Education is a parent’s responsibility

By "Deacon G"

With the start of the new school year, let’s look back to the first day we can remember going to school. For some of us it was frightful. As we were being separated from the security of our home for the very first time, we perhaps received more than a gentle nudge to get on the bus. Read More...
August 15, 2014 at 10:03 am

Some union memberships dip in volatile climate

By Jeremy Alford

Declines in membership are posing serious challenges for some teachers unions, but even those experiencing growth spurts are uncertain what the future political environment will look like in a state that’s trending both conservative and pro-business. Read More...
August 15, 2014 at 10:02 am

Dems, GOP target ‘15 session for shared agenda

By Jeremy Alford

While the Democratic and Republican parties in Louisiana have decided to team up to pursue unlimited fundraising possibilities on the federal level, there may also be a shared legislative agenda in the works on the state level for the 2015 session. Read More...
August 08, 2014 at 9:26 am

Analysis: Louisiana Democrats running in president’s shadow

By Jeremy Alford

If President Barack Obama’s poll numbers, and those for his health care law, haven’t yet bottomed out in the Bayou State, then Democrats, accruing to pollsters and consultants, surely don’t want to know what the statistical floor actually looks like.Read More...
August 01, 2014 at 10:15 am

Edwards reveals income for campaign

By Jeremy Alford

As a requirement for running for Congress in the 6th District, former Gov. Edwin Edwards has filed his financial disclosure statement with the U.S. House showing his income in 2013 totaling $242,787. Read More...
July 25, 2014 at 10:45 am

Senate race becomes most expensive ever waged in state

By Jeremy Alford

If you’re already growing weary of seeing all those television ads about Louisiana’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race, then you’ll take little comfort in learning that there’s now more money flowing into the candidates’ campaign accounts than in any other comparable statewide election in recent history. Read More...
July 18, 2014 at 9:27 am

Alcoholism takes away peace

By "Deacon G"

How many of us at one time or another have had one too many to drink? Perhaps it happened accidentally in our youth. We saw the older kids or adults drinking and since we were told we were too young to drink, we were even more tempted to find out what the “poisoned fruit” was all about.Read More...
July 11, 2014 at 9:24 am

Testing the Tea: Maness campaign fully steeped in Senate race

By Jeremy Alford

While his campaign for the U.S. Senate has so far been defined by money and endorsements from national tea party groups, retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness of Mandeville could soon have the backing of the Family Research Council’s Action PAC, or political action committee. Read More...
July 11, 2014 at 9:22 am

We are hope for hopeless

Some of us have experienced times in our lives when things just seemed hopeless. Perhaps we had lost a job and of course it happened right after we came back from vacation.Read More...
July 04, 2014 at 8:00 am

State bar backs marijuana reform

Feeling that lawmakers were ignoring them, marijuana advocates held a rally at the State Capitol last month to gain traction for their chosen issue. Read More...
July 04, 2014 at 8:00 am

Hope remains for state transportation reform

By Jeremy Alford

The push by state Sen. Norby Chabert, R-Houma, this year to restructure the strategic decision-making process at the Department of Transportation and Development crossed an important threshold last week with Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature on his cornerstone legislation.Read More...
June 27, 2014 at 9:33 am

Trustworthiness is a key to success

By "Deacon G"

One of the most valuable keys to success in the business world is trustworthiness.Read More...
June 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

Dynamics of 6th district race are shaping up

By Jeremy Alford

While a reporter from New York magazine has been in Baton Rouge recently keeping former Gov. Edwin Edwards occupied, the other contenders in the 6th Congressional District have been free to ponder the angles behind state Rep. Lenar Whitney, R-Houma, entering the race. Read More...
June 20, 2014 at 8:58 am

Do not discard an old friend

By "Deacon G"

What separates “old friends” from a new friend or acquaintance? What is it that earns them the revered title of “old friend?” Certainly it’s not just their age.Read More...
June 13, 2014 at 9:43 am

Oil industry still steering the discussion post-session

By Jeremy Alford

More than a week after the regular session adjourned, Louisiana’s oil and gas industry is still capping off what has arguably been the most conspicuous policy initiative of the year. Read More...
June 13, 2014 at 9:39 am

Edwin Edwards running without professional help

By Jeremy Alford

When former Gov. Edwin Edwards announced his 6th District bid in March, he told LaPolitics that he planned on doing something most other serious, and even half-serious, congressional candidates would never do — that is, run without a campaign manager. Read More...
June 06, 2014 at 10:25 am

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