Rabalais’ Political History: Mayor Maestri’s Lunch With Franklin Roosevelt

While this week marks the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans, it is also the annual commemoration of a less heralded event in the city’s history that humorously embodies its unique flavors, particularly in politics and fine cuisine. On April 29, 1937, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made his first official visit to the […]

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY: Steve, JBJ & The Lanes To Leadership

Long before U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was thrust into the developing race for speaker, and prior to subsequently endorsing his perceived opposition, there was another Louisiana politico making power plays on Capitol Hill in the hopes of landing a leadership gig. No, that wasn’t a reference to former Speaker-elect Bob Livingston or late […]

Rabalais’ Political History: Don’t Be A Sucker, Wear Seersucker

With the passage of the Easter holiday, seersucker suits and skirts and shorts are again making their routine appearances in the marbled halls of Baton Rouge and Washington, D.C. Seersucker may be fashionable now, but its history is rooted in the practicality of the fabric. According to reporting from National Public Radio, the traditional blue […]

RABALAIS: The Bogalusa Senator Known As Sixty

The Louisiana Legislature has seen many characters pass through its halls. But none were quite like Benjamin Burras Rayburn, who represented Washington and St. Tammany parishes for more than 45 years. According to his obituary in The Times-Pic, Rayburn, also known as “Sixty,” had varying stories about how he obtained his famous nickname. Most folks […]

Election Trend: Voters Hate Tax Referendums  

Many political observers were surprised to see the defeat of several routine tax measures on the March 24 ballots, leaving some to wonder if this is a growing trend around the state. The election failures could have implications for the upcoming special session, especially for lawmakers who remain on the fence when it comes to […]

Round Two For Cromer-Davis

As preparations begin for the April 28 runoffs, the mayoral race in Slidell is already drawing more attention than the usual municipal election. Rep. Greg Cromer and Kevin Davis, the former St. Tammany parish president and one-time GOHSEP director under former Gov. Bobby Jindal, are locked in a head-to-head matchup for the city’s top job. […]

In Other Mayoral Contests…

— Alderwoman Staci Mitchell handily defeated longtime West Monroe Mayor Dave Norris, who was hospitalized with ”an acute condition” shortly before the election. With 10 terms under his belt, Norris is Louisiana’s longest serving mayor. But Mitchell will soon become West Monroe’s first female chief-executive. — Rep. Mike Danahay defeated two-term incumbent Chris Duncan for […]

How MS Beat LA To Legalized Gambling 

By the mid-1980’s, gas prices were at record lows as foreign oil flooded the marketplace. Louisiana, having collected millions in severance taxes during the preceding decade, was now facing massive budget deficits amid the falloff in revenue. In response, then-Gov. Edwin Edwards put forward an ambitious package of bills during the 1986 regular session. He […]

How MS Beat LA To Legalized Gambling 

By the mid-1980’s, gas prices were at record lows as foreign oil flooded the marketplace. Louisiana, having collected millions in severance taxes during the preceding decade, was now facing massive budget deficits amid the falloff in revenue. In response, then-Gov. Edwin Edwards put forward an ambitious package of bills during the 1986 regular session. He […]