Report from Louisiana: The Edwards Teacher Pay Raise

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT  -- With the Louisiana gubernatorial election just six months away, Governor John Bel Edwards is probably not too worried about re-election, but he is covering his bases just in case.  Early in the election cycle he proposed a teacher pay raise, and scant as it is ($1,000 a year), I suppose … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The Edwards Teacher Pay Raise

Report from Louisiana: More Lawsuits Against Big Oil

By:  Pat Austin BATON ROUGE – It is not news that the Louisiana coastline has been extensively damaged through the years by energy companies who have left miles of canals and channels dredged through our wetlands as part of the process of harvesting the vast oil resources in our state.  It is also not news … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: More Lawsuits Against Big Oil

Report from Louisiana: Politics as Usual in the Bayou State

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I have spent the last twelve days on Spring Break and that comes to an end this week as I return to the classroom to finish out the last seven or so weeks of the school year.  It’s been a glorious break and going back to reality is not really … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Politics as Usual in the Bayou State

Report from Louisiana: Roundup

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – As your humble correspondent is recovering from a vicious round of food-poisoning, I’m going to give you a quick round-up of Louisiana headlines today as any thought deeper than that is simply not happening today. The Governor’s Race:  The money reports are in. There are no real surprises on the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Roundup

Report from Louisiana: Spinning the 2019 Gubernatorial Race

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The spin machines for the 2019 Louisiana governor’s race is hard at work. Already in the ring on the Republican side are Congressman Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone, and a couple of weeks ago, to no one’s surprise, Governor John Bel Edwards has announced his re-election bid. Local political … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Spinning the 2019 Gubernatorial Race

Report from Louisiana: The State of the Governor’s Race

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The Louisiana governor’s race is beginning to take shape and from where I’m sitting, it looks like a piece of cake for the incumbent, John Bel Edwards. The Advocate has a good run-down of who is in and who is out at this point, and when you look at who … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The State of the Governor’s Race

Report from Louisiana: John Bel Edwards is Prepping for Re-Election

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It is less than a year until Louisiana’s next gubernatorial election and current governor, John Bel Edwards, is getting his ducks in a row. When election day comes in October 2019, Edwards will be able to tell voters that he has added 500,000 new government dependents to the Medicaid rolls, … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: John Bel Edwards is Prepping for Re-Election

Report from Louisiana: What Fiscal Cliff? There Was a Fiscal Cliff?

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Normally, news of a $300 million surplus at the end of the State’s fiscal year would be good news, but here in Louisiana it is prompting questions and accusations amongst the political talking heads. All summer long Louisiana residents were pummeled with news that our budget was facing a terrible … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: What Fiscal Cliff? There Was a Fiscal Cliff?

Report from Louisiana: Random Thoughts

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Some random thoughts this week: Book Reviews:  I’ve finished reading two books this week: What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren, and Educated by Tara Westover.  Both have been books that leave what I call a book-hangover, which is to say that they were both so good that it’s been … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Random Thoughts

Report from Louisiana: Controversial Criminal Justice Reform

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPOT -- Last week Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator visited with Erin McCarty and Robert J. Wright on our local 710 KEEL radio about Governor John Bel Edwards touted Criminal Justice Reform. The bipartisan legislation revamping the way Louisiana deals with criminals and crime was passed in 2017 in an attempt to … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Controversial Criminal Justice Reform

Report from Louisiana: Yet Another Special Session

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Louisiana is facing a $650 million dollar fiscal cliff and two previous special legislative sessions have failed to solve the dilemma, and so special session number three begins today, at a cost of about $60,000 per day. Throughout this crisis the normal groups have been targeted and threatened for extinction: … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Yet Another Special Session

Report from Louisiana: Early Prison Release #fail

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  Well, that didn’t take long. Tyrone White, a convicted car burglar who was released early under Louisiana’s new free-the-criminals criminal justice overall, has been re-arrested.  White was out of jail only five days before he picked up a gun and robbed a construction worker in Kenner, Louisiana.  He is now … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Early Prison Release #fail

Report from Louisiana: The Edwards/Graves Feud Heats Up

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The feud between Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Baton Rouge Representative Garrett Graves over the slow response of Louisiana in flood recovery efforts escalated last week when the Edwards camp accused Rep. Graves of spreading false information about the release of federal money given to the state. Friday, Rep. … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The Edwards/Graves Feud Heats Up

Report from Louisiana: “It Started to Rain…”

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT  -- South Louisiana is flooding.  You may have heard about it on the news.  It’s really bad.  In a press conference Sunday morning, Governor John Bel Edwards said it is “plenty bad.” Many homes that have never taken on water before have flooded with this storm and many of those people … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: “It Started to Rain…”

Report from Louisiana: Edwards Breaks Promise to Support School Choice

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Can I say “I told you so” now? Louisiana elected John Bel Edwards in the last gubernatorial election because so many voters just couldn’t stomach David Vitter any longer; standing in judgment of Vitter’s decades-old moral lapse (one which his wife had long since forgiven), enough Louisiana Republicans crossed lines … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Edwards Breaks Promise to Support School Choice