Government & Politics
Election wrap: the good, the bad and the young | Gambit – Political analyst Clancy DuBos points out that the elections brought a “generational shift” to the City Council, and that the body will have a five-vote African-American majority. The Audubon Commission millage proposal was defeated, in Dubos’ view, because it “struck many as too soon, too much and too long.”
Live coverage: Track election results as votes are counted for New Orleans races | The Lens – Our map shows precinct-level results for sheriff, coroner, City Council at-large, Council District C and the Audubon Commission tax.
Jindal budget sure to be amended | The News Star – The Jindal administration’s $25 billion budget “is likely to be shifted to different priorities than the governor picked, lawmakers said in interviews.” But details are scarce and negotiations are just beginning.
Solar panels could supply N.O. airport’s energy needs | The Advocate – The new solar panels could save the airport over $3 million annually.
UnfairBnB: What Unlicensed Short-Term Rentals Mean for New Orleans | Antigravity Magazine – Many, if not most, AirBnB hosts that open their homes for lodging do not pay taxes and fees on their businesses. And, according to Dorian Commode and Jules Bentley, “part of what Airbnb does, functionally, is introduce a specifically touristic whiteness into neighborhoods where it hasn’t previously been.”
Construction set to begin on Lafitte Greenway | Mid-City Messenger
Over the next several months, a 2.6-mile corridor of land extending from the French Quarter to Mid-City will slowly morph into a shady sanctuary and transportation hub, landscaped by walking and biking paths, ball parks and soccer fields.
As Louisiana’s coast washes away, threatened communities face questions about their identity | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Speakers at the “Building Resilience V” workshop urged government officials to understand communities, such as the Pointe-au-Chien Indian tribe, so they can be kept whole if they must relocate from their disappearing coastal homeland.
How critical flood insurance legislation passed the House and Senate | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Insightful list of the factors that led to the legislation, and a review of the challenges it faced before passage.
Researcher finds methane from oil spill has entered food web | PHYS.ORG – A new study “reports that 28 percent to 43 percent of the carbon found in the tiny floating particles which are ubiquitous in the Gulf is related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and derived from the uptake of spill-methane by bacteria.”
The Rush is On: BP, and Deepwater Drilling, in the Gulf of Mexico | SkyTruth – This map shows where new wells are being drilled in the Gulf Coast.
Why The Prison Capital Of The World Should Legalize Marijuana | CenLamar – Blogger Lamar White says it’s time that we acknowledge that pot is less dangerous than alcohol, and legalize it. “I believe that adults should be free to pick their own poisons, as long as they’re not hurting anyone else.”
Some prosecutors fighting effort to eliminate mandatory minimum prison sentences | The Washington Post – The National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys opposes Attorney General Eric H. Holder’s push to eliminate mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders because it would cramp their ability to force lawbreakers to cooperate. A similar issue is percolating in the Louisiana legislative session.
Mandatory sex education expected to spark fracas | The New Orleans Advocate – Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, says the law would provide factual information to children. She bemoans the state’s current lack of mandatory instruction, which in her view amounts to “a form of child abuse.” Rob Tasman, the associate director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, counters that sex ed in schools can lead to “moral relativism” and a “contraceptive mentality.”
Evolution and the evolution of Bobby Jindal: Jarvis DeBerry | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – In his column DeBerry explores the renewed controversy over the Louisiana Science and Education Act, which allows teachers to use supplemental materials to question topics such as evolution, on which there is little academic debate. There’s a political dimension to this, of course, which DeBerry expertly reveals and dissects.