The past pair of elections for New Orleans mayor set up intrigue because in both instances, then-Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu ran and a victory meant statewide ramifications upon his leaving that office. But in 2014 as mayor, his ability to retain that office does the same.
Four years ago, voters in New Orleans cast ballots as the Saints were on the road to the Super Bowl. As can be expected, the Mayor’s race was an afterthought.
This year, the election season has been incredibly compact. After qualifying in mid-December, there were the holidays, the Saints’s march to the playoffs, and the winter ice storm. As a result, many voters don’t even realize there is an election tomorrow in New Orleans.
While state pensions surely are not a major issue during a campaign for New Orleans mayor, The Lens writer Tyler Bridges raised the topic in a recent article in that publication, revealing the amounts that current Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been drawing and the figures that Michael Bagneris hopes to collect since he has applied recently for his state pension after quitting his spot as a Judge at Civil District Court in Louisiana.
Somewhere in the darkened burrows beneath the NFL’s Park Avenue offices sits a secret room. It probably was created from a subterranean tunnel originally dug to house George Washington’s armory when the British attacked Manhattan in 1776 or maybe it was the test holes for the subway system first dug in 1869. No matter, today it is used for creating images of what the NFL wishes us to see at their biggest events. Before the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos players checked into their hotels to prepare for Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII, they were secretly herded into the Image Room and given their instructions.
Louisiana’s congressional delegates typically have kept their distance from legislative business in Baton Rouge, focusing their attention on political affairs in Washington, D.C.
Is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu difficult to get along with; that is, if you disagree with him? Is he vindictive to those who are on his “enemy list”?
In the fourth week of March (March 22-28), entrepreneurs, techies, innovators, dealmakers, thought leaders, and investors from around the country will convene for the 6th annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW).
Louisiana’s two-term governor and aspiring presidential candidate, Bobby Jindal, just returned from a 10-day junket to the Far East. Stops were made in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan for the expressed purpose of seeking out foreign investment in the Bayou State. But if industrial development in the state by foreign companies was his goal, Jindal missed the mark by some 1300 miles.
by Tom Aswell, Publisher of the Louisiana Voice
Did Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols violate state law when she approved an amendment to the Alvarez & Marsal (A&M)?
In May of 2011, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Fannin (R-Jonesboro) sharply criticized the Division of Administration (DOA) for DOA’s approval of a $6.8 million contract amendment for F.A. Richard and Associates (FARA), the firm that initially took over the operations of the Office of Risk Management.
More clutter for Cassidy
One have to wonder what is going through U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s mind these days, as well as the minds of his campaign staff. He is supposed to be the chosen one by the national and state Republican Party to oppose incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu this fall. But fellow Republicans keep casting stones at what has now become Cassidy’s glass house. He already has two opponents from his own party – retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness and state Rep. Paul Hollis.