Category Archives: Louisiana Politics

Louisiana’s cowering GOP krewe in Washington

By Robert Mann If the Republican members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation created a new D.C. Mardi Gras organization, we could call it the Krewe of Deilos. This ancient Greek word for fear and cowardice is the perfect moniker for the … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s ‘dreamy’ speech to the Louisiana Legislature

By Robert Mann I’m not sure if it was a nightmare or a premonition, but I dreamed recently that Donald Trump addressed the Louisiana Legislature. Here’s (vaguely) how it went: Members, thank you for your kind invitation to speak. You’ve … Continue reading

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Folksy GOP bromides won’t solve Louisiana’s budget crisis

By Robert Mann Have you noticed how politicians often compare government work to running a household or small business, especially when revenue declines? “If our families or small businesses begin to run a deficit, we don’t have many choices,” former … Continue reading

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Indivisible: Protecting progressivism in the Trump era

By Robert Mann During almost 20 years working in the U.S. Senate, I learned how simple acts — a phone call, a letter, a face-to-face conversation — can influence a member of Congress. When I worked in Sen. John Breaux’s Baton … Continue reading

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Let them hear your voices: How to contact your Louisiana U.S. senators & representatives

By Robert Mann As I write in my Times-Picayune | NOLA.com column this week, “preventing a racist plutocrat from reversing years of hard-won social and economic progress — or, worse, bumbling us into a war — won’t be easy, but … Continue reading

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In John Bel Edwards, Louisiana finally has a full-time, effective governor

By Robert Mann Former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s eight years of misrule set a low bar for leadership. It’s no wonder his successor, John Bel Edwards, cleared that subterranean hurdle during his first, eventful year in office. That Edwards would eclipse … Continue reading

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The 2016 Good, Bad and Ugly in Louisiana Politics Awards

By Robert Mann What a year in politics. Louisiana couldn’t match the national drama, but the state Capitol and beyond served up some fascinating drama. Here are my 2016 “winners” in 10 categories of infamy and esteem. Most Courage: Baton … Continue reading

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