Mary Landrieu

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mary Landrieu and Rob Maness face off in debate; Landrieu slams absent opponent Bill Cassidy

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Col. Rob Maness supporters used duck calls for Bill Cassidy's debate "ducking."
  • Col. Rob Maness supporters used duck calls for Bill Cassidy's debate "ducking."

Following the first televised debate between Louisiana Senate candidates Sen. Mary Landrieu and retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, Landrieu held a brief press conference to slam Republican candidate Rep. Bill Cassidy, who had declined to participate in the debate held at Dillard University as well as other forums. 

Landrieu (and Maness) didn't mention Cassidy by name during the Oct. 9 debate but Landrieu often referred to "the guy who didn't show up." Following the debate, Landrieu and four supporters asked Cassidy to answer questions about his voting record and his absence from debates. "I thought (Maness) did very well tonight," Landrieu said. "The problem is the congressman has refused to show up to debate. ... It's virtually as if he has not agreed to any debates."

"This seat is not up for sale," she continued. "If you're not man enough or strong enough to go to these debates, how in heavens are you going to be strong enough to represent the citizens of Louisiana who deserve tenacity, strength and determination?"

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Which Landrieu Wobbles the best?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Sen. Mary Landrieu does the Wobble at a Southern University tailgate Oct. 4.
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu does the Wobble at a Southern University tailgate Oct. 4.

First it was her assist with a keg stand at an LSU tailgate last month — and now footage has surfaced of Sen. Mary Landrieu doing the Wobble at a Southern University tailgate Oct. 4:


The dance seems to be a popular one among the Landrieu siblings; those who were watching Mardi Gras coverage from Gallier Hall in 2013 will remember Mayor Mitch Landrieu busting out a Wobble in the stands:


We ask you, New Orleans: Which Landrieu Wobbles the best? #yourvotecounts

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Plaintiffs react to Louisiana same-sex marriage court decision

Posted By , and on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Protestors gathered in Jackson Square Sept. 3 to decry that day's ruling by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, who upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages. - ALEX WOODWARD
  • ALEX WOODWARD
  • Protestors gathered in Jackson Square Sept. 3 to decry that day's ruling by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, who upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages.


Following a string of federal court victories, the same-sex marriage movement was dealt a major setback Sept. 3 when U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman upheld Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages. Feldman ruled that the plaintiffs failed to prove that the ban violated either Equal Protection or Due Process constitutional safeguards.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals the next morning. The case ultimately could go to the U.S. Supreme Court, depending on how (and when) the High Court rules on pending same-sex marriage cases that are farther along in the judicial pipeline.

In 2004, the Louisiana Legislature voted to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. Louisiana voters added the ban to the state constitution later that year. Feldman’s ruling last week in the case of Robicheaux v. Caldwell means Louisiana can continue to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages solemnized in other states.

Feldman’s decision came roughly four months after he combined two same-sex marriages cases — one filed in New Orleans and one filed in Shreveport. The suits were brought by the gay-rights organization Forum For Equality Louisiana and six same-sex married couples whose marriages had been solemnized in other states:

• Jacqueline and Lauren Brettner of New Orleans (married in New York in 2012);
• Nick Van Sickels and Andrew Bond of New Orleans (married in Washington D.C. in 2012);
• Henry Lambert and Carey Bond (no relation to Andrew Bond) of New Orleans (married in New York in 2011);
• Derek Penton-Robicheaux and Jon Penton-Robicheaux of New Orleans (married in Iowa in 2012);
• Courtney and Nadine Blanchard of Raceland (married in Iowa in 2013); and
• Havard Scott and Sergio March Prieto of Shreveport (married in Vermont in 2010).

Feldman joined the two cases in June, saying he did not want to make a “piecemeal” ruling but preferred to address the state’s constitutional ban directly. At that time, Jacqueline Brettner told Gambit, “If I had to ask any of my heterosexual friends in an opposite-sex marriage, which of their fundamental rights they would be willing to put to a vote, I think that would be a very difficult question to answer, if not impossible.” She added, “I look forward to being on the right side of history.”

In a statement following last week’s ruling, Brettner said, “Today’s decision, while disappointing, was not unexpected. It shows the importance of the challenge and why it is necessary to seek equal protection for all LGBT citizens of Louisiana.”

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sarah Palin endorses Maness in Louisiana Senate race

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin signs autographs in a 2010 appearance in New Orleans. She has endorsed Rob Maness for U.S. Senate. - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin signs autographs in a 2010 appearance in New Orleans. She has endorsed Rob Maness for U.S. Senate.


Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness, who is challenging Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy in the November race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Landrieu, has received the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

In a statement announcing the endorsement, Maness said, "I am truly humbled Governor Palin would lend her credibility to a regular guy like me. We are winning this campaign the old-fashioned way — by putting people over politics. I've logged 50,000 miles in my Ford F-150 and visited all 64 of Louisana's great parishes — this endorsement is just the energy we need to keep trucking!"

Maness, along with a fourth candidate, State Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Covington, continues to poll in the single digits in the race, but has worked a spirited campaign firing shots at both Landrieu and Cassidy.

Since stepping down from her governorship mid-term in 2009, Palin has been a popular TV news personality, speaker at conservative conventions and reality TV show host. Her latest program is Amazing America with Sarah Palin, which airs on the Sportsman Channel. Her endorsement has been sought by several tea party-backed candidates, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Maness, a Republican with tea party support, is challenging Landrieu (a Democrat) and Cassidy (a Republican) from the right. In an ad released today, he fires a gun, takes a boat into a swamp and tapes an alligator's snout shut.



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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
  • COURTESY THE WHITE HOUSE
  • 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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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Krewe du Vieux went "Where the Vile Things Are"

Posted By on Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 4:52 PM

"Where the Vile Things Are" — at the 2014 Krewe du Vieux parade. - REX DUKE
  • REX DUKE
  • "Where the Vile Things Are" — at the 2014 Krewe du Vieux parade.


Last night's Krewe du Vieux parade in the Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter was everything KdV is supposed to be — homemade, raucous, joyously obscene, relentlessly satirical and not for kids.

Its 17 subkrewes (Krewe of C.R.U.D.E., Krewe of Space Age Love, Krewe of Underwear, Seeds of Decline, Krewe of Mama Roux, Krewe of L.E.W.D., Krewe of Drips and Discharges, Krewe of K.A.O.S., Knights of Mondu, T.O.K.I.N., Krewe Rue Bourbon, Krewe de C.R.A.P.S., Mystic Krewe of Spermes, Mystik Krewe of Comatose, Mystic Krewe of Inane, Krewe du Mishigas, and Krewe of SPANK) outdid themselves with 17 outrageous themes. All the floats actually seemed to be completed and in good working order, too — never a given at Krewe du Vieux.

"Mitchey Mayor" welcomed the crowd to "Dizneylandrieu," and his "Mitchkateers" distributed maps "to every mayor-approved adventure in the Gentrified Kingdom." - REX DUKE
  • REX DUKE
  • "Mitchey Mayor" welcomed the crowd to "Dizneylandrieu," and his "Mitchkateers" distributed maps "to every mayor-approved adventure in the Gentrified Kingdom."

The evening's gold medal, however (and perhaps Carnival's gold medal) had to go to SPANK's "Dizneylandrieu," a float featuring "Mitchey Mayor" wearing mouse ears and a "New Orleans Will" T-shirt in front of a St. Louis Cathedral that had been transformed into Disney's Cinderella's Castle.

A few dozen "Mitchkateers" accompanied the float, handing out brochures that detailed the many lands in "Dizneylandrieu" (Mitchey's Toon Town, Jacked-Up Square, Crotch Country and HIpsterland among them), with rides like "Big Freedia's Bounce That Ass House," the "NOPD Brass Band Beat Down," "Rich Hippies in WholePaycheckLand," "Marlin's Playhouse," "The Enchanted Mimi Room Angry Neighbor Jamboree" and "It's a White World, Sponsored by Mitchey Mayor."

Below the cut: other images from Rex's camera.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Louisiana enrollment in the Affordable Care Act: fewer than 400 in first month

Posted By on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM

President Barack Obama greets supporters at an appearance at the Port of New Orleans Nov. 8. During his speech, he expressed dismay at the glitches involved with the online enrollment in the Affordable Care Act. Figures released today show that only 387 Louisianans completed the process and selected a health care plan within the first month of open enrollment. - JEANIE RIESS
  • JEANIE RIESS
  • President Barack Obama greets supporters at an appearance at the Port of New Orleans Nov. 8. During his speech, he expressed dismay at the glitches involved with the online enrollment in the Affordable Care Act. Figures released today show that only 387 Louisianans completed the process and selected a health care plan within the first month of open enrollment.


In the first month of open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), only 387 Louisianans completed the process and selected a health care plan, according to figures released this afternoon by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. A little over 7,700 people completed the online application at HealthCare.gov but have not selected a health plan.

Louisiana is one of 36 states which used the federal website rather than set up a program of state health exchanges. In those 36 states, 26,794 people have now set up plans. The number of total plan selections among people in all 50 states is 106,185.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Video of James O'Keefe/Jim Letten encounter at Tulane University released on O'Keefe's website

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Last month, James O'Keefe of the website Project Veritas was removed from the campus of Tulane University after he and a camera crew attempted to interview former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. In 2010, Letten recused himself from a federal case that followed an incident in which O'Keefe and his crew posed as telephone repairmen and gained access to Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office. (The recusal, presumably, was due to the fact that one of O'Keefe's crew was the son of William Flanagan, acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana — Letten's then-counterpart in the western half of the state.)

Later that year, O'Keefe and his partners pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in that case and received probation, community service and minor fines.

Video from that encounter on Tulane's campus has now been posted on the Project Veritas website, in which O'Keefe attempts to give Letten a copy of his new book, Breakthrough, and Letten instead gives O'Keefe a piece of his mind, calling O'Keefe a "hobbit," "spud," "scum" and "asshole." 

"Spud, by the way," Project Veritas notes, "is a derogatory term towards an Irishman."

The video:




Project Veritas is using the video as a fundraising tool. From its website:

“You are a nasty, little, cowardly spud. You are scum. Do you understand?”

That’s what former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten screamed at my colleagues and I while attacking us. Check out our most recent investigation into what constitutes journalism – a question that is now more important than ever.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Y@ Speak: new beginnings

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM


Alter egos, doomed films, firings, deaths, zombies, new friends and friendly strangers, new publications, and moments of discovery — and disappointments (Mannie Fresh, hang in there. Vine gets better). This week's Y@ Speak is about our new leases on life, whether admitting you have a gutter punk problem or realizing you have paid too much for a pretty regular burger experience.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

State Sen. Norby Chabert: From Mary Landrieu advisor to possible opponent

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 4:41 PM

After arriving in the Louisiana Senate following a 2009 special election and currently in his first full term, state Sen. Norby Chabert, R-Houma, has confirmed he is being courted to oppose U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's re-election next year. But Chabert — until two years ago a registered Democrat — added he is focused on his work in the state Senate for now and any kind of significant thought on the proposition would have to be given later. Moreover, Chabert said the U.S. Senate race isn’t the only one in his sights. “I’m being asked about a couple of different races,” he said.

Chabert's experience of working on coastal issues and with the oil and gas industry are among the reasons that sources say energy interests are encouraging him to run, in an effort to undercut Landrieu's similar strengths, although the senior U.S. senator unarguably has a longer record of service in that regard than does Chabert.

But there’s another connection between the two: Chabert served as a trusted consultant to Landrieu during her 2002 re-election campaign. In 2009, he told the Houma Courier, “Doing everything I could to see Sen. Landrieu get elected was a major accomplishment for me... And I’ve learned a lot from Sen. Landrieu as well.’”

When asked about his former gig, Chabert said, “It's only fair to say that I worked for her over 10 years ago and I've served for years in elected office and that is a lot of time to change your views on something — or somebody.”

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