mayor crime candidatesFor many people, the New Orleans crime problem has been and is, the greatest challenge for the city, particularly for the next Mayor of the city who will be replacing the current city chief executive, Mitch Landrieu.  The prominence of the issue gets even more apparent as the voters face the New Orleans election and the New Orleans Mayor’s race.

benson boogeyFor most of their 50 years, the New Orleans Saints have been a losing franchise. It took 20 years for the team to make the playoffs and other another 13 years to secure the first playoff victory. It took a total of 42 years for the team to finally win the Super Bowl. 

mayor punch2If you like your New Orleans Politics with a twist of humor, going into directions that even a crack-meteroligist can’t forecast, then you need to join Jeff Crouere and me at our next Politics with a Punch, this Thursday night.

Brees had it right: Anthem is a time for unity, not protest!

On Thursday, I got a call from Doug Mouton, an old friend who is sports director of WWL-TV, asking if I would appear on the station’s popular “Fourth Down on Four” broadcast on Sundays after Saints games. I couldn’t turn him down because Doug’s been a friend since I came to the Saints at a time he was laboring at the bottom of the TV sports spectrum as a cameraman. Plus, a little visibility helps sell books as well as infusing some credibility into my website, speaking engagements and family discussions.

cantrellThe Gambit Weekly, always a desired endorsement, has chosen LaToya Cantrell as its preferred candidate for the upcoming New Orleans mayor.

The Gambit Weekly, always a desired endorsement, has chosen LaToya Cantrell as its preferred candidate for the upcoming New Orleans mayor.In particular, the Gambit said,  “Every one of those is a make-or-break challenge. New Orleans cannot afford a mayor who faces a learning curve. Our next mayor will have to hit the ground running on Day One. We think the best person to do that is someone who has already dealt with those issues extensively, first-hand, from the ground-up as a neighborhood leader and as a proven coalition builder at City Hall. LaToya Cantrell is the only mayoral candidate who has done that — and she continues to do it every day, while the others merely talk about it. That’s the critical difference between Cantrell and her opponents.

bagnerisWho makes the runoff in the New Orleans Mayor's race might come down to who wins the young vote.

This is a topic Christopher Tidmore, political writer from the Louisiana Weekly and radio talk show host from WRNO, discussed in the second part of his Facebook Live discussion with me Wednesday afternoon.

tidmore pt 1If you’re looking for a good summary of the candidates, the background players, the organizations, the New Orleans election history, just contact political reporter, Christopher Tidmore.

On Wednesday, via Facebook Live, I discussed the New Orleans Mayor’s race and New Orleans elections with Tidmore, who writes for The Louisiana Weekly and who hosts a radio show locally.

mayorsWhich Mayor might win the New Orleans election if the candidates were between two former Mayors and the current one, Mitch Landrieu? This is an extrapolation of an issue that a local PAC surveyed when it asked the following question: 

elections tidmoreWhich is the candidate to beat in the New Orleans Mayor’s race—Michael Bagneris, Desiree Charbonnet, LaToya Cantrell, Troy Henry, Frank Spurlock?  Will campaign money make the key difference? What are the major issues that appear to resonate with the voters? What might be the impact of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu?  Will the Sewage and Water Board scandal seriously pour into the New Orleans Mayor’s election?  The City Council elections? Who are the leading candidates in the competitive New Orleans City Council contests?

landrieu kissThere are 25 days until the voters of New Orleans decide the top two candidates in the crowded race for Mayor of New Orleans. There are currently 18 candidates running for Mayor; however, most analysts have concluded there are three clear front-runners: Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, Former Judge Desiree Charbonnet and Former Judge Michael Bagneris, all Democrats.   

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