Insight

Fridays at 6:44 a.m. and 8:44 a.m.

One-on-one conversations about what's happening around us in Baton Rouge and Louisiana at large from reporters, researchers, and thinkers. Insight probes the big big ideas, and the big picture.

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Business
5:45 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Insight: Baton Rouge 'Beyond Shovel Ready'

The Baton Rouge Profile from the Brookings Institution report, Beyond Shovel Ready.

 

The Brookings Institution's latest analysis of metro economic data, "The Extent and Impact of U.S. Infrastructure jobs," focuses on infrastructure employment for the first time.

The Baton Rouge area is ranked 15th nationally for the share of overall employment made up by infrastructure jobs. 


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Politics
6:10 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Insight: Over Hospital Deals, Louisiana and CMS at Loggerheads Again

A week ago, the federal Centers for Medicaid Services once again threw a wrench in Louisiana’s works, giving a thumbs down to the privatization of the LSU charity hospital system, which is nonetheless charging forward.

 

 


Politics
5:50 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Insight: What Goes Up (for Debate) Often Comes Down

A couple of high-profile bills were on the Louisiana legislature's docket in the past week, both were dashed. A proposal to allow for medical marijuana was rejected and the possibility for the return of the electric chair was commuted to a more palatable proposal for shielding suppliers of lethal injection drugs.

Science and Environment
3:21 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Insight: Gen. Honoré's New Mission -- Fighting Pollution

Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré
Credit Restore Louisiana Now

Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré gets credit for restoring order in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. And from that, he emerged as a national hero.

Since then, he’s retired and launched headlong into the fight against pollution, gathering the troops in a Green Army.


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Insight
3:01 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Insight: With Fresh Analysis of State Budget, Lawmakers Go 'OMG!'

At the halfway mark in the state legislative session, all of the state departments have presented their piece of the state budget and the House Appropriations Committee invited the public to weigh in this week. Next it will be the committee’s turn at making changes to what the Jindal administration proposed. And new analysis of the 2014-2015 proposal shows a patchwork of funding that could leave the state could with a really big hole to fill for 2015-2016.

Robert Travis Scott, president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, has been following the developments.
 


Politics
3:07 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Insight: Congressman's Scandal Yields Political Turf War

Vance McAllister, shown in a photo provided by his campaign, will be the next representative from Louisiana's 5th Congressional District after winning Saturday's special election.
Credit AP

Vance McAllister swept into Congress six months ago, elected in a special election to finish out Rodney Alexander's term representing the 5th District in north Louisiana. And already, McAllister has been ensnared in a scandal, caught on tape kissing a woman who is not his wife. 

Now political opportunists on all sides are calling for McAllister's resignation and chomping at the bit to fill his seat.  

JR Ball, NOLA.com's news manager in Baton Rouge, has had an ear to the frenzy. 


Politics
4:14 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Insight: Why Does Everyone in Louisiana Seem to be Up in Arms Over Common Core?

On Wednesday, Louisiana’s capitol building was full to the gills with people representing all sides of the debate over the Common Core state standards. Associated Press Capitol Correspondent Melinda Deslatte helps explain all the hubbub.

 

 

Politics
4:18 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Insight: State Politicians Lampooned, It's Gridiron!

Advocate columnist Smiley Anders center stage and partially disrobed during rehearsal for Gridiron 2014.
Credit Jeremy White

Every year at around this time, with lawmakers just back in Baton Rouge for the legislative session, the capitol press corps makes fun of state politicians — and themselves — with a bit of song and dance.

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Politics
6:03 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Insight: On Ethics, Things Have Changed, Dilligence Needed to Keep it That Way

This week the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana put out a commentary on state ethics policies.

PAR President Robert Travis Scott says tweaks are needed to require officials to disclose their reasons when they recuse themselves from a debate or vote. And he says the state needs to be careful not to create an environment ripe for corruption by allowing even modest gifts worth up to $25, as is being considered by the legislature this session.

The discussion comes in light of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who was convicted of racketeering, announcing a Congressional run and Gov. Bobby Jindal touting his record on ethics reform.


Politics
5:59 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Insight: Jindal to Open Session with Short To-Do List

The state legislative session kicks off Monday, March 10, with the traditional address by the governor.


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