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The Tax Man: Landrieu Proposes Bundle Of Tax Increases

As a solution to courts ruling that the City of New Orleans must pay millions for the city’s firefighters pension fund, renovate the Orleans Parish Prison and refine the police force, Mayor Mitch Landrieu has decided to seek the extra cash... (Continue reading)

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VIDEO: Watch A ’25-Year Veteran Legislator’ At Work

Here’s some video from today’s Senate Health And Welfare Committee hearing on SB 96, Sen. Ben Nevers’ bill to expand Medicaid in Louisiana. That committee killed the bill on a 6-2 vote. Our readers by now know that Sen. Yvonne... (Continue reading)

Nevers’ Medicaid Expansion Bill Is DOA In The Senate Health & Welfare Committee

After an extended, impassioned and thoroughly disingenuous speech by its author and a hearing that went on forever, SB 96 by Sen. Ben Nevers (D-Bogalusa) died a relatively quick death in the Senate Health and Welfare committee this afternoon. The... (Continue reading)

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Times Picayune Misleads On State Voucher Program

In an article published by the Times Picayune/NOLA.com, facts regarding the state’s school voucher program are misleading and construed to give the image that interest in the program is declining. As noted by Louisiana Communications Associate for the American Federation for Children, Stephanie... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: Kennedy’s Hypocrisy Shouldn’t Distract Budgeting Debate

It doesn’t mean necessarily he was entirely wrong, just that he was entirely a hypocrite when Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy voted against a recent State Bond Commission action for the reason he stated. Last week, the SBC took up a proposal to pay off... (Continue reading)

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SARGE: Smarts

Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory suggested what I’ve known for years: school teachers have NO control over what happens in their classrooms. Guillory is advocating legislation in Louisiana, through Senate Bill 652. It would give teachers who feel threatened or... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: Putting Unions Before Taxpayers? That’s Stuck On Stupid!

Yes, Louisiana continues to be stuck on stupid, as evidenced by thefailure of its House of Representatives to refuse a special carve-out favoring teacher unions that could put taxpayers on the hook for an undetermined sum of money. HB 45 by Republican... (Continue reading)

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Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-23-14)

“America’s biggest businesses have made it a priority to help Republicans win control of the Senate this year. But in a crucial race in Louisiana, they are doing all they can to help the Democratic incumbent.” – WSJ “After taking... (Continue reading)

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We Don’t Wanna Give Them Leges Any Ideas, But…

…bein’ as though they sit around dreamin’ up stuff to make crimes outta – like wearin’ your pants below your butt or lettin’ your dog ride in the back of your truck or any of the other stuff these guys... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: The Holy Bible And Official State Business

Louisiana has an official beverage. And amazingly enough it is NOT Barq’s root beer, but milk. Louisiana has an official dog (Louisiana Catahoula Leopard), doughnut (beignet- though this one is understandable), folk dance (square dance), crustacean (crawfish- also justifiable), bird... (Continue reading)

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The St. George Organizers Throw Down A Gauntlet To Kip Holden

You had to parse the statements of Lionel Rainey and Norman Browning, two of the main players in the movement to incorporate the city of St. George in the southern part of East Baton Rouge Parish, to really understand the... (Continue reading)

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They Actually Got 53 Votes For The Idiotic ‘Dogs In Pickup Trucks’ Bill

Tom Willmott’s bill to ban dogs from riding in pickup truck beds without being in a cage might have been covered in fleas, but it still managed to pass on the House floor. Just barely. The vote was 53-34. The... (Continue reading)

Weeded Out: Lesser Penalties For Marijuana Possession Killed In Senate

Louisiana State Senators have killed legislation, SB232, that would have lessened the penalties for individuals who are in possession of marijuana. As reported, the move by the Senate Judiciary C Committee makes it evident that lawmakers sided with state district... (Continue reading)

Voucher Program Overwhelmingly Popular Among Parents, Study Finds

In an annual study by the Louisiana Federation for Children (LFC) and the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), parents of schoolchildren participating in the state’s voucher program, known as the Louisiana Scholarship Program, overwhelmingly said they are satisfied and support... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: Levee Boards Need The Changes The Leges Propose

That the opposition to flood protection authority reform now hasfocused on legislation not even started in the process of becoming lawshows its fear that what has looked like a political defeat will intensify into a rout, but quite a necessary... (Continue reading)

Holy Bible Will Not Become State Book

Legislation that would have declared the Holy Bible the Louisiana State Book has been pulled by the legislator who originally proposed it. Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, withdrew his bill, saying that it ”causes a constitutional problem that could not be... (Continue reading)

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LANDRY: Let The Sunshine In!

Transparency bill will help curb cronyism in the AG’s office Former US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once famously wrote, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”  At the time, 1913, Brandeis... (Continue reading)

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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 time made this area one of the country’s major petrochemical... (Continue reading)

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Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-21-14)

“Louisiana’s editorial boards and other opinion leaders all seem to agree that Gov. Bobby Jindal is wrong to reject the Medicaid expansion offered by Obamacare. But Jindal is right. Obamacare’s Medicaid offerings glitter like fool’s gold.” – Quin Hillyer/Baton Rouge... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: McAllister’s Problem Is That He’s A Bit Obtuse

In the final analysis, the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington meme that played in the media early on about Rep. Vance McAllister was at least half correct, and the inaccurate part may explain why he could retain the job should he stay the course and... (Continue reading)