Did the attorney general break the law?
September 06, 2013 at 9:45 am
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

In the ongoing debate over an already-historic lawsuit filed by a New Orleans area levee board against 97 energy companies, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is now accusing Attorney General Buddy Caldwell of breaking the law.

More privacy intrusions unearthed
August 30, 2013 at 9:00 am
Every day seems to unearth more claims of unwarranted privacy intrusions upon private citizens by the National Security Administration (NSA) and the myriad other agencies and contractors that comprise its national security apparatus. Almost as soon as President Obama, members of his administration and key members of Congress deny claims of privacy violations, more evidence appears challenging the veracity of those statements.

Politics finally catch up with Seafood Board
August 30, 2013 at 8:58 am
By Jeremy Alfrod and John Maginnis

Last week saw Ewell Smith resign as executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board after 13 years of service. And despite the lengthy reign, it was really only the last two years that did him in, thanks in large part to coastal lawmakers.

Racial voting trends are changing
August 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm
By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

With important federal and state elections just around the corner, consultants, politicians and pollsters are trying to make sense of Louisiana’s voter registration numbers, which have slowly been morphing into a new kind of southern electorate.

Organization funded by taxpayers is not following law
August 09, 2013 at 11:03 am
This is the first of what hopefully will be periodic reports by the Crack Mullet Research Team (“Team”) on Non-Governmental Organizations (“NGO”) funded by the taxpayers of Louisiana that have not complied with the law.
Recently, State Treasurer John Kennedy exposed the fact that many of the NGOs that are funded by the taxpayers of Louisiana have not complied with the law.

Freedom to Pray Act brings Landrieu closer to the right
August 09, 2013 at 10:59 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

Sen. Mary Landrieu’s politics aren’t usually aligned with the Christian Right, but her Freedom to Pray Act does bring her one step closer. It was filed in reaction to a Young Marines Program in north Louisiana that was stripped of Department of Justice money because of voluntary prayer and the mention of God in the program, a pet project of Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington.

Flood protection district files surprise lawsuit
August 02, 2013 at 10:50 am
In a surprise move, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection District- East filed a lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies to try to force them to pay what could be many billions of dollars to remediate deteriorated sections of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Many issues surround the suit, not the least of which is the question as to whether the district has the legal authority to go to court on this matter.

Tuition freedom issue gets recharged
August 02, 2013 at 10:48 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

While legislation granting university boards more control over tuition increases failed to gain the momentum needed in this year’s regular session, the issue is already picking up steam for a 2014 return.

Louisianans deserve to know the truth
July 24, 2013 at 6:17 pm
When Bobby Jindal took office, the unemployment rate in Louisiana was 3.8 percent. In May it was 6.8 percent. As of the end of June it stands at 7 percent.

Property tax reform moving backwards
July 24, 2013 at 6:16 pm
After Kathleen Blanco was elected governor in 2003, I had a meeting with her before her inauguration. One of the items I mentioned to her was the necessity to appoint a conscientious Louisiana Tax Commission (LTC), one that would insure that the elected assessors in the state would accurately appraise property and not play favorites with assessments. I told her that the property tax system in Louisiana was a mess and the LTC could play a key role in cleaning it up.

Contenders emerge in race for top attorney
July 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm
Potential challengers already have Attorney General Buddy Caldwell looking over his shoulder. But with more than $406,000 in the bank, the Democrat-turned-Republican can look toward his 2015 re-election bid with some confidence as well.

Need an LSU tuition break?
July 19, 2013 at 9:29 am
With the annual increases in tuition at LSU coupled with the rising interest rate for student loans, obviously, the students and their parents could use some help with paying for the cost of getting an education at LSU.

Audit turns spotlight on tax assessments
July 19, 2013 at 9:26 am
An investigation conducted by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office not only poses questions about the state Tax Commission’s practices, but also its politics.

Taxpayers forced to pay for outside counsel to defend Louisiana
July 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm
On Friday, the Louisiana Supreme Court handed-down a decision declaring unconstitutional the only piece of Bobby Jindal’s 2012 "pension reform" plan to pass the legislature. The court said it didn’t pass.

Train wreck delayed, not prevented
July 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm
The Obama administration announced on July 2 that the Jan. 1, 2014 deadline for many employers to provide health insurance for their employees or pay a penalty was being pushed back by one year.

Legislators let Jindal finish their work
July 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm
Legislators left Baton Rouge last month feeling pretty full of themselves for having defied the governor by rewriting his budget to their liking.

Senate President Doesn’t Want Veto Session
July 03, 2013 at 7:47 am
Members of the Legislature’s upper chamber usually do what their popular Senate president wants them to do.

Partisanship has no place in regulatory bureaucracies
June 27, 2013 at 11:24 am
Much has been said, and deservedly so, about the IRS targeting conservative non-profit groups regarding their applications for tax-exempt status.


Humane Society Pet of the Week: Oreo
Humane Society Pet of the Week: Oreo
This week’s St. Charles Humane Society’s showcase pet is Oreo the dog....
Need for the food bank is growing
Need for the food bank is growing
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Parish President candidates address department heads
Parish President candidates address department heads
Do you feel the parish’s current department heads have done a good job under the V.J. St. Pierre administration? Why or why not? Do you plan to make any major changes to the administration if you were elected parish president?