Editorial




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 Louisiana’s image.


What’s at the end of the road?
June 07, 2013 at 9:20 am
The Senate Finance Committee approved increasing the state’s 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 state’s 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 wouldn’t 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 won’t 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 don’t 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.

Old 2-year college try
May 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm
by John Maginnis

In the past five hard years of higher education’s declining state support, rising tuition, defecting faculty and deteriorating facilities, college leaders have stuck together and let the Board of Regents coordinate their requests for funding from the Legislature. A lot of good that did them.

Gunfire hits close to home
May 16, 2013 at 11:58 am
It was a horrifying sight to see some 19 people gunned down while watching a second line march on Mother’s Day.

We need to stop the election madness
May 16, 2013 at 11:57 am
It seems every few weeks there is an election in Louisiana. Whether it is a special election or a school board wants to pass a tax issue, voters are being overloaded with too many elections.

Economy of southeast Louisiana set to grow in several directions
May 16, 2013 at 11:56 am
Southeast Louisiana could soon be one of the most productive metropolitan areas in the country.

House doesn’t address huge fiscal concerns
May 16, 2013 at 11:55 am
On Friday, as I watched the Louisiana House of Representatives debate the state’s Fiscal Year (FY) 14 budget I couldn’t help but wonder what happened to certain fiscal concerns that I didn’t hear addressed in the debate.

Is B.R. becoming D.C.?
May 10, 2013 at 9:29 am
The more I watch the goings on at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, the more it looks like the U.S. Capitol in D.C.


House set to advance $300 million business tax increase
May 10, 2013 at 9:28 am
The House Ways and Means Committee advanced a package of bills Monday that will become vehicles for a proposed $329 million tax increase. Of that total, $315 million would come from businesses. That would represent the largest tax increase on businesses in recent times (perhaps ever). The size of the tax increase will have a huge negative effect on economic development, but beyond the size, the haphazard way the plan is designed would lead to huge implementation problems and great uncertainty about Louisiana’s tax code for businesses.


Obamacare heads towards troubled waters
April 25, 2013 at 9:36 am
There is good news and bad news for the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The good news is that it is nearing full implementation next January 1. The bad news is that the legislation remains unpopular with the voters, and it is highly likely that the launch of the program will be problematic at best.


Unsolicited advice on tax reform
April 19, 2013 at 9:24 am
One positive aspect of being around a long time is seeing lots of folks whack at the pińata of reform with varying degrees of success. I, too, have taken my swings at the paper mâche donkey and occasionally saw the candy hit the ground. Tax reform is arguably the toughest genre of reform to achieve. Why? Because everyone is impacted by the tax code, and everyone becomes a stakeholder in the process. In most other areas of reform, fewer people care about what is happening. That isn’t the case when government at any level starts to dictate what taxpayers can keep and what they must render to Caesar.


We can’t let crazies run our lives
April 19, 2013 at 9:24 am
Explosions occurring this week at the Boston Marathon lead us to believe that the president of North Korea is not the only crazy person in the world. Everywhere you go there can be tragedy caused by those who have some inexplicable reason to cause it.


New lunch joint will open on River Road in Luling
New lunch joint will open on River Road in Luling
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The former site of P.J.’s Po Boys in Luling will re-open in January as Fatty’s Shack, which will cater to a lunchtime crowd.