Government & Politics
Ray Nagin’s final act | Gambit – Opinion writer Clancy DuBos says former mayor Ray Nagin’s testimony at his corruption trial reminded citizens of his narcissism and tendency to avoid responsibility: “Ironically, Ray Nagin’s biggest crime is one for which he was never formally charged: depriving New Orleanians of real, effective leadership when we needed it most.”
Jindal must lead on LA campaign spending reform | Between The Lines – LSU-Shreveport professor Jeffrey Sadow says Gov. Bobby Jindal is well-positioned to lead by example by curtailing spending on questionable, campaign-related events and travel.
Steve Scalise Sees Republican Senate, Health Care Laws as Next Goals | Roll Call — Scalise is now chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the dominant conservative caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Scalise’s broad mission, he told CQ Roll Call, is “to help move leadership to a more conservative place.”
And while that could easily be the stated goal of every RSC chairman, Scalise now has an even bigger task before him: offering the American voting public a glimpse of what kind of policy Congress could send to the president’s desk if only there were a Republican Senate to help.
Levee-board reformers worry that Jindal bringing politics back into process | The Lens – After experts blamed pre-Katrina political hacks for ignoring safety issues, voters chose to have professionals serve on levee boards. But Jindal has a litmus test that critics say undermines the changes: He wants members who will oppose a lawsuit against oil and gas companies for wetlands damages.
Oil industry, ‘Green Army’ at odds | The Advertiser – Environmental lawsuits could dampen the biggest energy boom in 40 years, according to Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Don Briggs. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré says industries are not cleaning up the mess they make.
BP takes aim at federal judge’s son | The Advocate — David Duval, son of U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood Duval Jr., worked at the center that processed claims from the victims of the BP oil spill.
David Duval’s brief tenure at the claims facility has become one of the latest targets in British oil giant BP’s push to create the perception that the settlement program is rife with conflicts and wrongdoing on the part of its own staff, claimants and trial lawyers who sniffed out an easy payday after the 2010 oil spill.
Louisiana Democrats back levee board lawsuits | The Advocate – The governing arm of the state Democratic Party overwhelmingly endorsed the coastal erosion lawsuits. However, this does not obligate elected officials in the Democratic Party to support the lawsuits.
Ranks of nonacademic staffs at colleges continues to outpace enrollment, faculty | The Hechinger Report – Critics say the addition of non-academic administrators and professional staff contradicts claims by university presidents that schools are cutting costs and improving efficiency.
A Truly Socially Inclusive School Benefits Everyone | Edutopia – A New Iberia school served as a case study in Project UNIFY, “Special Olympics’ effort to create a constellation of programs for schools and communities, focused on sports, that respects the dignity of all youth and empowers them to act as agents of change for young people with intellectual disabilities.”
Why I Stopped Teaching Like a Champion | EduShyster – A former KIPP teacher criticizes the disciplinary system at her former school as being too rigid.
Whistleblower asks state to investigate extra payments to Orleans deputies | The Lens – Monthly supplements are meant for law enforcement; former sheriff’s deputy Bryan Collins claims the payments are going to support staff.
Supporting witnesses may be crucial in Nagin trial | The New Orleans Advocate – A splendid explanation of how testimony by some of the minor witnesses reinforced the prosecutors’ corruption case against former Mayor Ray Nagin. Previous convictions compromise some of the witnesses’ credibility, but not all.
How One Determined Urban Planner Built a Job-Generating Lefty Foodie Xanadu in New Orleans | Next City – New Orleans native Jeff Schwartz, executive director of Broad Community Connections, was a driving force behind the new Whole Foods store on North Broad Street.
Owen Courreges: Selling New Orleans to the wealthiest, one fence at a time | Uptown Messenger – Courreges observes that “the residents of Newcomb petulantly demand all the amenities of a suburban cul-de-sac or gated community even though they live on an urban, public street.”