In his first campaign for chief executive, Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke of working together to fix state problems. That he has turned to promoting needless conflict in governance, spiting the law and Constitution in the proce…
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Saturday produced a new mayor and city council for New Orleans. But expect the same old lack of political courage to address a shortsighted, short-term rental policy.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Louisiana's concealed-carry firearms law puts churchgoers at elevated risk, which, as recent events sadly illustrate, needs to change.
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Although public health issues usually get lots of news coverage, a crisis threatening the physical and emotional well-being of thousands of Louisiana residents has gotten little attention. The latest statistics from the national Centers for Diseas…
Saturday, October 21, 2017
A Louisiana university’s attempt to suffocate free speech proved Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards wrong. The state does need legislation to help protect free speech on Louisiana college and university campuses.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
On the Second Amendment, U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains principled. But he and other Louisiana Republicans in Congress have needlessly abandoned free-market principles regarding the Merchant Marine Act of 1920.
Saturday, October 07, 2017
How Congress recently handled disaster relief shows why things need to change. Louisiana’s U.S. senators didn't distinguish themselves in the process.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
The past two Orleans Parish coroner contests, having turned into dog and pony shows, illustrate why Louisianans should rethink having a plethora of parish elected executives.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
The third time may be the charm to replace a state hospital operator, in a political drama Byzantine even by Louisiana standards.
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Saturday, September 02, 2017
Louisiana's governor and Legislature can put the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students on firm financial footing —?but only by ignoring the politics that have thwarted previous efforts to control its spending.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
That Louisiana’s top elected official plays politics is natural and part of the political system. That in doing so he puts people’s lives at risk is unwelcome, and the excuses he makes for that are unbecoming.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Want another reminder about misplaced priorities in Louisiana? It seems higher education officials and some elected officials spend time trying to limit educational opportunities for the state’s high school student-athletes —?apparently guided by …
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Louisiana can do better than letting the poor rot in jails, their misfortune exploited by questionable judicial decisions and profiteering bail bondsmen and their defenses impaired by prosecutors looking to boost receipts.
Saturday, August 05, 2017
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux set an example to keep in mind as Baton Rouge leaders search for a new police chief. It's an idea that voters in Jefferson Parish and New Orleans should also consider as they make some key decisions at…
Saturday, July 29, 2017
It’s bad enough that Louisiana state policymakers allow the Louisiana nursing home industry to fleece the taxpayer. Worse will be if elected officials aid and abet the facilities in allowing callous treatment of clients.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
If Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler wants to avoid playing the very politics he accuses others of doing, he should adopt a more helpful attitude in fighting voter fraud.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
In New Orleans, step outside your door —?if you have shelter since the city’s housing grows less affordable every day —?and you have a poorer chance of coming back alive than in almost any major city in the world. But at least you won’t have to ba…
Saturday, July 08, 2017
The U.S. Senate bill addresses the threat Medicaid’s unchecked growth poses to meeting other state priorities without crushing tax increases. It would mandate measures to encourage efficiency and improved care to a program that now, through its op…
Saturday, July 01, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
To improve the lives of vulnerable citizens, the Baton Rouge Metro Council should snuff out smoking in almost all commercial places and spaces.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards aptly described the Louisiana Legislature’s inability to produce budgets on time as “an epic failure in leadership” — his.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
At the beginning of June, even if it discomfited out-of-touch elites, Louisianans received great news about energy.
Saturday, June 03, 2017
If Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards has any chance to win re-election, Republicans-in-name-only such as state Senate President John Alario and state Rep. Rob Shadoin must continue to have his back.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
By hanging out with Republican Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Louisiana last week, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards received affirmation that he actually matters. He doesn’t find that reassurance from the Louisiana Legislature, which …
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Last week the Louisiana Legislature’s House of Representatives witnessed the beginnings of Washington-style divisive behavior in its membership. Shame on members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus for instigating it.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Recently, The Advocate ran a series of articles outlining how Louisiana’s nursing home lobby had stymied proposed reforms that could have saved Louisiana's taxpayers as much as $130 million next year. The changes would also have helped the elderly…
Saturday, May 06, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017
The journalists from "60 Minutes" failed to ask Orleans Public Defenders’ employees the most important question of all: Why didn’t they do this 20 years ago?
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Many Louisiana leaders have insisted that only a gasoline tax hike can cure what ails state road construction. They’re wrong.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
The good news is that flood recovery money has become available for Louisiana. The bad news is that, thanks to Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, the state remains unprepared to distribute these funds and may face further needless postponement in o…
Saturday, April 08, 2017
The dumpster fire in progress at the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging can spread across Louisiana unless Louisiana leaders finally reform the elderly affairs system.
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017
New Orleans appears poised to remove three monuments that have defined the city’s profile after a federal appellate court panel swept away legal objections to moving them. In late 2015, City Council members declared the monuments to be public nuis…
Saturday, February 25, 2017
The conclusion of the Louisiana Legislature’s special session last week merely set the stage for a regular session of dueling fiscal philosophies to come.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Now that Louisiana’s Republican-run Legislature has gotten Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to cry uncle, it needn’t break his arm.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Unless the final version of Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan takes a more scientific and less politicized approach than its current draft, legislators must reject it.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Maybe Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards made a mistake in his youth. Instead of attending West Point for an Army commission, he should have studied at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
If you agree with the agenda of Medicaid reformers taking power in Washington, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards and his intemperate chief health bureaucrat say you're the bad guy.
Saturday, January 07, 2017
The old story about the Three Wise Monkeys perhaps explains why state Sen. Eric LaFleur passed on a U.S. Senate run and might pass on a state treasurer candidacy later this year.
Sunday, January 01, 2017
The financial shell game that defines Louisiana’s foray into Medicaid expansion intensifies today, ringing in another fiscally unhappy New Year for the state’s citizens.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
As 2016 ends, we should reflect upon the blessings we have received during the year. I am grateful that my wife,?who has lived 45 years with the effects of muscular dystrophy, has survived another year, thanks to help from dedicated health care pr…