For years I had the pleasure of editing Jeremy Alford's weekly columns and Tyler Bridges' occasional stories in this newspaper. Both writers are first-rate journalists and terrific storytellers.
While the rest of the country deals with an electoral hangover in the wake of a caustic presidential contest, Louisiana binges on with Dec. 10 runoffs for U.S. Senate and two congressional seats. The most visible race is not necessarily the most interesting.
Louisiana’s attorney general and his latest publicity stunt
It's not often that a
legal term of art —
officer' — so perfectly and eloquently aligns with reality as it does
in this case. Republican state Attorney General Jeff Landry, ever eager to grandstand on any issue that he thinks will position him to run for governor in three years, has appointed himself the state's culture warrior-in-chief over the issue of LGBT rights.
The best politician I ever knew never ran for office. He never held a fundraiser or asked anyone for votes.
Clancy DuBos says goodbye to his dad, Clarence J. DuBos Jr.
Yogi Berra famously said, "It ain't over till it's over." Given the bizarre twists and turns of the 2016 election season — nationally and in Louisiana — one has to wonder if the madness really will be over when we wake up Wednesday morning (Nov. 9).
As if the Mike Yenni sexting scandal weren't embarrassing enough for Jefferson Parish voters, now the feds have been notified that parish Registrar of Voters Dennis DiMarco set up a special VIP voting machine in his private conference room during early voting week. DiMarco told WWL-TV's Paul Murphy the private voting machine was "not a big issue," but the U.S. Attorney's Office and Secretary of State Tom Schedler begged to differ.
So now it's the people versus Mike Yenni. The disgraced Jefferson Parish president last week invoked God, prayer and redemption as his excuse for not resigning in the face of a sordid sexting scandal, even though more than 70 percent of his constituents and close to 100 percent of his fellow elected officials are telling him to give it up.
If Yenni won’t resign, Jefferson Parish voters should recall him — immediately
Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni should resign. Period.
Americans have a way of putting aside their differences and pulling together in the face of adversity. It's a shame that it takes a disaster or crisis to make us remember we are still one nation, one people, with so much more in common than in disagreement.
We at GAMBIT lost our Founding Father and longtime mentor on Sept. 19 when Gary Esolen, the paper's first editor and publisher, died at East Jefferson General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 75.
Congressman Charles Boustany's full-throated denial of allegations that he frequented prostitutes in Jefferson Davis Parish reminds me of the classic opening statement of attorney Vincent Gambini in the film My Cousin Vinny. After the prosecutor presents his opener, Gambini walks over to the jury box, points to his opponent and says, "Everything that guy just said is bullshit."