A Duck Dynasty candidate for lieutenant governor?

Since his showing last year in the 5th CongressionalDistrict race, when he was barely edged out of the runoff, Duck Dynasty cousin Zach Dasher’s political future has been wide open — and now it includes speculation about running for the second highest statewide Louisiana office.Read More...
April 10, 2015 at 9:42 am

Statewide officials looking at fee changes

With the governor opposed to any net tax increases this session, practically every corner of state government is turning to fees as an avenue to generate additional dollars for the upcoming fiscal year. Read More...
March 20, 2015 at 10:42 am

Radio ad pulls Jindal into governor’s race

State Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, has thrown the first media jab in the race for governor with a radio spot that started airing on black radio stations two weeks ago in the Acadiana region. Read More...
March 13, 2015 at 10:44 am

Think twice before anointing politician a ‘reformer’

It has become common to equate a new face in government with positive change. That is particularly true when that person has little or no track record in government.Read More...
March 06, 2015 at 1:28 pm

Transportation allies refuse to take backseat to budget

Heading into the fall of 2014, before oil prices dropped, the Common Core education standards reignited a controversial debate and the proverbial wheels completely fell off of the state budget, transportation advocates were driving with momentum. Read More...
March 06, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Legislative fight over union dues resurrected

The reshuffling of embers and the chair on the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee has given yet another life to the debate over union dues. Read More...
February 27, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Governor’s field still waiting on Landrieu

Some say he will. Others downright call it unfathomable. Most simply have no idea what he’ll do. Read More...
February 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Jindal: No on tax increases, maybe on fees

While proposals to increase taxes may be dead on arrival when reaching Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk, the administration seems willing to at least review fee changes this session, based on a request for comment by LaPolitics. Read More...
February 06, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Removing uncertainty from the state budget

A story in a Baton Rouge newspaper reports various proposed efforts to balance the state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.Read More...
January 30, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Public undecided on budget solutions

“There’s no consensus.”
January 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm

The gift of life of little Suzanne

I remember my grandmother (Meemaw) and mother sharing with me the story of little Suzanne. She was Meemaw’s fifth child. My mother was 9 years old at the time of Suzanne’s birth. I can still tear up as I reminisce of the love in their hearts for Suzanne as they shared about her life and death.Read More...
January 23, 2015 at 10:39 am

By 2020, half of state legislature may be gone

Term limits were approved by Louisiana voters in 1995 by a vote of 76 percent, but they didn’t go into effect until roughly eight years ago. Read More...
January 23, 2015 at 10:38 am

Do we just live for the moment?

In the 1966 British movie “Alfie,” the title song poses the questions “What’s it all about, Alfie? Is it just for the moment we live?” These questions are ones that each of us must answer for ourselves.Read More...
January 16, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Major state tax study taking shape

As the public conversation about tax incentives grows louder and lawmakers move ever closer to the term-ending fiscal session of 2015, pressure is building for a comprehensive tax study being overseen by Louisiana State University and partly underwritten by the state. Read More...
January 16, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Latest poll predicts Democrat-Republican runoff for governor

Louisiana’s open primary system allows for all candidates, regardless of party, to run on a single ballot, which in races for governor has traditionally created a runoff with a Republican versus a Democrat.Read More...
January 09, 2015 at 9:28 am

Treasurer considering leap to attorney general

As speculation about a possible campaign for governor grew over the past few months, Treasurer John Kennedy was actually, very quietly, paving a path to run for attorney general, sources tell LaPolitics. But he has not yet decided if the race is right for him.Read More...
December 19, 2014 at 9:55 am

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St. Charles friends make funkadelic hit on N.O. scene
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Playing Jazz Fest is the dream gig for Noisewater, but in the meantime this funkadelic band with members from St. Rose and Luling is making a noise on the New Orleans music scene.