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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…

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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…

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Viewpoint: Unnecessary distractions cloud Second District congressional race

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist In the golden era of politics, political campaigns were an opportunity for voters to meet the candidates and hear what they had to say about the major issues of the day. Citizens often voted for the candidate they thought would best improve their lives.   Today’s campaigns are more like guerilla Read More…