Queen of the grand gesture

New Orleans lost another of its unique political characters last week when Mickey Easterling passed away at her Lakefront home. She was a tireless supporter of many civic, political and cultural causes, and I was honored to call her my friend.

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Sex, truth and videotape

Is it the sex, or is it the hypocrisy? I keep asking myself that question when I think about U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, who will forever be remembered as "the kissing congressman" for being videotaped in a passionate lip lock with a 33-year-old aide who also happens to be the wife of a longtime friend.

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Flagged polls

My late friend and mentor Joe Walker always cautioned that polls don't predict the outcome of an election, particularly when they are taken months before Election Day. "They're a snapshot in time," Walker used to say.

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Debunking Big Oil's big lie

In the ongoing political battle over whether to allow the local levee board to sue oil and gas companies for accelerating wetland loss and increasing the risk of flooding in southeast Louisiana, one of the energy industry's favorite memes is that the lawsuit will chase jobs out of our state.   Such a statement is preposterous on its face.

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Big Oil's loosening grip

For generations, our politicians assumed that what was good for the oil and gas industry was good for Louisiana. As long as nobody looked too closely at what was happening in our coastal wetlands, few questioned that assumption.


Turnout, turnout, turnout

There's an old saying in the real estate biz that the three most important factors in buying a good piece of property are location, location, location. There's a parallel rule in politics: Successful elections depend on turnout, turnout, turnout.

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Briggs' pathetic performance

Legendary bank robber Willie Sutton reportedly was once asked why he robbed banks, to which he allegedly replied: "Because that's where the money is."   If Sutton had been an oilman, he no doubt would have plied his craft in south Louisiana.



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  • Re: Sex, truth and videotape

    • I'm no fan of Vitter or McCallister, but to claim that Earl Long or Edwin…

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  • Re: Queen of the grand gesture

    • Wonderfully concise and appreciative portrait of one of the free-est free spirits any of us…

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    • It is a source of wonderment that Louisiana "conservatives" continue to tolerate Richard Vitter, an…

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    • Nail on the head...soon there will be NO marshland. Each and every time that I…

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