A man casts his vote behind the curtain at a New Orleans Garden District polling place

Near record-high numbers of young people voted during the midterms

BY: - January 2, 2023

The November 2022 midterms have come and gone, but there are still some potential lasting implications that could influence the next election season. One is that young people, aged 18 to 29, had one of the highest voter turnouts in a midterm election in recent history, according to our early analysis. Specifically, an estimated 27% […]


Who says we can’t say ‘Merry Christmas?’

BY: - December 25, 2022

You’ve seen the memes on social media and heard the loud complaints, usually coming from the same partisans. It even showed up on Saturday Night Live’s cold open this past weekend – the tired, old, and false claim that “they,” whoever “they” are, but the implication is always that it’s the “libs” and Democrats who are responsible for […]

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock

What Georgia’s 2022 runoff can teach us about the 2024 White House race

BY: - December 13, 2022

Several years ago, several “Eat This, Not That” books took America by storm, dispelling a lot of myths about our eating habits, giving us smarter diets. Here’s a similar version, based upon lessons from the 2022 Georgia election and runoff, which can help candidates prepare for the 2024 election and avoid myths from prior ballot […]


From the Nile to the Mississippi, petrochemicals are the next big climate fight around the world

BY: - December 2, 2022

Recently I returned from the United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties, known as COP27, in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, where I joined global leaders, advocates and NGOs who are charting the global path forward on climate. As I met with people from around the world to highlight the importance of environmental […]

Smoke is seen rising in the distance from the BioLab Westlake after Hurricane Laura passed through the area on August 27, 2020,

Environmental justice delayed for Gulf Coast does not have to be environmental justice denied

BY: and - October 24, 2022

After a long, hot summer of helping people throughout the Gulf Coast who have lost their homes and livelihoods to hurricanes and calling on elected officials in Washington to stop the proliferation of fossil fuel plants, we decided energy officials needed to see what’s happening here firsthand. So we invited the commissioners of the Federal […]


In Louisiana, health inequities raise risks for Black community

BY: - August 31, 2022

Too many African Americans contract serious diseases and die much earlier than white Americans from preventable and treatable diseases due to a lack of information, access to and the affordability of quality health care. This is heath inequity. This is economically damaging for Louisiana, morally wrong, and something we can reverse if we act now. […]


Boosters of failed tort reform are blocking real insurance reform

BY: - June 1, 2022

In 2020, the Louisiana Legislature decided drivers should be stripped of some of the legal tools they have to force insurance companies to pay legitimate claims. Legislators, powerful business lobbyists and the insurance commissioner promised the sacrifice – branded as “tort reform”—would be worth it because auto insurance rates would go down quickly and significantly, […]

transgender pride flags

My students hosted a walkout to protest transphobic legislation; I proudly joined them

BY: - April 2, 2022

A bill proposed in Louisiana and similar legislation in other states seek to make a teacher’s job more challenging in an already overburdened profession while putting the lives of transgender students in peril.


Europe is again at war. The example Ike set is more important than ever.

BY: - February 28, 2022

There’s a lot of talk these days about leadership, but damned little of the stuff to be found. Never have we needed effective leadership more than now, as we watch Russian tanks rumble into Ukraine, in the biggest military offensive since World War II. The number of troops, estimated at up to 190,000, is about […]


Don’t pay too much attention to guesses about U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights

BY: - January 28, 2022

Predictions about Supreme Court rulings are often not correct

President Joe Biden

In Year Two, no more Mr. Nice Biden, please

BY: - January 25, 2022

The president has less than 10 months to push through Build Back Better and to finally get voting rights over the goal line. No more Mr. Nice Biden. It’s time to get it done.

A vial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine mandates have always faced resistance and saved lives

BY: - January 21, 2022

Vaccine hesitancy is not new. It has been around for as long as there have been vaccines. It is born out of the most basic and rational thought one can have about life and health: “Do the benefits outweigh the risks?”