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Landrieu-re-elected-smallIt is more than ironic that while his city is in the midst of a major upsurge in crime, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is far away. As he discusses climate change and other issues with the Pope at the Vatican, New Orleans continues to suffer from an outbreak of violent crime. Last week, there was a shootout at the intersection of Basin and Bienville Streets, while, yesterday, the daily gun battle occurred in broad daylight at the corner of Canal Street and Claiborne Avenue, one of the most high profile intersections in New Orleans. In this case, a gunman used an AK-47 to randomly spray bullets on unsuspecting and innocent civilians. Along with this incident, there were shootings in other neighborhoods such as Algiers, St. Roch and New Orleans East. As a result, the murder rate in 2015 is much higher than in previous years and the city is on track to suffer from 200 murders, the highest rate since 2007.

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Landrieu-re-elected-smallNew Orleans continues to be a city under siege. The murder rate in 2015 is significantly higher than in past few years. With over 100 murders at this point in the year, the city is on pace to reach 200 murders in 2015, the highest total in eight years.

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landrieu-leeIf it's Tuesday morning, then Jeff Crouere and I will have been engaged in a political argument on the WGSO radio-Bayoubuzz Google hangout webcast. This morning, of course, was no different.

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geeseWhy would a government official use personal or private email services for public, governmental business?

This is an issue being raised throughout the nation particularly after it was disclosed that Hillary Clinton used a private home server for her Secretary of State business.

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mitchby Jeff Crouere
While Mayor Mitch Landrieu is worried about tearing down a 130-year old statue among other historical monuments, the city of New Orleans continues to be awash in criminal activity. Over the July 4th weekend, there was another series of shootings, robberies and rapes that confirmed New Orleans continues to be one of the most violent cities in the nation.

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maness siteMayor Mitch Landrieu will be giving his State of the City address tomorrow.  Perhaps one of the topics for discussion will be the decision of the city to eliminate traffic court compromises and settlements.

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It is very rare that a social issue generates as much interest and discourse than that of religious liberty versus gay-rights.

crouere-sabludowsky-punchingAnd what we saw today, talk radio and Google hangouts is indeed a terrific form for such heavy discussion.

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Landrieu-re-elected-smallOnce again, a horrific murder has given New Orleans an unwelcome burst of national publicity. This time, it involved the murder of James Bennett, Jr., a Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) police officer. He was killed early Sunday morning near a dimly lit public housing site that was undergoing construction. Bennett was the first HANO police officer killed in the line of duty in New Orleans, a city that has had public housing developments since 1941.

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chehardyWith Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race over, it’s time to move on to the next big race, the race for Governor.  The major candidates are Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle (R), Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne (R), State Representative John Bel Edwards (D), and U.S. Senator David Vitter (R).  While the race is yet to be run, it is certainly David Vitter against the field.  Like Hillary Clinton who is expected to seek the presidency and the favorite to win the democratic nomination, David Vitter is the candidate to beat in the race for Louisiana’s top job.

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kennedy-officeby Lou Gehrig Burnett, publisher of Fax-Net

Are you ready for some polls?
    As expected, polls are beginning to pop up everywhere for races in Louisiana in 2015.  The main interest is, of course, in the governor’s race.
    But also getting attention is the Attorney General’s race as well as a race for the U.S. Senate should Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter get elected governor.

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