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Only a few months ago, 2017 was shaping up to be a big election year in New Orleans but relatively calm elsewhere. Now it appears all of Louisiana will get in on the fun.
This year already is shaping up to be just as challenging as last year for Gov. John Bel Edwards, and that's without floods and mass shootings. Instead, some of the governor's leading Republican adversaries will try to shoot down his fiscal reform efforts.
What to expect in the New Year
As we rush headlong into 2017, some of the new year's top political stories already are taking shape because of events that occurred in 2016. Here's an early look (in no particular order) at some of those stories.
And what will make headlines in 2017
Donald Trump's upending of the presidential election wasn't the only political surprise of 2016. We had plenty of shockers here in Louisiana, starting with the Louisiana House's declaration of independence from the governor in January to Mike Yenni's sexting scandal breaking open in September — with lots more in between and since.
Candy canes and lumps of coal at the end of 2016’s turbulent election
When I was a child we were taught Santa Claus paid special attention to the stockings that hung by the fireplace. If we were good, we got candy canes.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand got attention for his press conference last week about the investigation into the killing of Joe McKnight — but it may not have been the right attention. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand had something important to say last week about an equally important topic: how irresponsible rants on social media can feed a public frenzy by circulating false rumors in the immediate aftermath of a racially charged killing.
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).