Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser obviously hasn't read the law on early voting. Judging by his errant comments on that topic recently, he also isn't familiar with the old adage, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."
A final installment from the 2016 Legislative session
After five months of nonstop fiscal fights, state lawmakers have finally gone home — hopefully for the rest of the year — leaving behind a slew of new taxes and millions in budget cuts. That's about the worst possible outcome, but it should surprise no one.
Louisiana lawmakers have until midnight Thursday, June 23, to conclude the second special session of 2016. They have been meeting more or less continuously since Feb. 14, and by now they're pretty much tired of looking at each other.
Clancy DuBos presents his annual recap of the legislative carnage
About the best that could be said of the annual legislative session that ended June 6 was that it made lawmakers feel almost as frustrated as the voters they represent. That's saying something.
In calling state lawmakers back into yet another special session just 30 minutes after the annual regular session adjourns this week, Gov. John Bel Edwards seems to have adopted the jocular admonition, "Beatings will continue until morale improves." The beatings, in this case, are the painful choices legislators must make these days: raise taxes or cut critical (and popular) programs such as public hospitals and TOPS college scholarships.
The long-delayed redevelopment of the World Trade Center (WTC) could take several giant steps forward this week. One step will come in Baton Rouge at the hands of state lawmakers, the other in Civil District Court in New Orleans, where a lawsuit over the city's pending 99-year lease of the landmark site rages on.
Forget about the potential Supreme Court nominees that Donald Trump served up last week to deflect The New York Times expose of his history of objectifying women. It's time for The Donald to play the ultimate, well, trump card and name his running mate.
This has been a noteworthy month for Louisiana's worst prisons. Here are just a few items making news:
Former GOP consultant Mary Matalin on her switch to the Libertarian Party
Veteran Republican consultant and adopted New Orleanian Mary Matalin shocked the political world last week when she announced on Bloomberg TV that she had switched to the Libertarian Party. Matalin explained her switch in an email interview with Gambit.
Apparently Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman isn't the only jailer with a rogue prison on his hands. Last week, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge Mark Doherty ordered officials from the state Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) to appear in his court on May 19 because conditions at their facility in Bridge City are "so out of control that they may rise to the level of being unconstitutional."
Sherlock Holmes solved crimes by process of elimination. "When you have eliminated the impossible," he said, "whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
One of the most heated political battles of the current legislative session pits doctors against physical therapists. The two groups of medical professionals are squaring off over state Sen. Fred Mills' bill to allow patients "direct access" to physical therapy without a doctor's referral.