tehmi_desperateTo keep certain skeletons — a felony arrest for example — safely hidden from the public eye, some politicians will take desperate measures.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed nothing but praise for each other Wednesday just before Jindal gave the keynote speech at a fundraiser for the Mississippi Republican Party.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said Wednesday that lawmakers won't vote on Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax plan until they get their own financial analysis of the bills, a review that will slow any efforts to move the tax overhaul to passage.

The governing board for Louisiana's property insurer of last resort didn't choose an alternate approach Wednesday to balance the company's books after a $100 million borrowing plan stalled at the state capitol.

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed all remaining claims against the company that made a key safety device for the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, killing 11 workers and leading to the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

Federal investigators said Wednesday that as much as $700 million in federal aid intended to help some 24,000 Louisiana families elevate their homes after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 may have been misspent.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says colleges need to be able to raise their tuition rates, but he says the state can't afford to continue increasing TOPS program costs, which are estimated to reach $204 million next year.


Friday, April 19 - Friday, April 26

As sensible firearm legislation withers on the vine in Congress and the gun nuts at the NRA gin up fear and paranoia, a newly released report trumpets what we’ve intuitively known since musket days: lax gun laws and high rates of gun violence go hand in glove, and Louisiana comes out on “top” in both.

Lafayette Parish School Board members Greg Awbrey and Tehmi Chassion may be playing with fire as far as Thad Welch is concerned, as the so-called “issue” over Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper's refusal to fire Welch will likely hit a boiling point at the end of tonight’s meeting.

The House budget committee chairman is unhappy that next year's proposed public school funding formula strips a requirement for how much money must be spent in the classroom.  Photo by Robin May

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