Lawmakers gearing up for their other session

While political eyes and ears are tuned into the ongoing special session, which was called to address a historic set of budget shortfalls, lawmakers are having to juggle their responsibilities to make time for the upcoming regular session that promises to host its own variety of policy debates. Read More...
March 04, 2016 at 10:00 am

Tax chair at center of special session

The special session has been dominated so far by tax issues, which can only originate in the House of Representatives, which in turn has allowed the lower chamber to set the pace over the past week or so.Read More...
February 26, 2016 at 5:58 am

4 simple ways to stop a cyber thief

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February 26, 2016 at 4:02 am

Caucus chair: Stop vote switching in House

The chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the Legislature’s lower chamber has introduced a resolution that would remove the provision in House rules that allows representatives to switch, or correct, their votes.Read More...
February 17, 2016 at 3:44 pm

The historic ‘chase hunters’

Pasttimes by TerryJones

Two hundred and fifty years ago, hunting was one of Louisiana’s most lucrative occupations. Read More...
February 12, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Mardi Gras: Family, economy, community

“Show’em the wave, Tom!” a friend yelled to Nolan “Tom Poose” Boudreaux, king of this year’s Krewe of Lul as the St. Charles Parish Council expressed appreciation for the area’s Mardi Gras celebrations and observances.Read More...
February 12, 2016 at 6:09 pm

Felons issue could surface in regular session

With the Louisiana Supreme Court siding with former state legislator Derrick Shepherd and ruling unconstitutional the provision barring convicted felons from running for office for 15 years after their sentences end, the question now becomes what’s next. Read More...
February 12, 2016 at 6:07 pm

The healing power of ‘letting love be sincere’

As a family member returns home, we might hug him or her, and we might also kiss.Read More...
February 05, 2016 at 5:45 pm

Edwards administration met with surprise pay raises

During the final weeks and months of former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s tenure, leading up to his last regular workday on Jan. 8, his office and cabinet heads implemented millions of dollars worth of pay raises for state employees and made nearly two dozen board and commission appointments that were not publicized. Read More...
January 29, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Health care costs will take a bigger bite out of Social Security

Financial Tidbits by Ryan LeBlanc
January 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Speaker election adds to legislative politics

Roughly an hour before he was sworn into office last week, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards, the first Louisiana governor ever elected directly from the state House, saw the limits of his power tested when representatives selected a Republican speaker.Read More...
January 22, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Bills being filed ahead of regular session

Although the regular session doesn’t convene until March 14, and the new Legislature was just fully sworn in on Monday, lawmakers are already requesting and filing bills. Read More...
January 15, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Tales of Louisiana panthers

Past Times by Terry Jones

Recently, trail cameras and the killing of a cougar in Bossier City have proven what hunters have known for a long time—there are “panthers” roaming Louisiana’s woods.
In the old days, encounters with cougars were common and sometimes fatal.Read More...
January 08, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Louisiana Dems preparing for internal elections

The March elections for the Democratic State Central Committee and the subsequent vote, if needed, for the next chairman, aren’t necessarily being guided by Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards, the first Democratic governor elected in Louisiana in 12 years. Read More...
January 08, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Politics should be as calm as this year’s hurricane season

Hooray! The 2015 hurricane season is over for Louisiana this week. Read More...
December 04, 2015 at 6:21 pm

Lawmakers privately warming to budget ideas

With an expected 2016-2017 budget deficit between $700 million and $1 billion, or possibly more, House members are continuing to meet privately on fiscal matters ahead of next year’s legislative sessions, which are expected to be stacked with tough decisions.Read More...
November 20, 2015 at 3:51 pm

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“Andre’s Great Day” is Trina Triche’s newly published book about a teenage boy’s play day but with the fun problem of how to spend $100 his dad gave him.