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Viewpoint: Six candidates qualify for School Board and judicial races

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist A half dozen candidates, including two current officeholders, paid their filing fees on Wednesday (Jan. 25) for one School Board and two judicial races. Qualifying continues through Friday, Jan. 27. Early voting will take place March 11 to 18. The election will be held on March 25.   The recent retirement Read More…

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Viewpoint: Who will take the lead in addressing the city’s crime epidemic?

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Watching yesterday’s special City Council meeting on crime was very painful. It put a spotlight on the fear, frustration and anger of thousands of New Orleanians who recognize that the city has probably never been so unsafe. Voters also realize that New Orleans political, business, civic and grassroots leaders are Read More…

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Viewpoint: Campaign season starts again with House District 93 race

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist 2023 will be a busy election year in Louisiana. A new governor, other statewide officials, and multiple judges will be selected. Yet the first race of the new year will fill a vacancy in Orleans Parish’s legislative delegation. Qualifying begins Wednesday (Jan. 11) for a candidate to represent the Louisiana Read More…

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Viewpoint: New Orleans voters need a voice in who runs the NOPD

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist For perhaps the first time since Mayor LaToya Cantrell appointed Shaun Ferguson as chief of police almost four years ago, Ferguson spoke candidly in public. “I want to encourage our city leaders to have better communication lines. This isn’t able personal agendas. It’s about the safety of the people of Read More…

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Viewpoint: Relationship between Mayor Cantrell and City Council reaches new low

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist This week’s drama that pitted Mayor LaToya Cantrell against City Council President Helena Moreno and the majority of council members is just another example of the deep rift between the two branches of city government. Don’t expect it to heal anytime soon. The council was quick to call out Cantrell Read More…

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Viewpoint: As we give thanks today, remember those who are less fortunate

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Why is Thanksgiving special? After all, the early Pilgrims weren’t such great folk. They muscled their way onto this continent and used weapons not available to its indigenous population to seize land, food and people while eliminating anyone who got in the way. They brought diseases that tribes had no Read More…

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Viewpoint: Boissiere says ‘dark money’ forced PSC race into a runoff

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Incumbent District 3 Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Lambert Boissiere III launched a scathing attack Wednesday night (Nov. 9) on outside forces that he said precipitated the runoff in his bid for a fourth and final term on the PSC. “Almost $1 million dollars in dark money poured into my race Read More…

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Viewpoint: Early voting a big hit with New Orleans residents

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist During the first two days of early voting, which began Tuesday (Oct. 25), almost 10,000 New Orleanians cast their votes either in-person or by mail. Those numbers continue to grow for every election, as people become more accustomed to finalizing their decisions earlier in the election process. Candidates have also Read More…

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Judge Mark Shea: trusted, experienced and fair – seeking re-election Nov 8 (sponsored)

Mark Shea was born on October 22, 1958. Some people might say since the astrological sign for Libras is a scale, it is only fitting that he became a lawyer and eventually a judge. Others, who know the roots of the Shea family in public service, especially the legacy left by Mark’s father, the late Read More…

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Viewpoint: Nov. 8 ballot includes 8 constitutional amendments

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist In addition to the races for U.S. Senate, Congress, judges, clerks and the School Board on the ballot, New Orleans voters will choose among eight constitutional amendments in the November election. All amendments were passed by the Louisiana Legislature during the 2021 or 2022 regular session. Each proposed amendment had Read More…