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Louisiana never had a governor who cared for children more than Kathleen Blanco

By Robert Mann You can tell a lot about people — especially public officials — by how they behave around children. I’m thinking about the baby-kissing politicians who pretend to care but lose all concern for the kids when the … Continue reading

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Don’t call me ‘Christian’ any longer

By Robert Mann When an angry reader emailed recently to ask how I justified calling myself a Christian, given my beliefs on social issues like marriage equality, I told him my relationship with God was none of his business. My … Continue reading

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GOP platitudes about belt tightening are no substitute for a plan to end Louisiana’s revenue crisis

By Robert Mann Republican leaders in the Louisiana House have much in common with their counterparts in Washington. Congressional Republicans yammered about Obamacare for years. When they got the power to repeal and replace it, however, we discovered they never … 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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Heil to the Chief: Trump’s Nazi problem

By Robert Mann As anyone who has seen the 1981 film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” understands, you need not be a historian to know Nazis are bad people. It’s right there in one of the movie’s early scenes, when … Continue reading

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If Republicans can’t win without suppressing black votes they should find other work

By Robert Mann What persuades some Republican leaders and operatives that their ideas and policies are so unpopular that they can win elections only by preventing young people, black people and other minorities from voting? If your party can’t win … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and the GOP crisis of conscience: “I will support my party’s nominee”

By Robert Mann Imagine you’re a Republican member of Congress from a Southern state, someone like Sen. Bill Cassidy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise or Rep. Garret Graves. You know Donald Trump’s candidacy is a joke. He’s the most reckless, … Continue reading

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