Patience and love help overcome stress in busy life

For some of us, stress in our lives begins from the moment we wake up until the moment our heads hit the pillow at night.Read More...
August 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Self-financing is becoming a trend in this election cycle

It’s not unheard of to have a self-financed candidate in a major Louisiana campaign. But to see seven statewide candidates, including one incumbent and a regional officeholder, dipping into their own pockets during the same reporting period is somewhat unusual. Read More...
August 21, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Former lawmaker wants to dual register as GOP, Dem

Former state Rep. Damon Baldone attempted to change his party affiliation to both Democrat and Republican — a dual registration — on Monday morning with the Terrebonne Parish Registrar of Voters, but was refused and he is now taking the matter to court. Read More...
August 14, 2015 at 11:30 am

A peek into Jindal’s inner sanctum

Despite holding the title of governor of Louisiana for over 7-1/2 years, we know very little about Bobby Jindal beyond his carefully-crafted public persona and well-scripted talking points.Read More...
August 07, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Outside political players are flocking to legislative races

Given the treacherous tax votes that state lawmakers took during this year’s regular session, many now find themselves on the defensive as the fall election season kicks into high gear. Read More...
August 07, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Next year’s U.S. Senate race revving up already

With senior U.S. Sen. David Vitter running for governor, and leading the polling and fundraising wars, three high-octane Republican politicians are already sounding like likely candidates, including Congressmen Charles Boustany and John Fleming and state Treasurer John Kennedy.Read More...
July 31, 2015 at 11:35 am

Louisiana campaign money rules being tested

For the first time in the long history of Louisiana politics super PACS are poised to play a defining role in statewide elections as nearly every candidate for governor has an independent money group backing their efforts. Read More...
July 24, 2015 at 11:12 am

Business scorecard delivers poor grades for most of Legislature

The annual legislative scorecard compiled by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry was released Tuesday and includes a grade of “F” for 94 members of the Louisiana Legislature. Read More...
July 17, 2015 at 9:58 am

How do we find peace in our lives?

Do you ever just plop down on the down on the sofa and say, “Dang, I’m tired? I’m worn out from all the running around today.Read More...
July 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Uncertainty clouds state’s fiscal future

The state’s new fiscal year started on July 1 with a budget that lawmakers and the Jindal Administration say is balanced, but Louisiana’s longterm financial outlook remains as murky as ever as tax collections fail to impress and an ongoing review by national credit rating agencies is nearing completion. Read More...
July 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Voters could make four constitutional changes in fall

In what will be a noticeable change of pace, voters will only have to read through four proposed constitutional amendments on the Oct. 24 ballot, including two that would institute substantive changes to the way transportation projects are funded. Read More...
July 02, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Last-minute vote in House ruled invalid

A measure to significantly alter how the House elects its speaker, the chief presiding officer in the lower chamber, was passed with no advance notice and no debate during the waning moments of the recently-adjourned regular session.Read More...
June 26, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Citizens are lunch for legislators

“Today, I don’t feel like we’re a band of brothers,” [Sen. J.P. Morrell] said. “I feel like we’re packs of wolves.”
- LaPolitics Weekly, June 12, 2015
June 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm

What makes a man a true father?

There are many men to which we can ascribe the title of father. Read More...
June 19, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Tough session for business may lead to tougher re-elections

The business lobby notched a small win on the final day of the legislative session last week when a handful of bills targeting Louisiana companies and the taxes they pay were given a three-year expiration dates. But it only slightly sweetened what was otherwise an an unsavory end to a painful two months. Read More...
June 19, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Legislators’ misplaced priorities

Our Louisiana legislators are paying lip service, but, apparently, not attention to the fact that the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 has at least a $1.6 billion deficit.Read More...
June 12, 2015 at 4:34 pm

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Animal Shelter's petting zoo is a hit
Animal Shelter's petting zoo is a hit
Wide-eyed and adorable, baby possums equaled the tabby kittens in popularity at the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter's first petting zoo at this year's parish summer camp.