Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Earning the title of "reformer"

My column this week suggests that the label "reformer" should only be granted when truly deserved. The point is this: "It’s easy for legislators of both parties to wrap themselves in partisan rhetoric and associated talking points, but it should be much more difficult for officials to earn the label “reformer.” Given Louisiana’s legacy of failed populism and the obvious socio-economic problems resulting from the state’s years of fascination with the status quo, it seems likely that “reformer” will be the label most legislators seek this legislative session. That has certainly been the case in the two post-hurricane special legislative sessions. But “reformer” should be a label that’s harder to earn than an R or a D after one’s name in the newspaper."

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The next legislative session

My column this week anticipates the legislative session beginning on March 27. No matter what happens, the nation will be watching.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Louisiana's place in the basement

My column this week considers the recent Most Livable State rankings released by Morgan Quitno Press. Louisiana was ranked last. The column's last few lines make the point crystal clear: "Consider Louisiana’s ranking in this Most Livable State survey since 1991: 50th, 49th, 50th, 50th, 50th, 50th, 50th, 50th, 48th, 48th, 49th, 49th, 49th, 49th, 49th, and now, 50th. Business-as-usual obviously isn’t working for Louisiana. Surely this state can do better. After all, everyone else does."

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Budget brouhaha

My column this week considers Governor Blanco's new $20.3 billion budget proposal.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Revisiting indigent defense

My column this week considers the implications of the state legislature's recent request for federal assistance/money for the state public defender system.