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At Least Seven States Have Prison Inmates Working in Governors’ Mansions and Capitol Buildings

The 13th Amendment provides a loophole that allows for the legality of unpaid prison labor, which is sometimes called “modern-day slavery.”

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Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Blasts 18-Year Marijuana Prison Sentence

In a stinging dissent, Bernette Johnson calls her colleagues’ decision to uphold the verdict “outrageous” and “ridiculous.”

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE


Former Death Row Inmate Gary Tyler Backing California Anti-Death Penalty Measure

After serving 41 years in Louisiana State Penitentiary for a crime he says he didn’t commit, Tyler is supporting Proposition 62 on the November ballot.

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Gary Tyler on the American Justice System: ‘Truth Is Going to Stand Out No Matter What’

The former death row inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary spent 42 years in prison for a crime he says did not commit. Now he is speaking out on behalf of America’s prison population and calling for more rehabilitative programs.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Red Cross ‘Failed for 12 Days’ After Historic Louisiana Floods

Documents show local officials were irate over the humanitarian organization’s poor response to the massive disaster.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump in the Bayou

Mike loves the waters of Louisiana more than anything in the world. A vote for Hillary Clinton would protect the Clean Water Act and secure the Environmental Protection Agency. But there is one thing more important to Mike than clean water: pride in his people.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 READ MORE



Climate Change and the 1,000-Year Flood in Baton Rouge: When Will We Learn?

While any one extreme weather event can’t be directly attributed to climate change, storms, droughts, wildfires, floods and hurricanes all are expected to become more frequent and more severe as the planet warms.

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Jill Stein Speaks With Victims of Louisiana’s Catastrophic Flood—and Those Trying to Help Them

“It’s a crisis like this that really brings out the strength of a community. And we’re here to help enlarge that community,” the Green Party presidential nominee said.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Social Media Exposes Devastating Effects of Louisiana Flood (Multimedia)

Those affected by this week’s flooding share pictures and comments amid allegations that the mainstream media hasn’t done enough to cover the catastrophe.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Louisiana Battles ‘Unprecedented’ Flooding

As the planet warms, another “extreme” weather event strikes.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE



Time for Progressives to Take a Stand Against Politics of Hate

The crisis over racism in America calls for something bolder and more single-minded than the laundry list of good ideas being tossed about by the Bernie Revolution.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE



Videotaping a Crime Is Not a Crime

Citizens who provide video evidence of police brutality are doing a public service. Police harassment of those citizens has to stop.

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Louisiana Reporter Arrested for ‘Trespassing’ While Trying to Access Public Records

Local news station WBRZ filed a legal request for documents, but investigative reporter Chris Nakamoto was put in handcuffs after he arrived at City Hall.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE


Louisiana Sheriff Accuses Ex-Gov. Jindal and the GOP of Impoverishing His State

Conservative Louisiana Sheriff Newell Normand last month publicly criticized “that idiot,” former Gov. Bobby Jindal, saying he had led his state off a fiscal cliff, and the law enforcement official went on to admonish his fellow Republicans for following obstructionist leaders and resisting tax increases aimed at covering budget problems the Republican governor left behind.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Sanders and Cruz Give Clinton and Trump a Run for Their Money on Super Saturday

Bernie Sanders won important victories in Kansas and Nebraska in the latest voting, while Ted Cruz showed that Donald Trump may not be as inevitable as he has come to seem.

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Amy Schumer Joins Forces With Sen. Chuck Schumer to Combat Gun Violence

Turns out Amy and Chuck share more than their last name, their gene pool and public recognition.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE



Cutting Emissions May Save Some U.S. Cities, but More Than 400 Appear ‘Already Lost,’ Study Finds

Researchers say it is already too late for Miami and New Orleans, which will be overcome by rising sea levels caused by man-made climate change. Under a worst-case scenario, New York could be unlivable by 2085.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



Women’s Health Services Take a Hit in Attack on Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood has been enduring a reinvigorated assault from the right of late, and once again, because all the services of the women’s health organization are being filed under the heading of “abortion,” the whole “women’s health” aspect is overshadowed. Guess who loses?

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Scott Walker Says Building a Wall Between the U.S. and Canada Is a ‘Legitimate Issue’

Walker’s folly was only the second-craziest notion on immigration that we heard from a flailing GOP hopeful over the weekend.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



What Happened After Brad Pitt and a Group of Star Architects Went to Rebuild New Orleans

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, movie star Brad Pitt—perhaps the city’s most famous resident—established his Make It Right Foundation to rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward, one of New Orleans’ poorest and hardest-hit neighborhoods. Attached to the project was a group of star architects including Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne and Shigeru Ban. Ten years after the storm, what have they achieved?

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10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is ‘Gentrification’s Ground Zero’

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, many of New Orleans’ low-income black residents have been displaced, with gentrification entailing a dramatic transformation of the city’s class structure and cultural identity.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later: Recovery Efforts Gauged Differently According to Race

Just as the immediate aftereffects of Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans residents in different ways—depending on race, class and other factors—the story of the city’s recovery a decade later varies, depending on who tells it.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Talks Tough About Gun Control ... in Other States

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made an appearance on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” and departed from the GOP script on gun control by recommending stricter standards in states other than his own.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE



Amy Schumer, Donald Trump and Others React to Louisiana ‘Trainwreck’ Theater Shooting

Patton Oswalt, Sugar Ray Leonard and Bill de Blasio are among those weighing in after the shooting that left three dead and nine wounded in Lafayette.

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3 Killed, 7 Wounded During ‘Trainwreck’ Screening at Louisiana Theater

Three people died and seven others were injured at a Lafayette theater Thursday night after a gunman opened fire during a screening of “Trainwreck.” One of the dead was reported to be the shooter.

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GOP, Stop Making Excuses for Scalise

The leaders of the Republican Party need to ask why their message attracts some of the most despicable elements in American society—and why they can’t effectively reject those extremists.

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Federal Judge Martin Feldman Says Gay Marriage Is the Gateway Drug to Incest and Polygamy

A U.S. district judge in New Orleans on Wednesday decided to buck the trend and stick it to same-sex couples.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE



New Details About Louisiana Resident Victor White III’s Shooting Challenge Police Account

How did 22-year-old African-African man Victor White III manage to shoot himself in March while handcuffed and in the back of a deputy’s car parked at the New Iberia, La., sheriff’s station? Turns out an official report released that month by Louisiana State Police may not have told the whole story about his death.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE



American Catch

We are “a seafood debtor nation,” with imported seafood gracing more than 85 percent of our plates. Why not embrace the ocean bounty that can still be found off America’s shores, Paul Greenberg’s book asks.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



Why the Left Should Look to Jackson, Mississippi

A new political and economic model is emerging, and it is not appearing where we might suspect it would.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Louisiana’s Incarceration Is a Private Business

Louisiana has assailed its residents to a level unequal to any other state, entering the new year with another signature No. 1 ranking in lockups. It has created a system more efficient and despondent than state run prisons or regular privatization. The costs are low, profits high and human life is a commodity that allows the market to keep growing.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Lessons for Texas Schoolkids: Loch Ness Monster Proves Evolution Is Wrong

Christian-affiliated public charter schools in Texas are teaching some whoppers in the classroom. Note the phrase “public charter schools.” Yes, tax money is being spent to spread ignorance, such as linking the rise of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich to Darwinism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE



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What Drilling Has Wrought in Louisiana

The petrochemical industry’s lust for resources has opened the jaws of hell near the town of Bayou Corne, La., where 350 residents were evacuated one year ago to escape being either swallowed or blown up, Tim Murphy of Mother Jones reports.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



Wendy Davis’ Political Prospects, Weiner’s Sexting Partner Cashes In, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Harry Reid speculates about the likelihood of Congress taking up gun control again and scandal-plagued San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is due to begin therapy.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE



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The Worst States for the Unemployed

Tennessee, Louisiana and Illinois are the worst states for the jobless. 24/7 Wall St. breaks them and seven other states down by unemployment rate, job growth and the percentage of unemployed who are receiving benefits.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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History Textbook in Louisiana Voucher Schools Gets Political

Louisiana taxpayers are footing the bill for certain students in the state to go to private schools that are teaching some pretty “questionable” things.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 READ MORE


Keeping Creationism Out of Public Schools

Zack Kopplin, a 19-year-old Rice University student waging a national campaign in defense of science education, spoke with Bill Moyers about his opposition to laws that make it easier to teach creationism in public schools.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Should Taxpayers Be Funding Private Schools That Teach Creationism?

We’ve pushed standards, testing and accountability for public schools, so why shouldn’t private institutions receiving taxpayer money have to meet those same requirements?

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



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GOP Governors Would Help the Rich Pick Your Pockets

A slew of Republican governors are taking advantage of an “improving economy and a gradual rebound in revenues” to aggressively push for cuts to personal and corporate income taxes, and propose to make up the difference by raising sales taxes.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Gov. Jindal’s New Tax Scheme Would Punish the Poor

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is looking to shift a large part of the tax burden in his state off corporations and the wealthy and onto the public by eliminating personal and corporate income taxes and raising the sales tax.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Zack Kopplin

Reason has a new friend: 19-year-old Zack Kopplin played a crucial role in getting the Orleans Parish School Board to ban creationism from its campuses.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Whites Only’ High School Reunion Party Stirs Outrage

A Louisiana high school class’ plan for its 40th reunion is being met with outrage after a letter leaked on the Internet revealed that a party was for only white graduates.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall

Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana on Tuesday evening as a Category 1 storm, bringing with it wind gusts that reached speeds of up to 106 miles per hour off the state’s southeast coast. It then headed back out into the Gulf and is now barreling toward New Orleans on the eve of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Hurricane Isaac Nears New Orleans

President Obama has declared a state of emergency in Louisiana as Isaac, a tempest of wind and water barreling toward the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, has been upgraded to hurricane status.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Weather Takes a Bad Turn for Mitt

Mitt Romney and the Republican National Convention are being buffeted by a force outside their control: the weather. Tropical Storm Isaac already has caused the GOP to cancel Monday’s opening events in Tampa, Fla., and it’s not finished yet.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE



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West Nile Virus on a Deadly Tear in U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counts 1,118 cases of West Nile virus in the U.S. through the third week of August in what is shaping up to be the worst year ever for the disease since it was first detected in the country in 1999. Forty-one people have died from the virus so far this year.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Louisiana Moving to Privatize Education

After attempts to partially privatize Social Security under President George W. Bush proved fruitless, Republicans have taken aim at the next government-run industry they would like to see move from the public sector to the private: education.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE



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The Age of Thirst in the American West

Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Old Habits Die Hard in New Orleans

New Orleans, despite its great charm, can often seem like a city out of place and time, where the fortress-like class dynamic one sees in economically stratified societies such as those of Central America has somehow set down pernicious roots.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE


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