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In December 1848, an epidemic of cholera plagued New Orleans where Seargent S. Prentiss had recently moved. Prentiss, too, had fallen victim to the scourge, at one point coming very close to death.

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Gen. Troy H. Middleton stood in the breach and stopped the Nazis from capturing Bastogne in one of the bloodiest engagements of World War II. It's known as the Battle of the Bulge. It was the last offensive carried out by the German army, which had hoped to divide Allied Forces in order to n…

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At noon Thursday, May 11, 1797, Englishman Francis Baily, the 21-year-old son of a London banker, landed in Natchez on a flatboat loaded with flour. His arrival came at a time in Natchez country history when the Spanish flag was flying over Fort Panmure (Rosalie) and the American flag over L…

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The end of the regular session, a conclusion slated for less than two weeks from now, will in no way, shape or form close the door on legislative politics for this calendar year. In fact, there’s more (much more) politics to come, and rather soon.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed Monday what many of us feared when he turned his back on working people and small business owners and ordered Louisiana to remain on lock down until at least May 15.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards all but confirmed Monday that life as we once knew it in Louisiana won't be returning anytime soon.

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Bare majorities of the House of Representatives and Senate gathered at the Capitol in Baton Rouge Tuesday for just one day in order to beat the March 31 deadline to file legislation for state lawmakers to entertain in this year’s regular session. The Legislature had shut down the session in …

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In the autumn of 1859, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, the man who would later say -- "You may think that war is all glory, but it is all hell, boys" -- left his family home in Lancaster, Ohio, and journeyed to Baton Rouge after his employment as the first superintendent of what beca…

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When lawmakers returned to the Capitol Tuesday to reconvene before Ince again temporarily adjourning, Senate President Page Cortez of Lafayette told his colleagues that the regular session had taken on a “fluid nature.” He said fiscal estimates have “become more difficult” and urged senators…

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During the Civil War a century and a half ago this Saturday -- July 13, 1863 -- a federal occupation force of 1,200 troops arrived at the Natchez landing on steamboats. The Union commander was 28-year-old Gen. Thomas Edwin Greenfield Ransom.

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As many of us already know from “Schoolhouse Rock!” and hopefully civics courses, bills are important to the legislative process because they have the opportunity to become state law. Then there are resolutions, which largely serve as the throat-clearing vehicles of the Louisiana Legislature.

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While tort reform is expected to dominate the headlines in the regular legislative session that begins next week, it isn’t the only hot topic the Legislature will entertain.

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Much has been made in the mainstream media about the supermajority Republicans hold in the Louisiana Senate and the near supermajority they enjoy in the House — possibly at the cost of having a broader conversation regarding the priorities of their Democratic counterparts.

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Judge Peter Bryan Bruin's journey from Bayou Pierre in present day Claiborne County, Miss., to territorial court in the Adams County village of Washington, was a distance of 40 miles, more or less, through hills and hollows.

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With the 2020 regular legislative session just over the horizon, the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry seems singularly focused on convincing state lawmakers to approve far-reaching tort reform legislation.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This column was first published the week of Feb. 11, 2019. It is worth revisiting in light of the flap over Gov. John Bel Edwards not including a teacher pay raise in his proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

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House Speaker Clay Schexnayder is quite the gearhead, having worked as a certified mechanic before managing and then eventually owning his own garage in Ascension Parish. If you ask Schexnayder, a Republican, about it, he’ll likely start his story where most should — in the beginning.

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The Republican leadership in the Legislature and Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards are at odds over how much money the state will have at its disposal to spend in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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From 1992 to 2007, during the administrations of former Govs. Edwin Edwards, Mike Foster and Kathleen Blanco, the politics behind the state budget process often played out in quiet corners of the Capitol. The horse-trading was pragmatic at times, due to everyone — the administration, House a…

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Twelve years ago in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s first year in office, the newly elected governor called a special session for lawmakers to entertain a package of reform bills to improve ethics in state government.

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Lately it seems as if everyone in Capitoland will have something to prove when the Louisiana Legislature convenes its first regular session of the term on March 9. Then again, folks who spend or make money on the mechanics of Baton Rouge’s tallest-in-the-nation Capitol building almost always…

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Someone around the state Capitol should invest in name tags, because they would certainly make a killing during the new term that begins next week.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Editor’s Note: This column was first published the week of Nov. 18, 2013. It was edited to reflect the passage of time.

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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.

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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.

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It seems every time Louisiana holds a major election voters are asked to entertain a slew of proposed amendments to the state Constitution.

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It seems every time Louisiana holds a major election voters are asked to entertain a slew of proposed amendments to the state Constitution.

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