Delinquent taxpayers will help balance budget
May 09, 2014 at 10:57 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

With lawmakers working to plug holes in the state budget that takes effect July 1, a new amnesty program is on the move that could offer delinquent taxpayers much more in the way of waivers than originally projected.

BESE members already drawing challengers
May 02, 2014 at 9:51 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Holly Boffy, who was the state teacher of the year in 2010, could have another distinguished former educator challenging her next year.

Congressman may have kissed his career goodbye
April 25, 2014 at 11:57 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.

Moret backtracks on state’s ‘booming economy’
April 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm
In a fit of unusual candor, the ethically-challenged head of economic development, Stephen Moret, admitted that Louisiana was NOT experiencing an economic boom.

Easter is a time to rejoice
April 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm
Have you planned a special celebration for Easter Sunday?

Will GOP endorse Cassidy campaign?
April 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.

Bill would put turnout target on tax elections
April 11, 2014 at 11:48 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford
State Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, wants lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment that would force local governments and political subdivisions to adhere to new guidelines for tax elections. The coming debate could be a barnburner, pitting the business lobby against school boards, parish councils, police juries, mayors and other local entities.

Marriage - Who needs a piece of paper?
April 04, 2014 at 9:17 am
By “Deacon G” Gautrau

Most of us wouldn’t buy a car from someone who couldn’t supply us with a clear title. We wouldn’t just bring any infant home from the hospital without a birth certificate telling us the baby is ours and we wouldn’t buy a house without a warranty deed. There are things we can’t do without a license, such as driving, hunting or fishing.

Mary Landrieu takes aim at ‘Jindal Gap’
April 04, 2014 at 9:15 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

Even though she’s busy running her own race, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is lending a hand to the policy campaign being undertaken by state Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa.

To give life or to take it
March 28, 2014 at 11:37 am
For some women, becoming pregnant is the happiest day of their lives. For others, it can become one of the saddest days. Why is there such a divergence in emotions?

A very different hayride for Edwards
March 28, 2014 at 11:35 am
Former Gov. Edwin Edwards, 86, is traveling a campaign trail that’s dissimilar in many ways from the one he successfully maneuvered last in 1991.

Bernhard making rounds for governor
March 07, 2014 at 9:24 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently has told several people involved in Democratic politics that he intends to run for governor in 2015. According to three of those sources, Bernhard told them he will be a candidate, while another said Bernhard told him he is “strongly considering” the race.

Race for attorney general has many facets
February 28, 2014 at 10:47 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford
Former Congressman Jeff Landry announced Monday that he wants to be Louisiana’s top lawyer and will be challenging incumbent Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in 2015.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day every day
February 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm
By "Deacon G" Gautrau
“A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.” (Frank A. Clark)

Another Super PAC tiptoes into Senate race
February 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

Why should U.S. Sen. David Vitter have all the fun? He shouldn’t, according to the architects of the new Blue Pelican Super PAC that is being built up to support the re-election of senior Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Jindal budget ‘shell game’
February 07, 2014 at 9:10 am
Still scratching my head over where Bobby Jindal found the extra $50 million in state funds to give to higher education in his proposed FY15 budget, but I may have found the source.

Abortion poll sets stage for legislative debates
February 07, 2014 at 9:05 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

After surviving attempts by lawmakers to defund it last year, Planned Parenthood is circulating the results of a November poll that suggest voters’ attitudes about reproductive health and pregnancy in Louisiana do not fit neatly along a pro-life to pro-choice continuum.

I didn’t get to say goodbye
January 31, 2014 at 12:41 pm
By "Deacon G" Gautrau

This morning I woke up dead. I know it because I just read my name in the death notices.


Luling writer publishes child’s book set in the area
Luling writer publishes child’s book set in the area
Alberta Helmes Dunn wanted to write something unique so she combined two classical...
Kids share their version of Thanksgiving recipes and blessings
Kids share their version of Thanksgiving recipes and blessings
Before they all left for Thanksgiving break, area elementary students were asked...

Des Allemands  mother welcomes  indictment  in daughter’s  brutal murder
Des Allemands mother welcomes indictment in daughter’s brutal murder
It has been a hard wait for Jolene Dufrene, but she welcomed the news that the New Orleans man accused of brutally murdering her daughter in June has been indicted on multiple charges.