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Friday, November 11, 2016

Winnas & Loozas of the fall 2016 election

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ clout was apparent in the elections, particularly his support of Democrat Foster Campbell in the U.S. Senate race. - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards’ clout was apparent in the elections, particularly his support of Democrat Foster Campbell in the U.S. Senate race.

The acrimonious campaigns of 2016 set new lows even by Louisiana standards, but as always Election Day leaves in its wake a fresh set of political victors and vanquished. And because we love elections so much here in the Bayou State, we get to have one more before it’s all over — the U.S. Senate runoff Dec. 10.

That Senate showdown no doubt will have its share of fireworks, but in the end it isn’t expected to be close, which means it’s already time to take stock of the carnage. Herewith our post-election recap of Da Winnas and Da Loozas, starting with …

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Louisiana Public Broadcasting to air live U.S. Senate debate Oct. 18

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 4:05 PM

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Confused by the 24 names on the ballot for the Nov. 8 Senate race? The Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) and Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) will be hosting a 90-minute debate tomorrow night with the five candidates who met LPB-CABL's criteria.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

The real 'sanctuary city'

Posted By on Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has railed against "sanctuary cities," but it's Congress, not local communities, who are dropping the ball on illegal immigration. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has railed against "sanctuary cities," but it's Congress, not local communities, who are dropping the ball on illegal immigration.

We hear a lot of noise these days about immigration, but not a lot of objective information. Let’s start with the basics: Immigration is a federal matter, not a local one. Nevertheless, in recent months some Louisiana politicians have grandstanded on the issue of so-called “sanctuary cities,” a term that isn’t even defined in the law. Even a cursory look at the facts proves the demagogues wrong on virtually every count.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Attorney General Jeff Landry's demagoguery in plain sight

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 5:01 PM

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY DAVID KROLL
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Earl Long used to scoff that if you wanted to hide something from then-Attorney General Jack Gremillion, put it in a law book. Today, Uncle Earl would surely say something similar about Louisiana AG Jeff Landry — only put it in plain sight on a map of Louisiana. Landry clearly doesn’t know Jefferson Parish from New Orleans.

That must be the case, because in his zeal to make political hay out of a tragedy, Landry erroneously stated that an illegal alien who clearly lives in Jefferson Parish is nonetheless a beneficiary of New Orleans’ alleged “sanctuary cities” policy. Indeed, there are so many things wrong with Landry’s shameless, ham-fisted, demagogic attempt to grandstand on the bodies of two innocent people killed in a tragic accident in St. John the Baptist Parish that it’s difficult to get them all into one column.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Y@ Speak: Invest-ed

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 5:40 PM

President Obama visits Louisiana following the August floods, Invest 99 Luftballoons pops its head into the Gulf, the Saints pick up some Duraflame logs to get started on this season's tire fire, and more from the final hours of The Worst Month.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

An open letter to Louisiana flood victims

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 5:48 PM

COURTESY U.S. COAST GUARD
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Dear Neighbors,

This time of year always evokes memories of Katrina, but this year those flashbacks are much more poignant for seeing the devastation that you are now enduring. As I look back on my Katrina experiences, I feel many emotions and recall many lessons. I’d like to share some of those lessons with you in the hope that they will help you get through the difficult times ahead.

• Recovery happens from the ground up. Government does not move quickly, though it was heartening to see FEMA doing a much better job with this flood than it did with Katrina. Thank FEMA head Craig Fugate and his team for that. Still, the best way to start the recovery is by picking yourselves up by your own bootstraps. That’s what we did — with the help of neighbors and strangers alike. You’ve already seen how that works. (Big hat tip to the Cajun Navy.)

• This tragedy is also an opportunity — to rebuild better, smarter, stronger. New Orleans did it in fits and starts, and with a lot of pain, but we did it. No doubt you will do it faster and, hopefully, even better. I say this as a way of offering hope, not in any way to minimize the human toll of this disaster.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Surprise: Hannibal Buress performs in New Orleans on Aug. 26

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 10:55 AM

Hannibal Buress. - CONSTANCE KOSTREVSKI
  • CONSTANCE KOSTREVSKI
  • Hannibal Buress.

Comedian and actor Hannibal Buressno stranger to Louisiana — will perform a benefit show for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) on Aug. 26 to benefit relief efforts in the wake of August's floods. Buress — of Broad City, 30 Rock and numerous film, stand-up specials and late-night appearances — is currently costarring in the fourth season of Adult Swim's Eric Andre Show as the host's bizarro Ed McMahon, and his 2016 stand-up special Comedy Camisado debuted on Netflix earlier this year, along with the documentary Hannibal Takes Edinburgh. He's in the middle of his Hannibal Montanabal tour winding through the U.S. this fall.

He'll perform 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at The Joy Theater. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds go to BRAF. The password for ticket presale is "BURESS," ending at 1 p.m. Aug. 25.

Buress has popped into several open mics and showcases around town, headlined spots at the Civic Theatre and opened for Dave Chappelle at the comic's anticipated return to the stage at the Saenger Theatre. Gambit talked to him before his first visit here, and he's since talked up his love for and fascination of the city in his stand-up — here's an animated version of his infamous second line story.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Y@ Speak: after the flood

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 6:35 PM

The media's response, the lack of a response from the media, the governor, Trump, important phone numbers and donation information, rescue and relief, and neighbors helping neighbors  — a week of tweets following Louisiana's August flooding.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Orleans Public Library hosts food drive for flood victims, plus more donation drop points

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 2:48 PM

All New Orleans Public Library locations will collect dry and non-perishable food items as part of a food drive to benefit flood victims, it announced in a statement this morning.

Library Marketing and Communications Director John Marc Sharpe described food as "the most critical need" and called for donations of shelf-stable items such as canned fruit and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, soup, beans, chili, pasta, rice, cereal and peanut butter, as well as supplements including protein bars and Ensure. Each library will have a donation box. Goods ultimately will be distributed to Second Harvest Food Bank

Relief efforts continue after last weekend's historic flooding wreaked havoc on the state, potentially leaving thousands homeless. Below, find additions to Gambit's early list of places to donate or get involved.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Where to help Louisiana flood victims: Donation drop points around New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

click image Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana. - TWITTER/@ONEVISIONARY
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  • Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana.

After several days of record-setting rainfall, devastating floodwaters poured into much of Southeast Louisiana this weekend, including East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Ascension and surrounding parishes. Multiple news organizations are reporting the rescue of more than 20,000 people from homes and vehicles as of Sunday.

As many New Orleanians know well, flooding robs families of resources large and small: it's not just cars and homes, but day-to-day personal effects, from clothes and blankets to shampoo and toothbrushes. Here's our ongoing list of sites to donate these much-needed supplies to flood victims, as well as several contacts for direct donations and volunteer opportunities. 

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