Zillow made a big announcement last week that could have far reaching effects on how houses are bought and sold in the future. The Seattle based company announced that it would start making instant offers on houses, buy them, and place them on the market for resale. In other words, Zillow is…
Presidents can tap a fount of information unlike any in the world. A corps of foreign service officers, multiple intelligence agencies and thousands of federal bureaucrats exist to learn all they can about crucial matters and convey it upward. The White House can call on professors, think ta…
With ISIS on the run in Syria, President Donald Trump declared last week he intends to make good on his promise to bring the troops home.
The announcement of an additional $1.213 billion in hazardous mitigation grant funds for Louisiana in the form of a Community Development Block Grant from the federal Department of Housing and Development comes s great news not only for Livingston Parish, but other areas across the state tha…
The spring listing season is upon us. You’ve noticed the for sale signs popping up around your neighborhood. You think to yourself, 'I wonder how much I could get for my house?’ Whether or not you are selling your home, it’s always a good idea to keep track of your home’s value and the marke…
One year after the Great Flood of 2016, a cadre of delegates from Washington, D.C., brought HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson to little Livingston Parish to view the recovery.
The GOP landed several legislative victories at the tail-end of 2017. Tax reform passed, and it came gift-wrapped with benefits for 2016’s flood victims. Also, Congressman Garret Graves led the charge for bi-partisan reform to the “duplication of benefits” clause hindering so many victims of…
Gov. John Bel Edwards is just about halfway done with his term as Louisiana’s newest governor. And his most significant accomplishment thus far may be that his job ratings look as strong as ever.
Mitch McConnell thinks the tax bill passed by Congress will put a strong wind into his party’s sails. “If we can’t sell this to the American people, we ought to go into another line of work,” the Senate majority leader said Wednesday. Afterward, I’m guessing, he was swamped with messages fro…
The differences in life are all about perspective. The News’ most recent poll can illustrate that, to a certain degree, people are divided on the idea of the roundabout.
As we learned heading into last weekend, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has decided to vote in favor of Kyle Duncan, the president’s 5th Circuit nominee, whenever the next opportunity arises. This follows weeks of speculation, some of it in national media coverage, about why Kennedy was withholding …
The list of men credibly accused of sexual assault or harassment has grown to the length of a Charles Dickens novel, and like a Dickens novel, it offers spectacularly instructive episodes. We are all learning more than we care to know about the nature of human beings and the functions of morality.
Some take for granted the rapid changes in media over the last 25 years, but many Americans born before the age of technology probably imagine how it would have come into play during one of the most difficult periods in American history.
While tax reform is dominating the majority of conversation in and around Washington D.C. before Christmas, another subject is also being debated (hotly) on the floor - the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Hang around the process long enough and you’ll recognize the same phrases being parroted in each and every regular session of the Louisiana Legislature.
Why would Christian conservatives in good conscience go to the polls Dec. 12 and vote for Judge Roy Moore, despite the charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers leveled against him?
Disappointment remains the common consensus among members of the Livingston Parish Council in the aftermath of the failure of three taxes that would have funded gravity drainage for 80 percent of the parish.
With a date set for the decision on whether or not to do away with the net neutrality rules put to paper during the Obama Administration, the whole situation is beginning to gain more notice.
Bottom-of-the-barrel turnout predictions and a general lack of interest may have tricked voters into undervaluing the special election for treasurer that was concluded over the weekend.
After the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October, one may discern Premier Xi Jinping’s vision of the emerging New World Order.
Thoughts this time of year often focus on reasons for which we should feel thankful -- family, shelter and wellbeing, among others. Residents in south Louisiana may need to add another item to that list.
Harvard and Yale are among the premier educational institutions in the world. They have spent centuries at the task of strengthening and elevating young minds. But on Saturday, Nov. 18, they will join together in a ritual guaranteed to damage young brains: the Harvard-Yale football game.
If you want to be a state representative or senator when you grow up, or at least by the time the next term commences, then your next shot will likely be in 2019.
If the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has in mind a war with Iran, President Trump should disabuse his royal highness of any notion that America would be doing his fighting for him.
Have you ever been in a situation in which a grand opportunity stares right in the eyes of someone you care about, yet they choose to walk away from it?
Monday afternoon, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards made the announcement that DXC Technology would be expanding into New Orleans.
The U.S. economy is humming like a bee in clover. Gross domestic product is growing at a solid clip; inflation has stayed down; and unemployment is at its lowest level in 17 years. So Republicans have soberly assessed the economic conditions, carefully considered all the options and selected…
Amajor goal of this Asia trip, said National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, is to rally allies to achieve the “complete, verifiable and permanent denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
Mention the name of a certain political figure – local, state or national – and you’ll trigger a conversation or at least a smile or sneer.
The Nov. 18 election will bring voters to the polls to make the final decision in runoffs for the races for state treasurer and – for Denham Springs – the remainder of an unexpired term on the City Council. While both are important issues, the other items on the ballot are perhaps more a lon…
So, after an unsuccessful campaign to repeal and replace Obamacare, Republicans have turned their focus toward tax reform.
The war on drugs has been going on since 1971, and we have a winner: marijuana. Back then, possession of pot carried heavy penalties in many states -- even life imprisonment. Today, 29 states sanction medical use of cannabis, and eight allow recreational use. Legal weed has become about as c…
With less than four and a half months to go until the start of the next regular session, the political tides are coming back in for the Louisiana Legislature.
Well over a year after the FBI began investigating “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has brought in his first major indictment.
Federal government operates at a notoriously sluggish pace, which is nothing new. But in the case of residents and businesses who hope to recoup what they lost in the post-food rebuilding process, it could pose a long-term threat to our area.
Let’s play a game. Can you name the place which has an immigration problem, internal economic trade issues, external import and export issues, and a growing divide between political parties?