Category Archives: Louisiana Politics

The mysterious case of the missing budget cuts

By Robert Mann To paraphrase Groucho Marx: They may talk like charlatans and look like charlatans. But don’t let that fool you. They really are charlatans. How long have Republican leaders in the Louisiana Legislature assured us the state’s budget … Continue reading

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Why are Louisiana universities so powerless in Baton Rouge?

By Robert Mann How did it come to this sad state in Louisiana higher education? How could venerable institutions with hundreds of thousands of graduates and more than 200,000 students prove so powerless at the state Capitol? Why have these … Continue reading

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Louisiana’s fiscal woes distract us and obscure what really ails us

By Robert Mann No reasonable, informed person would question the need for the current special session of the Louisiana Legislature. The consequences of losing vital state services — the result of $1 billion in expiring, temporary taxes — would be … Continue reading

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Was anyone really surprised when Amazon snubbed Louisiana for its new HQ2?

By Robert Mann Few, if any, at the state Capitol should have been shocked that no Louisiana city was among the 20 finalists for the massive, new second Amazon.com headquarters, also known as HQ2. The $6.56 billion in tax incentives … Continue reading

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Why stop at work requirements for food stamps and health care? Let’s go all the way.

By Robert Mann I’m fed up with lazy, poor families who mooch off industrious citizens and waste our hard-earned tax dollars. I agree with Sen. John Kennedy: They aren’t entitled to health care through the state’s Medicaid system. Unemployment and … Continue reading

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Why Louisiana’s GOP congressional delegation won’t condemn the Racist in Chief

By Robert Mann Perhaps you have noticed not one Republican member of Louisiana’s congressional delegation condemned Donald Trump for his racist remarks about immigrants. I know, Trump’s vulgar slur surprised no one. This kind of thing is routine. And it’s … Continue reading

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The Good, Bad and Ugly in Louisiana Politics, 2017

By Robert Mann “I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.”  — Jonathan Swift It was a year that shame forgot. Sure, that might describe most years in Louisiana politics, but events … Continue reading

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