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
  • 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

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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Monday, March 7, 2016

It's The Best, Greatest Y@ Speak, OK?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Donald Trump gets a warm New Orleans welcome and Louisiana voters head to the polls and to #ProTip election day hacker Chris Rose. Also: the earth's days are numbered as #NOLAscanner gets climax-of-Ghostbusters-level strange.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Protestors parade, disrupt Trump rally in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 9:36 PM

A protest parade marched from Downman Road to the New Orleans Lakefront Airport where Donald Trump held a campaign rally.
  • A protest parade marched from Downman Road to the New Orleans Lakefront Airport where Donald Trump held a campaign rally.

A New Orleans appearance from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on March 4 inspired dozens of New Orleanians to march against his event in true New Orleans fashion: with a brass band. Several dozen people joined a parade and protest outside the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, where Trump was set to appear in advance of Louisiana's primaries on Saturday, March 5.

Protestors gathered in a gas station parking lot on Downman Road, made signs and grabbed drinks (and a few pounds of crawfish). Signs ranged from the straight-forward ("Trump is a threat to the foundation of democracy") to the topical ("Damn Donald, back at it again with the white supremacy"). The protest — organized through Facebook and named "Trumpets Trump Drumpf," after comedian John Oliver's appeal on his HBO series — marched from the Speed Racer parking lot, up Downman Road and on the neutral ground and sidewalks in front of the airport, where protestors flashed anti-Trump slogans and Black Lives Matter and LOVE signs while chanting "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA."

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Y@ Speak: "street justice rooted in Napoleonic Code"

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Brooklyn has voted: New Orleans is over! As the state gears up for its March 5 presidential primary, New Orleanians march for Bernie Sanders, Gov. John Bel Edwards dumps on Bobby Jindal, abortion rights have virtually disappeared, and the state budget is the contents of my couch. Also this week: A rare #NOLAscanner hat trick.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Louisiana musicians rally for Bernie Sanders

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 5:20 PM

Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. - CREATIVE COMMONS/AFGE
  • Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders is a Buckwheat Zydeco fan. And, according to Buck, it's mutual. Dozens other Louisiana musicians are preparing for several concerts to benefit the Democratic senator's presidential campaign in advance of the state's March 5 primary.

New Orleans Musicians for Bernie Sanders
hosts a fundraising drive and concert at 30/90 Frenchmen (520 Frenchmen St.) at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, with music from Claude Bryant, Russell Batiste Jr., Phil Breen, Carlo Ditta, Joe Krown, Billy Iuso, Brian Stoltz, Marc Stone, and Jimbo Walsh, among others.

Musicians Eric "Benny" Bloom, Billy Franklin and Luke Quaranta also assembled Bern Fest at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Oak St.). The concert and crawfish boil includes music from Eric "Benny" Bloom & Gemini, Smoke 'N' Bones, Pirate's Choice and the Sam Price Duo. Admission is $10.

And in Lafayette, there is Bernie Man. The event features Chubby Carrier, Steve Riley, Terrance Simien, Cedric Watson and members of Feufollet and GIVERS, among others, including an "all-star Cajun and zydeco jam," a discussion forum and silent auction. The event is 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 at Warehouse 535(525 Garfield St.) in Lafayette. Admission is $10.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Krewe du Vieux meets Krewe du Bernie? — and your chance to download this year's Le Monde de Merde

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 3:20 PM


One side effect of a compressed Mardi Gras season seems to be everything happening at once — and that surely will be the case in the Faubourg Marigny Jan. 23, when the raunchy satirists of Krewe du Vieux roll through the streets just hours after a planned rally and march for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders starts in Washington Square Park. 

Organizer Lawrence Dunn says he's applied for the proper permits with the city, and neither he nor city officials saw any problem or conflict with Krewe du Vieux.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Donald Trump heading to Biloxi, Mississippi for campaign stop

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 at 1:50 PM


Scarred talking pumpkin Donald Trump will ride a carriage made of DVD box sets of The Apprentice to Biloxi, Mississippi to ring in the New Year. It's Trump's first visit to the state and among his first in the South since campaigning for president of the United States, a very real thing he wants to do.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, Trump appears at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center (2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). Mississippi’s presidential primaries are March 8. Trump's performance art piece is among several events for humans that night, including Arrival from Sweden: The Music of Abba at IP Casino.

At least one group, Gulf Coast Against Trump, will protest the event. "This blatantly racist, elitist hypocrite is trying to divide us even more and would do more harm than good if elected," the group says on Facebook. "Take a stand and let Donald and the rest of the United States know that we will not tolerate this."

Trump doesn't have New Orleans or Louisiana on his calendar — yet. Earlier this month, Mayor Mitch Landrieu called Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from traveling into the U.S. "absolutely disgraceful" and compared him to David Duke. "Mr. Trump’s brand of politics is dangerous; it makes our nation more dangerous and weakens our ability to defend against terrorists," Landrieu said. "Together, we can defeat ISIS by strengthening ties with our Muslim friends, not alienating them with ignorant, hateful statements.”

Admission is free. Parking is $5.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Da Winnas & Da Loozas: A 2015 Louisiana campaign recap

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Jefferson Sheriff Parish Newell Normand, left, and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond were two of "da winnas" in Louisiana's recent elections.
  • Jefferson Sheriff Parish Newell Normand, left, and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond were two of "da winnas" in Louisiana's recent elections.

A friend of mine told me this anecdote about six weeks before the Oct. 24 primary: Months ago, when U.S. Sen. David Vitter was still pretending to care what people thought of him, he asked former Gov. Mike Foster to identify his (Vitter’s) biggest weakness as a candidate for governor. Foster responded, “David, people just don’t like you.”

Leave it to Paw-Paw to tell it like it is.

Several months and millions of dollars later, Louisiana voters gave Vitter the same answer.

As a result, the guy who seemed inevitable last May proved to be unelectable in November — so much so that he announced his political retirement during his concession speech. Vitter lost in a landslide to state Rep. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat from Amite, who decided to run in 2013 while on a fishing trip with his legislative seatmate and close friend, state Rep. Sam Jones, a Democrat from Franklin, which, coincidentally, is also Mike Foster’s hometown.

The end of the David Vitter Era coincided with the end of the Bobby Jindal Era. How ironic that Louisiana’s two leading Republicans, who cannot stand one another, both bowed out within days of each other.

Which brings us to our recap of the political carnage in the wake of Louisiana’s statewide elections, known for more than 30 years as Da Winnas and Da Loozas. For the uninitiated, I focus not on the names that appeared on the ballot but rather on the players and forces that shaped the campaign and its aftermath. For them, the election results mean four years of either exhilaration or exile. Let’s get on with it, starting with …


1. Teacher Unions — After eight years in exile, teacher unions (and all unions) finally have a governor again. Edwards made it clear shortly after his victory that he won’t dismantle charter schools or vouchers, but he will help public employee unions survive the existential threat posed by so-called “paycheck protection” legislation, which would outlaw union dues check-offs. He also will put real money back into public education.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Y@ Speak: unpopular

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Bobby Jindal, Rob Ryan and David Vitter pack up their book bags, sling them over their shoulders and scan the cafeteria for somewhere, anywhere, anyone. Also this week: Refugee hysteria, Allen Toussaint, election night and po-boys.

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