Mandatory parenting classes being considered

By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

Should new parents be required by law to attend special classes before being permitted to raise their child? It’s an idea state Rep. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, is seriously considering.Read More...
December 20, 2013 at 9:16 am

Is optimism based on wishful thinking?

Last week, the Lege Fiscal Office (“LFO”) reported that it was “cautiously optimistic” that tax revenues for the current fiscal year would come in as anticipated.Read More...
December 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

Tax amnesty money usually laundered by lawmakers

By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford
Sources in the Legislature and the Department of Revenue tell LaPolitics.com that this year’s tax amnesty program generated in excess of what was originally budgeted. While the official overage has not yet been announced, that means lawmakers will indeed have some extra cash to spend.Read More...
December 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

Advent is a time for preparation

By “Deacon G” Gautrau

Black Friday has come and gone, so has Cyber Monday. Are we prepared for Christmas?Read More...
December 09, 2013 at 10:01 am

Lieutenant governor post drawing wide interest

With Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne expected to announce for governor—he already has a campaign website—the post he would vacate is attracting a large field of potential successors.
December 09, 2013 at 9:58 am

Special Report: Katrina general capitol-bound

Standing on the grounds in front of the State Capitol last weekend, Russel Honoré joined other independent authors pushing their wares at the Louisiana Book Festival.Read More...
November 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Some stories are more complex than others

You can’t judge a book by its cover. I can only assume that some marketing-minded publisher way back when originally coined this phrase in an effort to overcome a horrendous cover and boost readership and sales of a well-written book. Read More...
November 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Advocate editorial shoots the messenger

The editorial in a Baton Rouge newspaper is so cynical that it would make a world-class cynic look like a Pollyanna.Read More...
November 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Special election rattles state’s political landscape

By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

Political newcomer Vance McAllister of Swartz pulled off his second big election surprise in a row by easily defeating the early favorite in the Nov. 16 runoff in the 5th Congressional District.Read More...
November 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

House speaker opens door to tuition changes

By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis
Legislation granting university boards more control over tuition didn’t make it through this year’s regular session, but House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, said he’s willing to give it another chance in 2014. Read More...
November 15, 2013 at 9:26 am

Alexander unqualified to be vets secretary

Here’s what Bobby Jindal said when he was running for governor in 2007: “Ensure that cabinet secretaries…are unquestionably ethical.”Read More...
November 08, 2013 at 9:14 am

Fundraising has two faces for Cassidy

By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

The fundraising gap in the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Mary Landrieu and Congressman Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, is not getting smaller and is actually larger than reported. Read More...
November 08, 2013 at 9:12 am

An examination in state surplus

Recently, Team Jindal announced a potential (unconfirmed) $162.9 million surplus for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.Read More...
November 01, 2013 at 9:24 am

Not all legislatures paid the same, report shows

By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

While all Louisiana legislators receive the same base salary, those in leadership positions receive bonuses. Plus, payments for per diems and mileage can help even the lowliest lawmaker land a spot in the top rung alongside the best paid from both chambers.Read More...
November 01, 2013 at 9:22 am

Legislative auditor’s influence is growing

By John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford

When he was nominated for the position of legislative auditor in 2010, Daryl Purpera told then Times-Picayune reporter, now Senior Audit Analyst Ed Anderson, “What we want to be is a fact-finder, not a prosecutor.”Read More...
October 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

Yet another myth from our legislators

Whenever the leges are unable to accomplish something, they complain about the governor having too much power. They say the answer to reducing the governor’s power is to have a constitutional convention.Read More...
October 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

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Sheriff’s Office warns of fake $100 bills circulating
Sheriff’s Office warns of fake $100 bills circulating
Fake hundred dollar bills have been circulating after a Hahnville High School student purchased them over the internet and distributed them at school as part of an apparent joke Tuesday, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.