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A“mixed bag” may best describe the outlook Livingston Parish residential and business community hold for our area in the years that will follow the August flood.

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In the wake of the worst flood in Livingston Parish history, a swathe of pictures have emerged depicting the separating wall on I-12 as a dam. In fact, a local engineer stated the concrete barrier had the ability to withstand an airplane crash.

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You probably haven’t heard much about the election in the state Supreme Court’s Third District. But you will soon. There’s national interest in the race, with expectations that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will get involved, and heavy-duty super PACs are already lining up on both sides of th…

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The U.S. Senate’s 95-3 vote to include the Comite River Diversion Canal project in its Water Resources Development Act gives us reason to believe what may never have seemed possible may now getting a fighting chance.

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Prediction: If Hillary Clinton wins, within a year of her inauguration, she will be under investigation by a special prosecutor on charges of political corruption, thereby continuing a family tradition.

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If you need evidence to prove each election is a unique event, look no further than Louisiana’s U.S. House and Senate races this year. Themes overlap for some campaigns and many candidates espouse the same red-meat rhetoric, but the terrain of these elections likewise show some striking diff…

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Mayors Gerard Landry of Denham Springs and Rick Ramsey of Walker made a trip to Washington last week in hopes they could express their concerns to the right people regarding FEMA’s lackluster response to the record floods in the area.

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Louisiana’s mainline parties were already having to compete against super-charged political action committees, the presidential race and a slew of U.S. Senate candidates to raise money this cycle. Then the August flooding in the southern part of the state collided with major fundraisers, dir…

  • Politics
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The aftermath of the police-involved shootings in Baton Rouge, the state’s approaching fiscal cliff and the fall election to fill one of Louisiana’s U.S. Senate seats are just a few of the headline-grabbing political issues that have taken a backseat to the widespread flooding of late. 

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Hurricane Katrina served as a reminder of how important political relationships can be, especially when dealing with the federal government. That’s when we saw a Democratic Governor and a Republican White House at odds over the response to that horrific 2005 storm. The squabbling, of course,…

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We’ve heard many times over the years about “fuzzy mathematics” on Capitol Hill. The theory seems very befitting of how government – both on the federal and state level – has addressed the construction (or lack thereof) of the Comite River Diversion Canal.

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The Louisiana Legislature has done a poor job of keeping pace with the ever-changing world of campaign finance. That’s especially true when it comes to super PACs, which are political action committees that are allowed to raise unlimited amounts of money thanks to a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court d…

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In April 1983, torrential, record rains filled the Amite and Comite rivers to their bursting points, causing floods along their banks. The clincher, and unfortunate part for all points south of their confluence, was that the raging floodwaters of the Comite River crashed straight into the Am…

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The rating by the state Department of Health and Hospitals that puts Livingston Parish at the bottom of the heap for availability of mental health services per capita income should come as concern to residents and public officials alike.