Tom Aswell, a native of Ruston, has lived in the Baton Rouge area for 30 years and for 10 of those years, ran Capitol News Service, covering state government for about 40 weekly and small daily newspapers throughout the state. Aswell also is the author if a comprehensive history of Louisiana rock and roll entitled Louisiana Rocks! The True Genesis of Rock and Roll. The book is available at all major book stores and on amazon.com.
Capitol News Service was recently revised and presently provides localized coverage of state government for about three dozen newspapers. But because much of what is observed in the State Capitol does not lend itself to client newspapers because there is generally no local hook, this web blog was created to provide the citizens of Louisiana an inside look at how your legislators and other elected officials carry on the state’s business and how your tax dollars are spent.
Much of what you find here won’t be found in your traditional newspapers or on the wire services. Many politicians will not like what they see here but we feel that you, the people without a voice, have a right to know the real stories and issues in state government. If it makes politicians uncomfortable, it gives us comfort. We are neither Republican nor Democrat. We are not Tea Partyers, nor do we defend wasteful spending. We do not parrot the Rush Limbaughs, Glenn Becks, or Sean Hannitys of the world, and we do not subscribe to the spin doctors on the opposite end of the political spectrum; we prefer to think for ourselves. At the same time, we invite your suggestions for stories and your inquiries into any issue. We also encourage your comments on the content of our Louisiana Voice blog. This way, we hope to give Louisiana citizens a voice in governmental affairs.