New year, new day, new beginning
January 10, 2014 at 9:20 am
"Deacon G" Gautrau

Finally, a new year. We can look back on last year and review just how things turned out. Certainly there were good things and bad things that happened, some over which we had control and others not. Did we go through life allowing things to happen to us or did we make things happen? What will we do this year to affect the outcome? Do we have a plan?

Vitter still mulling decision on governor’s race
January 10, 2014 at 9:17 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

In a recent interview with LaPolitics.com, U.S. Sen. David Vitter said there were no ulterior motives to his December announcement about his possible run for governor. But it was definitely an incomplete declaration and a definitive answer is expected sometime this month.

‘Gold standard’ depends on perspective
January 03, 2014 at 10:32 am
An analysis in Sunday’s Baton Rouge Advocate is headlined: “5 Years later, does Gov. Jindal’s ethics system work?”

Reality of the ranking system
January 03, 2014 at 10:30 am
How much stock do you put in rankings?

Another poll puts Vitter ahead in governor’s race
January 03, 2014 at 10:23 am
In polling both a large field of candidates for governor and a small one, a new statewide survey leaked to LaPolitics.com shows that U.S. Sen. David Vitter holds a small lead over New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne.

Perfect Christmas gift cost nothing
December 20, 2013 at 9:18 am
By “Deacon G” Gautrau

What are we getting for Christmas? What do we really want? What is the best present we could possibly receive? Where will we find that present? What will we give others?

Mandatory parenting classes being considered
December 20, 2013 at 9:16 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

Should new parents be required by law to attend special classes before being permitted to raise their child? It’s an idea state Rep. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, is seriously considering.

Is optimism based on wishful thinking?
December 13, 2013 at 9:37 am
Last week, the Lege Fiscal Office (“LFO”) reported that it was “cautiously optimistic” that tax revenues for the current fiscal year would come in as anticipated.

Tax amnesty money usually laundered by lawmakers
December 13, 2013 at 9:35 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford
Sources in the Legislature and the Department of Revenue tell LaPolitics.com that this year’s tax amnesty program generated in excess of what was originally budgeted. While the official overage has not yet been announced, that means lawmakers will indeed have some extra cash to spend.

Advent is a time for preparation
December 09, 2013 at 10:01 am
By “Deacon G” Gautrau

Black Friday has come and gone, so has Cyber Monday. Are we prepared for Christmas?

Lieutenant governor post drawing wide interest
December 09, 2013 at 9:58 am
With Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne expected to announce for governor—he already has a campaign website—the post he would vacate is attracting a large field of potential successors.

Special Report: Katrina general capitol-bound
November 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm
Standing on the grounds in front of the State Capitol last weekend, Russel Honoré joined other independent authors pushing their wares at the Louisiana Book Festival.

Some stories are more complex than others
November 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm
You can’t judge a book by its cover. I can only assume that some marketing-minded publisher way back when originally coined this phrase in an effort to overcome a horrendous cover and boost readership and sales of a well-written book.

Advocate editorial shoots the messenger
November 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm
The editorial in a Baton Rouge newspaper is so cynical that it would make a world-class cynic look like a Pollyanna.

Special election rattles state’s political landscape
November 22, 2013 at 9:42 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

Political newcomer Vance McAllister of Swartz pulled off his second big election surprise in a row by easily defeating the early favorite in the Nov. 16 runoff in the 5th Congressional District.

House speaker opens door to tuition changes
November 15, 2013 at 9:26 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis
Legislation granting university boards more control over tuition didn’t make it through this year’s regular session, but House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, said he’s willing to give it another chance in 2014.

Alexander unqualified to be vets secretary
November 08, 2013 at 9:14 am
Here’s what Bobby Jindal said when he was running for governor in 2007: “Ensure that cabinet secretaries…are unquestionably ethical.”

Fundraising has two faces for Cassidy
November 08, 2013 at 9:12 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

The fundraising gap in the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Mary Landrieu and Congressman Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, is not getting smaller and is actually larger than reported.

Fire destroys Ormond  family home
Fire destroys Ormond family home
As flames engulfed Ray Tyree’s home of 20 years in Destrehan last Thursday all he could think about was the fire consuming their precious memories until he realized there were people gathering all around.

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