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.

gay paree mitchWith 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.

paris landrieuLet’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.  

bloomThe 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.

mitch turkeyToday 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.

chervenak edThe 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.

tidmore mayorMight 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?

cantrell

IA cantrellThe Desiree Charbonnet campaign is on the attack with two days left in the New Orleans Mayor's race against LaToya Cantrell. On Tuesday the University of New Orleans poll indicated that Charbonnet trails Cantrell by 11 points. Last week, another poll evidenced an 18 point gap.

chervenak mayor2Two days to go. You're down 11 points according to the recent poll and more according to other published polls. What's a woman to do?

That's ultimately the question that Desiree Charbonnet needs to ask as she decides how to approach the last hours of a long New Orleans Mayor's campaign.

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