Nov. 14, 2014 10:30
Business leaders attempt to shape school board elections throughout the state; the head of Louisiana Family Forum doesn‘t/does like Bill Cassidy for U.S. Senate; political polling proves big business for Louisiana midterms. Business shaping school board elections The business communities in East Baton Rouge Rouge, Jefferson and Lafayette parishes helped steer the primary school board elections in their own backyards, and they shaped campaign dialogues. The activism is continuing into the Dec. 6 runoff. Photo by Robin May Justin Centanni But the question moving forward, de
Nov. 3, 2014 10:56
Why? Because more entities than ever, from inside and outside the state, were attempting to poll anything and everything ahead of the heated Nov. 4 primary.   A cornerstone of campaigning slowly came to a troubling halt during Louisiana's primary election season for some candidates and campaigns. Why? Because more entities than ever, from inside and outside the state, were attempting to poll anything and everything ahead of the heated Nov. 4 primary. In a late-October interview, pollster John Scurich of Multi-Quest in Metairie said the companies that employ the individuals who dial
Oct. 15, 2014 10:00
While Amendments 1 and 2 will shield some health care providers from the budgetary whims of Gov. Jindal, they could make higher ed even more vulnerable to cuts. Nov. 4 promises to be a busy day. In addition to electing a veritable herd of congressional representatives, district attorneys, judges, marshals, aldermen and school board members - roughly 4,400 candidates running for 2,400 offices - Louisianans will also be asked to vote on something likely to be a good deal more lasting than a mere elected official: 14 amendments to the Louisiana Constitution. The 14 amendments on which voters
June 18, 2014 10:00
Louisiana loses its most respected political commentator at 66   I don't believe in reincarnation, but if I did, I would swear that John Maginnis had been a corrupt Louisiana state senator in a previous life.   John Maginnis   How else to explain how this legendary political journalist, who died May 25 at age 66, developed his uncanny ability to read the minds of the pols he covered in more than four decades of writing about Louisiana's political culture? In my 30-plus years in and around Louisiana politics, I never met a non-politician who understood
Nov. 14, 2013 08:55
We need to wake up and realize Louisiana cannot afford to lose Mary Landrieu.   We need to wake up and realize Louisiana cannot afford to lose Mary Landrieu. By William J. Doré Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 On Feb. 26, 2012, the New Orleans Times-Picayune printed "Is Lake Charles tycoon a threat to democracy?" I was called "a threat to democracy" because of my support for Republicans and Democrats, such as former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who at the time was a Republican presidential candidate, Democratic New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Democ
Nov. 27, 2012 08:07
If nothing changes before Jan. 1, hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases and critical budget cuts will occur. The French have an expression: "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." The more things change, the more they stay the same. That may well be the most accurate description of the outcome of the 2012 national elections. Entering election night, Barack Obama was president, the Democrats controlled the Senate, and the Republicans controlled the House. The morning after the election, nothing changed except the shift of a few seats. If the voters were tired of
June 28, 2012 06:00
How a new state law plans to link local jobs to coastal projects. Beginning Aug. 1, contractors overseeing major developments along the coast and closer inshore will be required to take steps to bring local workers onto their job sites. It's not a blanket mandate, but if the projects are being funded by certain state or federal monies, contractors will be required to make the effort. How a new state law plans to link local jobs to coastal projects. Beginning Aug. 1, contractors overseeing major developments along the coast and closer inshore will be required to take steps to b
March 28, 2012 06:00
A Houma lawmaker's bill aims to incentivize ultra-deep operations. The state is considering creating a program that would allow leased lands to be consolidated and operational costs shared for ultra-deep drilling operations. A Houma lawmaker's bill aims to incentivize ultra-deep operations. The state is considering creating a program that would allow leased lands to be consolidated and operational costs shared for ultra-deep drilling operations. While current law permits this sort of "unitization" or "pooling" to well exceeding a true vertical depth of 15,000 f
Nov. 23, 2011 06:00
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 But do the governor and Legislature have the courage to fix our state pension system? As I enter my last term as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, I still cling to the belief that one person can make a difference. Although there are many challenges facing our state, pension reform is easier to fix than most others. A little political will from both the governor and the Legislature is all it will take. Wednesday, November 23, 2011 But do the governor and Legislature have the courage to fix our state pension system? As I enter my last term as a mem
July 26, 2011 06:38
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 By Jeremy Alford Insiders fear the new cost of doing business is squeezing out smaller independents. Wednesday, July 27, 2011 By Jeremy Alford Insiders fear the new cost of doing business is squeezing out smaller independents. Although the federal government has been issuing deepwater drilling permits since February, resulting in a few headline-grabbing discoveries, many investors remain skeptical of energy plays in the Gulf of Mexico. To explain why, industry trade groups point to the Gulf's rig counts from the

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