While it's not the first time, Louisiana was a pretty big winner in an annual sweepstakes that most people don't know exists.
Monday, November 06, 2017
Saturday, November 04, 2017
While a political battle over the?direction of Lafayette Parish public schools led to the ouster of its reform-minded superintendent, his subsequent court victory is a blow to not only the Acadiana board but school boards across the state, who hav…
Two veteran prosecutors, both experienced in the federal courts, are headed to key positions in Baton Rouge and New Orleans in the new Trump administration.
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Not everyone is a sports fan, and a great many people in Houston have been focused on their own household woes because of the dramatic impact of Hurricane Harvey. We know how long such a flooding disaster can haunt a community.
Thursday, November 02, 2017
We join Visit Baton Rouge, the region’s chief tourism agency, to urge voters to approve a small increase in the local hotel room tax. It is on the Nov. 18 ballot in much of East Baton Rouge Parish. Early voting begins today and continues through S…
With a legal whimper, the most controversial and much-ballyhooed lawsuit against the oil and gas industry in Louisiana, a cause of much agitation over four years, has died at the door of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
In a year filled with so much real danger?— the horror of hurricanes, mass shootings and nuclear saber-rattling?— the fanciful frights of Halloween might seem a little off-key.
Monday, October 30, 2017
After more than 25 years of legal gaming in Louisiana, the casino industry is well-established, and there is a reasonable case to be made for updating the laws that govern the mostly permanently docked "riverboat" gambling facilities.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
A much-anticipated closed-door meeting of Louisiana House members, from both parties, was intended to help move along discussion of troubled state finances.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
The disastrous 2016 law on drug abuse was inspired by conservative Republicans loyal to businesses, but the bill was endorsed by Democratic politicians, passed by Congress unanimously and signed by President Barack Obama. As thousands died of drug…
Thursday, October 26, 2017
It was an impressive lineup against higher standards in public schools: the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, Louisiana School Boards Association and Louisiana Association of Principals.
While he might be counting the revenue chickens before they hatch, U.S. Sen. John N. Kennedy is right to suggest the best ways to use the potential — as yet, only potential — billions in one-time revenue that might become available to the federal …
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
They lowered the flag and played Fats Domino records all day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where the legendary musician was in the first 10 honorees.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
While the vast majority of Americans get their health insurance through employer-sponsored plans, those on the individual market have seen both the good and bad in the marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Timing is everything, but once again Louisiana government is out of sync with the rest of the planet.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
A ritual of spring and summer is a series of meetings held in regions of the state, looking at the pressing needs for new highways and bridges, and repair of the ones we have.
For football fans in south Louisiana, whether they follow LSU or Southern, the Saints or Tulane, the season so far has been one of high hopes sometimes tempered by disappointment.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
If Louisiana is not alone, it is still far from a great distinction to have children spending nights at a social worker’s office, because there is no place for a child in state supervision to go.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
In Louisiana, we have traditionally not had a strong partisan tilt in politics, with Republicans and Democrats acting as blocs in the state Legislature. That has been changing in recent years but it is still nowhere near as controlling a factor as…
Monday, October 16, 2017
If you can’t have trustys on hand to change the oil in your cars, or cook meals, how is a poor sheriff’s office going to carry on?
Sunday, October 15, 2017
At age 86, after decades of being celebrated as one of the best nonfiction writers in America, John McPhee has just published a new book, “Draft No. 4” that shows how he works. It includes lots of behind-the-scenes insights into McPhee’s job as a …
Saturday, October 14, 2017
In times of war, Americans have scanned the news with interest to see the latest tallies of those who have died in defense of this country.
In the city of New Orleans, there are the visible signs of Election Day today: Posters and ads for candidates, activity at polling places and streetcorner canvassing. That's because voters will vote in a primary election, with runoffs if needed in…
Friday, October 13, 2017
Although it’s less than an hour’s drive from Baton Rouge, the Avondale Scout Reservation in Clinton can seem a world away from the cares of the city and, indeed, the worries of the rest of the planet. Its more than 1,600 acres of forest, fields, t…
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
The arrest on Wednesday of 10 men in connection with the loss of LSU freshman Maxwell Gruver suggests the challenge of seeking justice for the passing of a young man who might have been coerced to drink himself to death.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Sunday, October 08, 2017
The mayor and Metro Council, and many law enforcement agencies, have been tangled in some controversies over federal grants and the anti-violence initiative in Baton Rouge, BRAVE. There is much blame to go around.
In 1948, when President Harry Truman was far behind in the polls and expecting to lose the fall election, he called Congress back into session and challenged it to pass key legislation that the majority Republicans had opposed.
Friday, October 06, 2017
Throughout a busy hurricane season, Louisiana residents have watched more than their fair share of weather forecasts, anxious to know whether the next big storm is headed their way. But when it comes to meteorology, how does American know-how stac…
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Congress isn’t known for its long attention span, and that was evident recently when lawmakers approved tax breaks that left Louisiana flood victims out in the cold.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Friends and family remember Cpl. Michael Paul Middlebrook as an officer who loved serving in the Lafayette Police Department. His tragic death in a shooting at a north Lafayette convenience store is a loss not only for his family and fellow office…
Monday, October 02, 2017
On Sunday, just hours after U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise told a national audience about his recovery from a mass shooting in June, another, even more horrific mass shooting unfolded in Las Vegas.
Sunday, October 01, 2017
In a year marked by catastrophic hurricanes, it’s hard to think that anything good can come from a major storm. But as renewed attention on the words of Alexander Hamilton makes clear, a hurricane that touched Louisiana centuries ago helped put th…
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
They call the NFL a copycat league, because any time a team finds a new wrinkle, the other 31 franchises see the film and start doing the same thing.
If it has seemed like there’s a lack of national unity these days, the cheers and a few happy tears in the United States House of Representatives chamber on Thursday shows that it’s not all gone.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
With its well-practiced capacity for passing minor decisions on to the voters, instead of taking responsibility on its own, the Legislature has once again asked Louisiana to approve three amendments to the state constitution on the Oct. 14 ballot.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
When Louisiana officials closed the books on the last fiscal year that ended June 30, the state was in the rare position of having a little cash in its pocket.
Monday, September 25, 2017
The National Football League has little to do with justice or equality or whatever sentiment encourages protesters. But we’re now in the midst of an unseemly drive to the bottom, in terms of disrespect for the national anthem and the glories it s…
While President Donald Trump has been a general critic of trade deals, saying they have been bad for this country, a lot of those comments have been accompanied by reassurances that the new administration would not move precipitously. But if perso…
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Get Bill Cassidy going on the technicalities of medical care in this country, and he’ll talk your ear off. It’s ironic that a comedian named Jimmy Kimmel has been heard by far more people, in Louisiana and the nation, about health care — when it’s…