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?
DEC 19 Blogger Tom Aswell is writing about the Bobby Jindal brand of budgeting -- his go-to move seems to be to use non-recurring funds to pay for recurring expenses. Like selling your car to pay your house note. Sure, it's paid - for this month - but what you gonna do next month?
DEC 19 Buddy, a Labrador retriever who has been working to protect Louisianians as part of the State Fire Marshal's Office for 12 years, has retired, WAFB reports here. Buddy has some age-related health problems that required he retire, the story reports.
DEC 19 Blogger Ian McGibboney explores two disparate issues in this post. First, he discusses the President's decision to normalize relations with Cuba. Then, he looks at the decisions to scrap premieres of The Interview, a movie that probably nobody would care about if the Sony hacking hadn't happened.
DEC 18 Jim Brown is asking the questions a lot of Americans are in the wake of the torture report. Did we torture people? Do we do it still? And should we, under any circumstances? Isn't this a discussion that we, as a nation, could be having if we weren't so obsessed with who has a D and who has an R after their name?
DEC 18 This post on the Des Moines paper (a Gannett paper with a website that looks like every other Gannett paper website) is an interview with Bobby Jindal after he found out that Jeb Bush wasn't going to listen to his mama and stay out of the 2016 race. He's saying he doesn't want the "establishment" or the money people in the GOP deciding who candidates will be. (This is a similar refrain to the one a couple weeks ago, when he said stupid stuff like polls and fund-raising weren't important, either)
DEC 18 Civil Service is a system that is supposed to protect government hiring practices from politics. But this post on The Lens takes a look at civil service-related emails that show it might be anything but that in New Orleans.
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.