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Political Horizons: Poll shows residents see waste in state spending

An LSU poll released last week confirmed for Louisiana legislators what they knew all along: They’re going to lose no matter what happens with the state budget. A majority of Louisiana adult residents think the state’s $1.6 billion deficit could be fixed if only state government would give up its profligate ways, according to the 2015 Louisiana… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Need cash now? La. looks at selling tobacco settlement

Please forgive putting that catchy “877-CASH-NOW” jingle in mind, but the Jindal administration is basically singing that the multibillion-dollar structured settlement with Big Tobacco is their money and they need cash now. Nobody pays dollar-for-dollar on these transactions that turn settlements paid out over years into immediate cash. But Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols… Continue reading →

Mysterious tax exemptions need to be addressed

Hidden in the state’s fine print is your right to buy a beer at a professional sporting event without paying state sales taxes. That same tax-free status applies to Mardi Gras beads, gold coins costing more than $1,000, human-tissue transplants, breast pumps for feeding babies, funeral hearses, Girl Scout Cookies, something called polyroll tubing (it’s used for… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Passenger train between Baton Rouge and New Orleans still possible, but far off

So, sitting in traffic, inching past the only part of Interstate 10 from Santa Monica, California, to Jacksonville, Florida, that narrows to a single lane, allows plenty of time for daydreaming. Will there ever be passenger railroad service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans? Actually, there’s a plan. Every morning at 7 a.m., a passenger… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: State GOP includes two philosophical camps

Last week’s tweet-a-rama — the one anointing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as the chosen one in a GOP presidential primary that hasn’t officially started — triggered a series of national reports about the re-emergence of a wing of the Republican Party that is more moderate than the one that represents unwavering, evangelical social conservatism. Calling them… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Talk of Bobby Jindal trimming health care budget a little quiet, but cuts possibly devastating

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to a crowd, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Baton Rouge, La. Gov. Jindal continued to court Christian conservatives for a possible presidential campaign with a headlining appearance at an all-day prayer rally hosted by the American Family Association. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Maybe it’s the difference in the images: fresh faces brimming with promise versus weary looks of the stress of an all-too-realistic present. Most of the conversation has focused on the Jindal administration’s plans to cut higher education. Talks about hacking a similar amount from health care budgets have received little attention, even though the cuts will… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Football and politics: Our favorite time of year

Louisiana is entering the seasons of its two favorite contact sports: football and politics. Usually the two cross paths only before the games when politicians visit tailgates to sample grilled sausages and toss a few footballs in a signature tradition that is every bit as expected as candidates eating hot dogs and kissing babies when visiting New… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Watergate leaves a polarized nation

Friday marked the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation, one of those landmark days in American history. A lot of the run-up to the anniversary revolved around pundits pontificating on how much more politically polarized the nation has become since Nixon ducked impeachment proceedings for covering up the dirty tricks his aides played against his opponents.… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Governor takes stab at ‘transformative’ motivation

“Transformative” is the vogue descriptor among the political set these days. From the old church Latin noun of action associated with communion, “transformative” picked up its current accepted definition — a new work that alters and supersedes the original — in a 1994 U.S. Supreme Court opinion on copyright infringement. A review of old clips… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Gay marriage issue shapes campaign trail

This past week — the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ordering the federal government to recognize same sex marriages — challenges to individual states restricting gay marriage bobbed up in Louisiana and across the country. In New Orleans federal district court on Wednesday, J. Dalton Courson, a New Orleans lawyer, argued that Louisiana’s constitutional… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Death penalty bill: Justice, swift and true?

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Trite phrases, like law-making as sausage-making, aside, there’s no disputing the impact of last-minute finagling on efforts to restart Louisiana’s capital punishment system, which has freed almost three times as many condemned killers as the state has executed this century. It started when Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed legislation that was near and dear to state… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Bobbycare being considered

Louisiana Democrats have finished with trying to force a Republican governor, who hums “Hail to the Chief,” to accept billions of federal dollars to provide health care for the state’s uninsured working poor. Largely along party lines, the House Health and Welfare Committee voted 12-4 Wednesday against a Medicaid expansion proposal by state Rep. Herbert Dixon, D-Alexandria.… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Legislature driving solo

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers the keynote speech at the Liberty University commencement ceremony in Lynchburg, Va., Saturday, May 10, 2014. (AP Photo/News & Daily Advance, Parker Michels-Boyce)

Fifty workdays have passed since the Louisiana Legislature convened March 10 and Gov. Bobby Jindal has spent 16 of them — roughly one-third — on the road. While Louisiana lawmakers have wrung their hands over the budget and payday loans, Jindal has visited New Hampshire, Chicago, Nashville, Mobile, Dallas, Washington, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, and… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Budget leaves some elderly struggling

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- State Sen. Francis Thompson, D-Delhi, speaks to members of various Council on Aging agencies from throughout the state on Wednesday at the Louisiana State Capitol Building in Baton Rouge.

Because the guards are under strict orders not to let any unauthorized vehicles pass the barricades that protect the parking spots of legislators and lobbyists, busloads of elderly men and women unloaded blocks away from the Louisiana State Capitol last week. The parade of grandmas and grandpas, many breathing with nasal cannulas and walking with rollators, schlepped… Continue reading →