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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: New survey reveals broad voter dissatisfaction

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Regardless of race, gender, age, political affiliation or neighborhood, the residents of New Orleans are clearly at a crossroads. Voters in every City Council district voiced displeasure about the direction the city is moving in a survey released Wednesday (Sept. 7). Conducted by Edgewater Research in cooperation with My People Read More…

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Viewpoint: Mayor’s ongoing missteps fuel recall campaign

Social media guru Eileen Carter and community organizer Belden “Noonie Man” Batiste grew up on the opposite sides of New Orleans. While it’s easy to think of them as an odd couple, they’re really a perfect match. Batiste, who was trained in grassroots organizing by Treme living legend Jerome “Duck” Smith, verbally attacked Carter’s sister Read More…

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Viewpoint: How are victims of crime in New Orleans supported?

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist I am not a fan of ultra-conservative Fox television personality Tucker Carlson. Yet I could not ignore his 15-minute diatribe Tuesday evening (Aug. 23) on Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s recent ill-advised actions, a diatribe that was viewed in prime time by millions across the world.   Carlson’s premise was carjackings are the 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: Where does PSC leader Lambert Boissiere III stand on Entergy’s settlement offer?

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Since 2005, Public Service Commissioner Lambert Boissiere III has represented District 3 — which includes most of New Orleans and the River Parishes — on the Louisiana Public Service Commission. He currently chairs the commission, which gives him a very important voice on all regulatory matters. The major issue currently Read More…