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Louisiana unlikely to see much immediate effect from Voting Rights Act decision; Quatrevaux says RSD wasted more than $30 million

Jindal’s approval rating in his home state has plummeted since he was elected to a second term in 2011. Just 38 percent of voters said they approved of his job performance in March, according to a Southern Media and Opinion Research survey, the lowest numbers he’s ever registered. That poll, conducted for conservative businessman Lane Grigsby, showed that even President Obama has a higher approval rating in the state than Jindal does.


The failure to amend the 2007 contract to reduce the professional services fee when only 48% of the construction value was completed cost taxpayers an estimated $9,472,055 for services not required. The failure to amend the 2010 contract when the value of completed construction projects was reduced by 56% cost taxpayers an estimated $23,207,386 for services not required.

I see this as a pretty clear case of prior restraint,’ Steve Beatty, the editor of the New Orleans nonprofit news organization The Lens, told Poynter in a phone call. ‘It’s threatening us with criminal penalties if we publish information we come into possession of.’

This weekend, Sydney will complete a long and predictable narrative that cautions us yet again about the danger of relying on tourist experiences as a basis for transit planning. The Sydney Monorail, built in imitation of Seattle’s, has now been through the predictable phases of exuberance, delight, irritation, and boredom, and has finally arrived at the point of being more of an obstacle than a service. … So it’s coming down.  Last ride is this Sunday.

Via Jeffrey at Library Chronicles, who notices a monorail in a local redevelopment plan.

Today I hear a city ready for commonsense change. Our list of supporting organizations is now at 14 and growing, as other neighborhoods are calling to help. We range from New Orleans East to Algiers, Lake Vista to the Garden District, and, of course, most of the downtown neighborhoods.

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About Charles Maldonado

Charles Maldonado covers the city of New Orleans and other local government bodies. He previously worked for Gambit, New Orleans’ alternative newsweekly, where he covered city hall, criminal justice and public health. Before moving to New Orleans, he covered state and local government for weekly papers in Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.