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Monday, July 7, 2014

Y@ Speak: #EssenceFest

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM


It purple rained all over the place, from fireworks to Prince to... nope, just those things. This week's Y@ Speak looks at some 2014 Essence Fest highlights to local pols reacting to Hobby Lobby and if New Orleans was built for bumper cars.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Y@ Speak: the swarm

Posted By on Mon, May 12, 2014 at 11:38 AM


This week's Y@ Speak looks back at a week of end time plagues: swarming termites, flash floods, spiders, gentrifiers, football players, Supriya Jindal shooting a gun, moms. Moms saved the day and week. Good work, moms.

And a friendly reminder that nominations are open for the 2014 Y@ Speak Awards. Submit your nominations for your favorites by midnight, May 18. Then we'll open up the voting for finalists leading up to the awards on June 2 at Publiq House. Go nuts.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New York Times poll: Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in Louisiana

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

A White House photo from 2010 showing President Barack Obama (left) talking with Gov. Bobby Jindal (right) aboard Air Force One following the BP oil disaster. A new poll showed Louisianans approve and disapprove of the president 's and the governor's performances in office in equal measure. - COURTESY THE WHITE HOUSE
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  • A White House photo from 2010 showing President Barack Obama (left) talking with Gov. Bobby Jindal (right) aboard Air Force One following the BP oil disaster. A new poll showed Louisianans approve and disapprove of the president 's and the governor's performances in office in equal measure.


A new poll of four Southern states
 by The New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation found identical percentages of Louisianans approve and disapprove of Gov. Bobby Jindal and President Barack Obama's performances in office. Of the respondents, 40 percent approved and 54 percent disapproved of the way Obama and Jindal are each handling his job.

The differences were slightly more pronounced when it came to the performances of U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter. Landrieu, a Democrat, received a 49/45 percent approval/disapproval rating, while Vitter's percentages were 51/35. Only 6 percent of respondents didn't know or had no answer when it came to Landrieu; Vitter's don't know/no answer percentage was more than double that at 13 percent. 

Landrieu, who's running against a field of Republicans in the November 2014 general election, is out in front with 42 percent of respondents saying she'd have their vote if the election was today. She leads challengers U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (18 percent), state Rep. Paul Hollis (5 percent) and Rob Maness (4 percent). Thirty percent of respondents weren't sure if they would vote, or for whom. 

In other results, 36 percent of respondents who are registered to vote in Louisiana thought it should be legal for same-sex couples to marry; 56 percent thought it should not.

The poll was conducted April 8-15 and surveyed 1,075 Louisianans, of whom 946 identified themselves as registered voters. Full poll results are here.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Y@ Speak: family values

Posted By on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 12:53 PM


From kissing congressmen to virgin ice cream to Bibles to dog funerals to protecting your drag queen husband in a barroom brawl, Louisiana stood up for the Family, however one defines it, even if it's terribly. This week's Y@ Speak celebrates the defenders of family values.

Also, a reminder: you can now catch a preview of Y@ Speak in the print edish of Gambit.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Sex, truth and videotape

Posted By on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

U.S. Rep Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, dubbed the "Kissin' Congressman" after a videotape of him smooching a staffer was leaked to the press earlier this month.
  • U.S. Rep Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, dubbed the "Kissin' Congressman" after a videotape of him smooching a staffer was leaked to the press earlier this month.

Is it the sex, or is it the hypocrisy? I keep asking myself that question when I think about U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, who will forever be remembered as “the kissing congressman” for being videotaped in a passionate lip lock with a 33-year-old aide who also happens to be the wife of a longtime friend.

Ouch.

This story hurts on many levels, but the hypocrisy is what riles me most of all — and there’s plenty of it to go around, at all levels of both political parties.

As for the sex part, well, that’s as old as the Holy Bible, which a legislative committee voted to make the official state book three days after the video of McAllister’s make-out session went viral. Coincidentally, another Louisiana House committee voted a day earlier to decriminalize anal and oral sex. Hmmn.

Freeing the sodomites while we embrace the Good Book sure makes us look, um, morally confused, but hypocrisy too is as old as the Bible. By the way, Jesus forgave the adulteress and the prostitute — but he consistently condemned hypocrites.

Which calls to mind our self-righteous governor, Bobby Jindal, and state GOP chair Roger Villere, who both wasted no time calling McAllister’s indiscretion “an embarrassment” and demanding that he resign. That prompted many, including many Republicans, to wonder where Jindal’s and Villere’s moral outrage was in 2007 when Louisiana’s U.S. Sen. David Vitter admitted to a “serious sin.” Vitter’s sin turned out to be bedding down with hookers — to the point of taking calls from a prostitution ring while voting in Congress.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Y@ Speak: New Orleans On Ice

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

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Ah, winter in New Orleans. An Ice Capades of children making snowmen with sleet, icicles dangling from shotgun porches and hot toddies. Also: panic over road closures, Drew Brees accidentally stabbing former mayors, the same former mayor going on trial, Mackels wearing scrunchies, and election day meltdowns. We have all that and more in this week's Y@ Speak: ON ICE.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Y@ Speak: a wintry mix

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM


As certain doom approaches, we reflect on last week: Pierre's makeover, Sissy Nobby live-tweeting the Grammys, and, yes, the city's sneak preview of this week's rare winter weather.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

David Vitter announces run for governor

Posted By on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 9:48 AM

U.S. Sen. David Vitter will run for governor of Louisiana next year, according to an announcement on his website.

In December, Vitter previewed his announcement in an email saying, "Many good friends and supporters have encouraged me to run for Governor in 2015 — to bring my focus and leadership to the challenges we face as a state. We started to consider this as a family over Thanksgiving. We certainly haven't made our decision yet, so we'll be reflecting and praying on it very carefully through the Christmas holidays. "

Last year, Gambit reported on the junior senator's rise to GOP power as to Gov. Bobby Jindal seemingly eyes politics beyond Louisiana: "Louisiana may have a powerful governorship held by a man re-elected less than two years ago with 66 percent of the vote, but in many ways Vitter, not Jindal, already has become the de facto leader of the state's GOP." A November 2013 poll by Southern Media and Opinion Research found Vitter has a 58 percent approval rating among Louisianans.

Previously announced candidates for governor are current Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, a Republican, and State Rep. John Bel Edwards, an Amite DemocratThe election will be held in November 2015.

Update: Here's a portion of his announcement letter, from The Hayride:

I believe that as our next Governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana . . . helping us truly reach our full potential.

We’ll do this by building excellence in K-12 and higher education, offering every child in Louisiana the skills to compete effectively and achieve his or her dreams. We’ll do it by making Louisiana more attractive to vibrant businesses, growing the good-paying jobs we need today and tomorrow. We’ll do it by reforming taxes and spending, spurring economic growth and creating budget stability.

And through it all, we’ll do it by fighting political corruption and demanding government reform and accountability. That’s a battle I’ve long waged. The difference is I’ll have so many more tools as Governor to do things right and protect taxpayer dollars.

Although an active campaign is still a year away, I’ll start preparing for it immediately by doing what I’ve always done, including as our U.S. Senator. That’s listening to you, knowing that I sure don’t have all the answers.

I’ve held over 342 in-person town hall meetings, 128 telephone town halls, and countless other meetings in every parish of our state. I’ll continue those travels starting tomorrow, listening directly to Louisiana families about what most concerns them.

And then, after Listening and Learning, I will LEAD. Because I’m running to take on the important issues and make the hard decisions, not to avoid them or play politics with them.

This will be my last political job, elected or appointed, period. So my only agenda will be to do what’s best for all Louisianians, from our best and brightest to our most vulnerable.

Wendy and I value your friendship, support, and prayers so much. Please continue to bless us with those gifts.


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Monday, December 23, 2013

A Very Y@ Speak Christmas

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

'Twas the week before Christmas, and through many tweets, Phil Robertson got fired and Garrett Hartley returned his cleats... Wait. Sorry, folks: Y@ Speak regrets to inform our readers that Fletcher Mackel has canceled Christmas. See you next week.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

David Vitter weighs a 2015 gubernatorial run

Posted By on Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Sen. David Vitter (pictured here with former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Sen. Mary Landrieu) was first elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1992 and moved up to the U.S. House in 1999. He has been the state's junior U.S. senator since 2005. - CHERYL GERBER
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  • Sen. David Vitter (pictured here with former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Sen. Mary Landrieu) was first elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1992 and moved up to the U.S. House in 1999. He has been the state's junior U.S. senator since 2005.


In an email to supporters this morning, Sen. David Vitter made official what political watchers have long expected: he's mulling a run for the Louisiana governorship in 2015, and will announce his decision by New Year's Day:

Many good friends and supporters have encouraged me to run for Governor in 2015—to bring my focus and leadership to the challenges we face as a state. We started to consider this as a family over Thanksgiving. We certainly haven't made our decision yet, so we'll be reflecting and praying on it very carefully through the Christmas holidays.

A poll last month by Southern Media and Opinion Research found Vitter with a 58 percent approval rating among Louisianans, indicating many had forgiven him for the 2007 scandal in which his telephone number was found among the records of "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey. At the time, Vitter expressed contrition and has made little reference to the incident since.

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