Clancy DuBos

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.

Clancy DuBos

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.

Clancy DuBos

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.

Clancy DuBos

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.

Clancy DuBos

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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The State of the State by Jeremy Alford

The voter turnout game

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it vote. If you could, Louisiana lawmakers would have figured out a way by now to allow ponies inside voting booths.

The State of the State by Jeremy Alford

The non-debate over abortion

When the Legislative Black Caucus' chairwoman, who also happens to be a member of the Democratic Caucus, decides to author an abortion bill that has Gov. Bobby Jindal's support, one can assume the die has been cast. Maybe that's why state Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, has had such an easy go at passing her bill to restrict access to abortion services in Louisiana.

The State of the State by Jeremy Alford

The payday loan industry in Louisiana

Jeremy Alford on potential regulation of payday lenders — which may be the sleeper issue of this year's legislative session
Is this press row?"   The gentleman — suited up for political engagement and breathing a little heavy — handed over a press release when I answered in the affirmative.

The State of the State by Jeremy Alford

The New Orleans marketing challenge

One of the state's more dynamic marketing efforts in recent years came courtesy of the BP oil disaster. In the wake of the gusher in 2010, the energy giant provided $30 million in tourism funds to the state, which the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism (CRT) transformed into media buys, grants to parishes and high-profile events.

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Fiscal three-card monte

For the third consecutive year, Gov. Bobby Jindal is treating the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as his (and the state's) piggy bank. He wants to crack it open and leave an IOU for $50 million to prop up his proposed 2014-2015 budget, which lawmakers are now considering.

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David Vitter and the 2014 legislative session

Jeremy Alford on the governor's race inside the Louisiana Legislature
State lawmakers return to Baton Rouge this week for a legislative session that will be guided in part by Gov. Bobby Jindal and at times re-routed by U.S. Sen. David Vitter. Sure, roughly 1,200 miles separate the State Capitol from Capitol Hill, but distance has never stopped Vitter from interfering with politics back home while he's away.

The State of the State by Jeremy Alford

Managing with Mitch

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has dealt with the dissidents and disposed of the threat that was former Judge Michael Bagneris. He also has shaken — for now — the shadow of his big sister, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, who faces a tough re-election bid herself later this year.

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Blake Pontchartrain™: New Orleans Trivia

When is construction going to begin on the new Hubig's building on Press Street?

Blake Pontchartrain: The New Orleans N.O. It All
Hey Blake, When is construction going to begin on the new Hubig's building on Press Street?

Blake Pontchartrain™: New Orleans Trivia

Do you have any information on the bulkhead in Lake Pontchartrain at the north end of Upper Guide Levee Road?

Blake Pontchartrain: The New Orleans N.O. It All
Hey Blake, I have driven past a bulkhead in Lake Pontchartrain at the north end of Upper Guide Levee Road.

Blake Pontchartrain™: New Orleans Trivia

What is the monument in the bend of the road leading to The Shops at Canal Place parking garage?

Blake Pontchartrain: The New Orleans N.O. It All
Dear Blake, While walking from the Aquarium to Canal Place I found a monument oddly stuck on a sidewalk in the bend of the road leading to The Shops at Canal Place parking garage.

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What happened to the 1970s Krewe of Satan?

Blake Pontchartrain: The New Orleans N.O. It All
Hey Blake, With all things Mardi Gras still fresh in the mind and considering your knowledge of Carnivals past, can you tell me what happened to the 1970s Krewe of Satan?

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