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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 »

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
 
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(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 »