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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.
 


Insight
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.


Politics
5:51 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Insight: State Lawmakers File More Than 600 Bills

Friday is the deadline for pre-filing bills for the Louisiana legislative session that starts March 10. So far, the proposals include renewed attempts at state retirement reform, constitutional amendments to expand Medicaid, and the return of the electric chair.


Politics
6:37 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Insight: Jindal Budget Team Gets Creative to Make Ends Meet

As reporters and analysts dug deeper into the state budget proposal this week, the plan was scrutinized for it's creative financing, including using the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund as a pass-through account.


Politics
6:54 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Insight: Resolution on Anti-Sodomy Law Rekindles Gay Rights Debate in Metro Council

The Baton Rouge Metro Council on Wednesday considered a resolution to voice support for a bill to be taken up by the state legislature that would get rid of Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law. It was a lively discussion.


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Politics
6:25 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Insight: Louisiana's Abortion Rules, Execution Method in Limbo

There were developments related to two hot-button issues this week in Louisiana: abortion and the death penalty.


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