Trying to wash us away | Gambit – Gambit Political Editor Clancy Dubos doesn’t mince words about the Jindal administration’s efforts to halt the flood authority’s lawsuit against Big Oil. He also criticizes news organizations that have sat silent as Jindal applies strong-arm tactics.
Jindal now hopes to replace commissioners whose terms have expired, particularly historian John Barry, who has been the most outspoken in favor of the litigation. Barry, who wrote Rising Tide, is one of the nation’s leading authorities on flood control policy.
It’s no stretch to compare Jindal’s moves against the commissioners to the brazen tactics of Huey Long and Edwin Edwards. Yet, there’s been nary a peep out of the large daily newspapers that regularly railed against the Kingfish and the Silver Zipper. Such is the power of Big Oil and some daily newspapers’ slavish devotion to Jindal.
A new report commissioned by the New Orleans City Council on how best to revise the city’s noise ordinance was challenged as too lenient by several residents who spoke Monday at a meeting of the council’s Housing and Human Needs Committee. On the other side, members of the local music community urged the council to tread lightly and respect the city’s cultural heritage.
No changes to open container laws are in the offing. Rather, this is yet another front in the ongoing war that pits ABOs [Alcoholic Beverage Outlets] against the city and neighborhood groups. However, just because we’re not discussing proposed legislation doesn’t mean that we should accept the city at face value when it says, “Move along, there’s nothing to see here,” like some cop working crowd control. The truth is that neighborhood groups have gotten increasingly aggressive in their demands on ABOs, and the city’s enforcement efforts against ABOs have gotten far more severe.
An Orleans Parish School Board community committee halved the list of prospective superintendent search firms Monday, amid concerns about the political hot potato of minority contracts. As a result, it appears almost impossible to meet the School Board’s goal that 35 percent of each contract go to disadvantaged business enterprises.
Death Row air conditioning rare in Southern states | The Advocate – Arkansas has air conditioning in its death row buildings, but other Southern states don’t. Heat index temperatures have allegedly soared to nearly 200 degrees during the summer at Angola’s Death Row, but Warden Burl Cain “testified last week that prison officials believe inmates deliberately manipulated Death Row thermometers in ways that falsely enhanced temperature readings in past years.”
Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...
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