Louisiana’s voter ID law from 1997 eases effects of Supreme Court decision — The Lens | Unlike Texas and Mississippi, where officials have signaled plans to immediately move on implementing voter ID laws rejected by the federal government before this week’s Supreme Court decision effectively striking down the Voting Rights Act, Louisiana is unlikely to see any immediate effects from the ruling. That’s because the state’s voter ID law, which gives voters without an ID the alternative of signing an affidavit and was approved by the Justice Department, has been in effect for 16 years.
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.’
New Orleans City Council committee advances measures creating new office to oversee police details — NOLA.com/TheTimes-Picayune | The Council’s Budget Committee advanced two Landrieu-administration-backed ordinances that provide funding for the newly created Office of Police Secondary Employment, which will oversee New Orleans Police Department off-duty details as required in the federal consent decree. Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell — who has two sons in the police department and was working with New Orleans officers’ associations on the bills — attached amendments to one of the ordinances reducing the administrative fees for officer details and adding $17 per hour holiday pay to the detail pay schedule. The amended proposals must still go before the full Council for final approval.
Determining how much oil spilled from BP’s Gulf well ‘not an easy task,’ judge says — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune | In the second phase of the BP trial, government experts are poised to argue that between 4.5 and 5.5 million barrels of oil flowed into the company’s Macondo well in 2010. BP believes it’s half to two-thirds that much. At stake are potentially billions of dollars should the court find BP negligent for the spill. “From what I’m hearing talking to counsel, that is not an easy task to calculate that,” Judge Carl Barbier said. “First of all, there’s no meter on that well.”
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.
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.
Charles Maldonado is the editor of The Lens. He previously worked as The Lens' government accountability reporter, covering local politics and criminal justice. Prior to joining The Lens, he worked for...
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