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Nov 092016
 
A map of Mid-City voting precincts -- dark blue represents Clinton margins of more than 10 percentage points. (map by MidCityMessenger.com, data source: sos.la.gov)

A map of Mid-City voting precincts — dark blue represents Clinton margins of more than 10 percentage points. (map by MidCityMessenger.com, data source: sos.la.gov)

Donald J. Trump won a stunning victory in the Presidential race on Tuesday night, but every voting precinct in the Mid-City area preferred Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by double-digit margins. Continue reading »

Nov 082016
 
via uselectionday2016.com)

(via uselectionday2016.com)

With today’s election being such a spectacle for the past few months, and a race that is reportedly very close, America’s next four years will be decided and revealed tonight. With such angst and uncertainty across the nation, local businesses and others are coming together to watch the election results, mostly over drinks and more drinks. Here’s a quick list of places having Election Watch Parties in Mid-City. Continue reading »

Oct 182016
 

libertarian_party_of_louisiana_logoMore than 1,000 voters in Louisiana registered their disgust with two historically unpopular candidates for President over the last month by registering for the Libertarian Party, at a time when New Orleans activists are preparing to ramp up their fight against a proposed proliferation of red-light cameras. Continue reading »

Sep 202016
 
Howard Kearney visits with the Libertarian Party of New Orleans on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, MidCityMessenger.com)

Howard Kearney visits with the Libertarian Party of New Orleans on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, MidCityMessenger.com)

Competing with a field of largely-unknown candidates amid a national climate of disgust with both Republicans and Democrats, the Libertarian running in U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise’s district hopes he can make a November runoff to contrast his party’s principles with the GOP’s record. Continue reading »

Aug 252016
 
Members of the Green Party of New Orleans help salvage items and gut a house in Denham Springs, La. (photo courtesy of Miranda Murray)

Members of the Green Party of New Orleans help salvage items and gut a house in Denham Springs, La. (photo courtesy of Miranda Murray)

Jill Stein and Anika Ofori speak in a Facebook Live broadcast from Denham Springs on Monday, Aug. 22. (via Facebook)

Jill Stein and Anika Ofori speak in a Facebook Live broadcast from Denham Springs on Monday, Aug. 22. (via Facebook)

Around 10 a.m. Monday morning, Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and Anika Ofori of the Green Party of New Orleans stood in the middle of a flooded-out community in Denham Springs and asked social media followers to help draw attention to the neighborhood’s plight.

“Everyone that supports Jill Stein supports you,” Ofori told one neighborhood resident as they discussed the Tide Loads of Hope traveling laundry van miles away in Baton Rouge. “We’re going to to tweet to Tide Loads of Hope and tell them people here need their laundry done.”

Three hours later, Tide announced it had arrived in Denham Springs. Continue reading »

Jul 312016
 
Members of the Independent Women's Organization cast their ballots on Saturday. (via Independent Women's Organization on Facebook)

Members of the Independent Women’s Organization cast their ballots on Saturday. (via Independent Women’s Organization on Facebook)

By Claire Byun

Three local incumbents and a few new faces running for political offices in Louisiana now have a little more support, thanks to a local women’s organization.

The Independent Women’s Organization of New Orleans met Saturday morning to hear from Democratic candidates in seven state or local races. The group voted their endorsement of three Orleans Parish School Board incumbents and four fresh faces for state office after a nearly four-hour meeting. Continue reading »

Jul 292016
 

Libertarian candidate Samuel Davenport is running for the 2nd District congressional seat for the U.S. House of Representatives again this year, after losing to incumbent Cedric Richmond, a Democrat, in 2014. 10660158_1468968313391249_1456261845350821816_n 2

As part of a push to appeal to “every day people,” Davenport appeared at a Tulane-Canal Neighborhood Association meeting to tell residents about his grassroots campaign, and some things he would do differently were he to get elected this time around. Continue reading »

Jul 262016
 
Sarah Usdin and her family (photo from Sarah Usdin for School Board Facebook page).

Sarah Usdin and her family (photo from Sarah Usdin for School Board Facebook page).

By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger

Mid-City residents will have a familiar face on the Orleans Parish School Board as the incumbent won by default on Friday.

Sarah Usdin, District 3 representative, was re-elected after no challengers filed to run against her. Usdin has been on the board for six years and previously founded New Schools for New Orleans, a nonprofit developing and supporting public schools in the city.

Filing for the school board seat closed Friday at 4:30 p.m. and the Democratic incumbent Usdin was the only person to file for District 3. John Brown, Sr. also won default re-election as the only candidate to file for District 1. Continue reading »