Elections

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism reactivates to oppose David Duke's U.S. Senate run

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 3:45 PM

A screengrab from a 1991 ad opposing the candidacy of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. The Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, a bipartisan political action committee originally organized in 1990, has reactivated to oppose Duke's run in the 2016 Louisiana U.S. Senate election.
  • A screengrab from a 1991 ad opposing the candidacy of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. The Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, a bipartisan political action committee originally organized in 1990, has reactivated to oppose Duke's run in the 2016 Louisiana U.S. Senate election.

A long-dormant political action committee organized more than 25 years ago to thwart the political ambitions of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is now active again and plans to run ads opposing Duke's current run for the U.S. Senate race in November.

The Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, which last was active in the early 1990s, raised money to run television ads during Duke's 1990 U.S, Senate race and his 1991 Louisiana gubernatorial bid. The bipartisan group — whose new advisory committee now include two former Louisiana governors and three former U.S. Senators — also has a website, StopDuke.com, and is being advised by veteran political consultant Karen Carvin. 

Duke has not held public office since he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in a 1989 special election to fill the seat of Charles Cusimano, who resigned midway through his term. Duke's entry into the 2016 Senate race was, he has said, inspired in part by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump (who has in recent days firmly rejected Duke's support).

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Y@ Speak: "the sky's the limit"

Posted By on Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 7:34 PM

Lil Wayne endorses Hillary Clinton after she maybe referenced Da Drought (or, more likely, her own speech in 2008), the Louisiana delegation steals the show, and New Orleans in deep summer means exploding streets, snakes eating bicyclists, and tourists who should be fired into the sun.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Y@ Speak: #DavidDukeLooksLike

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Deflated pink balloon David Duke, high on the fumes of Donald Trump's coronation at the Republican National Convention, is running for U.S. Senate (and nearly 4,000 people on Twitter said they'd vote for him). Also this week: New Orleans might host the NBA All-Star Game in 2017 and DeRay's bookbag is still in Baton Rouge.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

"Ready, fire, aim"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 4:08 PM

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.
  • Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser obviously hasn’t read the law on early voting. Judging by his errant comments on that topic recently, he also isn’t familiar with the old adage, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

Holding his tongue is not in Nungesser’s nature. Indeed, one of his sometimes endearing qualities is his willingness to speak directly from the heart, with great passion if not always great eloquence, as he did during the BP oil spill. Unfortunately for Nungesser, he also has a tendency to bypass the filter between his brain and his mouth. When it comes to offering an opinion, his motto is “Ready, fire, aim.”

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Judge Max Tobias reconsidering retirement decision

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Fourth Circuit Judge Max Tobias.
  • Fourth Circuit Judge Max Tobias.
What was shaping up to be a hot race for an open seat on the state Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal may not happen after all. Fourth Circuit Judge Max Tobias is now reconsidering his announced decision to retire at the end of his current term, which ends Dec. 31.

Tobias, 68, can legally seek another term by qualifying for re-election next month. The primary is set for Nov. 8 — the same day as the presidential election — with a runoff (if necessary) Dec. 10. If he runs and wins another term, state law allows Tobias to serve his full term of 10 years, even though the judicial retirement age is 70. He has served more than three decades on the bench at Civil District Court and at the Fourth Circuit.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Senate candidate Fayard: I'll take only 65 percent of my salary if elected

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 12:03 PM

Caroline Fayard, who is running for the U.S. Senate, pledged today to take only 65 percent of her salary if elected at a lunch at Dooky Chase's Restaurant in Treme. - PHOTO BY DELLA HASSELLE
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  • Caroline Fayard, who is running for the U.S. Senate, pledged today to take only 65 percent of her salary if elected at a lunch at Dooky Chase's Restaurant in Treme.
Caroline Fayard, one of three declared Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated later this year by David Vitter, pledged Tuesday to only take 65 percent of her salary if elected, in an attempt to stand in solidarity with working women of Louisiana, she says.

Women in Louisiana earn only 65.3 percent of what their male counterparts bring home each year, making the state the worst in the country for wage equality, according to a report issued yearly by the National Partnership for Women & Families.

“I firmly believe you’ve got to put your money where your mouth is,” Fayard said during her announcement Tuesday.

The median annual pay for a woman who holds a full-time, year-round job in the Pelican State is $31,586, according to the report, while median annual pay for a man who holds a full-time, year-round job is $48,382.

The difference amounts to an annual wage gap of $16,796 — a discrepancy that can be even larger for women of color.

African American women, for example, are paid 48 cents to the dollar and Latinas are paid 51 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.

Putting the statistics together, Louisiana women who are employed full time lose a combined total of nearly $11 billion every year due to the wage gap, according to Fayard and the report. Fayard added that the discrepancy contributes to Louisiana’s ranking of 49th nationally in employment and earnings.

“Working mothers in Louisiana pay the same for a gallon of milk as everyone else. Our daughters pay the same for a gallon of gas as our sons,” Fayard said in a press release Tuesday. “Our economy and families will be stronger when Congress does the right thing by working women.”

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Mary Matalin switches parties

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2016 at 12:11 PM

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Veteran Republican consultant and adopted New Orleanian Mary Matalin shocked the political world when she announced on Bloomberg TV that she had switched to the Libertarian Party. Matalin explained her switch in an email interview with Gambit.

Gambit: You announced your new party affiliation May 5, but you had expressed some frustration in late March, at the Ed Renwick Lecture Series at Loyola, describing yourself then as a “conservative” and a Libertarian at heart. How long have you been considering changing your party registration?

Matalin: I became a Republican in 1980 because I rejected the groupthink identity politics of liberals. The essence of conservatism to me was — and will always be — personal responsibility predicated on time-honored values of the virtuous citizen, in the Socratic definition of such a person. We have demonstrated in New Orleans how people taking responsibility for themselves and their community is not only doable, but preferable.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Jindal evolves on Trump: From "narcissist and egomaniac" to "I would vote for him"

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 4:27 PM

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Former Gov. (and former presidential candidate) Bobby Jindal once was one of Donald Trump's fiercest foes in the presidential race — but that was then and this is now, when it appears Trump is likely to become the GOP nominee.

Gone from his website is Jindal's much-touted September 2015 speech slamming Trump:

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... and in is a more pragmatic Jindal.

"If it comes down to a binary choice between Donald Trump, I'm supporting the party's nominee," he told CNN today (as reported by Politico). "I'm not happy about it. I don't think he's the best qualified, I don't think he's the one most likely to be successful, but I would vote for him over Hillary Clinton."

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Carville, Matalin to discuss 2016 presidential election at Loyola

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Political analysts/spouses Mary Matalin and James Carville. - YOUTUBE
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  • Political analysts/spouses Mary Matalin and James Carville.
Political analysts/spouses Mary Matalin and James Carville will be the guest speakers at the 7th annual Ed Renwick Lecture Series March 30 at 7:30 p.m. Matalin and Carville will discuss the 2016 presidential election. Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos will moderate — and the governor likely will be there; the event is on Gov. John Bel Edwards' public schedule that night.

Carville — who helped guide former President Bill Clinton to victory — has expressed his support for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Matalin, a Republican, held a $2,000-per-ticket fundraiser for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in at the couple's Uptown home in January. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, is at Loyola University in the Nunemaker Auditorium at Monroe Hall. It's sponsored by Loyola's Institute of Politics. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Editorial: It takes a millage

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 11:10 AM

CREATIVE COMMONS/GARY J. WOOD
  • CREATIVE COMMONS/GARY J. WOOD
If the state’s budget mess holds a lesson for local government, it’s that ideologically refusing to raise needed taxes while “cutting government spending” is sometimes an irresponsible course. On April 9, New Orleans voters will go to the polls to decide two propositions: a property tax of 7.5 mills for the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and the New Orleans Fire Department; and a $120 million bond issue for streets, public facilities and firefighting equipment. The former would help rebuild the NOPD and pay pensions owed to local firefighters. The latter would go mostly toward street repairs, with some for parks, buildings, fire trucks and land acquisition. Early voting has already begun and continues through this Saturday, April 2. We support both propositions.

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