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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: Helena Moreno on pandemic response, Entergy, S&WB, policing and more

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist City Council President Helena Moreno said Wednesday (April 14) that she is proud of New Orleanians’ response to the smart decisions of the city’s public health leaders during the pandemic. “I think we showed that we can adapt and follow the science and, by doing so, we can manage an 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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Displaced hospitality workers can learn medical-industry skills through Goodwill

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Like many New Orleanians, Tiffany Turner has been having a tough time during the pandemic.  She was eager to train for a different career when she saw a Facebook post about Goodwill Technical College’s new Hospitality to Healthcare program for displaced tourism industry workers.

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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…

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Viewpoint: Cassidy offers support to ensure minority-owned businesses maximize opportunities

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist In a webinar sponsored Wednesday (March 3) by the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy told participants that his staff in Washington and Louisiana will be available to help resolve problems businesses might encounter when applying for the Payroll Protection Program, Small Business Administration and Read More…

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Troy Carter leads congressional field, pollster Silas Lee finds

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist In a recent poll of 450 chronic voters in the Second Congressional District, state Sen. Troy Carter has a nine point lead over state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, 28 percent to 19 percent. Polling third at 6 percent was Baton Rouge activist was Baton Rouge activist Gary Chambers Jr. Small Read More…

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Viewpoint: Term-limited Jared Brossett leads City Council in campaign cash

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist District D Councilman Jared Brossett almost has as much cash on hand in his campaign account than all the other council members combined. Brossett, who is term limited and expected to run for an at-large City Council position later this year, reported $103,471.61 in available dollars on his 2020 annual Read More…

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Viewpoint: Business leaders courting state Rep. Royce Duplessis for mayoral run

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist With qualifying for New Orleans municipal races just five months away, New Orleans business leaders are still scrambling to find a candidate they consider suitable to challenge Mayor LaToya Cantrell. District 93 state Rep. Royce Duplessis recently rose to the top of that list after a poll showed he would Read More…