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A Bountiful Harvest

Among Medicare enrollees, in 2013, the year before running for Congress, Ralph Abraham ranked as the 11th most prolific family practice opioid prescriber in Louisiana.

Excuses for the Doctor

The effort to ignore or mislead Louisiana about the significant volume of opioids dispensed at pharmacies owned by Dr. Ralph Abraham diminishes the severity of an American-made epidemic.


U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham’s Pharmacies Dispensed Nearly 1.5 Million Doses of Opioids in Two Rural Louisiana Towns With a Combined Population of 6,000 People

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...

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.

Edwards Roars Back

With his victory last night, John Bel Edwards becomes the first Democrat in 44 years elected to consecutive terms as Louisiana governor.

Out of the Jungle, A New Electorate Emerges

On Saturday, Louisiana can chose decency over derision.