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A year ago, state Sen. JP Morrell offered a bill to require unanimous jury convictions in Louisiana. When it came to criminal law, Louisiana was an outlier. Every other state but Oregon required jurors to all agree before shipping someone off to jail.

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For Christian believers, the Easter Story is no story at all. It’s a reality of transcendent and eternal proportions.

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Much has been made about the 90-day fundraising ban that Gov. John Bel Edwards has been saddled with during and after the ongoing regular session, but very little attention has been given to the backup fundraising structure that has been established to support the incumbent’s bid.

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The regular session convened Monday, April 8, and the filing deadline for quarterly fundraising reports was just a day later, on Tuesday. For the politicos who had connections to both happenings, such as the governor, members of the Legislature and those who are seeking to steal their seats,…

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It probably never dawned on LSU football coach Ed Orgeron that he would be criticized for attending a fundraiser for Gov. John Bel Edwards, but he did and he was.

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State lawmakers will convene the regular legislative session beginning Monday. Under normal circumstances, you would expect a hum-drum affair over the following 65 days of the fiscal-only session.

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With an 80-63 loss to Michigan State during competition in Friday night’s Sweet 16 tournament, LSU’s men’s basketball team ended its season with dashed hopes for landing in the Elite Eight, then the coveted Final Four, the biggest match-up in college basketball.

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I wanted a straight answer on the politics that have been fermenting for the regular session of the Legislature that convenes Monday, April 8. So I called Senate Natural Resources Chairman Norby Chabert of Terrebonne Parish. A former Democrat turned Republican and the third member of his imm…

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Louisiana’s Secretary of Transportation and Development Shawn Wilson has it right: don’t expect the Legislature to raise the gasoline tax at the pump this year. Because nothing it or Wilson have done changes the fact that no increase is needed.

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Well, so much for the claim that Donald Trump or his campaign conspired with Russians to steal the American Presidency. That conspiracy theory, which has distorted American politics for more than two years, expired in an instant Sunday when Attorney General William Barr delivered Special Cou…

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You’ve no doubt been reading about all of the bills senators and representatives have been working on for the regular session that convenes April 8. And they’re not alone in that task; legislative staffers, department heads and attorneys for the state are largely the ones writing legislation.

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It’s unfortunate that the focus on leadership performance at LSU often only occurs regarding athletics. We must get beyond the current controversy in athletics to see the real problem at LSU.  We need new leadership at the top. Both King Alexander and Joe Alleva were hired during the Jindal …

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What if Gov. John Bel Edwards seizes re-election from the hands of his enemies, as he has already promised? For starters, it wouldn’t matter if he captured victory by 1 percent or one vote. A win would be a win, and it would be a historic victory as well. Edwards would become the first Democ…

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Louisiana residents have grown sadly accustomed to ranking last on a lot of good lists and first on a lot of bad lists — those rankings that attempt to quantify, in a number of ways, the civic health of local communities.

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We commend 19th Judicial District Judge William Morvant for ordering the Louisiana State Police to release body camera footage from a November traffic stop in which a state trooper ticketed an off-duty New Orleans police officer for speeding.

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Those who say you can’t take it with you clearly haven’t met state Sen. Francis Thompson, the Legislature’s second-longest serving member. The Delhi Democrat also enjoys a special designation in regard to our state laws that regulate how candidates can spend certain campaign dollars.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards apparently yearns for yesteryear, or back in the day when the Revenue Estimating Conference would bow to a governor’s wishes and peg state revenues at a figure that tickled the governor’s fancy.

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If you’re willing to look closely, you may find this cycle’s gubernatorial election doesn’t quite yet possess a little bit of everything for the masses, but it’s starting to get darn close for political junkies.

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On the same day that The Advocate reported ongoing fallout from hazing arrests at LSU, the newspaper carried a story about the Catholic Church’s continuing struggle to address abuses in its own ranks.

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Having publicly announced his candidacy for governor on Dec. 6, Congressman Ralph Abraham had roughly three weeks to collect campaign contributions for the fundraising period that ended Dec. 31.

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The American people have largely taken the disruptive Trump Presidency in stride, going about their lives and expressing their approval or not the constitutional way—at the ballot box. The same can’t be said for many of the country’s panicked elites, as we are learning anew about the Federal…

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The spat between Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives over the health of the state’s finances has nothing to do with whether Louisiana can afford to give school teachers and support personnel a pay raise in the coming fiscal year.

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Democrats need an identity-politics intervention. Having unleashed race, gender, sexual orientation and class as the defining issues of American politics, these furies are now consuming their authors. Where’s Barack Obama when Democrats need him?

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While Democratic boosters in Louisiana are eager to double down on the candidacy of Gov. John Bel Edwards, Republican donors and conservative-minded associations are taking a wait-and-see approach. For now.

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With tensions on trade and visas rising between the United States and China, Louisiana leaders have been right to reach out to assure our Asian friends that our state welcomes them — as students at our universities, or investors in our economy, or as tourists.

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You may have had a bit of fun last week back at home at your local Mardi Gras shindigs, but you probably didn’t have full-bars-in-the-elevators fun. “They’re called party-vators,” said a laughing Laura MacDiarmid Ferrell, who manages government and public affairs for Cheniere Energy, which h…

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According to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Wikipedia page, he’s a conservative Democrat who is pro-life and pro-gun rights. Whether Edwards realizes it or not, there is no such thing as a conservative Democrat any longer.

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What this Louisiana governor’s race needs is a candidate who is willing to say exactly what’s on his mind and that just might be the prescription for what ails us.

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Socialism is again going mainstream in the U.S., or at least in the Democratic Party, and apparently the 21st-century version includes the international socialist solidarity that marked the 20th. As Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro hunts for allies amid a revolt of his desperate people, he…

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In terms of legislative lines of demarcation, there’s BB (Before Barras) and AB (After Barras). That’s to say there was the House before the election of Speaker Taylor Barras and then there’s the House that exists today, in the wake of his unexpected rise to power on January 11, 2016.

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Qualifying for this fall’s legislative elections is still almost seven months down the road, but the absence of candidates scurrying about and making some noise is odd.

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We’re done with Christmas and the year is only slightly new. A Louisiana team seems to be headed to the Super Bowl and Twelfth Night has passed us by, which means by now you should have your home peppered with things green, purple and gold. Or at least black and gold.

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Last week a state district court judge in Baton Rouge refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed against Attorney General Jeff Landry over Landry’s foot-dragging in responding to a public records request.

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House Democrats are up and running, and their first bill is instructive. Couched as an anti-corruption and good-government measure, it is really an attempt to silence or obstruct political opponents.

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For the past 28 years, Louisiana’s incoming governors have alternated party labels four times. From the perch of 2019, looking back over those years, the regular partisan swaps look like a never-ending tennis game.

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Presumably sometime in 2019 the Louisiana Supreme Court will decide whether a judge’s law clerk should be extended the same judicial immunity that jurists themselves enjoy in presiding over cases before the court.

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Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I always do. A New Year always brings with it promise and uncertainty, but this coming year brings with it a greater foreboding than we have experienced in the past. The Chinese have a saying: “May you live in interesting times.” But their definition means…

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U.S. population growth fell to an 80-year low last year amid declining birth rates, a new Census report shows. But it’s also telling that some states are booming while others are suffering a European-style sclerosis of population loss and slow economic growth.

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Many of Steve Gleason’s fans might have thought that the former New Orleans Saints player was done with high-profile victories after he retired from the NFL in 2008.

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Most of us have been swept up in the momentum of the holiday season. We have passed Thanksgiving, reached the Christmas milestone and are approaching New Year’s Day, the third in the trilogy of holidays.

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