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The Valarie Hodges Show

Not long after Louisiana state Rep. Valarie Hodges joined...

Gov. Buddy Roemer: Prologue | Scopena

Charles Elson "Buddy" Roemer III, the 52nd Governor of Louisiana, former four-term U.S. Representative from Louisiana's Fourth Congressional District, and 2012 candidate for President of the United States, passed away on May 17, 2021 at the age of 77. The following excerpt from his memoir Scopena: A Memoir of Home was originally published in the Bayou Brief with permission of the author on Dec. 14, 2017.

Does A Proposed Change to Louisiana’s State Motto Honor the Union, Promote Justice, and Inspire Confidence?

Louisiana state Rep. Richard Nelson's proposal to adopt a new state motto offers an important reminder of the hazards of borrowing from the history of a place once torn asunder by a war to preserve slavery.

The (Second) Louisiana Progressive?

Troy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt, Whit Martin, and the Mantle of Louisiana Progressivism

Opinion & Commentary

Déjà Vu All Over Again

13th Ward Ramblings on New Orleans elections past and present.

The Stupid Party Rages On

Donald Trump didn't create a "new" Republican Party. He just plastered his brand on a faction of the party already dominant in the Deep South. As history reveals and as GOP leaders in Louisiana continue to prove, this isn't the "party of Lincoln." It's a party founded on and animated by the politics of racial segregation.

I Started a PAC to Defend Our Democracy Against Extremists Like Clay Higgins

Lafayette-based entrepreneur Ken Miller launches Blackthorn PAC to challenge the seditious and dystopian vision of America championed by a congressman who pals around with anti-government militia groups.

A Tale of Two Carters

As two veteran New Orleans politicos battle for the state's only solidly blue seat in Congress, how much will endorsements really matter?

Criminal Justice

The Scoundrel: Clay Higgins Turned in His Badge, Twice, Before Campaigning for Congress as a Celebrity Cop.

Clay Higgins rose to power by telling a story about personal redemption, but his former boss, the sheriff of St. Landry Parish, now claims he would have never given him a second chance in law enforcement if he'd known what really happened before Higgins resigned from the police force in Opelousas.

Grevy: The Life and Times of a Louisiana Iconoclast

Publisher's Note: What follows is an extraordinary portrait of Frances Carroll Grevemberg, the controversial lawman, war hero, and erstwhile gubernatorial...

U.S. Supreme Court Relegates Louisiana’s Split Jury Convictions to “the Dustbin of History”

State Attorney General Jeff Landry squandered a fortune defending a law that voters had already rejected and a majority conservative Supreme Court found to be racist.

CORRUPTION

The Scoundrel: Clay Higgins Turned in His Badge, Twice, Before Campaigning for Congress as a Celebrity Cop.

Clay Higgins rose to power by telling a story about personal redemption, but his former boss, the sheriff of St. Landry Parish, now claims he would have never given him a second chance in law enforcement if he'd known what really happened before Higgins resigned from the police force in Opelousas.

March Musings, Not Madness

13th Ward Ramblings about the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, the Second District Congressional race, and the Shame of LSU.

Troy Carter is Best Qualified to Fight for and Achieve Universal Healthcare Coverage

By Barbara Major and Dr. Brobson Lutz For the first time in more than a decade, the second congressional district...

In Crowded Race for LA-02, Desiree Ontiveros Has Reshaped the Conversation

Asya Howlette has spent the past decade working in schools to provide academic and social emotional access to students....

The Valarie Hodges Show

Not long after Louisiana state Rep. Valarie Hodges joined the legislature in 2012, she began tweeting from a new account, presumably in an effort to distinguish between statements issued in her official capacity and those made on her personal Twitter account, @ValarieHHodges, which she'd set up in March of...

Gov. Buddy Roemer: Prologue | Scopena

Charles Elson "Buddy" Roemer III, the 52nd Governor of Louisiana, former four-term U.S. Representative from Louisiana's Fourth Congressional District, and 2012 candidate for President of the United States, passed away on May 17, 2021 at the age of 77. The following excerpt from his memoir Scopena: A Memoir of Home was originally published in the Bayou Brief with permission of the author on Dec. 14, 2017.

Does A Proposed Change to Louisiana’s State Motto Honor the Union, Promote Justice, and Inspire Confidence?

Louisiana state Rep. Richard Nelson's proposal to adopt a new state motto offers an important reminder of the hazards of borrowing from the history of a place once torn asunder by a war to preserve slavery.

The (Second) Louisiana Progressive?

Troy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt, Whit Martin, and the Mantle of Louisiana Progressivism

Lagniappe

Stories about Louisiana, the land and its people

“Some Thoughts” on the Life of New Orleans Renaissance Man Michael Martin

The acclaimed actor and "guerrilla-theater impresario" died on April 26th at the age of 63.

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State Rep. Ray Garofalo’s Proposed Ban On Teaching Critical Race Theory Becomes a Lost Cause After He Comments on “the Good” of Slavery

During Tuesday's nearly four-hour long discussion by members of the Louisiana state House Education Committee about a bill that...

The Stupid Party Rages On

Donald Trump didn't create a "new" Republican Party. He just plastered his brand on a faction of the party already dominant in the Deep South. As history reveals and as GOP leaders in Louisiana continue to prove, this isn't the "party of Lincoln." It's a party founded on and animated by the politics of racial segregation.

“Little” Joe Catalanotto: A Daughter Reflects on Hollywood South’s Independent Pioneer

When you type “1301 Kentucky St.” in Google Maps, a pretty nondescript white-painted warehouse pops up in a pretty...

I Started a PAC to Defend Our Democracy Against Extremists Like Clay Higgins

Lafayette-based entrepreneur Ken Miller launches Blackthorn PAC to challenge the seditious and dystopian vision of America championed by a congressman who pals around with anti-government militia groups.

A Tale of Two Carters

As two veteran New Orleans politicos battle for the state's only solidly blue seat in Congress, how much will endorsements really matter?

March Musings, Not Madness

13th Ward Ramblings about the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, the Second District Congressional race, and the Shame of LSU.

History

The Valarie Hodges Show

Not long after Louisiana state Rep. Valarie Hodges joined the legislature in 2012, she...

Gov. Buddy Roemer: Prologue | Scopena

Charles Elson "Buddy" Roemer III, the 52nd Governor of Louisiana, former four-term U.S. Representative from Louisiana's Fourth Congressional District, and 2012 candidate for President of the United States, passed away on May 17, 2021 at the age of 77. The following excerpt from his memoir Scopena: A Memoir of Home was originally published in the Bayou Brief with permission of the author on Dec. 14, 2017.

Does A Proposed Change to Louisiana’s State Motto Honor the Union, Promote Justice, and Inspire Confidence?

Louisiana state Rep. Richard Nelson's proposal to adopt a new state motto offers an important reminder of the hazards of borrowing from the history of a place once torn asunder by a war to preserve slavery.

The (Second) Louisiana Progressive?

Troy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt, Whit Martin, and the Mantle of Louisiana Progressivism

How Ya Like Dat?

The American Saga of Carlos Marcello

The final chapter of the Bayou Brief's "Godfather Trilogy" about the life of Carlos Marcello.

Our Disappearing Coast

These Last Days of Now: A Virtual Gallery

In their exhibition hosted at Good Children Gallery, Julie Dermanksy and Michel Varisco offer a glimpse of a world slipping beneath a rising tide caused by a warming planet.

A Trio of Trump Appointees Give Louisiana a Game-Changing Victory in Coastal Damages Suit Against Big Oil

In a terse, five-page opinion, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reject Big Oil's last ditch effort at avoiding accountability in state court.

As a Divided Committee Advances Bill to Neuter Coastal Lawsuits Against Big Oil, a GOP Legislator Urges the Public to “Raise Hell”

After eight years of legal wrangling, as six coastal parishes stand on the brink of unlocking billions to repair the environmental damages allegedly caused by illegal and largely unpermitted activities of Big Oil, the state legislature considers a bill that would strike down the lawsuits and throw out a breakthrough $100 million settlement already negotiated with one of the companies involved.

Baring the Facts on the Dresser Mess

“There is no ‘safe’ dose of a carcinogen.” – Rachel Carson, "Silent Spring"

Civil Rights

State Rep. Ray Garofalo’s Proposed Ban On Teaching Critical Race Theory Becomes a Lost Cause After He Comments on “the Good” of Slavery

During Tuesday's nearly four-hour long discussion by members of the Louisiana state House Education...

A Tale of Two Louisianas

A new study illustrates the geography of multigenerational poverty and systemic racism in Louisiana.

After a Supporter Predicts “New American Civil War” and Criticizes Anti-Racism Education, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith Raves, “That Was Wonderful. I Just Want to...

The comments were made by a 31-year-old Tampa man who previously worked for a company that scammed and scared conservatives by selling fake news and fake cures. According to Hyde-Smith's campaign, she was responding to "several minutes of comments he made about his personal story." Earlier today, the video quickly disappeared online, but not before we downloaded a copy. Let's review the tape.

Doxxieland: Unmasking the Racist Resistance

As the COVID pandemic continues its devastation in Louisiana, a pair of conservative talk radio hosts spearhead a campaign that purports to be about opposing government-imposed restrictions but appears to be a proxy for defenders of the Lost Cause.

CenLa Exclusives

In Louisiana’s Fifth District, GOP Candidates Pledge to Fight Socialism While Subsidizing Farmers

In a crowded race for an open seat, unless Democratic voters consolidate around one candidate, it appears as if we may be headed toward a runoff between two Republicans.

Baring the Facts on the Dresser Mess

“There is no ‘safe’ dose of a carcinogen.” – Rachel Carson, "Silent Spring"

Mayor Jeff Hall Dispatches Cleco’s Former Top Lawyer to Secret Meeting with NextGEN

Invoices exclusively obtained by the Bayou Brief reveal that the Alexandria Mayor’s Office has been assembling a plan to privatize the city’s nonprofit utility system for more than seven months, despite what they’ve claimed publicly.

In for a Shock

In response to reports that Alexandria is contemplating privatizing its 126-year-old, nonprofit municipal utility system, some have claimed they’re paying too much, but anyone who believes a private operator will make things cheaper is in for a shock.

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The Dark and Forgotten Fate of the Florinda

The epic saga of a crew of New Orleanians who set sail for the California Gold Rush, mysteriously vanished, and then re-emerged 26 years later, capturing the imagination of the entire world.

Tilly Snyder Is Missing Again

Wikipedia’s decision to permanently delete John K. Snyder’s page cannot erase the true story of one of the most eccentric politicians in Louisiana history and the mastermind behind the Great Catfish Massacre of 1985.

The Brazen Cajun

Louisiana's attorney general is now considered a leading contender in the 2023 governor's race, but while his record of intransigent and pugilistic partisanship may have made him into a force among the far-right, it also threatens to undermine his credibility with an electorate that scrutinizes gubernatorial candidates far more extensively than the electorate that shows up during federal elections. In this sweeping review of Landry's career in politics, we consider the issues most likely to dominate any discussion about whether he is qualified to lead one of the most diverse and most economically disadvantaged states in the nation.