Moret backtracks on state’s ‘booming economy’

In a fit of unusual candor, the ethically-challenged head of economic development, Stephen Moret, admitted that Louisiana was NOT experiencing an economic boom.Read More...
April 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Easter is a time to rejoice

Have you planned a special celebration for Easter Sunday?
April 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Will GOP endorse Cassidy campaign?

With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.Read More...
April 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Bill would put turnout target on tax elections

By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford
State Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, wants lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment that would force local governments and political subdivisions to adhere to new guidelines for tax elections. The coming debate could be a barnburner, pitting the business lobby against school boards, parish councils, police juries, mayors and other local entities. Read More...
April 11, 2014 at 11:48 am

Marriage - Who needs a piece of paper?

By “Deacon G” Gautrau

Most of us wouldn’t buy a car from someone who couldn’t supply us with a clear title. We wouldn’t just bring any infant home from the hospital without a birth certificate telling us the baby is ours and we wouldn’t buy a house without a warranty deed. There are things we can’t do without a license, such as driving, hunting or fishing.Read More...
April 04, 2014 at 9:17 am

Mary Landrieu takes aim at ‘Jindal Gap’

By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

Even though she’s busy running her own race, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is lending a hand to the policy campaign being undertaken by state Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa. Read More...
April 04, 2014 at 9:15 am

To give life or to take it

For some women, becoming pregnant is the happiest day of their lives. For others, it can become one of the saddest days. Why is there such a divergence in emotions?Read More...
March 28, 2014 at 11:37 am

A very different hayride for Edwards

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards, 86, is traveling a campaign trail that’s dissimilar in many ways from the one he successfully maneuvered last in 1991. Read More...
March 28, 2014 at 11:35 am

Bernhard making rounds for governor

By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently has told several people involved in Democratic politics that he intends to run for governor in 2015. According to three of those sources, Bernhard told them he will be a candidate, while another said Bernhard told him he is “strongly considering” the race.Read More...
March 07, 2014 at 9:24 am

Race for attorney general has many facets

By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford
Former Congressman Jeff Landry announced Monday that he wants to be Louisiana’s top lawyer and will be challenging incumbent Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in 2015.Read More...
February 28, 2014 at 10:47 am

Celebrate Valentine’s Day every day

By "Deacon G" Gautrau
“A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.” (Frank A. Clark)Read More...
February 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Another Super PAC tiptoes into Senate race

By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

Why should U.S. Sen. David Vitter have all the fun? He shouldn’t, according to the architects of the new Blue Pelican Super PAC that is being built up to support the re-election of senior Sen. Mary Landrieu.Read More...
February 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Jindal budget ‘shell game’

Still scratching my head over where Bobby Jindal found the extra $50 million in state funds to give to higher education in his proposed FY15 budget, but I may have found the source.Read More...
February 07, 2014 at 9:10 am

Abortion poll sets stage for legislative debates

By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

After surviving attempts by lawmakers to defund it last year, Planned Parenthood is circulating the results of a November poll that suggest voters’ attitudes about reproductive health and pregnancy in Louisiana do not fit neatly along a pro-life to pro-choice continuum.Read More...
February 07, 2014 at 9:05 am

I didn’t get to say goodbye

By "Deacon G" Gautrau

This morning I woke up dead. I know it because I just read my name in the death notices.Read More...
January 31, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Edwin Edwards polling in 6th congressional race

By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

Whether or not former Gov. Edwin Edwards is seriously considering running for Congress, some of his allies have commissioned a poll to gauge his strength in the 6th District race this fall. Read More...
January 31, 2014 at 12:39 pm

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