There is a blue civil war coming
December 14, 2012 at 9:28 am
Walter Russell Meade made a very interesting observation on his blog in The American Interest magazine. Meade describes the coming "blue-on-blue" battle arising between public sector unions and liberal Democratic mayors and governors whose states and municipalities are on the verge of bankruptcy due to the ever-escalating cost of public employee retirement benefits.

Deacon ‘G’ appointed to Holy Family Parish
December 14, 2012 at 9:28 am
Deacon W. Gerard Gautrau, who prefers to be known as "G," has been canonically appointed as deacon of Holy Family Parish in Luling by Archbishop Gregory Aymond. He was ordained as a permanent deacon of the Catholic Church by the archbishop at St. Louis Cathedral on Dec. 6.

Status quo defenders challenge education reforms
December 06, 2012 at 9:33 am
In state court this week, Judge Tim Kelley of the 19th JDC heard a suit filed by the Louisiana Association of Educators, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, the Louisiana School Boards Association, and 43 local school districts challenging Act 2, which passed during the recent legislative session.

National elections need overhaul
December 06, 2012 at 9:32 am
The political scene should start getting more interesting in Louisiana now that the dull Presidential election is over for us forgotten citizens. After all, there wasn’t much reason to campaign for the top office among us Pelican State residents whose majority choice was not in question.

State's budget crisis explained
November 29, 2012 at 11:02 am
As the state of Louisiana faces its next annual revenue shortfall (a.k.a. the "fiscal cliff"), apparently, it is necessary to explain the obvious to our politicians.

Landmark voucher law could be derailed
November 29, 2012 at 11:01 am
By John Maginnis

In what may have been the apex of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s power and influence over the Legislature, his team pressed non-stop to push through a far-reaching package of education bills in the first three weeks of this year’s session, which is considered warp speed at the Capitol.

Louisiana ‘fiscal cliff’ redux
November 21, 2012 at 9:10 am
It’s that time of year when Team Jindal tells us the horror story about the "fiscal cliff."

Behind fiscal cliff lies fiscal swamp
November 21, 2012 at 9:09 am
The nation’s long election ordeal is over. While that may be good news, we must temper it with the fact that Congress is now back in session.

What this election will mean to businesses
November 18, 2012 at 10:41 am
The French have an expression: "Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose." The more things change, the more they stay the same. That may well be the most accurate description of the outcome of the 2012 national elections.

Regional elections have wider impact
November 15, 2012 at 10:41 am
By John Maginnis
No candidates ran statewide on the Nov. 6 ballot, but the impacts of three regional races will be felt statewide, one nationally perhaps.

Is civics taught anymore?
November 01, 2012 at 9:49 am
There used to be a course taught in the 10th grade in Louisiana high schools called civics. I don’t know if it is even being taught today. Based strictly on anecdotal evidence, it doesn’t appear to be taught any longer.

Move over Saudi Arabia
November 01, 2012 at 9:48 am
Throughout my 40 years representing the business community—first with the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and then with LABI—I have been a student of energy issues and energy economics. I was in Lafayette when the streets were paved (figuratively speaking) with black gold; and I was there when the oil patch crashed and brought Louisiana down with it.

Spending is a bipartisan obsession
October 25, 2012 at 10:00 am
If you engage with government long enough, as I have, it is hard not to become cynical. Then again, cynics often see an unfiltered version of the truth. At this moment, politics weigh heavily upon voters who care. In a few weeks, we will determine who will occupy the White House and Congressional seats for the next four years. Here in the Bayou State, a tumultuous legislative session looms in the spring. The nexus of much of the turmoil in both Baton Rouge and Washington has to do with the desire to spend money greatly in excess of the amount available to spend.

Doing the Jindal shuffle
October 25, 2012 at 9:59 am
Allegedly due to revenue shortfalls, Gov. Bobby Jindal has issued hiring freezes, pay freezes and the elimination of per diems for those in the Executive Branch of government.

Louisiana, Alabama compete for BP dollars
October 25, 2012 at 9:58 am
By John Maginnis

Here near the peak of both football and election seasons, it seems strange for a Louisiana senator to side with one from Alabama in a dispute in which Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration is agreeing with President Barack Obama’s. The odd bedfellows are hard to keep up with as negotiations with BP move toward a settlement of the federal case brought against it for the massive oil spill in the Gulf in 2010.

How our state stacks up nationally
October 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm
The Tax Foundation has released its 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index. It ranks Louisiana in the bottom half of states at 32nd (the lower the number, the better the score in this index). The Tax Foundation data is timely. Louisiana’s budget problems (many of them self-inflicted) continue to mount, and some in the Legislature are demanding that businesses pay higher taxes.

Exercise your spiritual senses
October 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm
The spiritual reality surrounding us is even so much more real than the natural, physical, tangible realm that we can see, hear and feel each day. It is but a matter of exercising our spiritual senses in order to recognize it.

Politicians argue over who pays for Isaac
October 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm
By John Maginnis

Following Hurricane Isaac, after most of the debris has been removed, power restored and extra food stamps distributed, political squalls continue over who should pay how much of the bill. Not surprisingly, the approaching presidential election gives rise to the latest disturbance.

St. Charles Parish Housing authority ordered to repay $600K
St. Charles Parish Housing authority ordered to repay $600K
The St. Charles Parish Housing Authority has been ordered to repay more than $600,000 because they did not verify the income of those receiving subsidized housing payments and allowed unsafe conditions to persist in Section 8 properties, according to a recent federal audit.