Clancy DuBos: Budget fight is all politics

If you think fiscal policy drives Louisiana's budget decisions, think again
On the surface, the special legislative session that ended last week resembled a small step in the right direction. Gov. John Bel Edwards and recalcitrant ideologues in the House of Representatives hammered out a budget deal to cover a $304 million hole in the current fiscal year's budget — without any last-minute votes on hastily cobbled compromises.

Clancy DuBos: The target is truth itself

An exhibit on Nazi propaganda resonates today
There are many enduring reasons to visit the National World War II Museum, but now through June 18, the sprawling center features an exhibition that makes the world's epic struggle against tyranny three generations ago particularly timely — and poignant.   State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda explores the ways Adolf Hitler and his followers used propaganda before and during World War II.

Clancy DuBos: Bayou Potomac

Lawmakers return to Baton Rouge to address yet another mid-year budget crunch
State Rep. Cameron Henry (left), R-Metairie, is among the House leaders opposing Gov. John Bel Edwards' solutions to close the Louisiana budget shortfall. For most of the past decade, state lawmakers approved deficit-riddled budgets and draconian mid-year cuts to higher education and health care.

Clancy DuBos: All-out war in Jefferson Parish

Yenni and Roberts have accused each other of being unfit for office
Who would have guessed a year ago that New Orleans politics would seem tame — boring, even — compared to those of Jefferson Parish? The city's heated debates over crime, streets and Confederate-era monuments look like Junior League socials compared to the political war in Jefferson these days.

Clancy DuBos: Counting coup, for now

Cannizzaro and Landrieu exchange barbs over funding and crime
New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's barn-burning speech to the Metropolitan Crime Commission (MCC) last week reminded me of political battles from a bygone era, when then-DA Harry Connick regularly lambasted Criminal Court judges he deemed insufficiently pro-prosecution.   Connick's volleys were akin to picking on the Amish, inasmuch as judges cannot discuss pending cases.

Clancy DuBos: The Senate’s Brown-out

A growing chorus of lawmakers calls for state Sen. Troy Brown’s resignation
Sen. Troy Brown has offered a plan to avoid expulsion from the Senate for domestic violence charges, but it isn't enough. State Sen. Troy Brown, a twice-convicted domestic abuser, is testing the limits of his colleagues' tolerance.

Clancy DuBos: Another busy election year

Campaigns for mayor, City Council, sheriff, state treasurer and more
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.

Clancy DuBos: Another rough year ahead for Edwards

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.

Clancy DuBos: Louisiana political stories to watch in 2017

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.

Clancy DuBos’ top 10 political stories of 2016

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.

Clancy DuBos: Santa’s political gift bag

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.

Clancy DuBos: Newell Normand, lost in delivery

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.


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