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  • Follow the Money
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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.

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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.

  • Politics
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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.

  • Follow the Money
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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.

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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.

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Residents who lived in Livingston Parish before the widespread growth of the 1990s recall the days when the traffic bottlenecks were few and far between.

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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.

  • Random Thoughts
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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.

  • Politics
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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…

  • Random Thoughts
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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.

  • Random Thoughts
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The weeks and months after the Great Flood of 2016 brought seemingly countless reminders that many aspects of life in Livingston Parish had changed forever.

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“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.

  • Politics
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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…

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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.