New Orleans’ Lauren E. Turner, co-founder of a new nonprofit theater company, reimagines Academy Award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCrany’s (Moonlight) 2013 work as set in pre-Katrina public housing developments, and in so doing, exposes the relationship between environmental racism and gentrification.
In what was the most sensational case in New Orleans in thirty years and the first-ever trial to earn wall-to-wall coverage on local television news, Mike Fawer became an overnight celebrity and the city’s most sought-after criminal defense attorney as he represented a prominent furniture dealer charged with murdering his wife.


Turn the Pages or Close Our Books?

New decade, new terms of office. But will it just be more of the same-old, same-old?

TFC: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Peter Athas on how life in New Orleans is like a Spaghetti Western.


Part Two of our new, ongoing series “An Exercise in fUtility.”
During his 30-year career with the energy giant Cleco, Jeff Hall was in the middle of the company’s acquisition of a nonprofit, publicly-owned electric cooperative in Jeanerette and a long-term management agreement for control over the public utility in Opelousas as well. Now, a year after the former Cleco VP was elected Alexandria mayor, Hall wants to hire a crisis communications consultant to help study privatizing the city’s 126-year-old nonprofit municipal utility system.
Peter Athas on how life in New Orleans is like a Spaghetti Western.

In 2019, Election Spending in Louisiana Likely Topped $100 Million

And why the Louisiana Ethics Administration needs to immediately take action to correct a string of bogus reports filed by gubernatorial candidate Oscar Omar Dantzler, Jr.

Making It Count

The Winning Message

Ground Game


In 2012, almost all of Sci Academy’s seniors were accepted at college; seven years...

Nearly all the seniors at this charter school went to college. Only 6 out of 52 finished on time.

The Other General

William Tecumseh Sherman was the school's first superintendent, but "the father of LSU" was a Virginia-born aristocrat who moved to Rapides Parish, earned a fortune through his cotton plantation, and then lost almost everything during the Civil War.

Louisiana College’s Draconian Policies on Social Media Use Horrifies Students, Professors, and Alumni

Multiple students believe the policy, among other things, will prevent victims from coming forward with allegations of sexual abuse.


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...

Books for Your Gift List

“A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Book Review | Nothing to Write Home About: Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House

In her debut memoir, Broom misapprehends the geography of the city and reveals a disorientation with the lived experiences of Black New Orleans.

Book Review | “Back in the Game” by U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise

A politician’s memoir that somehow avoids all mention of the politician’s politics.




Turn the Pages or Close Our Books?

New decade, new terms of office. But will it just be more of the same-old, same-old?

The Devil in the Details: Cameron Henry Portrays Krampus

“Is it really appropriate to thumb your nose at the state Constitution, driven solely by a desire to fight with the Governor?” – Jay Dardenne, Louisiana Commissioner of Administration

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