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

Hippos in the heartland

By Terry Jones, Past Times

We all fantasize about that hunt of a lifetime.
Mine would be floating down Bayou Teche on a balmy winter day.Read More...
November 06, 2015 at 11:40 am

Republicans positioned for small gains in Legislature

While not by much more compared to the current term, Republicans will continue to have a majority in the Legislature.Read More...
November 06, 2015 at 11:37 am

Election ballots printed, more removals possible

The secretary of state’s office has finished printing the ballots for the Oct. 24 election, but there are still a handful of candidates who may see their names removed in the coming weeks. Read More...
October 02, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Goodness and love will pursue me

“Only goodness and love will pursue me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.” (Ps 23:6) Read More...
September 11, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Price of oil getting political

While oil prices, and predictions about where they’re going, don’t paint a pretty picture for the state of Louisiana, we’re unlikely to see a true and complete portrait of their effect on the current fiscal year budget until the next governor is sworn in. Read More...
September 11, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Deja vu on ammo, weapons hoarding

Past Times by Terry Jones

The head of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service declared in a news release that the “great game of hoarding” ammunition by “greedy individuals” was unsportsmanlike. Read More...
September 04, 2015 at 7:34 am

Oil prices drop is a double whammy in taxes, services

At the Aug. 14 meeting of the State Revenue Estimating Conference we learned revenue predictions from oil revenues for the current fiscal year were based on $62 a barrel. Read More...
September 04, 2015 at 6:37 am

New tort group targeting legislative elections

With a budget that could reach $2 million, the newly-created Louisiana Lawsuit Fairness Committee (LLFC) may emerge in the coming weeks as one of the biggest players involved in this year’s state House and Senate races.Read More...
September 04, 2015 at 6:31 am

Look that gift horse in the mouth

During the 2015 regular session the legislators pass a “temporary” (wink, wink, nod, nod) 1 percent tax increase (HCR 8) on all non-residential electrical utilities.Read More...
August 28, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Several groups poised to get into play in BESE races

The elections for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education around the state could become expensive if the slate of so-called reform candidates from 2011 face serious challenges this go around. Read More...
August 28, 2015 at 2:43 pm

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