The Mother's Day shooting on Frenchmen Street and its aftermath last week had an eerie familiarity to it. I didn't recognize it at first, but by week's end it occurred to me that the collective trauma felt across the city — and the passion that moved so many to respond to the tragedy with such generosity — was a bit like Hurricane Katrina.
Imagine yourself the manager of a local grocery store. Now imagine that you forgot to order king cakes in time for Carnival season.
Four years ago, Gov. Bobby Jindal hoodwinked lawmakers, the public and most of the Louisiana Press Association into supporting legislation that he uses to keep virtually all his administration's records from public view. He also uses his enormous power to prevent that law from being overturned or narrowed.
In 1982, the New Orleans City Council allowed the local utility, then known as New Orleans Public Service Inc. (NOPSI), to pay the cost of a low-turnout referendum to transfer utility regulation from the council to the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC).
A lot of folks can take credit for convincing Gov. Bobby Jindal to "park" his much-maligned "tax reform" plan last week, none more so than Dan Juneau, president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). In the Capitol's pack of lobbying hounds, LABI is The Big Dog — particularly on tax matters.
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With less than three weeks remaining in the legislative session, Gov. Bobby Jindal continues to drain money from higher education. Few probably realize exactly how much higher ed has lost under Jindal.
Ever wonder what Orleans Parish Assessor Erroll G. Williams and Jefferson Parish Assessor Tom Capella get paid? Last year, their base pay was $125,290.
Among the contingencies propping up Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal is a unique and possibly unprecedented land deal involving the state selling properties at a significant markup to ... itself. That's the latest twist in the winding debate over Jindal's proposed $24.7 billion budget, which is short on revenues by about $1.3 billion.
Over the past several weeks, conservative lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee have questioned if, not when, the budget will be passed during the ongoing session that adjourns June 6. That means, not long after Gov. Bobby Jindal has "parked" his controversial tax swap plan, his budget could be stalling.
Considering all the litigation that has been filed against his initiatives — plus the anticipated lawsuits — it's remarkable that Gov. Bobby Jindal has time for anything outside of
a courtroom. Unlike former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who wound up on the wrong side of
the law with a string of corruption charges, Jindal's time in court has more to do with his policies and his administration's questionable interpretations of the state Constitution.
Jeremy Alford on the "fiscal hawks" bedeviling Bobby Jindal's administration -- from the right
A few years ago, a handful of pesky Republicans gave way over time to a larger flock of angry birds that eventually became known as the fiscal hawks. There is also a Crowe in the Senate and a Dove in the House, but neither flies with the hawks, who built nests in the Capitol last year in hopes of returning to roost there permanently.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's political prowess over the past five years cannot be ignored. He began by taking on issues that appeared hefty to voters but which actually took very little political capital to bring down, such as "reforming" the ethics code and cracking down on Internet sex offenders.
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Hey Blake, What is planned for the building where Louis Armstrong learned his first notes?
Hey Blake, I am doing work at Galatoire's Restaurant's new expansion at 215 Bourbon St. When workers stripped thick layers of paint from the steel columns at the front doors, they revealed the number 33 painted in gold.
Hey Blake, Can you tell me what happened to St. Francis Cabrini School in the French Quarter?
Hey Blake, I was driving down Veterans Memorial Boulevard and I came upon some amazing new sculptures by David Harouni.
Hey Blake, I'm looking for information about Metairie Hospital.
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