by Jim W. Miller
There was little question and little doubt the last time the Saints made it to the Super Bowl. Our local heroes went through the 2009 season like a buzz saw, winning their first 13 games and clinching the NFC top seed before the partridge flew into the pear tree. Oh, they had close wins at St. Louis, Washington and Atlanta, and, yes, they lost the last three meaningless games in a strategic move to rest the starters for the playoffs. But there was little doubt the Saints could and would win the Super Bowl.
Today, the world-famous The National WWII Museum broke ground on The Higgins Hotel and Conference Center which promises to take this national gem museum and City of New Orleans even higher to the next level.
The National WWII Museum scheduled for completion in 2019, will support the Museum’s expanding educational programs while offering guests the unique experience of full-service hotel accommodations with a convenient way to maximize their time at the Museum.
Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry failed in his first bid to stop Orleans Parish Criminal Court Judges from hearing the controversial New Orleans city council credit card case against incoming Mayor, LaToya Cantrell.
Facing a political party adversary, who happens to be an ambitious politician, hoping to be the next Louisiana governor, is not the way that New Orleans Mayor-elect, LaToya Cantrell, wants to spend the next six month as she pieces together her transition team and ultimately her city government staff-- until she gets sworn in as New Orleans Mayor, May 2017.
There is a cloud hanging over the head of the New Orleans Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell. In the campaign, she was criticized for her questionable and frequent use of a city credit card. In total, Cantrell spent $107,000 on her city-issued credit card since 2013. This was the highest total among the seven New Orleans city council members. Of that amount, Cantrell only reimbursed the city $9,000 for expenses that were deemed personal in nature. Even worse, approximately $4,000 was repaid right before she qualified for the Mayor’s race.
Good news for New Orleans as it approaches its 300 year anniversary. The national publication, Business Insider has named New Orleans to a list of 11 U.S. cities to which "Millennials are flocking…in droves.”
In the world of politics, yesterday's competitor is today's friend. Today Cedric Richmond, Congressman from the 2nd Congressional District, which includes New Orleans, addressed the House regarding the 300th anniversary of the city and the significant election of the first female to be mayor of that city.
It appears that former New Orleans Congressman William "Bill" Jefferson might get a huge Christmas gift.
According to the Associated Press, prosecutors believe he should stay out of prison. The reason? recently, many of his convictions have been overturned.
With the election of LaToya Cantrell as the new Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu is officially a lame duck. His term will extend for a few more months, but the focus and attention of voters will now turn to the Mayor-Elect.
Landrieu could have used this period to exhaustively prepare for a seamless transition, but, instead, he decided to travel to Paris, France with a massive entourage, including three other lame duck politicians. Joining the Mayor in Paris are New Orleans City Council members James Gray and Nadine Ramsey, who lost bids for re-election and Susan Gray who is term-limited.
Let’s face it. The optics don’t look good.
On Monday, it was announced that subpoenas were issued for records associated with incoming New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s ongoing city credit card controversy that could turn into a criminal matter. Meanwhile, outgoing Mayor Mitch Landrieu, with almost a half-year left to serve in his last year of eight years in that position, is visiting Paris France paid for by the city.
The highly-combative and hotly contested race for Council District B in New Orleans has been challenged and certified with Seth Bloom claiming there were numerous irregularities but also stating the impossibility to determine the outcome notwithstanding the errors.
Thus, Bloom congratulated the winner in the race, Jay Banks.
Today on the Ringside Politics radio show (M-F, 7-11 am, WGSO 990-AM & www.Wgso.com) we conducted our annual listener poll, asking the audience who should be our “Turkey of the Year.”
The competition is always spirited for there are so many potential turkeys to consider in 2017. Previous winners have included former President Barack Obama, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, former Florida Governor Jeb! Bush, Ohio Governor John Kasich, U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former New Orleans Mayor and current federal inmate Ray Nagin and former U.S. Congressman and recently released federal inmate William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson.
The New Orleans elections 2017 is over.
Now come the post mortems and the efforts by those elected to office to put together city government for the next three and half years.
The pollster that was right on the mark this election cycle was Ed Chervenak, Professor of University of New Orleans.
Might tomorrow’s New Orleans Mayors Race be so negative and dirty that it could result in a Desiree Charbonnet victory over LaToya Cantrell and a landslide victory for Republican John Schroder over Democrat Derrick Edwards n the Louisiana treasurer's race?