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Viewpoint: City leaders must work together to get a grip on crime

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist As with most mayors entering a new term, LaToya Cantrell delivered an upbeat message at Monday’s Covid-restricted inauguration on the steps of Gallier Hall: Though New Orleans has endured a tough four years, citizens are resilient and many opportunities lie ahead. “Our time is now, and the best is yet 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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Challenger Lesli Harris leads the District B pack in campaign contributions

By Sharon Lurye, MId-City Messenger With the primary election for City Council less than a month away, the candidates for the District B seat have spent more than $200,000 battling for a seat, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed with the Louisiana Ethics Administration Program. But it appears that several candidates have had Read More…

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Joe Giarrusso is crushing his opponents in campaign contributions for District A City Council race

By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger With less than a month to go until the primary election, the three candidates for the District A seat on the City Council have collected more than $285,000 in campaign contributions. Unfortunately for two of those candidates, almost all of that money has gone to incumbent Joseph Giarrusso III.  The Read More…

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Viewpoint: Challengers grapple with incumbents’ fundraising and media advantages

  By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Republican mayoral candidate Vina Nguyen was excited for the opportunity to address a group of supporters Wednesday night (Sept. 29) at a fundraiser in the French Quarter. “I promise to be a different leader — one who comes from a long road of obstacles that has taught me to Read More…

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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…