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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)

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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 »

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 »