Back in late January of 1999, I had just finished a two-year stint as Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party. Looking for a new project, I started a political newsletter with journalist and commentator Christopher Tidmore.
The city of New Orleans is not making progress in fighting violent crime. In fact, the murder rate seems to be escalating. In 2016, the murder rate increased to 175 victims, an increase of 7% from the year before. Per capita, New Orleans had the fourth highest murder rate in the country in 2016. However, per FBI statistics, in the five-year period ending in 2015, New Orleans had the highest murder rate in the country with 46.9 murders per 100,000 citizens.
New Orleans has made a population recovery since Hurricane Katrina.
According to new information provided by Michael Hecht of GNO Inc, the city is leading the country in population growth over the past five years, with 46% of that increase coming from Latin America.
In the city of Chicago, 2016 was a very violent year with 762 murders and 3,550 shooting incidents. The national media regularly covered Chicago’s rising murder rate, the city’s largest increase in 60 years. Even President-Elect Donald Trump tweeted that the “Chicago murder rate is record setting - 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!”
This past week proved to be an especially terrifying one in New Orleans. Not only did we have to bear the international embarrassment of a mass shooting on Bourbon Street during the Bayou Classic celebration, we also had an incident were four people were shot with over fifty-seven bullet casings found at the crime scene. nbsp;Violence in America has transitioned from what was once singular homicides where an individual shoots another to what has become neighborhood carnage with multiple shooters strafing communities with semi-automatic weapons equipped with extended clips.
The headlines resounded across the front page of both New Orleans’ daily newspapers. “AN UNCONSCIONABLE ACT” blared the New Orleans Advocate. “IT WAS PANIC,” shouted The Times Picayune. Bullets were flying all over Bourbon Street as a visiting Baton Rouge man was killed and 10 others were injured. And the continuing tragic news is that 42 people were shot in the Crescent City in the previous 10 days alone.
In this corner weighing heavy baggage, is Hillary Clinton. And in that corner, also weighing heavy baggage, is Donald Trump.
Clinton vs. Trump.
A new survey by Wallet Hub reflects what many of us are hearing as the Presidential candidates try to attract voters.
The rust-belt for the most part, are suffering with population growth, while those that are warmer, sunnier, (with exceptions) are doing better.
If you want to have fun, come to New Orleans. If you want to do business, come to Louisiana.
New Orleans was just ranked as the 4th most fun city in the United States. Louisiana has received the #5th rank from Area Development, dropping from 8th place.