Landrieu has worked hard to move the city forward. But he has displayed little patience for those who aren’t on the team. While jovial and gregarious in public, he often lacerates and retaliates against those who question that one voice — his.
The Lens interviewed more than 30 New Orleans residents who said that the mayor mistreated or punished them after they expressed a contrary view, or that they had firsthand knowledge of the mayor’s heavy-handed behavior. They include current and former elected officials, business people, a wide range of civic activists, attorneys and an opponent in the 2010 mayoral race.
Some of them say the mayor withheld funding or cut off city contracts. Others say he forced them from city boards or jobs. Still others say he chastised them with curse words over the phone or accosted them in public.
A public servant has pleaded guilty in federal court to theft charges stemming from a series of FOX 8 reports. She’ll be sentenced by a federal judge next month.
For six months of work, taxpayers paid Schwann Sumas of New Orleans $70,000 – but our 2011 investigation showed she did little work for that pay.
Congressional Moneyball | Brookings Institution – Brookings reviews the performance of the 113th Congress and sees historic futility: fewer public laws passed “than any other Congress since at least 1947.” A baseball metaphor pervades a sortable chart of the “batting averages” of individual members of Congress, reflecting the percentage of sponsored bills that made it through committee. Here’s how the local delegation did:
Rep. Steve Scalise had one “hit” in four at bats for a batting average of .250. Cedric Richmond had zero hits in nine at-bats. U.S. Sen Mary Landrieu had six hits in 27 at-bats. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen David Vitter — despite having 61 at-bats, the most of any senator, was hitless.
Live blog: Lawyers suing oil & gas industry defend suit before state coastal authority | The Lens – The meeting turned out to be as contentious as predicted. Lens environmental reporter Bob Marshall’s live blog coverage has a play-by-play of the fireworks between attorneys for the state and the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, the levee board that filed the suit against oil and gas companies for coastal land loss. Graves, a Jindal appointee, strongly opposes the suit.
“It’s ludicrous that we’re chopping down our forests and shipping them to Europe to help meet their energy goals,” said Scot Quaranda, the campaign director for the Dogwood Alliance, a forest watchdog group. “But in the South, on private land, you can basically get away with anything.”
Fed turns sour on banks’ physical commodities trading | Financial Times – An absolutely fascinating article — to me, anyway. It shows unexpected financial repercussions from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. A decade ago, the Federal Reserve eased commodity trading restrictions on large bank holding companies such as JPMorgan Chase. In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, the Fed noted that these companies are shrinking their exposure to volatile commodities trading. Ironically, disaster risk exposed by the BP oil spill may result in fewer large banking competitors for BP’s energy-trading division.
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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