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Editor’s Note: This column by Sam Hanna Jr. was first published the week of Dec. 25, 2017. It is timely today in light qualifying for the Monroe mayor’s race scheduled for Jan. 8-Jan. 10.
We’ve all read the same statistics, and we’re all well aware that Louisiana more often than not ranks dead last in just about every ranking that purports to grade states on economic activity and quality of life.
If you’re a longtime reader or an occasional follower of Louisiana politics, then you’re likely aware that the state House has an upcoming election for speaker in January. In fact, you probably became aware of the 2020 internal leadership election back in 2016, when the current speaker was elected.
Unbeknownst to the average citizen, there’s some serious politicking still going on Louisiana, some two weeks after voters had their say in the general election.
Some folks are still sitting around trying to figure out how Gov. John Bel Edwards won a second term and shut down a challenge from Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone. Others are still wondering why the GOP secured a supermajority in the Senate but not in the House.
How did Gov. John Bel Edwards win this year’s top race in Louisiana? Unlike previous cycles, which were soaked in twists and turns and mired by complex themes and players, Edwards pulled it off in a rather rudimentary A-to-B fashion.
On a Sunday in early July in 1790, word of the sinking of a flatboat during a thunderstorm at a place known as White Cliffs reached Natchez, then a Spanish possession.
On Monday, February 27, 1764, the Loftus Expedition departed New Orleans. The party was primarily made up of the British Army's 22nd Regiment. Some of these men would later fight against the Americans during the revolution.
By the time the final whistle is blown in LSU’s grudge match at Ole Miss Saturday night we should have a pretty good idea who was elected governor, assuming there is no overtime.
The leaders of the Ouachita River Expedition of 1804-05 were no strangers to frontier challenges. Each had previously survived long journeys into the wilderness regions of America and often depended on river travel.
Andrew Ellicott was a surveyor and mapmaker who took a perilous journey down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to Natchez in 1796 to mark the new boundary line separating American and Spanish lands.
Few tasks were more dangerous during the frontier era than traversing the nation’s rivers on a flatboat. But the challenge was taken because river travel was the fastest way to move the family, livestock and possessions to a new home and life.
Timing isn’t the only factor worth considering in politics, but if you get it wrong, you’ll discover the misstep sooner rather than later — usually in a very public way, with the missed opportunity and unmissable regret on display for all to see, hear and feel. The difference between victory…
At the end of the 18th century, the need for a wagon road connecting Natchez to the rest of the country via Nashville, Tenn., approximately 450 miles away became crucial. This issue came to forefront in 1798 after Congress created the Mississippi Territory and made Natchez the capital.
Every gubernatorial election has a turning point, when things get just weird enough to justify the price of admission. As many of you surely know, that turning point is happening right now.
In Natchez during the year 1722, Father Pierre de Charlevoix, a Jesuit priest, saw cotton plants growing near the Fort Rosalie in the garden of the clerk for the Company of the Indies.
Louisiana’s highest court is located in New Orleans, not far from where Drew Brees does his job alongside the Saints. It’s our court of last resort, meaning the folks who wear the robes wear them very well. Like No. 9 does.
Reporters, talking heads, columnists, editors and producers are slowly taking more of an interest in Louisiana’s race for governor, based on a recent analysis from LaPolitics.com of state and national news published between May 30 and Aug. 29, 2019.
The Pelican Institute recently held a constitutional convention forum in Baton Rouge. A few bigwigs showed up, ranging from mega-donors and politicians to out-of-state academics and lobbyists. The policy issue remains all the rage, even though we’re unlikely to see a gathering on the scale o…
No matter what kind of politician you might be, regardless of your war chest or name recognition, winning in the first round is the easiest way to go, aside from escaping opposition altogether.
For five hours, prosecuting attorney Ben Hardin with beautiful words and poetic sentences held the undivided attention of the 12 white male jurors in a Harrodsburg, Kentucky, courtroom.
It’s no big secret that the Louisiana Legislature has been undergoing significant changes over the last few election cycles, and that both the House and Senate have been in a constant state of transition. Few political observers, however, recognize that the transition will conclude with the …
Supreme Court Justice Jeff Hughes’ handling of a couple of child custody cases when he was a district court judge in Livingston Parish almost 20 years ago prompted The (Baton Rouge) Advocate to take a deep dive into why Hughes’ actions were kept secret from the public.
“If you go into the Northern States,” exclaimed prosecuting attorney Ben Hardin in a Kentucky courtroom in 1839, “it is a rare thing if you can find a man in ten thousand with a deadly weapon on his person. Go into other states that shall be nameless, and you will hear of them as often as of…
Lobbyists, candidates, incumbents and consultants have been on pins and needles this week. They’re ready for qualifying to come and go, for the sign-up process for elections brings with it some certainty.
All credit goes to state Rep. Sam Jones, who probably stole it from someone else before I stole it from him and made it a staple of LaPolitics’ annual election reporting.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone has quashed any doubts that he would actually spend a sizable share of the more than $10 million of his own money that he’s already pumped into his campaign for governor.