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JR Ball 2020

JR Ball: You win 2020, I surrender

2020—with the last straw being Hurricane Laura—is fast-becoming the worst year ever ... then again, LSU did win the college football national title.

Riegel: Anger and stress in a time of uncertainty in Baton Rouge

We're emotionally cratering under the strain of a pandemic, a hurricane, social unrest and a presidential race, writes Editor Stephanie Riegel.
Rolfe McCollister Business Report

Publisher: What’s changed since the 2000 Baton Rouge mayor’s race?

The questions facing this year's candidates for Baton Rouge mayor are the same as those who ran for the office in 2000. When will they be answered?

Alford: Louisiana voting clouded in mystery for now

In between hurricanes over the past week or so, and in the wake of the national conventions for the Democratic and Republican parties, you...

Alford: Emergency election plan brings tears, hate mail 

"Madam chairwoman and members, I don't think any of you would want to be sitting where I am."  That’s how Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin...

Alford: Pandemic has changed business of lobbying, too

This week marks five months since the World Health Organization designated COVID-19 as a pandemic, a watershed moment that deeply transformed how elected officials...
JR Ball 2020

JR Ball: Baton Rouge will have a mayor’s race after all

Steve Carter's surprise entry into the mayor's race instantly made him the most serious threat to Sharon Weston Broome’s reelection chances.

Riegel: Battling the pandemic in a post-truth era

With a full-scale, global crisis on our hands, the reality of what it means to dispute reality is, well, downright dystopian in the post-truth era.
Rolfe McCollister Business Report

Publisher: Stop the world, I want to get off

Facing the world each day in a mask, 6 feet away from anyone I encounter, I read and watch the national and local news and wonder, “What’s going on? When will sanity return?”

Alford: Was Monroe mayoral race an electoral wakeup call?

Earlier this month, before he was sworn into office for the very first time, Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis turned heads in a major way....

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