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Solid Resolutions for the New Year

Charles Blow

Ocean Springs         Sometimes it can be embarrassing to live in Louisiana.   When it’s not the governor making a fool of us in service to ego and ambition or one of the Senators currying to prostitutes and another always turning tricks for oil companies, it’s someone like Phil Robertson, the duck man, leading the hater [...]

Stiffing Tenants as a Landlord Business Model

New Orleans   Active ACORN campaigns in Canada, Scotland, and Italy focusing on tenant rights and landlord abuses, found me reading in detail a rare report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune about tenant rights, or really the lack of them, in Louisiana and most other states in the USA.

The Uniform Landlord and Tenant Act in the [...]

A Better Trigger for Parents on Local Control of Schools

Little Rock  I’m skeptical of many of these so-called public school “reform” efforts because too many seem to really be privatization schemes in disguise or elite stalking horses for charter school operators.  Despite numerous studies finding that teachers are the key that unlocks almost all of the educational doors for children, most of these efforts [...]

Jackson-Hewitt Figures Costs for Employers for State Refusals under Obamacare in Billions

New Orleans  Credit to where credit is due, you have to give the devil his due, Jackson-Hewitt, the tax preparers, performed a public service in trying to calculate what businesses are going to have to pay, partially as a result of recalcitrant, Republican denials of full coverage protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and [...]

The Havoc of Vote Suppression Using Provisional Ballots

New Orleans   In trying to suppress citizen rights to vote the use of provisional ballots are a sop thrown to the disappointed voter largely to pretend that their votes will count.  This fiction is starting to fall on hard times.

In the elections being reported in Kenya’s national elections where millions waited in mile-long lines for [...]

Louisiana Saddest State in USA, Damn, That Can’t be Right!

blue states are the sads

New Orleans   Some math nerds from the University of Vermont thinking they would get some publicity for the U of V ran some numbers on ten million Twitter tweets by coding words as “happy” or “sad” and then fixing them on a map to determine which states are the happiest [...]