Government & Politics
Gov. Jindal: I’m open to medical marijuana for La. | The Advocate – As long as it is strictly controlled, the governor is open to legalizing medical marijuana. The article refers to a little-known medical marijuana law that the Legislature passed in 1991.
Big Money Mitch | Library Chronicles – Local blogger Jeffrey Bostick writes that rumors of an influx of Republican money to mayoral candidate Michael Bagneris may have been drummed up to help Mayor Mitch Landrieu raise money from Democrats and perhaps “garner a high profile endorsement at an opportune moment.” President Barack Obama recently endorsed Landrieu for his second term.
Demographers: The South, and its political clout, will keep rising | Facing South – Long-range projections show continued population growth in the South and West, at the expense of the Midwest and Northeast. This might be the first demographic forecast I’ve seen that shows Louisiana gaining a seat in Congress.
Volunteers use airborne patrols, satellite photos to spot oil spills along Louisiana coast | The Lens – Since the BP oil spill, a group of environmental organizations has used private boats, planes and even satellite imagery to spot oil spills and report them to the federal government. You may be surprised to learn that they’re the only ones doing this.
BP Employees, Outraged by Lack of Compensation, Warn Oil Spill Victims | Truthout — “Several long-term senior BP employees are incensed at what they believe is BP’s attempt to short-change them on their pensions.”
Rise up for water | Greater Baton Rouge Business Report – Retired Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, the Katrina hero turned environmental advocate, urges Baton Rouge-area industries to use water from the Mississippi River in order to extend the supply of fresh drinking water available to residents.
Gusman says stoned inmate did not get contraband drugs | The Advocate – Sheriff Marlin Gusman says that prescribed drugs accounted for a jailed murder suspect’s incapacitated state during a recent court appearance. This seems to conflict with a prior statement from another official in Gusman’s office.
Victim hospitalized in second French Quarter violent assault | WWL-TV
This is the second violent assault in days. On Monday night musician Doug Potter was badly beaten carrying instruments to his car in the 600 block of Conti Street. He remains hospitalized with serious head injuries.
Charter networks tread upon ‘Parent Choice’ | The Louisiana Weekly – This year, New Orleans parents who want to transfer their kids to another school have four fewer months to make that decision. “Last year, the date before which parents could transfer their students was Feb 1. This year, it was moved to October 1.”
Every university is an oil and gas vo-tech | Library Chronicles – Jeffrey Bostick’s blog post includes an analysis of the news coverage of the Jindal administration’s funding proposals for higher education.
Former New Orleans Teachers Win a Pyrrhic Victory in Court [Updated] | PE + CO – Education consultant Peter Cook believes a recent ruling by the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal to compensate public teachers fired en masse after Katrina will likely “bankrupt the district.”
So much of the writing about gentrification is worthless | Rebuilding Place in the Urban Spaces – Urban revitalization consultant Richard Layman criticizes claims made in an NPR article, “Gentrification May Actually Be Boon To Longtime Residents,” which has gained significant attention.
In the hottest real estate markets … without extranormal public intervention (land trusts, portfolio ownership of “permanently” affordable housing developments, etc.), the extremely impoverished will be priced out of the market.