Government & Politics
MAGINNIS: Advice for Pre-Candidate Vitter | LaPolitics – Political analyst John Maginnis advises U.S. Sen. David Vitter to promise constituents that if he runs for governor, as he seems likely to do, he will not appoint an interim replacement in the senate who will run for additional terms. This would eliminate suspicion that a back-room deal had been cut.
Three Senators Try to Hold Off G.O.P. in South | New York Times – Deep South Democrats are an endangered species. Can Sen. Mary Landrieu continue to buck the red-state trend?
Massive mission to clean up Mississippi River comes to N.O. | FOX 8 WVUE – River clean-up man has astounding statistics about the amount of trash along the river. He was named CNN’s Hero of the Year.
The Billion Dollar Question: Who pays for MRGO ecosystem restoration? | Restore the Mississippi River Delta – An environmental coalition supports the contention that law requires the feds to pay the entire cost for ecosystem damage incurred by the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. Currently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the state must pay 35 percent of the bill. Whatever the split, the coalition urges all parties to not let the cost share dispute interfere with finding any and all funding avenues to pay for urgent restoration projects.
Study says U.S. can’t keep up with loss of wetlands | The Washington Post – Pollution and ever-increasing runoff due to residential development have changed “the plumbing” of wetlands throughout the country. Erosion is not just a Pelican State problem.
Domestic violence: the DA’s side | Gambit – District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro discusses new approaches to New Orleans’ domestic violence problem. Louisiana is “routinely in the top 10 states for domestic violence homicides.”
The race for Orleans Parish Sheriff | Gambit – Opinion writer Clancy Dubos handicaps the principal contenders in the upcoming election:
Incumbent Sheriff Marlin Gusman has done everything humanly possible to attract a bevy of major opponents, but so far only two have taken the bait: Charles Foti Jr., who held the sheriff’s job for 30 years before becoming the state attorney general in 2004; and school board president Ira Thomas, a former New Orleans police lieutenant who now serves as chief of security at Southern University New Orleans. State Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, is also looking at the race, but he says he won’t decide until some time this week.
10 Unusual Ideas to Fight Crime | The Atlantic Cities – Unlike most lists, this is an interesting, provocative. and richly-linked compilation of ideas. I don’t agree with them all but highly recommend the read.
FirstLine schools oppose return to Orleans school board governance | The Lens – The board that runs FirstLine Schools voted last month not to return three of the network’s schools to the portfolio managed by the Orleans Parish School Board.
Community rallies to keep Sarah T. Reed High School open — but with a twist | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune –
The rally attendees seemed to gain an ally in School Board President Ira Thomas, who said Monday evening: “As your elected member of the Orleans Parish School Board, I stand with you tonight.” He promised to put the item on next Tuesday’s School Board agenda and encouraged the crowd to come out for the meeting.
Owen Courreges: Frenchmen Street’s protected class | Uptown Messenger – Columnist Courreges warns that “rent-seeking has come to Frenchmen Street,” and it’s not pretty.
A Hands-Off Approach? | My Spilt Milk – Publisher Alex Rawls says that a lack of enforcement is the unfortunate thread linking various noise and zoning-related controversies.
Will zoning change bring an all-night music/bar to your neighborhood? | The Louisiana Weekly – “With little fanfare, and with public comment only allowed over the Thanksgiving weekend, the New Orleans City Planning Commission completed work on a new comprehensive zoning ordinance.”