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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Michael "Brownie" Brown: Obama responded to Hurricane Sandy too quickly

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Sam Levin of Denver's Westword caught up with former FEMA head Michael "Brownie" Brown, who currently infests the airwaves of that fine city, to see what Brownie thought of the federal response to Hurricane Sandy.

Brownie's criticism? It was too quick. Hmmm. Suspicious!

Brown expects that in the coming days, there will also be comparisons between Obama's quick response to Hurricane Sandy and his slower response to the attacks in Benghazi, which has become a challenging campaign issue for the president.

"One thing he's gonna be asked is, why did he jump on this so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in...Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?" Brown says. "Why was this so quick?... At some point, somebody's going to ask that question.... This is like the inverse of Benghazi."

No, Brownie. No one's going to ask that question. Except you.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Paul Ryan gets less-than-warm reaction at AARP conference in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 3:02 PM

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is having its Life@50+ convention in New Orleans through tomorrow. That voting bloc is catnip to any political candidate, particularly during a presidential election. President Barack Obama spoke to the group by satellite, but GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who showed up in person, found it a tough room when he started talking about "Obamacare" (the Affordable Care Act) and Medicare:

According to NBC News, "Throughout the Wisconsin congressman’s nearly 30-minute speech, he rarely received applause and instead heard people yell “You lie!” and “No!” to many of his claims of what he and his running mate, Mitt Romney, would do if they make it to the White House."

Earlier this year, Ryan explained to Newsmax "I think the AARP is frightening seniors," and his opinion that "Medicare is going bankrupt":

Below the jump: Ryan's prepared-for-delivery remarks to the AARP convention (which may have changed at the podium):

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Y@ Speak: Daydrinking season

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM


On the heels of daytime events and festivals like Red Dress Run and with Saints games on the horizon, we officially enter that time of the year for eye-openers and very, very early happy hours — it's daydrinking season! Grab a go-cup and try not to annoy everyone around you. Also this week: current Hornet Anthony Davis, former Hornet Chris Paul and the rest of Team USA basketball pick up some Olympics gold, Romney picks his veep (not Bobby Jindal) and tweeters describe plenty of non-annoying "only in New Orleans" moments.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Y@ Speak: USA! USA!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM


This week was so full of America. President Barack Obama rolled into town, caused a traffic jam and played the bass. In true American fashion, we got mad on the Internet because people are saying we shouldn't eat a fast-food chicken sandwich. And finally, we saw the arrival of the Summer Olympics, whose pageantry and poignant medal ceremonies distract us from the problems going on in our country and around the world. Let freedom ring. Also this week: locals eulogize Hubig's, Nicki Minaj loves New Orleans, and Oprah Winfrey and Anthony Bourdain spent time in the city.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Obama endorses same-sex marriage

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM

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In an interview this afternoon with ABC News' Robin Roberts, President Barack Obama said his position on same-sex marriage is no longer evolving, and with one very long sentence, Obama became the first sitting president to endorse same-sex marriage:

"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married."

On Sunday's Meet the Press, Vice President Joe Biden also expressed his support of both same-sex marriage and the sitcom Will and Grace.

In 2004, Louisiana voted to amend its Constitution to explicitly say marriage is "the union of one man and one woman." — a position consistently echoed by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal. Other leading Republicans, including former First Lady Laura Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney, have spoken in support of same-sex marriage.

Earlier this year, at the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, more than 80 mayors of U.S. cities signed the Freedom to Marry pledge in support of same-sex marriage rights. Democratic Mayor Mitch Landrieu was not among them. Asked by Gambit's Alex Woodward whether Landrieu supported same-sex marriage, administration spokesman Ryan Berni said Landrieu supported civil unions, but would not elaborate on Freedom to Marry.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Going 'birther' in Baton Rouge?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

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The "birther" controversy regarding President Barack Obama's citizenship has caught new fire in Louisiana, according to a report from Leslie Turk of The Independent in Lafayette ...

Tired of fielding what he says are “many inquiries concerning President Barack Obama’s citizenship and requests that the Secretary of State prevent his name from being place on the ballot in Louisiana’s Nov. 6 Congressional and Presidential elections,” SOS Tom Schedler is asking state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell for an opinion on the matter. Schedler’s plan was posted on his Facebook page March 13 via a letter signed by “William E. Crawford, Attorney, Department of State.”

“We have received a huge amount of letters, faxes and emails on the subject,” Brandee Patrick, Schedler’s public information officer, told The Independent this morning.

Amanda Larkins, Caldwell's communications director, said she wasn't aware of the request. Read the whole story at The Independent.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mitt, Bath and Beyond

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

From the cartoon Awkward Voter Encounters With Mitt Romney.
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  • From the cartoon "Awkward Voter Encounters With Mitt Romney."
In Louisiana's GOP primary race, Rick Santorum may be leader of the pack coming up to Saturday's election, but Mitt Romney's going to be putting forth his best effort in Metairie Friday morning when he holds a mini-rally against President Barack Obama's health care plan at Clearview Mall's Clearview Room. The name of the rally: "Repeal and Replace Obamacare."

For Romney fans, this will be a great chance to get a close-up look at the candidate; the Clearview Rooms are two modest meeting spaces that are normally the home of baby and bridal shows.

"Boasting an elegant feel with over 3,000 square feet in two meeting rooms," the combined spaces can accommodate up to 300 people, and provide direct access to both the food court and Serrano's restaurant. Just remember: no confetti, glitter, rice, birdseed, streamers or open flames are allowed. Oh, and no DJs.

The rally is is scheduled to start at 9 a.m and is open to the public. Under the cut: A list of Louisiana politicos who are supporting or who have endorsed Romney, according to the campaign.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Real Clear Politics poll: Santorum likely to sweep Louisiana on Saturday

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Real Clear Politics has released the results of a phone poll taken yesterday (March 19) of 2,018 likely Republican primary voters in Louisiana, and it looks like the Pelican State is going for GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum big time. The poll's margin of error is +/-2.18 percent, and Santorum leads both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich by more than 10 points.

Some other interesting takeaways:

Ron Paul and Buddy Roemer have the same amount of support in Louisiana: 3 percent. So does Rick Perry, who dropped out of the race weeks ago.

• Favorability ratings: 49 percent of those polled have a favorable impression of Romney. 72 percent find Santorum favorable.

Under the jump: a breakdown of the numbers, including a hypothetical Romney/Santorum matchup, and the answer to the question:

When making your choice to vote for the Republican candidate for President, are you more likely to vote for the candidate who best shares your position on the issues or the candidate who has the best chance of defeating Barack Obama?

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Newt Gingrich meets supporters at Ye Olde College Inn

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Newt Gingrichs campaign bus outside Ye Olde College Inn this afternoon. WIth a bus that big, $2.50 per gallon gasoline - one of Gingrichs campaign pledges - would save beaucoup money.
  • Newt Gingrich's campaign bus outside Ye Olde College Inn this afternoon. WIth a bus that big, $2.50 per gallon gasoline - one of Gingrich's campaign pledges - would save beaucoup money.
The NEWT 2012 bus was parked outside Ye Olde College Inn early, with its logo of a gas pump labeled "250." Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has, of course, promised to bring $2.50 per gallon gas from sea to shining sea should he be elected, and a good-sized crowd of supporters turned up at the restaurant to hear how he planned to do it.

Earlier in the day, Gingrich's wife Callista visited Harriet Tubman Charter School in Algiers, and the two had taken time for Friday lunch at Galatoire's (Newt: crab-and-asparagus omelet with oysters Rockefeller; Callista: bouillabaisse) before hitting the more modest restaurant on S. Carrollton Ave. Gingrich canceled a scheduled appearance in Slidell following the New Orleans stop in favor of an hour at the Audubon Zoo, but he was still planning a 6 p.m. at the Covington trailhead — which, he noted, has "the largest Ronald Reagan statue in the world."

The Gingriches entered and shook hands with College Inn owner John Blancher and his father while the sound system pumped out swamp pop ("Don't Take It So Hard" by Snooks Eaglin). Then Gingrich, wearing a string of green St. Patrick's beads, laid out his New Orleans bona fides, saying the trip "reminds us of the three years of living on Lowerline (Street)." Gingrich, of course, attended Tulane University from 1966-1970, earning a Ph.D in history, though he was then married to his first wife, Jackie.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

HUD announces ruling against LGBT discrimination

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

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Following this month's conference of U.S. mayors announcing support for the Freedom to Marry initiative, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this week announced new provisions to "ensure that its core housing programs are open to all eligible persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."

HUD secretary Shaun Donovan said "the Obama Administration has viewed the fight for equality on behalf of the LGBT community as a priority and I’m proud that HUD has been a leader in that fight. ... With this historic rule, the Administration is saying you cannot use taxpayer dollars to prevent Americans from choosing where they want live on the basis sexual orientation or gender identity — ensuring that HUD’s housing programs are open, not to some, not to most, but to all.”

Provisions to protect LGBT communities in public housing previously only fell into the Fair Housing Act's considerations. Donovan announced the latest Equal Access to Housing rules on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the 24th National Gay and Lesbian Task Force “Creating Change” Conference. The ACLU called the announcement a "tremendous step forward" — the final ruling (as "Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs — Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity") will be implemented 30 days after its publishing, next week.

HUD also is expanding its race and gender discrimination studies (performed every 10 years) with a study on LGBT discrimination in public housing.

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