As we wait (at time of printing) for the folks in Washington, D.C. to vote on the newest round of healthcare, and with the Louisiana Legislature having wrapped up, I’m taking this lull around the holidays to drop into the first person and tell a story that always brings a smile to my face.
Sunday, a Navy F-18 Hornet shot down a Syrian air force jet, an act of war against a nation with which Congress has never declared or authorized a war.
We live and breathe by virtue of our freedom as Americans, something which we can hail for its beauty at the same time we realize it’s not without its imperfections.
The fallout from the dramatic conclusion of the regular session last week, and from the bumpy start to this term’s fourth special session, is only just beginning.
President Trump may be chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, but his administration is shot through with disloyalists plotting to bring him down.
Alegislative session which ran from April 10 through June 8 would seem to have been an adequate time frame for lawmakers to come to terms on the most urgent issue affecting the state.
Perception is a powerful thing. The idea that members of mankind view all choices through a set of glasses that have been shaped and formed by a prolonged series of choices and experiences seems overwhelming to some and, in this day and age, irrelevant to others.
On May 22, Salman Abedi, 22, waiting at the entrance of the Arianna Grande pop concert in Manchester, blew himself up, killing almost two dozen people, among them parents waiting to pick up their children.
The failure of a highly touted bill can say as much – and often more – about the makeup of a legislative body and the constituents than the passage of the legislation.
No, the Comite River Diversion Canal (CRDC) will not solve all of the flooding problems the Capital Region faced during the Great Flood of 2016.
Many lawmakers entered the Memorial Day weekend not thinking about backyard barbecues or dreaming about seaside resorts. Thoughts instead gravitated towards one question: “What in the hell is going on?”
By the time Air Force One started down the runaway at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, to bring President Trump home, the Atlantic had grown markedly wider than it was when he flew to Riyadh.
The current political landscape in Louisiana - at just about any level - revolves around responsible, efficient spending of tax dollars.
It’s completely possible that whoever does win the expected runoff this fall for state treasurer will spend less than $1 million during the primary. That translates into an affordable victory for some lucky Louisiana politician.
Yogi Berra’s famous malapropisms continue to evoke laughter even after the longtime New York Yankee and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer left us in 2015. Some of them ring true.
A supposed “open meeting” at the Louisiana Capitol on Friday regarding the Comite Diversion Canal ended up closing the doors to outsiders at the last minute.
The governors who preceded John Bel Edwards were no strangers to special sessions. Mike Foster, for example, called seven special sessions over the span of eight years. Kathleen Blanco conducted four of them during her single four-year term. And Bobby Jindal called three during his eight yea…
May figures as just another month or perhaps the lead-in to summer, but it’s the end of the year if you’re student, teacher or school administrator. In the case of most high school seniors, it brings the end to one part of life and the start to another.
When a plan, project, or idea is built upon a bad base, it tends to be a little unsteady at best - and a shaky, ready-to-collapse situation at its worst.
“Don’t shoot the messenger” is a common phrase many in our industry use to describe the barrage of angry remarks we receive when reporting something the public may not want to read, or would prefer to hear from someone else.
The now infamous Comite Diversion Canal hit another snag last week, as an amendment proposed by Rep. Valarie Hodges would divert some (read: $190 million) of the $1.6 billion in federal funds to finish the project.
If the Louisiana Legislature wants to take the public’s temperature on the popularity of sales taxes, the elections held in 46 parishes this past weekend offer a quick and dirty read. Voters defeated 80 percent of the ballot initiatives on Saturday that promoted either renewals, rededication…
Envious is not a word that one would use to describe the current state of being for elected officials sitting in the capitol in the Red Stick.
Many in the state House of Representatives don’t trust Gov. John Bel Edwards’ vision for Louisiana, which probably doesn’t come as a shock to his administration.
For the French establishment, Sunday’s presidential election came close to a near-death experience. As the Duke of Wellington said of Waterloo, it was a “damn near-run thing.”
As the Louisiana Legislature fights to find ways to fix the budgetary issues plaguing the Bayou State, representatives in Washington are having to deal with fiscal issues of their own.
An ill omen was seen on the House floor last week when Gov. John Bel Edwards, during his session-opening speech, had to gently encourage lawmakers to applaud when he announced that the state would be embarking on a mission of fiscal reform this spring.
“Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?” tweeted President Donald Trump on Easter Sunday.
Thoughts of time at a local playground evoke visions of children reveling in the innocence of childhood as they cavort in see-saws, swing sets, slides and sandlots.