Kenneth Polite’s message is crucial for young people living amidst violence: Editorial | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Editors amplify U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s “pointed and poignant” anti-violence message, which he delivered at a funeral and directed to young black males. Columnist Jarvis DeBerry wrote about his interview with Polite; they discussed close relatives who had been murdered.
Attorney’s tactics aimed at ex-colleagues | The New Orleans Advocate – Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Billy Gibbens has “made a cottage industry out of bare-knuckle attacks on federal attorneys and investigators.”
Armed off-duty cops in bars, constitutional carry on the docket for Louisiana lawmakers | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
Legislators have filed more than 20 gun-related bills, as they enter the fourth week of the 2014 session. But it was apparent all the way back in January that of these efforts, expanding law enforcement officers’ gun rights would again dominate the conversation.
Government & Politics
How Georgia Toppled Louisiana in Attracting TV Productions | The Hollywood Reporter – A preponderance of daily flights from Atlanta to Los Angeles is cited as one of the reasons TV producers increasingly prefer making shows in Georgia. Louisiana is still the leader for movies, though.
Black voting strength falling in some districts, and other political notes | The New Orleans Advocate
The gentrification that is transforming parts of New Orleans is also showing up in voter registration numbers, driving up the proportion of white voters in some of the city’s state legislative districts, according to a new analysis by pollster John Couvillon.
Louisiana lawmakers take advantage of privately funded trips | The Advertiser – Officeholders say the trips allow them to promote the state around the country and abroad.
Easy, obvious sunshine bill faces old school opposition | Between The Lines – A new bill would direct municipalities to put meeting agendas on existing websites. Opponents complain that the transparency “mandate” is too burdensome.
FBI Investigates FEMA Flood Map Changes After NBC News Report | NBC News – NBC News’ report on how areas with flood-prone waterfront properties have been remapped now has federal attention.
Debunking Big Oil’s Big Lie | Gambit – Political columnist Clancy DuBos mocks state officials that “actually claim (with a straight face) that raising money to implement the Master Plan would hurt the Master Plan.” Key passage:
Truth is, Jindal’s “plan” for financing the Master Plan is to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, win in court (which is highly unlikely), and then force Congress to pick up the entire $50 billion to $100 billion cost of implementing the plan. That notion … is preposterous on its face.
Louisiana excluding magnet schools from national award | The Advocate – Magnet school proponents suspect there are ulterior motives behind the state’s decision.
Diane Ravitch Tells Bill Moyers Why School Privatization Is Turning into a Disaster | Alternet – Moyers: “The charter movement is now part of the growing privatization of public education and Wall Street sees an emerging market.”
Greg Sonnier’s new plan for The Uptowner on Henry Clay: a prisoner halfway house? | Uptown Messenger – After years of being stymied in his attempts to open a restaurant, Chef Sonnier now plans “The Orleans Parish Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative” for the Uptown property.