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.

Borderline bribe precedes loss of license
October 04, 2013 at 9:14 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

In making his transition from puncher to promoter, James Johnson of Shreveport thought it might help his situation to offer the Louisiana Boxing and Wrestling Commission a “large donation” to help move the licensing process along—and he did so in writing.

True Louisiana job figures are finally revealed
September 27, 2013 at 11:10 am
Those of us who live in Louisiana are constantly bombarded by press releases from Team Jindal about all the jobs that Bobby Jindal has created since he has been in office.

Fall brings optimism for business community
September 27, 2013 at 11:09 am
I love this time of year. As summer winds down and the kids head back to school with new shoes, haircuts and attitudes, the air is filled with promises of great grades, perfect classroom behavior and meticulous attention to nightly homework.

What’s next for the budget reform coalition?
September 27, 2013 at 11:08 am
For starters, the organization will continue to be referred to as the Fiscal Hawks, whether its membership likes it or not.

Is a college education necessary?
September 20, 2013 at 10:18 am
There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years about the importance of having a college education.

Farm bill comes down to food stamps again
September 20, 2013 at 10:15 am
By Jeremy Alfrod and John Maginnis

Most folks don’t realize that what’s included in the federal Farm Bill has the potential to touch every corner and affect practically all aspects of Louisiana, from the cornfields in the north and sugar cane in the south to insurance for all of the crops in between.

Words of caution for those in the business community
September 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm
This will be my next to last column as President of LABI. I thought I would use it to share a few words of caution to my friends in the business community.

Legislator pay varies greatly across nation
September 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

According to the latest salary breakdown compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the annual base salary of a Bayou State lawmaker is $16,800. But that doesn’t represent total compensation. Lawmakers also get a $6,000 per year unvouchered expense allowance and a $149 per diem, which is paid out for every day of official work.
The numbers can add up quickly.


Humane Society Pet of the Week
Humane Society Pet of the Week
This week’s St. Charles Humane Society’s showcase pet is Jake the dog.
Crafty Destrehan couple work together on art
Crafty Destrehan couple work together on art
Under the great oaks of Destrehan Plantation, Mary Alice Smith and her husband,...

Parkway, turnovers deny Destrehan
Parkway, turnovers deny Destrehan
For the first time since 2012, Destrehan lost a game on its home field — and with it, a chance to return to the Superdome.