Borderline bribe precedes loss of license
October 04, 2013 at 9:14 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

In making his transition from puncher to promoter, James Johnson of Shreveport thought it might help his situation to offer the Louisiana Boxing and Wrestling Commission a “large donation” to help move the licensing process along—and he did so in writing.

True Louisiana job figures are finally revealed
September 27, 2013 at 11:10 am
Those of us who live in Louisiana are constantly bombarded by press releases from Team Jindal about all the jobs that Bobby Jindal has created since he has been in office.

Fall brings optimism for business community
September 27, 2013 at 11:09 am
I love this time of year. As summer winds down and the kids head back to school with new shoes, haircuts and attitudes, the air is filled with promises of great grades, perfect classroom behavior and meticulous attention to nightly homework.

What’s next for the budget reform coalition?
September 27, 2013 at 11:08 am
For starters, the organization will continue to be referred to as the Fiscal Hawks, whether its membership likes it or not.

Is a college education necessary?
September 20, 2013 at 10:18 am
There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years about the importance of having a college education.

Farm bill comes down to food stamps again
September 20, 2013 at 10:15 am
By Jeremy Alfrod and John Maginnis

Most folks don’t realize that what’s included in the federal Farm Bill has the potential to touch every corner and affect practically all aspects of Louisiana, from the cornfields in the north and sugar cane in the south to insurance for all of the crops in between.

Words of caution for those in the business community
September 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm
This will be my next to last column as President of LABI. I thought I would use it to share a few words of caution to my friends in the business community.

Legislator pay varies greatly across nation
September 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

According to the latest salary breakdown compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the annual base salary of a Bayou State lawmaker is $16,800. But that doesn’t represent total compensation. Lawmakers also get a $6,000 per year unvouchered expense allowance and a $149 per diem, which is paid out for every day of official work.
The numbers can add up quickly.

Did the attorney general break the law?
September 06, 2013 at 9:45 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

In the ongoing debate over an already-historic lawsuit filed by a New Orleans area levee board against 97 energy companies, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is now accusing Attorney General Buddy Caldwell of breaking the law.

More privacy intrusions unearthed
August 30, 2013 at 9:00 am
Every day seems to unearth more claims of unwarranted privacy intrusions upon private citizens by the National Security Administration (NSA) and the myriad other agencies and contractors that comprise its national security apparatus. Almost as soon as President Obama, members of his administration and key members of Congress deny claims of privacy violations, more evidence appears challenging the veracity of those statements.

Politics finally catch up with Seafood Board
August 30, 2013 at 8:58 am
By Jeremy Alfrod and John Maginnis

Last week saw Ewell Smith resign as executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board after 13 years of service. And despite the lengthy reign, it was really only the last two years that did him in, thanks in large part to coastal lawmakers.

Racial voting trends are changing
August 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

With important federal and state elections just around the corner, consultants, politicians and pollsters are trying to make sense of Louisiana’s voter registration numbers, which have slowly been morphing into a new kind of southern electorate.

Organization funded by taxpayers is not following law
August 09, 2013 at 11:03 am
This is the first of what hopefully will be periodic reports by the Crack Mullet Research Team (“Team”) on Non-Governmental Organizations (“NGO”) funded by the taxpayers of Louisiana that have not complied with the law.
Recently, State Treasurer John Kennedy exposed the fact that many of the NGOs that are funded by the taxpayers of Louisiana have not complied with the law.

Freedom to Pray Act brings Landrieu closer to the right
August 09, 2013 at 10:59 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

Sen. Mary Landrieu’s politics aren’t usually aligned with the Christian Right, but her Freedom to Pray Act does bring her one step closer. It was filed in reaction to a Young Marines Program in north Louisiana that was stripped of Department of Justice money because of voluntary prayer and the mention of God in the program, a pet project of Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington.

Flood protection district files surprise lawsuit
August 02, 2013 at 10:50 am
In a surprise move, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection District- East filed a lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies to try to force them to pay what could be many billions of dollars to remediate deteriorated sections of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Many issues surround the suit, not the least of which is the question as to whether the district has the legal authority to go to court on this matter.

Tuition freedom issue gets recharged
August 02, 2013 at 10:48 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

While legislation granting university boards more control over tuition increases failed to gain the momentum needed in this year’s regular session, the issue is already picking up steam for a 2014 return.

Louisianans deserve to know the truth
July 24, 2013 at 6:17 pm
When Bobby Jindal took office, the unemployment rate in Louisiana was 3.8 percent. In May it was 6.8 percent. As of the end of June it stands at 7 percent.

Property tax reform moving backwards
July 24, 2013 at 6:16 pm
After Kathleen Blanco was elected governor in 2003, I had a meeting with her before her inauguration. One of the items I mentioned to her was the necessity to appoint a conscientious Louisiana Tax Commission (LTC), one that would insure that the elected assessors in the state would accurately appraise property and not play favorites with assessments. I told her that the property tax system in Louisiana was a mess and the LTC could play a key role in cleaning it up.

Strike over: Louisiana members OK deal, returning to work
Strike over: Louisiana members OK deal, returning to work
By Wednesday, more than 500 strikers put down their signs and will start going back to work on Monday at the Norco Manufacturing Complex, ending the first nationwide oil refinery strike in more than 30 years.