While struggling to gain traction for his tax plan, Jindal has also run into continuing criticism for his budgeting tactics and his $24.8 billion spending plan for the new fiscal year that begins July 1. Jindal’s budget proposal would close a $1 billion gap with patchwork funding criticized by conservative Republicans and the anticipation that LSU’s public hospitals would be privatized, an idea opposed by Democrats.

But it is the sheriff himself who clinches the argument that he is unfit to oversee reforms at the prison. Faced with evidence that his jail has been out of control for years, he still denies that anything is wrong. On the witness stand in U.S. District Judge Lance Africk’s courtroom, he said: “I think we’re doing pretty good without the consent decree.” Expert witnesses, Sheriff Gusman said at a press conference afterward, are “getting paid to come up with a statement. I’m here, I’m elected and I’m doing the job.” He clearly is not doing the job. What’s more, the job doesn’t even seem to interest him.

A federal appeals court has agreed to review a three-judge panel’s ruling that a group of Mississippi coastal landowners can sue energy and chemical companies on allegations that linked greenhouse gas emissions to Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit alleges that greenhouse gas emissions from energy and chemical companies contributed to global warming, caused sea levels to rise and added to the intensity of Hurricane Katrina. 

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...