Clancy DuBos: Free speech vs. politics as usual

A legal issue in Kenner pits free speech against citizens' desire to depoliticize the workforce
A recent federal lawsuit filed by a dozen unclassified Kenner city employees raises very interesting legal and political questions. The suit seeks to overturn a Kenner city charter amendment barring "political activity" in Kenner city elections by unclassified (read: politically appointed) City Hall employees.

Clancy DuBos presents Da Winnas and Da Loozas of 2017's Louisiana Legislature

The annual review recaps this year's legislative session
The partisan divide in the Louisiana Legislature is more palpable than ever, especially in the House of Representatives. Whether you call it Washington-style politics or something else, there's no denying that the days of lawmakers putting their differences aside and getting along on a personal level are fading fast.

Clancy DuBos: A force of nature — remembering Nancy Marsiglia

Activist Nancy Marsiglia died May 30 at age 64
We all like to think we're going to leave the world a better place, but only a few can truly be said to have enriched an entire community. Civic and political activist Nancy Marsiglia was among those few.

Clancy DuBos: The lion who never roared

Bill Broadhurst died May 22 at 77
The lion who never roared. Attorney, political consultant and lobbyist Bill Broadhurst was the ultimate insider.

Clancy DuBos: Newton's First Law of Bad Government

A proposed law's awfulness is geometrically proportional to the number of lobbyists hired to secure its passage
Sir Isaac Newton reduced much of what we know about the universe to a handful of precise mathematical formulas. Good thing Sir Isaac isn't around today to try to make sense of the Louisiana Legislature.

Clancy DuBos: SMOR poll — no easy answers

Mixed news for state politicians in latest voter survey
The annual spring survey of Louisiana voters by Southern Media and Opinion Research (SMOR) has mixed news for our state's politicians. That shouldn't surprise, given the mixed signals coming out of Baton Rouge.

Clancy DuBos: Disarm all abusers

House Bill 223 prevents domestic abusers from possessing guns
I'm a lifelong hunter and outdoorsman, and I believe in the right of citizens to own firearms — responsibly. What I don't believe are the National Rifle Association's (NRA) distortions on behalf of letting violent abusers possess guns.

Clancy DuBos: Getting smart on crime

Sentencing reforms save taxpayers money
The yearlong push for criminal justice reform in Louisiana will reach a critical point this week when a state Senate committee considers a handful of bills that reverse decades of overreaction to nonviolent crimes. It's a small but vitally important step, and it's encouraging that opposing sides are finding common ground.   Crime and justice are always hot-button issues, but effectively dealing with incarceration and rehabilitation requires a clear head — and politicians with the guts to stand up for what's right in the face of demagogues who will assail them for being "soft on crime."

Clancy DuBos: An alternative to gridlock

If lawmakers can't even agree on the simple things, maybe a constitutional convention can address the big picture
The Louisiana Constitution of 1974 was far from a perfect document when voters approved it more than four decades ago. Proof of that is the fact that it has been amended more than 180 times — and lawmakers currently are considering still more amendments.

Clancy DuBos: Pat Taylor's legacy

A message to lawmakers who tinker with TOPS
Amid the hoopla over state funding for the beloved TOPS college scholarship program, it's worth remembering how — and why — the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students got started in the first place. Spoiler alert: It was never intended to be an entitlement for families of means.

Clancy DuBos: Agents of change

Remembering Lolis Edward Elie and Ralph Miller
Change doesn't come easily. It typically requires great risk by people willing to take on the status quo against daunting odds.

Clancy DuBos: Edwards' CAT is out of the bag

The governor unveils his "commercial activity tax" plan
A lot has already been said about Gov. John Bel Edwards' proposed "commercial activity tax," or CAT, but the early rumblings against it are noth-ing compared to what's to come. The governor undoubtedly knows that, which explains why he quickly promised to find ways to reduce the tax's adverse impact on low-margin businesses.


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