U.S. Postal Service’s Eagle Crashes, Privatization Needed

Friday, 25 March 2011 11:05 Written by

Jeff CrouereWith the trend toward sending more and more correspondence via email and with text messaging so popular, fewer people are actually using the old fashioned “snail” mail. Every day more people sign up for online bill paying, forgoing the expensive and time consuming methods of mailing checks to vendors.

Jindal's SUNO-UNO Merger Is All About Louisiana Politics
Friday, 25 March 2011 09:58 Written by

Albert SamuelsOne of the most offensive things in politics is when someone pushes a questionable idea and then tries to shield it from legitimate criticism by claiming, "This idea should be above politics." This aptly describes Governor Bobby Jindal's proposal to merge Southern University in New Orleans (SUNO) with the University of New Orleans (UNO). Using heavy handed political tactics under the guise of "reform," Jindal rammed this proposal through a deeply divided Louisiana Board of Regents, preparing the groundwork for this proposal to be considered by the state legislature in its upcoming legislative session. 

Music In Louisiana Has Tools, Where's The Industry?
Friday, 25 March 2011 09:28 Written by

Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame LogoLouisiana has, arguably, the most musical talent per square inch anywhere. Our artists have created genres of music, mixed genres to create new genres of music and have dominated nearly a century of the world's music. Yet, where is Louisiana's music industry?

It appears that, in advancing the music of the world for decades, we failed to craft a viable and sustainable music industry.

Focus: Al Leone, Candidate for Jefferson Parish Assessor
Friday, 25 March 2011 08:58 Written by

Christopher TidmoreMost Jefferson Parish voters have known only one name as their Assessor for the last fifty years--the father and son team called Lawrence Chehardy.  When the son resigned, retiring late last year, a four candidate scramble began to succeed him at the Assessor's office. 

    Thomas Capella dropped out of a bid for Parish President to seek the chief “valuer” of property in Jefferson.   Skip Galan, the former Kenner Councilman and convicted felon, filed for the job from his residence in Ponchatula.  Mary Chehardy, Lawrence's Aunt and a perennial candidate, filed for the job, despite her nephew's decision to support someone else.

Louisiana's Politics With A Punch Makes 9th Anniversary In New Orleans
Thursday, 24 March 2011 15:39 Written by

Politics With A PunchIt’s time to “punch it up” with Politics With A Punch.  It's also time for an anniversary.

Punch one for Politics With a Punch.  Actually, punch nine as Politics With a Punch is now NINE YEARS OLD.

For those who don't know, Politics with a Punch is Louisiana's version of Politically Incorrect .  The next “Punch” will take place Thursday March 31 at the Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for Happy Hour and networking and the show begins at 8 p.m.

New Orleans Events: Tennessee Williams, RoadFoodFest, French Quarter
Thursday, 24 March 2011 15:13 Written by

If you can't find things to do this tonight and this weekend in New Orleans, shame, shame, shame.

From festivals to food to fun...

Here's the latest from Lafete News and Frank Stansbury

Phyllis George, Hoda Kotb To Be Featured At Louisiana Women And Government Event
Thursday, 24 March 2011 12:35 Written by

The Louisiana Center for Women and Government, headquartered at Nicholls State University, will honor six Louisiana women for their outstanding public service on Saturday, March 26, during a luncheon at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside.

The hall of fame ceremony will feature the induction of Dr. Alice Pecoraro of Morgan City, Adele Waddill Ransom of Monroe, Jean Rice of Metairie, Suzanne Haik-Terrell of Metairie, and Blue Ribbon Award winner Hoda Kotb of New York. In addition, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Sandra Thompson Herman of New Orleans.

Little Lady Kostelka Shows Big Bias In Louisiana Redistricting Hearing
Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:42 Written by

by: Lamar Parmentel

Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 11:39:40 AM CDT

"The process is driven by numbers."

That's the phrase continuously lobbed around to attempt to excuse the obvious political machinations of the redistricting process. Since last year, those words have stood for everything from why New Orleans will lose multiple State House districts, to why North Louisiana needs two Congressional district. 

Vote Wrong For 30th Louisiana Minority District Redistricting Analysis
Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:30 Written by

Today we’ll get a better idea whether the retreat forced upon Republican interests in the Louisiana House – apparently inspired by some misleading analysis and misinformation – turns out tactical or permanent, when the House and Governmental Affairs Committee reconvenes to consider the body’s redistricting of itself.


Yesterday, the panel narrowly voted, with the help of Republican state Reps. Brett Geymann and Greg Cromer, to have an additional minority/majority district established in Caddo Parish, bringing the total number of these under the current configuration of HB 1 that accomplishes redistricting to 30, up from 27 currently. This idea was rejected originally by its author Speaker Jim Tucker because he thought it would create M/M districts that may not elect minority members.

Louisiana GOP Head Villere Honored With RNC Exec. Committee
Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:16 Written by

Today, Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere released the following statement regarding his election to serve on the RNC's Executive Committee:
“I am honored to have the support of my fellow members of the Republican National Committee and I look forward to working with the RNC’s Executive Committee to help our Republican candidates across the country achieve victory in 2011 and 2012," said Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere.  "Most importantly, I'm eager to help Chairman Priebus position our party to take back the White House and put an end to Barack Obama's failed big-government agenda."

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