Friday, May 7, 2021

Daily Briefing

The (Second) Louisiana Progressive?

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

“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.

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.

Opinion & Commentary

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?

March Musings, Not Madness

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

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.

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.

The 14th Month Of 2020

13th Ward Ramblings on Carnival past and present, Stephen Perry and the New Orleans tourism cabal.

Who Do You Play For?

Personal profits triumph over needs of people that certain politicians presumably represent

The (Second) Louisiana Progressive?

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

“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.

Déjà Vu All Over Again

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

Lagniappe

Stories about Louisiana, the land and its people

The (Second) Louisiana Progressive?

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

“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.

Weekly Briefing

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.

Set in Louisiana: Top 40 Movies, 1938- Present

I'm back with a non-Carnival related piece. It is, however, inspired by the theme of this year's Bacchus parade: Starring Louisiana. It...

“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.

Carlos Marcello and the Making of a Mafia Myth

In the second part of the Bayou Brief’s Godfather Trilogy, we trace Marcello’s meteoric rise to power, his covert connections to a dark web of gangsters and racketeers and a secret society known as Cosa Nostra, and the spectacle of the city that would catapult him into the national spotlight.

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...

Louisiana Tunes: The Top 50* Songs About the Gret Stet

* Technically, 59 songs, but what’s wrong with a little lagniappe?

History

The (Second) Louisiana Progressive?

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

“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...

A tribute to the Louisiana resident who pushed back against Rush Limbaugh’s on-air Katrina misinformation campaign

Ray Davis, better known as musician and psychedelic guru Ray Bong, celebrated his 65th...

Landslide Landrieu and the GOP Plot to Steal a Seat in the United States Senate

Donald Trump's fantastical and baseless claims of voter fraud should sound familiar to most Louisiana voters. They're nearly identical to the bogus allegations that Republican Woody Jenkins made when he attempted to overturn Mary Landrieu's victory in 1996.

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 turned into a book, and for the first time ever, members of Marcello's tightly-knit family, including his son Joe, are sharing their side of a remarkable story.

Our Disappearing Coast

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"

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.

The Socials

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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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