress did something it rarely does these days; it passed a major reform in the face of strong opposition. Responding to many well-documented abuses, Congress enacted a compromise bill on class action lawsuit reform. Class action petitions were flooding state courts prior to the reform and, on too many occasions, the plaintiffs got coupons and their attorneys got lots of cash. One of the primary provisions of the federal bill was to channel most of the class action suits into federal court. However, the bill made a clear exception: Class action cases brought by a state's attorney general could still be heard in state courts.Read More...
June 07, 2006 at 3:04 pm

Two sides of Ethanol

Legislation mandating that 2 percent of gasoline and diesel fuels sold in Louisiana must soon contain ethanol and bio-diesel blends will probably be on Governor Blanco's desk shortly. She has committed to signing the legislation in order to promote an alternative market for Louisiana farmers. Read More...
May 31, 2006 at 2:38 pm

Insurance dilemma

One of the major problems remaining in the wake of Katrina and Rita is the huge number of insurance claims that must be resolved. Literally hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were damaged by the storms. Many of the claims have already been settled, but many more involve coverage questions that are not easily resolved. The huge number of claims in itself has taxed the claims settlement process to its limits. Read More...
May 24, 2006 at 12:13 pm

Good people, tough times

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita impacted 81,000 businesses in the State of Louisiana, most of them small businesses. Unless you are in their shoes, it is difficult to understand what the affected small businesses are going through. Imagine for a moment that, in the span of 24 hours, your store or office is heavily damaged, your customer base is greatly reduced, your workforce is dispersed, and you find out that your insurance does not cover all of your losses. Those are just some of the problems that tens of thousands of small business owners are facing in the aftermath of the storms.
May 17, 2006 at 1:48 pm

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Gunman on the run after robbing Popeyes
Gunman on the run after robbing Popeyes
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the armed robbery of a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on U.S. Highway 90 in Boutte.