Quantcast
Mar 212017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

While the New Orleans Green Party isn’t officially endorsing any candidate for Saturday’s local elections, party organizers did recommend two candidates over the others.

There are five candidates overall for the two special election seats up for grabs Saturday. The first, Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Division C, has come open from the retirement of Dennis Bagneris. The second race for Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Division B is a replacement for Regina Bartholomew-Woods. Continue reading »

Mar 162017
 

(via the Greater Mid-City Business Association)

The Greater Mid-City Business Association (GMCBA) will host their Annual State of Mid-City Luncheon on Tuesday, March 21 at The Cannery, located at 3803 Toulouse Street.

City officials scheduled to appear and/or speak include Councilwoman Susan Guidry, a representative from the office of Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell, and Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Continue reading »

Mar 132017
 

Dear Voters,

We all want the best representation and service when we see a doctor, our child’s teacher, or any professional we trust with important decisions. Why would we expect any less in our Civil District Court Judge?

I have 25 years as a successful trial lawyer in Orleans Parish and other state and federal courts. In my legal career, I have been a champion for the voiceless and vulnerable, for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and housing discrimination. Continue reading »

Feb 232017
 

The Libertarian Party of Orleans Parish is looking to gain notoriety with a few local government seats, but they’re still searching for locals who want to get involved.

“We’re not going to start winning offices right off the bat,” Kirk Coco, party member, said. “But if people see more of us running they’ll see us as a legitimate party.” Continue reading »

Jan 302017
 

Former Gretna mayoral candidate William Boartfield and Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein working for flood relief in Denham Springs. (photo by Miranda Murray)

bart-everson-headshot-2013

Can we talk about Gretna for a moment? I rarely get over there, as crossing the Mississippi River on a bike presents challenges, but there’s clearly some cool things going on. Two musical heroes from my youth rocked Gretna Fest in recent years: Joan Jett and Blue Öyster Cult. Plus, as I recall, there’s a store that still sells unfinished furniture made from solid wood, much appreciated in these days of particle board and plastic.

However, there are also some things that are decidedly uncool. Gretna has a policing problem. The online publication Fusion recently reported that it is the “most arresting” city in the country. That is, Gretna arrests more people per capita than any other city. In one year, they may arrest over 6,000 adults — this in a town of only 18,000 residents. Kind of astonishing. Continue reading »

Jan 272017
 

(Via Tubby & Coo’s)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A Mid-City book store known for its geeky culture is hoping to give residents whatever they need to thrive in the current political climate.

Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop, on North Carrollton Avenue, is hosting a Political Action Forum on Saturday to give residents a monthlong action plan on what they can do to protect their personal rights – and the rights of those close to them. Continue reading »

Nov 182016
 
State Sen. J.P. Morrell (center) speaks at a fundraiser Thursday night. (photo courtesy of J.P. Morrell campaign)

State Sen. J.P. Morrell (center) speaks at a fundraiser Thursday night. (photo courtesy of J.P. Morrell campaign)

With a disastrous election for national Democrats barely a week in the rear-view mirror and speculation about the upcoming New Orleans mayoral race already intensifying, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and other top local Democrats rallied Thursday night in support of state Sen. J.P. Morrell. Continue reading »

Nov 172016
 
Piper Kerman, author of "Orange is the New Black," speaks with Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday evening at Ashe Cultural Arts Center. (photo by Claire Byun for MidCityMessenger.com)

Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black,” speaks with Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday evening at Ashe Cultural Arts Center. (photo by Claire Byun for MidCityMessenger.com)

By Claire Byun

Better care of inmates while they are in prison and more opportunities for them after they are free will help reduce the likelihood that they will offend again, said the woman whose biography about life inside prison inspired the award-winning television series “Orange is the New Black.” Continue reading »