Author: Christie Maloyed

Christie Maloyed is an associate professor of political science at UL Lafayette.

Strong early voting doesn’t guarantee a strong election day

Louisiana has some safe races by contrast with the rest of the nation’s midterm upheaval. Early election numbers are encouraging, but statewide and local turnout could yet be low.

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Dark money in local politics

Dark money is poised to have considerable influence at the state and especially local levels.

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Incivility in local politics

Despite the negative consequences to incivility in government, there are surprising and often ignored potential fringe benefits.

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How can you trust a convoluted government?

Seventy percent of Americans continue to trust their local government, a level that has held relatively steady for over four decades and across party lines.

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When consolidation creates a suburb without a city

How does Lafayette’s experiment with consolidation stack up with the successes and failures of other consolidated governments across the country?

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In local voting, timing is everything

If holding off-cycle elections is the parish government’s strategy to raise taxes, it’s a poor one. Research shows that low turnout favors those who oppose taxes.

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In defense of well-funded libraries

Critics have taken aim at the library’s reserves. But, as local governments look to stabilize budgets in times of economic flux, fund balances are key to long-term planning.

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