Together Louisiana illustrates the inequity of corporations profiting in poor neighborhoods

November 16, 2018 by Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice) LouisianaVoice has expressed concerns about the industrial tax incentives, aka giveaway programs, for years. It has been our contention that while welfare cheats are an easy target for criticism, the money lost to fraudulent welfare and Medicaid recipients is eclipsed by the billions of dollars stolen from taxpayers in […]

Cointment responds to “scare tactics” against parish employees

Recently, several parish employees have reached out to me concerning a rumor spreading around parish government. Certain individuals in upper management are saying that, if elected to the parish presidency next year, I will sub out all labor-related activities and fire all employees. This rumor is strikingly similar to the one spread during the last […]

Is Planning Commission in the bag for developers? Tonight’s Oak Lake request is litmus test

Is Ascension’s Planning Commission (at least a majority of the seven-member body) irretrievably, irredeemably, unabashedly in the bag for subdivision developers?  Tonight’s meeting agenda includes a litmus test. A) Oak Lake 2nd and 3rd Filings: The subject property is located on the west side of LA Hwy 44 south of I-10 in Council District 2 […]

Reader questions character of upstart School Board candidate

Corey Orgeron announced his candidacy for school board with the opening statement: When character counts… Character does count so, while I have no dog in this hunt because my kids have all finished high school, let’s set the record straight. Property taxes are voted on by the electorate. It is the citizens of Ascension that […]

John Murphy endorsed by DA, Sheriff, Assessor, and others

  NOTE: Tomorrow is Election Day.  In the face of scurrilous (and unsupported factually) allegations by his opponent, John Murphy’s bid for reelection has garnered wide-ranging support. Below is the endorsement penned by District Attorney Ricky Babin. Dear Supporters: I want to take this opportunity to voice my support for the reelection of John Murphy […]

Floodplain Management and other tales of delay by Parish Council

As another EA Drainage Board agenda has issued, Floodplain Management, promised over two years ago, was omitted again even though HNTB engineers delivered its work product in July.  Four months in the can, the work product is being held up by Chairman Dempsey Lambert in order to accommodate new courthouse construction which runs afoul of […]

District Attorney, former judge, come to candidate’s defense

The contest to succeed Judge Marilyn Lambert to Ascension’s Parish Court bench is turning contentious.  Competing interviews on a Baton Rouge television station recently, two weeks before the November 6 election, saw Kim Landry question Erin Wiley Lanoux’s qualifications.  Viewed as the underdog among those who monitor elections closely, Landry has pushed the narrative that […]

Millennial questions entire Master Land Use Plan process

Dear Editor: As a millennial, I have no desire to stay in a community that is highly urbanized with poor infrastructure and higher flooding risk. The proposed Master Plan is more than tripling current residential densities. These increased densities in the proposed Master Plan for Ascension are being pushed in every scenario by CPEX. The […]

DOTD tabs company that worked on Hwy 431 to repair Sunshine Bridge

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced today that its contractor, Coastal Bridge, LLC, is currently mobilizing to be on-site this weekend at the Sunshine Bridge. Coastal Bridge will barge materials and a crane to the site to begin building the platform needed to start repairs under the bridge. The bridge was […]

Candidate for District 2 urges Parish Council to make decision on subdivision approvals

EDITOR’s NOTE:  An item appears on tonight’s Parish Council meeting consent agenda to request an opinion from Louisiana’s Attorney General: Approval to obtain an Attorney General opinion on the legalities of a Planning and Zoning Commission operating normally under a local government except for decisions on major and minor subdivisions (Strategic Planning Committee Recommendation) Joel […]