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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



NNSANews (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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 READ MORE



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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



Derek Bridges (CC BY 2.0)

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



Zack Kopplin

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



AP/Dave Martin

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



Gage Skidmore

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



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

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



Associated Press

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



AP / Gerald Herbert

Cops on Trial in Post-Katrina Killing

In an event that pretty much defines the lawlessness and racial tension that existed in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, five current or former policemen are on trial for murder after the officers allegedly shot, burned and then shot again resident Henry Glover.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House

Full Transcript: Obama Marks 5th Anniversary of Katrina (Update: Video)

The president paid his respects to the people of New Orleans on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by recognizing their perseverance and determination “to rebuild in the face of ruin.” Full remarks follow the jump.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE


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International Bird Rescue Research Center / WikiCommons

Time Magazine Puts Contrarian Spin on Spill

Relying primarily on a controversial Louisiana expert with previous ties to BP but also quoting a leader of the Audubon Society, Time magazine has posted a contrarian report arguing that the environmental damage of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been overblown.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE


Arbitrary and Capricious, Indeed

If you’re worried about judicial activism, take a look at the Ronald Reagan-appointed federal judge in New Orleans who just lifted the Obama administration’s moratorium on deep-water drilling.

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE


Obama in Louisiana
White House / Pete Souza

Big Oil Is Still Boss

A lot of pundits want President Barack Obama to turn terrible tempered in his handling of the Gulf of Mexico disaster. These critics ignore the real issue—the death grip the oil industry has on Washington and the state capitals of oil-producing states.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE


oil spill
bbc.co.uk

Surprise News Bulletin: Oil Spill Cleanup Will Take Years

The oily eco-nightmare that the BP spill has become in the Gulf of Mexico isn’t going to go away for a long while. According to Coast Guard chief Thad Allen, it probably will take “years” to restore affected regions to some semblance of their pre-spill existence.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Obama’s Trips to the Gulf Serve an Important Need

Are these visits “theater”? To be sure. But presidential theater of the right kind is not without value. It can be of huge worth especially in times of desperation, and especially in this cynical day.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Administration Says Yes to New Oil Well in Gulf

With atrocious timing, the Minerals Management Service has approved a new oil well to be drilled off the coast of Louisiana. As decisions go, this one seems dumber than a bag of nails. Why not just build an offshore bucket? There’s plenty of oil in the water these days. You can thank Team Obama, which let a ban on shallow drilling expire, for this bizarre development.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE


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cnn.com

BP Accused of Hiring Temps for Obama Visit

A parish official in coastal Louisiana has publicly accused BP of busing in cleanup workers to be present only for President Obama’s visit on Friday. BP rejects the accusation, claiming no out-of-the-ordinary temporary hiring had taken place.

Posted on May 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Evan Vucci

Obama Goes Gulfing

Following a news conference Thursday in which he voiced resolve and regret over the way the Gulf oil spill has been handled, President Barack Obama visited the Louisiana coast on Friday to see the environmental devastation firsthand and to survey efforts to plug the Deepwater Horizon undersea gusher.

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Oil Spill ‘Threatens Our Way of Life’

In a rhetorical move that indirectly, and probably unintentionally, compares the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to terrorism, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has said the growing slick “threatens our way of life” as it encroaches upon the state’s coastline.

Posted on May 2, 2010 READ MORE


Deepwater Horizon
AP / Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Lloyd, U.S. Coast Guard

Oil Rig Explosion Injures 7 Off Louisiana

At least seven people were injured and 11 went missing Tuesday night after an explosion went off on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana. But by late Wednesday morning, the missing workers were reportedly located on a lifeboat, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE



14 States Take Health Care Bill to Court

The attorneys general of Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Virginia are suing over the health care reform bill, citing state sovereignty and alleging federal overreach under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


O'Keefe arrested
AP/Patrick Semansky

Anti-ACORN Filmmaker’s Hijinks Lead to Arrest

Budding filmmaker and right-wing sting operator James O’Keefe was among a group of four people arrested in New Orleans on Monday for entering the office of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu under false pretenses. The 25-year-old O’Keefe had previously been heralded by GOP types for shooting footage of ACORN employees allegedly involving themselves in the cover-up of a (fabricated) prostitution business.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Rainer Ebert

Louisiana Judge Steps Down Amid Interracial Marriage Controversy

We can’t be certain why Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell quit his post Tuesday because his one-sentence resignation doesn’t say, but we can guess it has something to do with his refusal to preside over an interracial marriage—and the public outcry that soon followed.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



AP

Racist Judge Inadvertently Makes the Case for Gay Marriage

The marriage equality movement has been severely damaged by the argument that those opposed to same-sex marriage would be forced to perform weddings against their will.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE



Obama campaign / Boston.com

Louisiana Official Refuses to License Interracial Marriage

Keith Bardwell, a Louisiana justice of the peace, may be in hot water for refusing to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple. “I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way,” Bardwell says, because he thinks it’s cruel to the children produced by such unions.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE


William Jefferson
Wikimedia Commons / house.gov

From the Freezer to the Cooler

Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana, who memorably repurposed his freezer to accommodate an illicit stash of $90,000 in cash, was convicted by a federal jury Wednesday and could be looking at 20 years in the slammer.

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE


Jindal
nola.com

Jindal’s Tall Katrina Tale

If Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal could have one career do-over, he might opt to use it on the speech he gave Tuesday. Not only did his performance induce cringes on both sides of the aisle, but now, according to TPMMuckraker, it looks as if the part of his speech about Hurricane Katrina (to many the most baffling part) wasn’t exactly true.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009 READ MORE


Jindal
blogs.wsj.com

GOP Throwing Jindal Under the Bus?

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal just might be going through the quickest rise to prominence, followed by the fastest plummet from the pedestal, in recent political history. Mere moments after he had given his big debut speech Tuesday night, the fallout began—and much of it came from within his own party.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 READ MORE


Sarah Palin
Flickr / geerlingguy

Some Governors May Tell Obama to Stuff It

While just about every state in the Union is starving for funds, a small band of Republican governors is debating whether or not to reject the stimulus bill’s cash infusion, citing concerns over future taxes. This California editor says good. Give their stimulus money to my state. It’s broke.

Posted on Feb 22, 2009 READ MORE



npr.org

Evangelical Leader Goes All In For McCain

And to think that anyone thought James Dobson would sit out this presidential race. The Christian right leader and his advocacy group, Focus on the Family Action, are planning a multistate strategy to help elect McCain, and to prevent Democratic gains in Congress while they’re at it.

Posted on Oct 2, 2008 READ MORE


Ike Dials Down After Slamming Texas Shore

By Saturday afternoon, Hurricane Ike had been downgraded to a tropical storm, but not before unleashing its full force on Galveston and Houston, Texas, along with coastal Louisiana. Both states were dealing with widespread power outages in Ike’s wake, and the extent of the damage couldn’t be fully assessed until flooding subsided and debris was cleared.

Posted on Sep 13, 2008 READ MORE


Bush
White House / Eric Draper

Heckuva Job, Take Two

How would the president rate the government’s response to Hurricane Gustav? In a word: “Excellent.” Eager to escape the shadow of Katrina, which has come to symbolize the incompetence of his administration, Hurricane George made landfall in Louisiana Wednesday for some hands-on disaster relief.

Posted on Sep 3, 2008 READ MORE


Gustav aftermath

New Orleans Spared by Faltering Storm

As it turned out, New Orleans dodged the full brunt of Hurricane Gustav, which had substantially weakened by the time it reached the Louisiana shoreline on Monday, but Hurricane Hanna still looms as a potential threat to the nation’s East Coast.

Posted on Sep 1, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Bush Will Skip Convention

Hurricane Gustav has given the Republicans the excuse they needed to keep the unpopular president out of his party’s big party. John McCain will be spared another awkward embrace while George W. Bush is off in Texas pestering survivors.

Posted on Aug 31, 2008 READ MORE


evacuating New Orleans
AP photo / Rob Carr

New Orleans Mayor Orders Evacuation

New Orleans residents began fleeing the city this weekend in preparation for Hurricane Gustav to hit the Louisiana coast just three years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin underscored the severity of the situation, telling locals they had to evacuate starting at 8 a.m. Sunday but would be wise to start earlier.

Posted on Aug 30, 2008 READ MORE


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