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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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Déjà Vu All Over Again

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

March Musings, Not Madness

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

The 14th Month Of 2020

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

Louisiana Potpourri For $400, Alex

What are 13th Ward Ramblings on Alex Trebek, Carnival 2021, Cedric Richmond, Karen Carter Peterson, and Jason Williams?

Nice Guys Don’t Always Finish Last

Peter Athas on the 2020 election, Steve Kornacki, baseball history, and why Joe Biden is like nice guy Mel Ott and Donald Trump is like Leo "The Lip" Durocher.

Too Much Is On The Ballot

13th Ward ramblings on the 2020 election, Orleans Parish style. Sidney Torres is NOT on the ballot; he just acts like he is.

Governor Warbucks & Uncle Earl

Peter Athas on the death of former Governor Mike Foster and how Trump's illness has evoked the final years of Earl K. Long.

2020 Fatigue

13th Ward Ramblings on bad years in American history, Metry woman's nomination to SCOTUS, Jeff Landry, the Gret Stet Senate race, and the NOLA go-cup controversy.

Stuck On Stupid

13th Ward Ramblings on the Louisiana Democratic party, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and wayward wingnut pundit Dan Fagan.
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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...