|Train wreck delayed, not prevented
July 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm
The Obama administration announced on July 2 that the Jan. 1, 2014 deadline for many employers to provide health insurance for their employees or pay a penalty was being pushed back by one year.
|Legislators let Jindal finish their work
July 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm
Legislators left Baton Rouge last month feeling pretty full of themselves for having defied the governor by rewriting his budget to their liking.
|Senate President Doesnít Want Veto Session
July 03, 2013 at 7:47 am
Members of the Legislatureís upper chamber usually do what their popular Senate president wants them to do.
|Partisanship has no place in regulatory bureaucracies
June 27, 2013 at 11:24 am
Much has been said, and deservedly so, about the IRS targeting conservative non-profit groups regarding their applications for tax-exempt status.
|Early Senate contest waged in Washington
June 27, 2013 at 11:20 am
If youíre looking for signs of life locally out of next yearís battle for the U.S. Senate, then look further north. Thatís where Sen. Mary Landrieu, a New Orleans Democrat, and GOP Congressman Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge, her lead challenger on the 2014 ballot, are plying their trade.
|Session ends but problems, conflicts continue
June 21, 2013 at 10:46 am
Perhaps the kindest thing that can be said about the 2013 Regular Session of the Legislature is that it didnít result in the need for a follow-up Special Session.
|State construction is a vicious cycle
June 21, 2013 at 10:45 am
The taxpayers of Louisiana are constantly paying for new state buildings because maintenance of existing buildings is not a priority.
|Does Jindalís lame duck status float?
June 21, 2013 at 10:43 am
Though 30 months remain in Gov. Bobby Jindalís second term, political observers are looking closely for signs that his power has crested or that his tight grip on state government has loosened. While he is term-limited, this may not be Jindalís final stretch in the Governorís Mansion; he has hinted at times to a future comeback, in the tradition of former governors Earl Long and Edwin Edwards.
|Driverís license or passport needed?
June 14, 2013 at 9:24 am
Recent federal law requires that in order to use oneís driverís license as an I.D. for boarding a flight on a commercial airline the license must include certain information in the magnetic strip.
|Huey Long Bridge Run great way to spend Fatherís Day
June 14, 2013 at 9:21 am
If youíre into running and sightseeing, thereís no better way to spend Fatherís Day Sunday than to go to Bridge City and enter the first Huey P. Long Bridge Run. There will be a lot of memories revealed in the minds of at least the older folks in our community.
|Looking back at the election from hell
June 07, 2013 at 9:20 am
Perhaps the lowest point in my career with LABI and my involvement with Louisiana politics was the infamous "Election from Hell" in 1991: Edwin Edwards versus David Duke. Throughout the month after the October primary election, media from around the world descended upon Louisiana to chronicle the race between the scandal-tainted former governor and the Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. One would win and one would lose, but the real loser in this race was Louisianaís image.
|Whatís at the end of the road?
June 07, 2013 at 9:20 am
The Senate Finance Committee approved increasing the stateís Operating Budget mostly using more one-time and highly-suspect revenues.
|Will Jindal, Landrieu face off?
June 07, 2013 at 9:19 am
By Jim Brown
Two seasoned political pros, who have lost a bit of their luster, may make the same big grab for political limelight in Washington. And what would be a surprise to many, they just might be racing against each other. Incumbent Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, the stateís longest serving statewide elected official, is hoping to extend her career in Washington for another six years. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who has lost a good bit of his traction on the national scene and is looking for a place to land, may be taking a close look at challenging Landrieu next year.
|Obama administration - where ignorance is bliss
May 31, 2013 at 9:39 am
If FDR had the same advisors that Barack Obama has, he wouldnít have known that Pearl Harbor had been bombed until media reports filtered back to the mainland.
|Senator misses the mark
May 31, 2013 at 9:38 am
In the Sunday Advocate, Sen. Dan Claitor said this regarding House Bill 703: [T]he legislation [is] "a political poke in the eye and a waste of our time."
|Jindal wonít hear of tax to aid deaf
May 31, 2013 at 9:37 am
By John Maginnis
Given the steep decrease in telephone land lines and the explosion in cell phones, the legislative bill to adjust the tax to pay for telecommunications services for the deaf seemed fair and reasonable.
|Legislators just donít get the message
May 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm
One of the few things that almost all voters in Louisiana agree on is that we have too many elections.
|Beware the ides of May
May 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm
Three weeks are left in the 2013 regular session of the Legislature, and much water is left to run under the legislative bridge before sine die adjournment on June 6. The biggest issue left to resolve is the state budget, which has developed into a three-way tug of war between the House, the Senate and the governor.
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