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Jim Bradshaw

Brinkhaus remembered the ‘little people’

Armand Brinkhaus was a memorable member of the Louisiana legislature in a time when the capitol was filled with colorful folk. He was also one of its most effective members.
He served in the legislature for 30 years, chairing some of its most important and powerful committees. But he never forgot his roots and the “little people” he represented.

The reset failure

President Barack Obama has finally had it with Russia. It only took eight years of cold reality -- topped off by the Russian interference in the November election -- to make the outgoing president almost cleareyed about the Kremlin.

Not that Obama is ready to admit error. Asked by George Stephanopoulos on Sunday if he underestimated Vladimir Putin, Obama said no, he had only missed how cyberhacking could be used to meddle in our electoral system -- in other words, it was a technical mistake, rather than a fundamental misassessment of a foreign adversary.

Political ads found new home in 2016

The share of political ad spending long held by broadcast television took a major dive in 2016 as campaigns in Louisiana and across the national turned their attention more to online platforms.

It’s yet another sign that the media landscape is in transition — and that the shift could help color Louisiana’s campaigns to come.

On the production side of political advertising, basic operations like writing, shooting and editing expanded last year as the final product — commercials and campaign spots — grew shorter.

Thank you, Professor Sowell

I first read Thomas Sowell in college -- no thanks to my college.

At the majority of America's institutions of "higher learning," reading Thomas Sowell was a subversive act in the early 1990s when I was a student. It remains so today. Why? Because the prolific libertarian economist's vast body of work is a clarion rejection of all the liberal intelligentsia hold dear.

New year thoughts from the bayou state

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I always do. A New Year always brings with it promise and uncertainty, but this coming year brings with it a greater foreboding than we have experienced in the past. The Chinese have a saying: “May you live in interesting times.” But their definition means dangerous or turbulent. We in Louisiana and throughout America certainly live in “interesting” times today.

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