Healthcare and education dominate much of the talk when Louisiana lawmakers grind out the annual budget, but another important facet of our state remains relegated to the backburner – and it needs to change.
On Sunday, Feb. 19, Steve Buttry passed away after a multi-year battle with several forms of cancer. Pancreatic would be the form that took his life at the age of 62.
Donald Trump assured Americans Thursday that he is not acting in covert concert with Vladimir Putin. "I have nothing to do with Russia," he said during his news conference, insisting, "The whole Russian thing, that's a ruse."
When Roger Villere became the chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party 14 years ago, the only statewide GOP official was late Secretary of State Fox McKeithen. Today, of course, Gov. John Bel Edwards is now the only Democrat in statewide office, representing a sort of bookend for Villere i…
Most of us at one point or another have found ourselves in the proverbial “Catch 22” situation when we feel damned if we do and damned if we don’t.
The Great Flood of 2016 left Livingston and other affected parishes with little doubt their respective areas would not look quite the same in the aftermath.
In January of this year, Gov. John Bel Edwards told local media that there was a chance the Louisiana Legislature might have to ‘try’ a Constitutional Convention in order to correct ongoing budget issues.
If you're afraid that terrorists from a particular country will come to kill your citizens, it makes sense to ban anyone from that place. So brace yourselves, Americans. Any day now, the Syrian government may impose a complete and total shutdown on travelers from the United States.
Two parish presidents in Ascension and Jefferson are facing recall efforts for allegedly doing things that would make any good, church-going Rotarian blush. Another president in Lafourche, meanwhile, is still reeling from a “no confidence” vote that was delivered by his council last week ove…
If you’ve ever wanted to know the qualifications of a public official, you have that right to know. You can investigate their background, ask questions and read up on their background, quite often online these days.
When Gen. Michael Flynn marched into the White House Briefing Room to declare that "we are officially putting Iran on notice," he drew a red line for President Trump. In tweeting the threat, Trump agreed.
At any given time of the day, it’s both the best elected job in Louisiana and the worst. One moment you’re leading a second line in a city that long ago captured the imagination of the world and the next you’re trying to explain to said world why people keep getting shot on Bourbon Street.
That hysterical reaction to the travel ban announced Friday is a portent of what is to come if President Donald Trump carries out the mandate given to him by those who elected him.
All classes are back in full gear in the Livingston Parish Public School System, even though not all schools are back on their original campuses.
The money wheel is spinning again, and this time there are some very big, passionate, and needy contestants standing around the dais looking for their chance at the prize.
Higher education officials, public school teachers and health care providers would like nothing more than an avalanche of state money to suddenly appear some time before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
As the patriotic pageantry of Inauguration Day gave way to the demonstrations of defiance Saturday, our new America came into view. We are two nations now, two peoples.
Findings of an audit on the Comite River Diversion Canal project exposed obvious flaws in the long-overdue and long-awaited flood protection plan, but it also set the stage for a major setback.
Former Presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has brought an age-old argument back to the forefront - term limits for representatives.
Calling a special session at the height of Mardi Gras season is a surefire way to get the attention of Louisiana’s legislators. And that indeed appears to be the course Gov. John Bel Edwards is plotting thanks to a $313 million deficit in the current fiscal year.
“The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become,” Mark Twain once said. For the state Legislature, it bit into an apple last June and will likely indulge again and again.
Donald Trump will be sworn-in as the 45th president of the United States Friday. In an interesting twist, GOP members of the House and Senate went ahead and started rolling forward with much of Trump’s platform.
Upon becoming House speaker in 1995, Newt Gingrich decided it was crucial to adopt a plan to eliminate the federal deficit. In a meeting of House Republicans, Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich balked: "Where is it in stone that we have to balance the budget in seven years?"
While you were gathering with family and friends and celebrating the holidays last month, a new political party was very quietly established in Louisiana. It hopes to one day compete with the Republican and Democratic parties, which may be a bit of windmill-tilting, but for now it’s being to…
“As we begin 2017, the most urgent threat to liberal democracy is not autocracy,” writes William Galston of The Wall Street Journal, “it is illiberal democracy.”
A new year supposedly brings a fresh outlook on some topics, but one remains very much the same for Livingston Parish and other flood-affected areas across the state.
The new year has begun, and if you were paying any attention to the state Legislature in 2016, then the opening act should come of little surprise.
Much of politics is not about solving problems. It's about decrying problems while blaming your opponents for causing them or for failing to solve them. The trick is to always evade responsibility. It's like a game of hot potato. When the music stops, the winners are the ones holding nothing.
More than a third of the lawmakers now serving in the Louisiana Legislature will be forced to abandon their seats in 2019. That means 36 representatives out of the 105-member House will be making their exit at the end of this term, along with 16 out of 39 senators.
In retaliation for the hacking of John Podesta and the DNC, Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and ordered closure of their country houses on Long Island and Maryland’s Eastern shore.
We’ve kicked 2016 to the curb, which broke the hearts of few – if any – from Livingston Parish. But it’s not a guarantee life suddenly will improve.
We just celebrated Christmas. Jesus Christ had something to say about helping those poor folks you are complaining about. I don’t believe Jesus was talking about Donald Trump, a man who built his wealth on hundreds of $billions in taxpayer funded subsidies, when he told us, “There will alway…
In South Africa, people who speak Afrikaans use the word "robot" to mean the same thing it means in English. But it is also the word for "traffic light." Why? Before automated signals, motorists on busy streets were directed by police officers standing on platforms. Those cops were automated…
From intellectually honest to bitingly sarcastic, the remarks delivered by state Rep. Rob Shadoin, R-Ruston, during this year’s record run of legislative sessions almost helped us forget just how rough 2016’s budget negotiations actually were.