DEC 22 Here's a fascinating post by blogger and IND contributor Lamar White Jr. In it, he's telling the story (and taking the political inventory) of two men who are sons of immigrants: Barack Obama and Bobby Jindal. It's a must-read.
DEC 22 Most of the recent discussion regarding the President's decision to begin normalizing relations with Cuba has been political and partisan, but this post on NOLA Defender is economic in focus. Before the embargo, New Orleans had close ties, economic and otherwise, with the nation. What does the normalization mean for the city?
DEC 22 Unlike many other states in America, Louisiana isn't increasing its spending on mental health, this post on the Picayune reports. Instead, we're cutting that spending, the story reports. Hey, that's a great idea!
DEC 22 Columnist James Gill is writing about Common Core in this post, or rather the politics swirling around it. It's classic Gill, with prose like "fire-eating fringe" and "Damascene moment." You gotta love that guy.
DEC 22 Here's The Sporting News story about the indictment of Darren Sharper, a professional football player, on rape and drug charges. Included are details about his alleged co-conspirator, a former St. Bernard Parish deputy.
DEC 22 Blogger Ian McGibboney breaks out the bag (you know, the official Saints fan headgear?)in this post. This year's Saints team is a "disgrace," he opines. The game Sunday was so important, and they couldn't have played worse, he says.
DEC 19 The Picayune reports here that Rep. Ted James, the Baton Rouge legislator who was the target of Elbert Guillory's ire recently, has started his own caucus: the Chihuahua caucus. Oh yeah! Where do we sign up?
DEC 19 This post on Newsmax reads like campaign literature for the Bobby Jindal presidential campaign which doesn't (allegedly) exist yet. For those of us who have been enduring his stint as governor (which could also use an "allegedly" tag) none of this is going to be a shock.
DEC 19 This post on Gambit is the first in a series looking at the film industry tax incentives. Matt Brennan examines the pros and cons of the money we're pouring into this plan: Is it producing enough benefit?
SEP 9 Here's an exhaustive piece on coastal loss by Brett Anderson in Matter Magazine. There is lots of history here, but it's not the usual statistic-heavy story. It's a something else: a eulogy for a "terminal patient," told by someone who actually stood on a piece of land "in imminent danger of fading into oblivion" and told us its story.
SEP 9 Good news! The duck people, disappointed in the guy they put into Congress last fall, have provided us with another candidate, LaPolitics tells us in this post (and this one "came from the loins" of the sister of the head duck person, it that's what does it for you.) The duck people have been quiet for a while, but now they've come out guns blazing against Vance McAllister, the post reports.
SEP 8 The Advocate lets us in on the content of those mysterious documents in this post. You know, the documents that gathered dust in a Texas courthouse until they were found by Minnesota journalists. The documents that reveal the arguments between the Lafayette Diocese and its insurance company back when the victims of pedophile priests sued, and the diocese was looking for hush money.
SEP 8 Here's an interesting post from blogger Bob Mann about the history of political television advertising in America. He starts with the so-called Daisy Girl spot and takes us through the years.
SEP 8 Blogger Lamar White Jr. makes a pretty convincing argument here that the Family Forum is not a charity, but instead a tax shelter for the state's most powerful lobbyist. He gives us some comments straight from Gene Mills' mouth, which certainly make him sound like a lobbyist. It's not puffery, Lamar adds, because Mills really does control the legislature.