Is Ascension giving away too much in industrial tax exemptions?

Ascension’s taxing authorities never met an Industrial Tax Exemption they didn’t like.  At the most recent Parish Council meeting it was Shell Chemical over which members gushed, insipidly begging the petrochemical giant to up its local investment by $1.2 billion in return for a $104 million ITEP exemption (which does not include others expected from […]

Congressmen Graves, Richmond continue the Fight for Louisiana Flood Victims

Advance Two Amendments as U.S. House Considers Disaster Aid Package Washington, DC – Congressmen Garret Graves (South Louisiana) and Cedric Richmond continue to stand up for Louisiana flood victims in the nation’s capital, successfully inserting two recovery-oriented amendments into a disaster aid package being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives today. The first amendment requires the U.S. […]

Ascension’s Floodplain Management Plan

Ascension’s current Floodplain Management plan is to flood existing residents.

Grandstanding AG Landry loses public records case

Taxpayers are real losers for having to pay his legal fees January 10, 2018 by Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice) Until judges begin holding public officials personally liable—and making it hurt—for their continued disregard of Louisiana’s public records law, there’s simply little incentive to get them to change their habit of attempt to conceal information that could […]

Love Letters at Old Governor’s Mansion to benefit Preserve Louisiana

A.R. Gurney play presented for  Valentines Day at Old Governor’s Mansion and benefiting Preserve Louisiana BATON ROUGE, LA. – Earl and Rose Long invite you to Love Letters at the Old Governor’s Mansion on February 13th and 14th. Following a welcome by the Long’s to the Mansion, Peggy Sweeney-McDonald and Scott Jefferson, along with director […]

Claims about Fire District #1 “misinformation” writes ARPEC chair

Dear Editor: Last week’s article in Ascension’s paper of public record addressing volunteer firefighting issues had several pieces of misinformation. Currently, fire service in Fire District #1 is funded with part of a half-cent sales tax. At least three times the statement was made that current service is “all volunteer.”  This is not true! Taxpayers […]

Here’s one to destroy your confidence in an independent judiciary

December 30, 2018 by Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice) That story about the north Louisiana contractor who was drummed out of business by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and subsequently sued and won a $20 million judgment only to have it overturned on appeal just gets curiouser and curiouser with a couple of really […]

Graves raises the stakes ahead of Fiesta Bowl

WASHINGTON – Congressman Garret Graves (Baton Rouge, LA) raised the stakes of Tuesday’s Fiesta Bowl, making a friendly wager with Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (Orlando, FL) over the outcome of the New Year’s Day college football contest between the LSU Tigers and the University of Central Florida Knights. Murphy represents Florida’s seventh congressional district—home to 8th-ranked UCF—while […]

Safety Tips for New Years celebrations

BATON ROUGE, LA – As we welcome an exciting new year, Attorney General Jeff Landry encourages all Louisiana citizens to stay safe during the celebrations. “If ever there was a night to be hyper-vigilant on the roads, it is New Year’s Eve,” said General Landry. “Now that Rudolph has gone home, no one should be […]

Trump supported prison reform similar to Louisiana’s (What’s AG Landry gonna say now?)

December 19, 2018 by Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice) When I was a boy, my grandfather kept feed for his livestock in what we referred to as the corn crib in our barn. Naturally, rats, attracted to the grain, were a major problem. One day, I moved a 55-gallon metal barrel into the crib. I put a […]