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City Council candidates address Mid-City residents

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger Candidates for the Mid-City’s two City Council districts, on the ballot for the Oct. 9 election, addressed the the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization meeting on Monday (Aug. 9). Councilman Joe Giarrusso III, who is running for re-election in the fall, and his two challengers in District A race — Libertarian candidate 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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Viewpoint: State Police presence is only a Band-Aid to cover the city’s real crime problem

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Operation Golden Eagle, the new collaborative partnership between the Louisiana State Police and the New Orleans Police Department, began Tuesday (June 1). Though Mayor LaToya Cantrell is unable to quantify exactly how many state troopers are participating, both she and NOPD Superintendent Shaun D. Ferguson are quick to note that Read More…

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Viewpoint: Police reforms and crime dominate upcoming mayoral races across U.S.

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist In New York, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit and even Jackson, Mississippi, crime and police reform have emerged as the go-to issues in the many 2021 races for mayor across the U.S. As New Orleans’ crime rate continues to escalate and the federal consent decree lingers on, it’s expected that the 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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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…