Our Views: Denial, in spades

In an unfortunate turn of phrase, we see Louisiana’s governor and policy wonk reminding voters nationwide of one of his unfortunate anti-science legacies: a state law challenging the theory of evolution but also climate science. Gov. Bobby Jindal was focusing on energy policy in a series of meetings in Washington and Houston. That’s all well and good, and we think many of the governor’s prescriptions for responsible energy development make sense. To… Continue reading →

James Gill: Edmonson amendment dead on arrival

The Edmonson amendment was friendless in the end and DOA in court. Judge Janice Clark was merely required to list the multiple constitutional failures that proved fatal. Legal questions are seldom as easy to resolve as this. Those responsible for the scheme to give State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson a huge pension boost were not prepared to defend it. Had it been possible to do so, they hardly would… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: The politics behind a “nonpolitical” board

The question on the table as the nominating committee for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East gathered last week was straightforward enough: Which names should it send to Gov. Bobby Jindal to fill two of the board’s seats? But the question hanging over the room was a much deeper, broader and more troubling one: Can the levee authority, the product of a citizen-led, post-Hurricane Katrina drive to professionalize flood protection, stay close to… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal touts national energy policy plan in Washington D.C.

Associated Press file photo J. Scott Applewhite -- La. Gov. Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal says America is hurting its economy through efforts that curb domestic energy production. In back-to-back events in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Jindal touted a new national energy policy that focuses on increasing domestic and cheaper energy, which he says will stimulate jobs and the economy. The policy paper, released through Jindal’s America Next nonprofit, is similar to a health care proposal he released through the group earlier this year and appears to be… Continue reading →

Cassidy speaks on dyslexia

Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling -- The Louisiana State Capitol

‚Äč Amid an under-the-klieg-lights campaign for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., took some time Thursday to address an issue that for him is far more personal than political: dyslexia. In an informational hearing before the U.S. House Science Committee, Cassidy spoke about his experience as a father when he and his wife, Laura, learned a few years ago that their younger daughter was dyslexic. Cassidy, a Baton Rouge Republican, helped form the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus to raise awareness… Continue reading →