Distracted or disillusioned?

The Mardi Gras run-up and the Super Bowl celebrations were routinely described as diversions that kept residents of New Orleans from participating in municipal elections. Indeed, only about a third of registered voters cast ballots.However, I would argue that neither Carnival parades nor the Super Bowl distracted citizens from exercising the vote.

Suddenly, everyone is a liberal democrat

One of the most remarkable things about this election season is the apparent agreement on a largely progressive vision for the future of New Orleans. While candidates are hardly in lock step, the general consensus on many of the big issues facing this city is striking.