Mandatory parenting classes being considered
December 20, 2013 at 9:16 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

Should new parents be required by law to attend special classes before being permitted to raise their child? It’s an idea state Rep. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, is seriously considering.

Is optimism based on wishful thinking?
December 13, 2013 at 9:37 am
Last week, the Lege Fiscal Office (“LFO”) reported that it was “cautiously optimistic” that tax revenues for the current fiscal year would come in as anticipated.

Tax amnesty money usually laundered by lawmakers
December 13, 2013 at 9:35 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford
Sources in the Legislature and the Department of Revenue tell LaPolitics.com that this year’s tax amnesty program generated in excess of what was originally budgeted. While the official overage has not yet been announced, that means lawmakers will indeed have some extra cash to spend.

Advent is a time for preparation
December 09, 2013 at 10:01 am
By “Deacon G” Gautrau

Black Friday has come and gone, so has Cyber Monday. Are we prepared for Christmas?

Lieutenant governor post drawing wide interest
December 09, 2013 at 9:58 am
With Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne expected to announce for governor—he already has a campaign website—the post he would vacate is attracting a large field of potential successors.

Special Report: Katrina general capitol-bound
November 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm
Standing on the grounds in front of the State Capitol last weekend, Russel Honoré joined other independent authors pushing their wares at the Louisiana Book Festival.

Some stories are more complex than others
November 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm
You can’t judge a book by its cover. I can only assume that some marketing-minded publisher way back when originally coined this phrase in an effort to overcome a horrendous cover and boost readership and sales of a well-written book.

Advocate editorial shoots the messenger
November 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm
The editorial in a Baton Rouge newspaper is so cynical that it would make a world-class cynic look like a Pollyanna.

Special election rattles state’s political landscape
November 22, 2013 at 9:42 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

Political newcomer Vance McAllister of Swartz pulled off his second big election surprise in a row by easily defeating the early favorite in the Nov. 16 runoff in the 5th Congressional District.

House speaker opens door to tuition changes
November 15, 2013 at 9:26 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis
Legislation granting university boards more control over tuition didn’t make it through this year’s regular session, but House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, said he’s willing to give it another chance in 2014.

Alexander unqualified to be vets secretary
November 08, 2013 at 9:14 am
Here’s what Bobby Jindal said when he was running for governor in 2007: “Ensure that cabinet secretaries…are unquestionably ethical.”

Fundraising has two faces for Cassidy
November 08, 2013 at 9:12 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

The fundraising gap in the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Mary Landrieu and Congressman Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, is not getting smaller and is actually larger than reported.

An examination in state surplus
November 01, 2013 at 9:24 am
Recently, Team Jindal announced a potential (unconfirmed) $162.9 million surplus for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

Not all legislatures paid the same, report shows
November 01, 2013 at 9:22 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

While all Louisiana legislators receive the same base salary, those in leadership positions receive bonuses. Plus, payments for per diems and mileage can help even the lowliest lawmaker land a spot in the top rung alongside the best paid from both chambers.

Legislative auditor’s influence is growing
October 25, 2013 at 9:26 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

When he was nominated for the position of legislative auditor in 2010, Daryl Purpera told then Times-Picayune reporter, now Senior Audit Analyst Ed Anderson, “What we want to be is a fact-finder, not a prosecutor.”

Yet another myth from our legislators
October 25, 2013 at 9:26 am
Whenever the leges are unable to accomplish something, they complain about the governor having too much power. They say the answer to reducing the governor’s power is to have a constitutional convention.

Lawyer fees spark political argument
October 18, 2013 at 9:42 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

The question of how lawyers should be paid for representing governmental bodies has sparked a public argument between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and former Congressman Jeff Landry, an exchange that’s beginning to show sings of turning into an election battle in 2015.

Common Core controversy on BESE's agenda
October 11, 2013 at 9:39 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

The controversy over Common Core has reached the responsible party. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold hearings on the new guidelines for instruction and testing at its meetings that begin Oct. 15.

Gators use Davis Pond  Diversion as a fish buffet
Gators use Davis Pond Diversion as a fish buffet
There are big, leathery prehistoric creatures with an intense gaze hanging out at the Davis Pond diversion structure near Ama.

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