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Viewpoint: If not the Municipal Auditorium, what could become the next City Hall?

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist While Mayor LaToya Cantrell told members of the Save Our Soul (SOS) coalition Tuesday that she was “good” with the Municipal Auditorium not becoming the next City Hall, the historic structure remains her first choice probably because of the $38 million allocation from FEMA that comes with it.  Cantrell has Read More…

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Highly regarded local entrepreneur Mark Lawes announces Swing for Lawes Golf Tournament fundraising event for his run in the New Orleans City Council District D election. Registration is still open for this exciting fundraising event presented by the Committee to Elect Mark “Johari” Lawes, and will feature musical performances, giveaways and grand prizes for the Read More…

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Viewpoint: Candidates starting to line up for fall municipal elections

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist A large crowd gathered Wednesday evening (July 7) at Calcasieu in the Warehouse District to show their support for City Council President Helena Moreno, one of dozens of candidates who will be qualifying next week for various municipal offices. Popular with voters, Moreno has put together a substantive war chest, Read More…

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Viewpoint: Councilman Joe Giarrusso kicks off his campaign for a second term with talk of ‘smart growth’

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist District A Councilman Joseph Giarrusso told several hundred supporters at Ralph’s on the Park last week that he has spent his first years in office building relationships and working on major issues but that there is much more to accomplish. The fundraising event officially kicked off Giarrusso’s campaign for a Read More…

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Mid-City was a blowout for Karen Carter Peterson … for those who showed up

By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger Karen Carter Peterson may have lost to Troy Carter in the special congressional election on April 24, but at least she knows that Mid-City had her back. Preliminary election data from the Secretary of State shows that Carter Peterson won all but one precinct in the neighborhood, earning 66% of Read More…

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Viewpoint: Inclement weather and apathy inhibit early voting

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Although state Sens. Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson have continued to campaign almost around the clock, days of heavy rainfall coupled with a general lack of interest has led to exceedingly low early voting numbers in the Second Congressional District race to replace Cedric Richmond, now a high-ranking aide Read More…

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Viewpoint: It’s hard for law-abiding citizens to get justice these days

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist It probably was a case of mistaken identity that could have turned deadly for Jhamal Shelby Jr., a soft-spoken St. Augustine High School star athlete and honor student.   One recent afternoon after practice, Shelby drove to his father’s home in New Orleans East. Before he could park his car, a Read More…

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Viewpoint: Voters in Louisiana’s ‘majority minority district’ to choose a U.S. representative Saturday

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist The 2nd Congressional District as it exists today is a “majority minority district” created during the 1990 redistricting cycle, according to Ed Chervenak, a UNO political scientist who has polled the race through his firm Edgewater Research.  The intent of the 1990 redistricting was to create a voting district where Read More…

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PAC donations fuel Second Congressional District race

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist What do the South Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative, the National Cotton Council of America and Jackson Offshore Operators all have in common? Their political action affiliates are contributing in Louisiana’s Second Congressional District race, according to the latest federal campaign finance reports released Monday (March 8).   State Sen. Troy Carter Read More…