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Knowledge for Change Celebration supports Nola Abortion Fund at Carrollton Station on Friday (sponsored)

Register to vote, learn what will be on the midterm elections and support the New Orleans Abortion Fund with raffle donations sponsored by local businesses such as Stein’s, Wild Lotus, St. James Cheese, Picnic Whiskey & Provisions and more! This Friday, Sept. 30, acclaimed artist Mikayla Braun and educator Jaclyn Tregle partner with Carrollton Station Read More…

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Viewpoint: Candidates gather endorsements as Election Day draws closer

By Danae Columbus, Mid-City Messenger With the mid-term elections less than eight weeks away, political organizations are giving the nod to their preferred candidates. In turn, those endorsements are fueling fundraising for the all-important get-out-the-vote efforts, which will make or break most races. Last night, Municipal Court Judge Mark Shea courted donors at Junior’s in Read More…

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Viewpoint: Fall campaigns getting off to a slow start; money is tight in most races

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Labor Day is recognized as the traditional start of our fall campaign season. So these hot August weeks are when candidates flesh out their messages, pick up a few early endorsements, and beg friends, family and deep-pocketed business associates for money. With the economic uncertainty brought on first by Covid-19 Read More…

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Viewpoint: Old and new faces are showing up for fall elections

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist There were few surprises Wednesday (July 20) during the first day of qualifying for Louisiana’s mid-term elections, which will be held Nov. 8.  As expected, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy led the pack in his run for re-election. In addition to Democrats Luke Mixon, Syrita Steib and Gary Chambers — whose Read More…

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Viewpoint: New political season begins next week with qualifying for fall elections

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist In the middle of this hot summer, we’re getting ready for an even hotter election cycle. Qualifying for almost a dozen races — from U.S. Senate to clerk of First City Court — starts next Wednesday (July 20). The election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8.  With inflation increasing Read More…

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Viewpoint: It’s time to put that mask on again

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Those readers who know me personally understand that I am very involved in the Greek Festival, which is returning Memorial Day weekend after a two-year hiatus. During a visit to the Greek church earlier this week, the festival’s long-time operations director, who comes in from Texas, said, “I see you Read More…

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Viewpoint: Early childhood education, on the April 30 ballot, can prevent crime

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist In what is predicted to be an extremely low-turnout election on Saturday, April 30, Orleans Parish voters will have the opportunity to support a unique property tax dedicated to early childhood education. If approved, the legislation could generate about $21 million annually — creating 1,500 early childhood education seats in Read More…

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Viewpoint: Political action committees made the difference in the runoff elections

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist It was no surprise that long-time criminal justice reform advocate Norris Henderson was standing right behind newly elected Sheriff Susan Hutson and her most powerful ally, District Attorney Jason Williams, at Saturday night’s election celebration. Most experts say Hutson would never be about to become the parish’s first female sheriff Read More…

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Uptown neighborhoods south of St. Charles Avenue hand Council B seat to Lesli Harris

By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger In this year’s municipal elections, voters either went all in for their incumbents or they voted them out. Unfortunately for District B’s Jay H. Banks, he landed in the latter category. The council member lost his seat in the runoff election on Saturday (Dec. 11), and attorney Lesli Harris will Read More…

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Mid-City voters helped Susan Hutson beat 17-year incumbent Marlin Gusman in sheriff’s race

By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger In a striking underdog victory, Susan Hutson beat incumbent Marlin Gusman in the runoff for the sheriff’s race on Saturday (Dec. 11), becoming the first woman ever elected sheriff in New Orleans and the first Black woman elected sheriff in Louisiana.  Although Hutson came second to Gusman in the primary Read More…