Lamar White, Jr.

Lamar White, Jr.
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.

Careless Operation: Part One

Following the defeat of a thinly-disguised series of so-called "tort reforms" that were marketed to the public as a way to decrease the price of car insurance in Louisiana, conservative lawmakers and their patrons at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) are once again attempting to push through legislation that would bargain away the legal rights of innocent victims.

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.

A Divided Alexandria Council Approves Contract With Utilities PR Consultant

Part Four in our ongoing series about the behind-the-scenes effort to privatize Alexandria’s 126-year-old, nonprofit municipal utility system.

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.