New state tax tudy gets underway

By Jeremy Alford

When LSU economist and Revenue Estimating Conference member Jim Richardson conducted his first major tax study in 1987, he was pleased to discover it had a great shelf life. Read More...
September 12, 2014 at 11:08 am

Lie, cheat, steal and fail

By Deacon G

How does lying, cheating and stealing creep into peopleís lives?Read More...
September 05, 2014 at 10:21 am

November turnout forecasted at 45-50 percent

By Jeremy Alford

While bogged down with qualifying candidates last month, Secretary of State Tom Schedler didnít lose sight of the true endgame coming in November and December. Read More...
September 05, 2014 at 10:18 am

Pornography is another silent killer

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because a person can walk around for years without warnings or symptoms, and then out of nowhere it makes its grand entrance in the form of a heart attack or stroke. Read More...
August 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Governor being watched closely as exit approaches

With expectations mounting that Gov. Bobby Jindal will soon announce his campaign for president, attention is turning to not only who he will bring along with him but also what will transpire politically back home during the transition. Read More...
August 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Agency ordered to ignore tax collection

The state constitution prohibits the legislature from passing a new tax or increasing an existing tax in a Regular Session in an even-numbered year. Read More...
August 22, 2014 at 10:40 am

Ground game, turnout could decide Senate race

While hopes are high for turnout this fall, a new report from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate suggests that Louisianaís midterm face-offs may amount to nothing special in terms of votes cast. Read More...
August 22, 2014 at 10:38 am

Education is a parentís responsibility

By "Deacon G"

With the start of the new school year, letís look back to the first day we can remember going to school. For some of us it was frightful. As we were being separated from the security of our home for the very first time, we perhaps received more than a gentle nudge to get on the bus. Read More...
August 15, 2014 at 10:03 am

Some union memberships dip in volatile climate

By Jeremy Alford

Declines in membership are posing serious challenges for some teachers unions, but even those experiencing growth spurts are uncertain what the future political environment will look like in a state thatís trending both conservative and pro-business. Read More...
August 15, 2014 at 10:02 am

Dems, GOP target Ď15 session for shared agenda

By Jeremy Alford

While the Democratic and Republican parties in Louisiana have decided to team up to pursue unlimited fundraising possibilities on the federal level, there may also be a shared legislative agenda in the works on the state level for the 2015 session. Read More...
August 08, 2014 at 9:26 am

Analysis: Louisiana Democrats running in presidentís shadow

By Jeremy Alford

If President Barack Obamaís poll numbers, and those for his health care law, havenít yet bottomed out in the Bayou State, then Democrats, accruing to pollsters and consultants, surely donít want to know what the statistical floor actually looks like.Read More...
August 01, 2014 at 10:15 am

Edwards reveals income for campaign

By Jeremy Alford

As a requirement for running for Congress in the 6th District, former Gov. Edwin Edwards has filed his financial disclosure statement with the U.S. House showing his income in 2013 totaling $242,787. Read More...
July 25, 2014 at 10:45 am

Senate race becomes most expensive ever waged in state

By Jeremy Alford

If youíre already growing weary of seeing all those television ads about Louisianaís hotly contested U.S. Senate race, then youíll take little comfort in learning that thereís now more money flowing into the candidatesí campaign accounts than in any other comparable statewide election in recent history. Read More...
July 18, 2014 at 9:27 am

Alcoholism takes away peace

By "Deacon G"

How many of us at one time or another have had one too many to drink? Perhaps it happened accidentally in our youth. We saw the older kids or adults drinking and since we were told we were too young to drink, we were even more tempted to find out what the ďpoisoned fruitĒ was all about.Read More...
July 11, 2014 at 9:24 am

Testing the Tea: Maness campaign fully steeped in Senate race

By Jeremy Alford

While his campaign for the U.S. Senate has so far been defined by money and endorsements from national tea party groups, retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness of Mandeville could soon have the backing of the Family Research Councilís Action PAC, or political action committee. Read More...
July 11, 2014 at 9:22 am

We are hope for hopeless

Some of us have experienced times in our lives when things just seemed hopeless. Perhaps we had lost a job and of course it happened right after we came back from vacation.Read More...
July 04, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Card reader device found in Racetrac ATM in St. Rose
Card reader device found in Racetrac ATM in St. Rose
A "skimmer" or device that records credit card numbers was found on an ATM at the Racetrac at 512 Almedia Road in St. Rose.