Lamar White, Jr.

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Lamar writes about the people, the politics, and the magic of Louisiana. He is the founder and publisher of the Bayou Brief and a contributing writer for the Daily Beast. Lamar is best known for his investigative reporting on public corruption, racism, and civil rights. He has appeared as a guest on CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC, and he's been the subject of profiles in The Washington Post, The Advocate, and Huffington Post. Before launching the Bayou Brief, he published CenLamar, a popular blog that initially covered the drama of City Hall in his hometown of Alexandria. Lamar is a graduate of Rice University in Houston and the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Today he lives in New Orleans and is currently writing a book about the life of reputed New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello. Support Lamar's work on Patreon.

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Gov. Buddy Roemer: Prologue | Scopena

Charles Elson "Buddy" Roemer III, the 52nd Governor of Louisiana, former four-term U.S. Representative from Louisiana's Fourth Congressional District, and 2012 candidate for President of the United States, passed away on May 17, 2021 at the age of 77. The following excerpt from his memoir Scopena: A Memoir of Home was originally published in the Bayou Brief with permission of the author on Dec. 14, 2017.

Does A Proposed Change to Louisiana’s State Motto Honor the Union, Promote Justice, and Inspire Confidence?

Louisiana state Rep. Richard Nelson's proposal to adopt a new state motto offers an important reminder of the hazards of borrowing from the history of a place once torn asunder by a war to preserve slavery.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell: New Orleans is the right place, and this is the right time, for infrastructure investment.

On May 3, 1978, New Orleans experienced one of its worst flood events, with nearly nine inches of rain falling before noon, inundating the...
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Carlos Marcello and the Making of a Mafia Myth

“I am not in no racket. I am not in no organized crime.” - Carlos Marcello

Exclusive: Internal Memo Circulated by LA GOP’s Sharon Hewitt Outlines Effort to Undermine Emergency Covid-19 Orders

Memo advises GOP legislators to buck Trump White House guidelines and ignore the advice and recommendations of public health experts.

Breaking Tony’s Spell

There is at least one positive to the sudden celebrity of a renegade Pentecostal pastor: It’s exposed the man as the criminal fraudster he had been all along.

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.

Calogero Minacore and the Making of Carlos Marcello

Part One of the Bayou Brief's Godfather Trilogy

Captain Clay Becomes Emotional When Lafayette’s Tansations Cancels In-Person Job Interviews Due to Global Pandemic

Clay Higgins’ most recent performance as “Captain Clay” is a provocative piece of satire about an archetype of the Trump era.

As Trump Declares Emergency Over Coronavirus, Disgraced Former Louisiana DHH Secretary Shares the Stage

Only four years ago, Greenstein was reportedly struggling to find a job and staring at nine felony indictments related to his role in awarding a lucrative state Medicaid contract to a former employer.

Top Donelon Donor Found Guilty of Attempting to Bribe NC Insurance Commissioner

Greg Lindberg, who was convicted on political corruption charges in North Carolina, donated at least $25,000 to Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, who had approved Lindberg's acquisition of two life insurance companies.

Careless Operation: Tort Reform and the Fight Brought To You By Big Tobacco

It is impossible to separate the well-funded campaign for "tort reform" and the proposals in the Louisiana legislature to change state law, under the pretense of lowering auto insurance premiums, with the legacy of Big Tobacco.
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The Valarie Hodges Show

Not long after Louisiana state Rep. Valarie Hodges joined the legislature in 2012, she began tweeting from a new account, presumably in an effort...
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Gov. Buddy Roemer: Prologue | Scopena

Charles Elson "Buddy" Roemer III, the 52nd Governor of Louisiana, former four-term U.S. Representative from Louisiana's Fourth Congressional District, and 2012 candidate for President of the United States, passed away on May 17, 2021 at the age of 77. The following excerpt from his memoir Scopena: A Memoir of Home was originally published in the Bayou Brief with permission of the author on Dec. 14, 2017.

Does A Proposed Change to Louisiana’s State Motto Honor the Union, Promote Justice, and Inspire Confidence?

Louisiana state Rep. Richard Nelson's proposal to adopt a new state motto offers an important reminder of the hazards of borrowing from the history of a place once torn asunder by a war to preserve slavery.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell: New Orleans is the right place, and this is the right time, for infrastructure investment.

On May 3, 1978, New Orleans experienced one of its worst flood events, with nearly nine inches of rain falling before noon, inundating the...