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pierceAdd Wendell Pierce to the chorus of people in New Orleans lately who appear to be angry with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, for one reason or another.

In a tweet today responding to a CNN article following Landrieu’s interview with the Axe Files’s David Axelrod, the actor Pierce said, “Shameless political panderer that he is, Landrieu pivots away from New Orleans to court the Trump supporters of Louisiana. Political science”

According to the CNN article, Landrieu said the following that might have invoked Pierce’s anger:

"President Trump has only been in office for six months. It's in everybody's best interest for him to succeed and for him to do well," he said. "Starting a presidential race for anybody at this time under any circumstances is ill-advised."

"I think there are people who think driving differences helps them. Those generally are people that believe in 50% plus one, might is right view of the world," Landrieu said. "I think President Trump is one of those people."

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu got Axed.

The controversial New Orleans Mayor, who is completing his final year in office at City Hall was interviewed by David Axelrod and which interview has just been released.

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CRIME SCENEThankfully, qualifying is finally here and the voters in New Orleans will have a chance to elect a new Mayor. After seven years of the divisive and ineffective leadership of Mitch Landrieu New Orleans is in critical condition. For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, the population of New Orleans is declining and it is no surprise why this is happening. New Orleans is the Murder Capital of the nation and the out of control violence in the city is getting worse. 

In the first half of 2017, shootings increased 55% as 365 people were either injured or killed by gunfire. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) remains 500 officers below the bare minimum needed to ensure public safety. Due to the manpower shortage, Louisiana State Police officers are helping patrol the French Quarter, the main tourist attraction in a city dependent on that industry. 

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mitch Today's Louisiana Political Shorts:

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will once again try to give his 2017 State of the City Address this 

Wednesday July 6 at the Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe in New Orleans. Doors open at 4:30. 

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jindal landrieuFor the next year, the citizens of New Orleans will be given the Bobby Jindal treatment. This is what happens when an elected leader takes a national political position and ignores the needs of the voters that elected him to office and instead focuses on his selfish political ambitions. 

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jeff boo mitch 3Despite plenty of online reports and social media posts, it has now been confirmed that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was not booed when he made recent visit to Clancy's and Mandina's restaurants. In a Times Picayune interview, Cindy Mandina said she has been getting questions from plenty of customers and has a standard answer for them, “No, this is not true. This didn't happen.” The owner of Clancy's Restaurant, Brad Hollingsworth, gave a similar response, telling the newspaper, “It's absolutely untrue.”

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Landrieu re elected smallDonald Trump Paris Accord decision is reverberating worldwide but particularly in the states and cities that are Democratic Party-based.  

For example, in Louisiana, New Orleans Mayor Landrieu has spoken out against Trump's decision. The Democratic Party nationally has expressed its anguish and anger and explains it’s response. The focus is upon cities and states to do what Trump and the federal government will not do.

Below is a press release from the Democratic Party that shares the opinions of the Democratic Party mayors:

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grand visions 5 1As the Robert E. Lee monument was being removed last Friday, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a speech to a select group of supporters at Gallier Hall, ironically, a former slave auction house.

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proud man 62Lee Circle, with the General overlooking the city, is now history.

Or, once-was.

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lee burnIt is rather fitting that a distasteful party was planned to mark the end of a very disturbing period in New Orleans history. Today, masked city workers removed the statue of General Robert. E. Lee, the fourth monument labeled a “nuisance” by the New Orleans City Council. It is the most prominent monument on New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s hit list. This impressive and priceless monument has been in place for 133 years in the middle of a circle, also named after Lee. 

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  • A July 4th Fact of Facts: America is Land of Immigrants
  • Poll: Trump strong on jobs, weak on tweets, viewed as reckless, thin-skinned, sexist
  • President Trump, It doesn't feel like Independence Day
  • YIPPIE! The naked truth about free speech, cherished especially on Independence Day

mass2On July 4, 1778, George Washington doubled liquor rations for the soldiers quartered in Princeton, NJ, as a way to celebrate Independence Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that the Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday, according to the Beer Institute. It estimated, in 2013, that sales of beer on the 4th could total $1 billion, doubtlessly higher today. “In moderation,” claims a CA brewery investor, Grover McKean, “beer is tasty and healthy.” Who could disagree?

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joe mikaAs Donald Trump faces the top world leaders this week, including a face-time with Vladimir Putin, and as his healthcare proposals face an uphill climb, his poll numbers for how the nation views him could be better.

According to a morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday morning, his tweets, including that against MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, and his personality are not helping him, at all.

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indy dayII know the calendar says we are approaching the 4th of July, but, it just doesn’t feel like Independence Day.

Perhaps it should.  It’s hot as heck.  The airlines have been packed. The hot dogs are ready for grilling.  The umps are saying, "play ball". The patriotic activities are scheduled. The fireworks are ready-for-blasting. 

Yet, it just doesn’t feel like independence day.

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bill rights2To President Thomas Jefferson, July 4th celebrated more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He thought it was a link to the future. The message prominent colonists sent to King George III led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the initial and most prominent feature of which is the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. It’s part of the country’s fundamental essence that each man and woman can say what they feel about government, or anything else, proving President Donald Trump needs some civics lessons.

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