Government & Politics
Report: N.O. airport had sloppy financial controls | The Advocate – That the airport poorly handled contracts in previous years isn’t breaking news; however, the potential effects on the city as a whole are worth emphasizing: “The new report is the most detailed and extensive look yet at the way the board formerly dealt with contracts — practices that may have left the airport, and therefore the city, less attractive to airlines.”
GOP governors get results despite Washington dysfunction | The Daily Caller – No matter what your politics, I suppose you could describe Gov. Bobby Jindal’s latest editorial as breathtaking. Conservatives may read the piece as a straight-talking appeal for Republican governors to step up and fill the country’s leadership void. Others may see it as an inert, cliched, self-serving bag of crabgrass.
Government shutdown: Red-state Senate Dems stick with their party | POLITICO – Sen. Mary Landrieu is not wavering on the Affordable Care Act, for which she cast the decisive vote: “ ‘I’m not for delaying the mandate, I would vote again for the Affordable Care Act,’ Landrieu said. ‘I am for the Affordable Care Act. Period. End.’ ”
Proposed new zoning law draws criticism at community meeting | The Advocate
A proposed overhaul of the city’s comprehensive zoning ordinance was met with some dissatisfaction Tuesday night from residents of eastern New Orleans, who expressed fear that the new rules still will do little to stop the proliferation of “dollar stores” and multifamily residential developments in their neighborhoods.
Why Prytania Jogs at Joseph | RichCampanella.com – Uptown was first divided into long agrarian lots known as arpents, to maximize river access. Tulane geographer Richard Campanella explains how these odd parcels continue to affect the daily lives of New Orleanians. (link goes to a .pdf of an article from Preservation in Print magazine; link via noladder.blogspot.com )
Hynes gives parents look at Common Core | The Lens – Hynes has been “easing into the new state standards over the past two-and-a-half years, but more questions have come up as other schools start to adopt the more intensive teaching methods [aligned to the Common Core standards].”
John White warns that school reform movement won’t survive unless it reforms itself | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Is it time to reform the reformers? State Education chief John White apparently thinks so. Not to discount his critique, but some might describe it as political triangulation, with White staking out a position that insulates him from critics on both sides of the issue.
The state Democratic Party called Common Core implementation a “train wreck” last week, with teachers given not enough time and not enough guidance.
White considered that empowering. He said Tuesday that the “most disabling condition in public education is not incompetence but learned passivity,” limiting the flow of good ideas.
Levee authority, Corps of Engineers in standoff over ownership of hurricane protection system | The Lens – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the state is responsible for each piece of the system when the corps says it’s done. Local officials say that’s like buying a car one piece at a time. Not far in the future, someone will have to pay to upgrade the system to deal with sinking land and rising seas.
Lawn fertilizer limits take effect, but effectiveness questioned | Baltimore Sun – Hopefully some of these same fertilizer-reduction measures will be taken along the Mississippi:
Among the hundreds of new laws taking effect Tuesday (Oct. 1) is one meant to help the Chesapeake Bay by limiting when, where and how Marylanders should feed their lawns. One scientist, though, suggests homeowners could help the bay better by forgoing lawn fertilizer altogether.… Maryland agriculture officials pushed the measure as a matter of equity, saying homeowners needed to join farmers in cutting back on fertilizer use to help the bay, since turf grass covers almost as much land now as do farm crops.
BP trial witnesses, lawyers tussle over characterizing what happened during the Gulf oil spill | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – “Tuesday at the BP trial was an exercise in conflicting characterizations of the same events that unfolded as oil gushed from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010: BP was diligently working on multiple solutions simultaneously, or it was jumping among options without following through.”
Ex-offenders less likely to return to prison, Maryland officials say | Baltimore Sun – Job-training and educational programs are reducing recidivism. An in-depth companion article (and video) traces one ex-convict’s successful journey.
Dying ‘Angola 3′ member Herman Wallace freed after 41 years in solitary | NBC News – “A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Herman Wallace, a member of the so-called ‘Angola 3,’ who was held in solitary confinement in Louisiana for more than 40 years and is now dying of liver cancer.”