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    BEAM: It Seems Louisiana’s Ethics Laws Aren’t Getting It Done

BEAM: It Seems Louisiana’s Ethics Laws Aren’t Getting It Done

Louisiana’s ethics laws are touted as some of the best in the country, but they are pretty much toothless tigers. Exceptions to the laws are granted continuously and enforcement of

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    BEAM: Old-Timers Bring Back Memories

BEAM: Old-Timers Bring Back Memories

A gathering of former state senators and representatives here Wednesday brought back some personal memories of my first reporting experiences at the state Capitol. Former Legislators Recognition Day has become

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    BEAM: Why Can’t We Get Rid Of Abusive Speed Traps?

BEAM: Why Can’t We Get Rid Of Abusive Speed Traps?

The Legislature has been unable at almost every session to deal with the issue of speed traps that are infamous throughout the state. Even when a possible solution was enacted

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    BEAM: This Isn’t The First Economic Boom For Southwest Louisiana

BEAM: This Isn’t The First Economic Boom For Southwest Louisiana

The $65 billion that will be invested in Southwest Louisiana over the next five years is reminiscent of similar events that occurred 75 years ago. Unprecedented industrial growth at that

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    BEAM: The Next Move Is Up To McAllister

BEAM: The Next Move Is Up To McAllister

Now that some of the dust has settled, where are we on the Vance McAllister situation? The Republican establishment wants the U.S. congressman from north Louisiana to resign, but it

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    BEAM: An Elected Education Superintendent? Lousy Idea!

BEAM: An Elected Education Superintendent? Lousy Idea!

A move is underway in the Legislature to once again elect the state superintendent of education. It’s a bad idea for a number of reasons. Those who support the effort

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BEAM: Common Core Clears First Hurdle

  BEAM: Common Core Clears First Hurdle

Common Core, the controversial education program setting up tougher reading, writing and math standards in the state’s public schools, survived

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BEAM: What’s It Like At The State Capitol?

  BEAM: What’s It Like At The State Capitol?

Sessions of the Louisiana Legislature are pretty much the same year in and year out. However, it’s great theater for

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BEAM: Next Up Is Payday Loans

  BEAM: Next Up Is Payday Loans

Payday loans will be a hot topic for the coming week at the Louisiana Legislature. The industry has offices all

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BEAM: Don’t Be Fooled By Edwards’ Glib Act

  BEAM: Don’t Be Fooled By Edwards’ Glib Act

Give the old man his due. Former governor and prison inmate Edwin W. Edwards knows how to milk any occasion

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BEAM: Human Trafficking Really Is A Problem In Louisiana

  BEAM: Human Trafficking Really Is A Problem In Louisiana

Let’s be honest now. How many of you out there were aware that human trafficking is a major crime problem

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BEAM: Jindal’s Still Calling The Shots This Session

  BEAM: Jindal’s Still Calling The Shots This Session

Many legislators are bemoaning the fact that Gov. Bobby Jindal doesn’t have an ambitious agenda for the current session. They

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BEAM: Education And The Coastal Lawsuits Are Key Issues

  BEAM: Education And The Coastal Lawsuits Are Key Issues

The Common Core and coastal lawsuit session of the Louisiana Legislature begins at noon Monday. No, those aren’t the only

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BEAM: Veterans Lose Another Round

  BEAM: Veterans Lose Another Round

The opening of a Veterans Administration health care clinic in Lake Charles is facing another setback. Members of Congress have

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BEAM: No, Government Isn’t Perfect

  BEAM: No, Government Isn’t Perfect

Government has a role to play in our lives, but critics can justifiably complain that it often overreaches and under-performs.

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BEAM: Be Careful What You Wish For

  BEAM: Be Careful What You Wish For

“I just want the government out of my life.” That has become a recurring complaint from conservative radio and TV

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BEAM: Energy Committee Chair Helps Landrieu’s Re-Election

  BEAM: Energy Committee Chair Helps Landrieu’s Re-Election

State Republicans don’t agree, but U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., got a boost in her re-election bid when she was

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BEAM: How Conservative Is Enough?

  BEAM: How Conservative Is Enough?

You can’t help thinking about a 1946 Irving Berlin song when you read about Republicans in Baton Rouge and Washington,

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BEAM: Campaign Contributions Fuel High Living

  BEAM: Campaign Contributions Fuel High Living

Do contributors to political campaigns really care about how politicians spend their money? Apparently not. Some $196 million was spent

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