For thirty-four years Lawrence Chehardy served as Assessor of Jefferson Parish. He has been the leading authority on Louisiana’s property tax laws. In addition to his political commentary and public speaking engagements, Lawrence Chehardy is a founding member of the Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes Law Firm and serves as its managing partner.
The Nagin Trial. The trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has ended with guilty verdicts in 20 of 21 counts. The trial brings to an end a sad chapter in New Orleans politics that began with such high hopes.
Welcome 2014. With 2013 behind us I thought it might be interesting to see what is awaiting us in the months to come. What’s most interesting is that some of the biggest news of 2013 may very well be the biggest news of 2014
To say that the rollout of Obama Care has been disastrous would be to praise it.
The American people and the nation’s economy were held hostage for two weeks while politicians in Washington dug their heals in to prove their respective sides were right.
National issues are taking a back seat to international affairs. The civil war in Syria is now on the minds of our leaders as President Obama has asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria for the use of chemical weapons against its own civilians. The president says he does not need congressional authorization to attack Syria, but he is asking Congress to give him the authority anyway.
During the month of August, Congress takes its annual vacation, and this year is no different. Not much has changed in a do nothing political climate that has become the norm for Washington and its politics. Important issues remain unresolved.
Putin (Putting) Snowden in Jail, Getting immigration reform
Immigration Reform. The United States Senate has passed immigration reform and sent the legislation to the U.S. House of Representatives where the Senate bill in its current form is likely dead on arrival.
In his 1996 State of the Union Address, President Bill Clinton declared that the era of big government was over.
Scandals in Washington, DC are nothing new. Sex scandals or simply scandals of incompetence can be expected, and the American people usually look the other way when the scandal erupts.
No more tolls. The voters spoke loud and clear this past weekend when they trashed the tolls on the Crescent City Connection. With 78% of the vote, voters said they were tired of tolls, perceived misspending by the bridge, and broken promises. So while the tolls are gone, new issues have become front and center.