Ridiculously high signature thresholds explain why few efforts succeed
Recalling an elected official is a drastic remedy; it should not be so easy that it becomes a cudgel wielded for mere political spite. On the other hand, it should not be so difficult as to be virtually impossible when clearly warranted.
Locking up nonviolent offenders only makes us dumb on crime
Louisiana lawmakers will struggle to make sense of our state's fiscal mess when they convene next month, and that struggle will overshadow all other pressing matters. Yet there's one overarching issue on which legislators of all stripes ought to agree: the need for meaningful criminal justice reform.
Between 1820 and 1860, New Orleans was an epicenter of the American slave trade. A century later, from the 1950s through the 1970s, New Orleans was an epicenter of the civil rights movement.
When they say "no," go back and ask again
It comes as no surprise to those who dealt with FEMA after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that the agency denied Gov. John Bel Edwards' requests for additional federal assistance to area residents, businesses and parish governments hit by the Feb. 7 tornadoes. Despite upgrades to the agency after the 2005 storms, the default response of many bureaucrats is still "no."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.