Commentary: Senator Soundbite

If Sen. Kennedy's so interested in the governor's race, perhaps Kennedy should take his own advice: resign
U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy has become the darling of the Washington press corps for his colorful turns of phrase. They are captivated by his faux-homespun utterances, such as his absurdly ubiquitous, "I'd rather drink weed killer" than support the Affordable Care Act.

Commentary: Nihilist governance

There is nothing 'conservative' about budgeting properly
On June 4, the day the website WalletHub declared Louisiana to have the worst economy of all 50 states, the Republican-controlled Louisiana Legislature demonstrated that it's a big part of the problem. In the regular legislative session, lawmakers failed to adopt a fully funded state budget, prompting Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, to veto the spending plan.

Commentary: 'We are a city that floods'

Being ready is more vital than ever
Every year at this time we urge our readers to get a hurricane game plan, and we offer suggestions for preparing for storm season. This year it's more urgent than ever.

Commentary: To our leges — get it right this time

What taxpayers really don’t need is another failed — and costly — special session
The first day of the Louisiana Legislature's special session to address the state's $648 million budget gap got off to a familiar start: It was rancorous and partisan. One noteworthy exception: Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, a Republican, addressed a crowd at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, stressing the need for both parties to work together to find solutions to the "fiscal cliff," which begins July 1, after several temporary taxes roll off the books.

Commentary: A newly energized City Council

After a busy first weeks, keep up the energy, tenacity and responsiveness
At the end of their first week in office, members of the new New Orleans City Council held an informal meet-and-greet for their constituents at New Orleans City Park. It was a chance for citizens not only to meet their council representatives in a relaxed setting, but also to collect names and telephone numbers of their aides.

Commentary: Spring fever in New Orleans

A toast to Jazz Fest and the Pelicans' playoff run
It's easy to get caught up in what's wrong with New Orleans at the expense of what's right about the city. Two things happened recently that should make us all happy — and grateful: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival had a spectacular run, and the New Orleans Pelicans had a truly great season, making it to the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Commentary: No honeymoon for Cantrell?

Mayor Cantrell will have to accept that the buck stops at the top
Most politicians get a honeymoon period after they're elected — constituents allow them a few mulligans as they get used to their new duties. LaToya Cantrell, who takes office as New Orleans' 51st mayor this week, may get no do-overs, however.

Commentary: Tri, tri again

New Orleans' 300th birthday bash
There's always something new and wonderful to discover at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. If you're heading out this weekend to see Trombone Shorty, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Lionel Richie or one of hundreds of other musical acts, duck into the Cultural Exchange Pavilion as well.

Commentary: Gretna police and sewer millages

Our recommendations for two important millage propositions in Gretna
Gretna police and sewer millages: YES Among the items on the ballot Saturday, April 28, are two important millage propositions in the City of Gretna.

Commentary: An ugly bill

Lawmakers have run out of budget gimmicks. We hope voters remember who's keeping Louisiana in this mess
The Louisiana House passed the annual spending bill last week, but it was no occasion to cheer. The measure calls for $650 million in devastating cuts to health care, higher education and the popular TOPS scholarship program.

Commentary: West Jefferson flood millage

We recommend voting 'yes' on this proposition
Early voting began this week and continues through Saturday, April 21, in several parts of metro New Orleans. Voters on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish will decide the fate of a critical millage proposition for flood protection.

Commentary: A letter to our readers

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