Government & Politics
A Race for a New Mayor; a Trial for an Old One | The New York Times – This article brilliantly weaves together Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s re-election bid and former Mayor Ray Nagin’s corruption trial, which begins today. To get up to speed on the trial, I recommend the table-setters published over the weekend by The Advocate and WWL-TV.
Landrieu, Bagneris would earn state pensions while serving as mayor | The Lens – Mayor Mitch Landrieu has received about $81,000 a year since 2010; mayoral candidate Michael Bagneris could get $94,000.
Political Horizons: Racial divide still shapes La. politics | The Advocate — From Mark Ballard’s column:
A couple of weeks ago, U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness told a room of Baton Rouge Republicans that racism and prejudice was pretty much over.
“I believe our society is very close to becoming color blind,” Maness told the overwhelmingly white audience. …
On the other side of that equation, says Southern University Professor Albert Samuels, many African-Americans are just as impatient that some whites don’t acknowledge racism despite what they see as overwhelming evidence.
Its arrival was a bloody birth: Kalamu ya Salaam on the New New Orleans | Press Street – Nathan C. Martin reflects on a recent speech at Tulane University by poet Kalamu ya Salaam, which sought to expose a dark underbelly beneath the “New New Orleans” narrative.
Jindal tries again to oust president of area levee board | The New Orleans Advocate
[Gov. Bobby] Jindal’s rejection of the committee’s nominations of Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East President Tim Doody and retired Judge David Gorbaty for the seat is the first time an administration has sent back recommendations from the nominating committee in its seven-year history. It has raised questions about whether allowing the governor to reject the nominations of an independent board could undermine what was intended to be a nonpolitical process.
In Katrina flood trial, Jefferson President John Young says pump operators won’t evacuate | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – This in-depth piece explains the issues and political figures involved in the Jefferson Parish flood trial. Plaintiffs blame the flooding in Jefferson Parish during Katrina on the decision to evacuate drainage-pump operators.
Monitors Often Miss Oil Pipeline Leaks | The Wall Street Journal – Most pipeline leaks are first spotted by locals near accident sites, rather than by high-tech pipeline sensors. Last week, The Lens’ Bob Marshall reported on a corps of volunteers that patrol the Gulf to check for leaks.
Swarms of drones could be the next frontier in emergency response | NBC News – Drone fleets deployed in disaster zones could help first responders work more efficiently.
State has explored illegally obtaining drug for upcoming execution | The Lens – As of Friday, the state still didn’t have a lethal-injection drug to use for a scheduled Feb. 5 execution. Documents obtained by The Lens over the weekend show that “Louisiana prison officials have looked into illegally obtaining a lethal-injection drug from an Oklahoma pharmacy.”
La. incarceration rate costly for funding, society | The New Orleans Advocate – Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the world, but only 37 percent of the state’s inmates are doing time for violent crimes, according to Marjorie Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana. Esman and Kevin Kane, president of the libertarian Pelican Institute, sponsored a forum on criminal justice in Abita Springs.
Some lawmakers hope to sideline Common Core | The Advocate
The new classroom rules, which are set to take full effect this fall, are expected to spark dozens of bills in the session that begins March 10, including efforts to end state participation in the more challenging reading, writing and math goals.
Audubon will be stuck in modulars for another year because of contractor’s error | The Lens – Problems with the steel frame at Audubon Charter School’s Broadway Street building means the lower school won’t move into a newly-renovated building next school year as promised.
‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ beats bullying on this school playground | NolaVie – PlayWorks, a national not-for-profit group, handles recess duties and playground instruction at several local charter schools.
Letter to the Editor: Loyola needs to find New Orleans again | The Maroon — A letter to the editor by Loyola University alumnus J.T. Hannan says tuition increases and a loss of Jesuit identity has weakened the university’s connection to local Catholic high schools. For instance, Hannan points out that no Jesuit High School students are in the current freshman class at Loyola.
Citing conflict of interest, City Council candidate wants out of lease with city’s French Market Corporation | The Lens
[New Orleans City Council candidate Eugene Green] planned to open a Cold Stone Creamery ice cream shop in the 900 block of Decatur Street, a block away from Cafe Du Monde. The property is owned by the French Market Corporation, the city agency that oversees the French Market and a handful of other city-owned properties in the French Quarter.
Group Wants To Bring Jazzland Back To Six Flags Site | Curbed NOLA — The latest proposal for the vacant Six Flags site is to resurrect the Jazzland concept and “include a theme park, a water park, plus a movie studio backlot that would ‘allow for car chase scenes, pyrotechnics and other stunt work that needs a controlled environment for safety.'”