Government & Politics
“Informed Sources” January 17th, 2014 | WYES – The Lens’ Tyler Bridges discusses his story on Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s alleged vindictiveness and hardball tactics.
Stephanie Grace: Election is a story of two “tracks” | The New Orleans Advocate
[Mayoral candidate Michael] Bagneris insists Landrieu likes to cook his numbers, but even if you accept them as reliable, personal experience and anecdotal evidence can matter. Sure, murders are down, it’s easy to think, but what about that child who got caught in the crossfire and that armored car driver killed in broad daylight? And yes, there’s less blight, but what about that dilapidated eyesore across the street?
But so, of course, do the overall assessments that despite these ongoing problems, progress is happening, and New Orleanians are generally in a pretty good mood about the state of the city.
David Vitter to run for governor of Louisiana | Associated Press – Vitter outlined his areas of focus in an announcement on his website: education, economy, tax reform and ending political corruption. Vitter, who will be the immediate favorite to succeed Gov. Bobby Jindal, said that this will be his final political office. He argued that will keep politics from getting in the way of tough political decisions.
Vaunted savings not included in contract | The Advocate — The state has hired a private firm to identify ways to save money in state government, but one thing is missing.
The Jindal administration told legislators that a controversial $4.2 million contract will produce at least $500 million in savings, providing state government with an ample return on its investment.
Yet, the promised savings are not specified in the 26-page contract and attachment with New York-based Alvarez and Marsal. … The only time the much-discussed savings appear to crop up is in the cover letter that Alvarez and Marsal attached to its bid.
LaToya Cantrell kills plans for Zion City batching plant | The Lens
Councilwoman LaToya] Cantrell said her support was conditional on the company addressing neighbors’ concerns and providing additional information, including an environmental impact assessment.
“Unfortunately, I never received the information and the outreach I requested did not happen. Instead, work began without permits and without any notice to my office or the community,” Cantrell wrote.”
New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward is still marked by Hurricane Katrina | Los Angeles Times – The “crazy patchwork” of progress is a continuing hindrance to the neighborhood’s full-scale recovery.
Monument to segregation will get new life | FOX 8 WVUE – The old Carver theater in Treme, where musicians often played after doing shows in front of white-only audiences in other venues during segregation, will be renovated.
State is late in getting lethal-injection drug; potential supplier kept secret | The Lens – Department of Corrections rules say the state is supposed to have the execution drug on hand 30 days before an execution, but it didn’t have it three weeks before Christopher Sepulvado’s scheduled Feb. 5 execution.
Henry Glover’s family says Orleans coroner is dragging his feet in death investigation; Minyard says he is trying to do what’s right, legal | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The family wants Coroner Frank Minyard to reclassify the death as a homicide. Minyard claims the forensic evidence is limited.
City loses legal fight over police-uniform contract | The New Orleans Advocate – “The city must scrap a lucrative contract approved last year for police officers’ uniforms because the winning firm was co-owned by the wife of a New Orleans officer, an appeals court panel has ruled.”
Wild week at the New Orleans courthouse | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – A review of a particularly eventful week in court, which included District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s spokesman being sentenced to a day in jail but quickly released.
Firm’s advice to fire Orleans teachers after Katrina may cost taxpayers $1.5B; hired for $4M by Jindal to save state money | Louisiana Voice – The consulting firm that is contracted to find hundreds of millions of savings for the state government is the same one that recommended the widespread firing of over 7,000 teachers. The Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal has ruled they were wrongfully terminated, which could cost the state $1.5 billion.
Green Pre-Session Rally Planned | LaPolitics
Russel Honoré, the retired Army lieutenant general turned activist, said he’s working to get 10,000 people to show up at the State Capitol on March 8, two days before the regular session kicks off. The gathering is being called “The Louisiana Water Festival” and will help preview the package of environmental justice bills Honoré and his so-called “Green Army” will be pushing during the session.
“We’re going through the application process now to use the grounds,” he said. “But this is not about disobedience. This is about celebration and information. Water is the strength of our state and without clean, fresh water the whole of Louisiana becomes a different state and different culture. We’ve never had a problem with water, but now it’s at an emergency status in some places.”