Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration has suffered another setback in its fight over payments to the pension fund for New Orleans firefighters. An appellate court ruled Wednesday (Dec. 18) that the city is indeed on the hook for $17.5 million that the administration failed to pay into the system in 2012.
A three-judge panel with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal upheld Civil District Judge Robin Giarusso's ruling in March that the city must immediately pay up. That decision could fall hard on the cash-strapped city's finances as it struggles under the costs of two federal consent decrees meant to overhaul the Police Department and the city jail.
Nothing is definite, but the appointment, assuming Baucus wins Senate confirmation, could propel Landrieu to the chair of the Senate Energy Committee.
That's because Baucus' departure could set up a domino effect on Senate committees.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the current chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, is next in line, via seniority, to take Baucus' place as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, one of the Senate's most influential panels.
The New Orleans Mayor’s race has now started and instead of a cakewalk, the incumbent, Mitch Landrieu, will face serious competition.
With the Feb. 1 ballot card finalized, Mayor Mitch Landrieu wasted little time launching his pursuit for voters' attention: his campaign aired its first television spot Sunday during the first half of the Saints' loss to the St. Louis Rams.
Set to a gospel version of the last stanza of Bob Dylan's "Pressing On," the one-minute ad juxtaposes photos of inundated landmarks and neighborhoods, shortly after Hurricane Katrina, with their stages of recovery today. There are no spoken words, but it ends with the words "Let's Keep It Going" and Landrieu's mantra of "One Team" flashing on the screen.
Landrieu took office in May 2010, almost five years after the levees broke, the city flooded and its rocky recovery began. He now seeks a second, four-year term, but faces challenges from Judge Michael Bagneris, NAACP local chapter President Danatus King and entertainer Manny "Chevrolet" Bruno. A runoff, if necessary, would be held March 15.
The political scene has plenty to discuss today as the oil and gas industry has filed suit against Louisiana AG Buddy Caldwell, the Democratic Party (at least throughout the nation, but likely not in Louisiana) seem to support Democrats handling much of government, except for the all-important economy and Tea Party favorite Rob Maness has taken a shot against his competition Mary Landrieu and Bill Cassidy on the flood insurance disaster issue.
No doubt, the announcements that Judge decided to quit his position on the Orleans Parish Civil District Courts and jump into the New Orleans elections against a popular Mayor from a famous and powerful political background, is a shocker.
Michael Bagneris is running for mayor of New Orleans.
Little more than a day after turning in the black robe he wore for 20 years on the Civil District Court bench, Bagneris on Friday got into the race to challenge Mayor Mitch Landrieu, signing qualifying papers at chief election officer Arthur Morrell's office. His candidacy immediately alters a campaign that a good portion of the city's political class had shrugged off as an easy road to a second term for the incumbent.
Democratic Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu released a television commercial of her own on Monday portraying that she has kept her promise about American insureds’s keeping their health insurance.
The move clears the way for Bagneris to challenge Landrieu in his reelection bid on Feb. 1. Bagneris couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
Some New Orleans residents were contacted last week by a telephone poll testing Bagneris' chances in the mayor's race.
Bagneris has not qualified to run so far, according to the Secretary of State's candidate database. But hopefuls can join the ballot through Friday.
Familiar names and faces have qualified for office in New Orleans for the Orleans Parish elections. Candidates such as Mitch Landrieu, Charles Foti, Marlin Gusman, Jackie Clarkson, Dale Atkins and others had paid their respective qualifying fees.