When Davis Rhorer started the Downtown Development District in 1987, there were probably meetings at which the commissioners on the board outnumbered civilians in the audience. No longer.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Today, there is no shortage of websites devoted to intelligent urban planning, and one of them — Planetizen — listed the 100 most important urbanists. Some of them are of course gone to the Great Charrette in the Sky, such as Daniel Burnham and Fr…
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Almost a calendar year after taking office, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s administration is starting to take shape.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
In the Baton Rouge area and down the bayous to Houma-Thibodaux, a sprawling district of the Public Service Commission will get a new member this fall?— chosen by a sliver of the electorate.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Yet another Louisiana politician displays an obsession with the Oval Office, looking ridiculous the whole time.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
In the old days, the Legislature would run out of time for its session but the mere vagaries of physics meant nothing to those Lords of the Universe: The president of the Senate would just stop the clock, so that the last-minute bills could get through.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
It’s clearly a blow to Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome that she could not get to seven, not even for a pass-through vote on a new roads tax.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
With a handful of employees and a tiny budget, narrowly focused duties that mainly involve overseeing the state's bank account, it is truly amazing what the treasurer's office can do for you.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Many people are suffering, particularly our friends in greater Houston, but it is an ill wind that blows nobody any good —?at least in purely political terms.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
With at least one meeting with prominent business leaders, Gov. John Bel Edwards appears to be fashioning what he’s needed from the beginning, a broader coalition for tax reform.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
In the chaotic days of David Duke's meteoric political rise in Louisiana, President George H.W. Bush got conflicting advice. Sure, the said-to-be former Klansman was in a runoff for governor of Louisiana as a Republican, damaging the party, but th…
Monday, August 14, 2017
After many years in the Louisiana Legislature, Sharon Weston Broome has to know that one of the worst signs for an official is to be in the sights of John N. Kennedy.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
With a passionate defense of his Baton Rouge district's needs, Garret Graves might as well have said up front that he's not a likely candidate for governor in 2019.
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
With the Legislature failing to raise the gasoline tax?— the essential revenue source for repairing and building roads and bridges?— East Baton Rouge Parish is going to have to make a call on its infrastructure.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
There they go again. If not in so many words, that was the gist of a conversation with Vic Stelly, the legislator from Moss Bluff near Lake Charles who is best-known for his tax reform plan that he pushed uphill in the Legislature and was ultimate…
Monday, July 24, 2017
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome pledged in her campaign last fall to find a new police chief, but for months she could not act on that promise: Civil service protections meant that Chief Carl Dabadie remained on the job, and if anything —?the…
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
A year ago, East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore had taken a quick business trip to Boston and was at church on Sunday morning when his phone started buzzing with text messages.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
When Mitch Landrieu became mayor of New Orleans in 2010, the city was broke, still reeling from hurricane devastation —?and for many years troubled not only with the petty corruption of Ray Nagin but population decline, crime and other urban ills.
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
In 2012, there seemed a bright future for the two tax-cutting social conservatives in statehouses in Kansas and Louisiana: Sam Brownback and Bobby Jindal.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Monday, June 05, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
A cruel joke on Gov. John Bel Edwards is that many of his tax bills would pass, even in a GOP-controlled Legislature. That is, if only a majority were required.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The discovery by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome that people say intemperate or even hateful things on the internet may spark a useful conversation about how to disagree, particularly on the vexed subject of race relations.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The Legislature is partying like it's 1861, with pro-slavery apologias that made no sense then and less now, and a pointless new debate over Confederate monuments.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Say what you will about Kip Holden, the three-term mayor knew that he had a goal for Baton Rouge, and repeated it so often that it became a bit of groaner sometimes. Yes, one more time: "Baton Rouge is the next great American city."
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Its session is half over by the clock, but the Louisiana Legislature can be said to have only begun with the reporting of a variety of tax bills from the House Ways and Means Committee this week.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
No justice, no peace, reform the municipal civil service law! Such a stirring call might not excite many people, at least not the last part. But if Alton Sterling’s death is to have any meaning beyond a single catastrophic collision with police in…
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
On a party line vote, with Republicans in the majority overriding Democrats and calling for deep cuts in government budgets, it might sound like Washington, D.C., news these days.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and for the young administration of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, Troy Bell was a doozy of an oopsie.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Members of the 2017 Legislature forced a chuckle when Gov. John Bel Edwards remarked with a half-smile that it was the state constitution that brought them to town?— the joke being that Edwards has previously done so several times for special sess…
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Make no small plans, a great architect intoned, but in politics the greatness of your plan is secondary to making sure that it's not smaller than the other guy's plans.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
When the public charter school inhabiting the long-frayed physical shell of Prescott Middle suffered two feet of water in the floods, the teachers and staff of Democracy Prep like many others in the Baton Rouge area and across southeastern Louisia…
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The interest groups are agitated, the experts are panning the key concepts, people are uncertain, businesses don't know how much they're going to have to pay?— it's a botched rollout of a central plank in the new administration's platform.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Louisiana voters gave Donald Trump a thumping victory in our state in November's elections. Now, enough time has elapsed to count the ways that the new president has acted against the interest of Louisiana, in just a matter of weeks.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The late John Maginnis knew the culture of the State Capitol as well as anybody. "If you're not getting something for nothing," he would say, "then you're not getting your fair share."
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
For 19 years, Business Report publishers Rolfe McCollister and Julio Melara have hosted a January pep rally for business folks about the new year. But even with a Leadership Breakfast program characteristically focused on the positive, Melara coul…
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
The smooth agreement between the police union and new Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome shows that change is possible. As a practical political reality, the impressions of reform are probably about as much as she could reasonably expect from he…
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Go back a few decades, and Baton Rouge might well have been seen less as a city than a collection of villages. There was Esso, the refinery and petrochemical complex that boomed in the middle part of the 20th century; LSU and its professors and st…
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Maybe it is hard to believe after the horrendous events of last year, natural and man-made, but it's a pretty good time for East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome to assume the post she won in December's runoff election.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The next mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish is the same candidate whom the early polls suggested she would be, in a year in which in other races the political verities have been tested.?In a grim year for Democrat Foster Campbell, his Sena…