LDMA Celebrates Black History Month

During the month of February, the Louisiana Digital Media Archive is highlighting Black History Month.  Explore videos about Louisiana history during the periods of slavery, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement. Also, be sure to check out the complete Black History Month topic to see more stories and interviews with black Louisianans who have made significant contributions to the […]

Tyler Waguespack Day proclaimed

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa has proclaimed January 28, 2019 as Tyler Waguespack Day in Ascension Parish, and has named him as an Ascension Parish Ambassador. According to the proclamation, Tyler Waguespack is a native of Ascension Parish; he was born on December 19, 1990 in Gonzales, Louisiana to Michael and Vicki Waguespack, who taught […]

Graves proposes legislation to help federal workers affected by shutdown

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) introduced legislation this week to help federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown. The Graves bill would remove the 10% penalty for early withdrawal from federal and personal retirement accounts for all excepted (working without pay), furloughed and federally contracted employees impacted by the shutdown. “It’s […]

Federal workers are idled by idiocy and pettiness

January 24, 2019 by Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice) There are those like a certain former governor who see no good in any state employee. Perhaps that is why efforts were exerted to privatize every state government agency in sight and even to the extent of destroying one of the better teaching hospital systems in the country. […]

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 […]

Ascension’s Floodplain Management Plan

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

Planning Commission bails out Grady Melancon

Granting this variance, you’re basically bailing out the developer who specifically did something he was instructed not to do.  At what point to we just…not continue to roll over? – Planning Commissioner Aaron Chaisson. The developer referred to by Commissioner Chaisson is longtime Ascension mover and shaker, Grady Melancon.  Melancon’s company came to the Planning Commission […]

North Ascension voters lead way to passage of Animal Shelter tax

The voting precincts corresponding to Ascension’s northernmost Parish Council districts led the way in approval of Saturday’s 1-mill property tax assessment to fund an Animal Shelter.  Districts 4, 5, 7, and 11 are home to a higher percentage of newly-arrived residents, less familiar to Ascension-style politics than we old-timers.  Voters in those districts accounted for […]

Ascension’s worst expenditures of 2018

Dubbed “a big stinky pile” by Parish Council Chairman Bill Dawson, your $306,200 taxpayer bailout of Ascension Wastewater Treatment has to be among the worst expenditures in a year replete with waste and dispensation of political patronage on a scale heretofore unseen in the parish…and that is saying something.  Let’s begin with the few positives. […]

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 […]