Impact Report | 2019

Bayou Brief | Impact Report: The Brief’s Interruption

The Bayou Brief has changed the conversation and made a difference in promoting fact-based public interest journalism and commentary about the most important issues confronting the state of Louisiana.

Bayou Brief | Impact Report: A Letter from the Publisher

The Bayou Brief is embarking on a fundraising drive, aiming to double our support and expand our work for the next two years. Throughout the next three weeks, we are sharing a comprehensive Impact Report to unpack precisely how we have made a difference during our first two years and to explain our vision for the future.


Lien on Me

“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create...

Apples to Apples: A Tale of Two Pharmacies

Abraham’s campaign hasn’t responded to reports that his pharmacies ordered a massive supply of opioids, but the numbers speak loudly.


James Carville’s Stirring Tribute to Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco

Last month, James Carville closed his first class of the semester at LSU with moving dedication to former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.


James Carville’s Stirring Tribute to Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco

Last month, James Carville closed his first class of the semester at LSU with moving dedication to former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.



Of Surrealists & Sheriffs

Last time, I introduced myself and explained the column name: 13th Ward Rambler. Given that I ramble at times, it's almost self-explanatory but I digress. It’s what I do. This time around I'd like to dish about the featured image. It's a collage by Max Ernst, Birdmen. It comes from his 1934 surrealistic...
In the debut of Peter Athas’ biweekly column, the 13th Ward Rambler, Drew Brees doesn’t get a pass.
Five years ago, Edward Lee “Eddie” Rispone of Baton Rouge and current Republican candidate for Louisiana governor published his first and only book, a biography largely informed by the conversations he had with his daughter’s grandfather-in-law, Dr. Louis Antonio Balart, Sr., also known by his nickname,...


PODCAST: Meet the Candidate- Dr. Brian Salvatore (HD-05)

Dr. Salvatore is challenging Alan Seabaugh for House District 5.



The Most Premeditated of Murders

“I don’t know what Bible they’re readin’, but that’s not what my Bible says.” – Michelle Perkins

The Pessimism and Optimism of Conservatism

"If our costs spike because of an economic downturn, we've got to find the money to pay for it." -- Conrad Appel

Up in Arms About Firearms

“This is protecting small businesses from big financial institutions that make social policies that are discriminatory." -- Rep. Blake Miguez

Some Lawmakers Lacking In the Spirit of the Season

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in.” – Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865

Oh Robeline, Why Can’t I Drive Through?

“As I was motivatin' over the hill I saw Maybellene in a coup de ville. A Cadillac a-rollin' on the open road, Nothin' will outrun my V8 Ford…. Maybellene, why can't you be true? Oh…” – Chuck Berry, “Maybellene”

From A(ppropriations) to F(inance), with REC In-Between

"I look forward to working with the Legislature to approve a responsible budget." - Gov. John Bel Edwards


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Saga of St. Rosalie: The Deal of 4/5 of the Century

hinky: adjective. A word which means questionable, unreliable, suspect. It refers to something which is not quite right, something out of place, causing concern.

The Saga of St. Rosalie: A None-Too-Rosy Past

"There are three things that matter in property: location, location, location." -- Lord Harold Samuel, British real estate tycoon

After a Pipeline Ravaged His Farm, Rep. Ralph Abraham Sued Big Oil

Yet as a candidate for governor, Abraham has criticized those who seek to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for environmental damages.




Deployment Penalty: How Big Auto Insurers Hike Premiums on Returning Vets

In what amounts to a deployment penalty, several large Louisiana car insurers raise rates, in some cases by nearly 30%, on National Guard...

Insurance Commissioner Donelon Accepts $20K from Man Indicted for Attempting to...

Since 2015, Donelon has received more than $680,000 in campaign donations from insurance companies and agents.

Major Insurers Charge Louisiana’s Blue-Collar Workers More for Basic Coverage Than...

The research highlights a problem that impacts a significant proportion of Louisiana drivers, yet one that was apparently unknown to Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon.

The Task Farce: What a Missing Report Reveals About the Insurance...

On April 15th, when state Rep. Kirk Talbot first introduced HB 372, a now-defeated proposal that had been known as the...

VIDEO: Douglas Heller, Nationally-Acclaimed Auto Insurance Expert, Eviscerates LABI-Backed “Reform” Bill

If you’ve had a hard time understanding why car insurance became such a thorny issue this session, watch this video.

Driven Into the Ground

This afternoon, following a nearly four hour-long debate, Louisiana state Rep. Kirk Talbot’s sweeping tort reform...