Lamar White, Jr.

Lamar White, Jr.
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Lamar is the publisher and founder of the Bayou Brief; a native of Alexandria, Louisiana; a graduate of Alexandria Senior High School, Rice University in Houston, and SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas, and an award-winning muckraker. He was the last person Andrew Breitbart ever insulted (and apologized to), and he’s responsible for breaking a series of national news stories about racism and political corruption in Texas, Mississippi, and his beloved Louisiana. He lives in Gert Town in New Orleans along with his vicious golden retrievers, Lucy Ana and Ruby Bridges.

At 98, Harry B. Silver, a City Councilman in Alexandria, LA, is the Nation’s...

In 1942, in the aftermath of Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbor, Harry B. Silver, a wiry,...

In 1987, Alexandria Nearly Sold Its Utility System. Then, Someone Checked Their Math.

With Tilly Snyder finally out of office, a new mayor was told Alexandria’s utility system was in the red, and across the river, Cleco thought it saw blood in the water. The third installment of our ongoing series “An Exercise in fUtility.”

Confidential Memo: Alexandria Officials Scheme to Dismantle 126-Year-Old Public Utility

Part Two of our new, ongoing series “An Exercise in fUtility.”

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.

The City of Alexandria’s “Social Media Policy” Is An Incoherent, Contradictory, Unidiomatic Mess

Late Sunday, following our report concerning Alexandria Police Chief Jerrod King’s suspension for posting a public...

In Alexandria, Mayor Jeff Hall’s Decision to Suspend Police Chief Sparks Outrage

Chief Jerrod King, a widely-admired 23-year veteran of the APD, was placed on administrative leave and reportedly told to surrender his vehicle, keys, and cell phone. Mayor Hall’s office thus far has refused to provide the public with any explanation.

These Are the People and Events that Shaped Louisiana in 2019 (Part Two).

A YEAR-END BRIEF: PART TWOAcknowledgmentsThe Best of the Bayou Brief in 2019JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberThe Briefcase...

These Are the People and Events that Shaped Louisiana in 2019.

In the first of a two-part series, we give credit where it is due and resurrect a slate of awards that LSU professor Bob Mann created for the Times-Picayune. This is the good, the bad, and the ugly of Louisiana politics in 2019.

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.

The Winning Message

How John Bel Edwards’ disciplined message and GumboPAC’s relentless, brilliant series of ads about his opponents defused the most powerful weapon in the Republican Party’s arsenal, Donald J. Trump, and won the Deep South Democrat a second term in office.