YOUR DAILY BRIEFING

COMMENTARY

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.

YOUR WEEKLY BRIEFING

When you type “1301 Kentucky St.” in Google Maps, a pretty nondescript white-painted warehouse pops up in a pretty average looking neighborhood - average for New Orleans, anyway. People may walk by, and likely not give it another look, if they looked at it in the first place. But, like most places in this city - haunted or otherwise...
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 was their best theme in years and got me pondering movies that were set in the Gret Stet of Louisiana. Hence this top 40 list. I'm a big fan of Vulture's lists and decided it was high time to do my own. I learned to my chagrin...
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.
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.
In an attempt to defend President Trump on Twitter, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry reveals a profound ignorance of the law, humiliating himself and generating a torrent of ridicule from more than 15,000 people.
When you type “1301 Kentucky St.” in Google Maps, a pretty nondescript white-painted warehouse pops up in a pretty average looking neighborhood - average for New Orleans, anyway. People may walk by, and likely not give it another look,...
Ray Davis, better known as musician and psychedelic guru Ray Bong, celebrated his 65th birthday in January, 16 years after speaking to Rush Limbaugh on-air, and setting the lie show host straight about the suffering in New Orleans. Ray...

Clementine’s Hunters: Chapter 1 | In Her Own Words

The iconic American folk artist Clementine Hunter conducted a series of oral interviews in the 1970s. For the first time ever, a transcript of one of those interviews is being made available to the public on the Bayou Brief, courtesy of LSUA's Sue Eakin Archives.

Receding from the Ravings

“It’s the end of the world, as we know it (and I feel fine.) – R.E.M.

Starve the Budget, Feed the Business Interests

"We have to do something to keep this industry here. If we do not, the state of Louisiana will shrivel up and die!” -- Rep. Stuart Bishop, Ways and Means chairman

Callous Disregard

House Majority Leader wants to make Governor a "toothless pitbull"

Not All Bandits Wear Their Masks

"Let not thy right hand know what thy left hand is doing." Matthew 6:3 (KJV)

Despite, or Just Plain Old Spite?

Despite the Governor’s extension of the statewide stay-at home proclamation to May 15, despite a House member having died from COVID-19, and despite the...

Demagoguery for Democracy: Still Striving Toward Voter Suppression

Decoding loaded language veiled in patriotism

OPINIONS AND COMMENTARY

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.
As two veteran New Orleans politicos battle for the state's only solidly blue seat in Congress, how much will endorsements really matter?
13th Ward Ramblings about the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, the Second District Congressional race, and the Shame of LSU.

WRECKED: HOW CAR INSURANCE TAKES LOUISIANA FOR A RIDE

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

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.

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.

Deployment Penalty: How Big Auto Insurers Hike Premiums on Returning Vets

In what amounts to a deployment penalty, several large Louisiana car insurers raise rates, in some cases by nearly 30%, on National Guard members and other military...

Insurance Commissioner Donelon Accepts $20K from Man Indicted for Attempting to...

Since 2015, Donelon has received more than $680,000 in campaign donations from insurance companies and agents.

Major Insurers Charge Louisiana’s Blue-Collar Workers More for Basic Coverage Than...

The research highlights a problem that impacts a significant proportion of Louisiana drivers, yet one that was apparently unknown to Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon.

The Task Farce: What a Missing Report Reveals About the Insurance...

On April 15th, when state Rep. Kirk Talbot first introduced HB 372, a now-defeated proposal that had been known as the Omnibus Premium Reduction...

EDUCATION

Something Doesn’t Check Out

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell pitches voters on a ballot proposition she claims would fund an early childhood education program, but read the fine print.

An Innovative School. An Inspiring Leader. And a Dangerously Stupid Line to Cross.

A former teacher at the high school inside New Orleans' jail can’t believe what he’s hearing.

A Tale of Two Louisianas

A new study illustrates the geography of multigenerational poverty and systemic racism in Louisiana.

Books for Your Gift List

“A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Book Review | Nothing to Write Home About: Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House

In her debut memoir, Broom misapprehends the geography of the city and reveals a disorientation with the lived experiences of Black New Orleans.

Book Review | “Back in the Game” by U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise

A politician’s memoir that somehow avoids all mention of the politician’s politics.

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