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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Editorial: Our pledge to you

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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  • President-elect Donald Trump.

America’s political landscape will change dramatically after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in January 2017. Already there are mixed messages coming from his transition team as to some of the promises he made while running. For now, we can only go by the man’s words and how they may affect Louisianans.

In the weeks and months to come, we will be keeping an eye on the following:

• The president-elect has promised to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but has provided few details. As of mid-November, more than 339,000 previously uninsured Louisianans are receiving health care through the ACA. We promise to outline their options and find out from doctors which screenings, tests and procedures they should get done now should the ACA go away — with a special focus on women's health care. (Meanwhile, the open enrollment period continues through the end of January; visit ldh.louisiana.gov.)

• The president-elect has made it clear that he does not believe in climate change and promises to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and key environmental protections. We promise to speak out for clean air, clean water and Louisiana’s fragile coast.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wall Street Journal: President-elect Trump considering Bobby Jindal for Health & Human Services

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 1:57 PM

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal (left) reportedly is being considered for President Donald Trump's cabinet — despite Jindal's vituperative criticism of Trump in the GOP primary last year. - PHOTO BY STEPHEN LOVEKIN/
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  • Former Gov. Bobby Jindal (left) reportedly is being considered for President Donald Trump's cabinet — despite Jindal's vituperative criticism of Trump in the GOP primary last year.

A Wall Street Journal report about President-elect Donald Trump's transition team and potential Cabinet includes one extremely familiar name: that of former Gov. (and presidential candidate) Bobby Jindal:
The team has also been assembling a list of people to fill key jobs in a Trump administration. Some have been close to home. Among those discussed for attorney general are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a top campaign adviser who heads the Trump transition team, and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, according to two campaign aides. Mr. Trump’s slim campaign team, which has included former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, may form the core of a Trump administration. Names discussed for Health and Human Services secretary include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson, one of Mr. Trump’s former primary rivals, one member of the transition team said.

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Trump elected U.S. president; Kennedy and Campbell headed for U.S. Senate runoff

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 2:05 AM

President-elect Donald Trump. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • President-elect Donald Trump.

Defying the majority of the polls during a long runoff election, Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States early this morning, when Hillary Clinton called the GOP nominee to concede the election.

At 1:50 a.m., Trump took the stage at his New York headquarters flanked by Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his family to announce it was time for “Americans to bind the wounds of division” and “come together as one united people.”  After an uncharacteristically brief speech, Trump left the stage to greet supporters, his wife Melania beaming at his side.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Claire Tancons proposes second-line procession on the National Mall

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 1:16 PM

Black Men of Labor co-founder Fred Johnson Jr. with curator Claire Tancons at the Black Men of Labor parade Oct. 23.
  • Black Men of Labor co-founder Fred Johnson Jr. with curator Claire Tancons at the Black Men of Labor parade Oct. 23.

Art curator Claire Tancons has explored the performance and art aesthetics of indigenous parade traditions in the Caribbean, Great Britain and Louisiana. She is planning a super parade of New Orleans parading groups on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., ending at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“It has been my experience, museums, which are in the business of high culture, and which promote bourgeois values, tend to look down at these more popular African-American traditions," Tancons says. "Or when featuring them (they) do so in a rather traditional fashion, showing props, or in a pop spectacular fashion, and downplay the political and social core of these artistic manifestations."

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wynton Marsalis to receive National Humanities Medal

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 4:54 PM

Wynton Marsalis will receive a medal next week from the National Endowment for the Humanities. - CLAY MCBRIDE
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  • Wynton Marsalis will receive a medal next week from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Add another award to the portfolio of Wynton Marsalis: the New Orleans trumpeter and composer will be awarded a National Humanities Medal next week in a White House ceremony hosted by President Barack Obama.

While Marsalis won't be at the ceremony — he's playing a concert at New York's Rose Theater that night —  it's an accolade he can add to his 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Music and several Grammy Awards. Marsalis is currently the director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York.

Eleven other people will receive the medal that night, and the event will be livestreamed on the White House website

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Elbert Guillory's got a lovely bunch of coconuts

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Former state Sen. Elbert Guillory: "These — are coconuts."
  • Former state Sen. Elbert Guillory: "These — are coconuts."
In a state full of colorful politicians, if you want attention, you've got to stand out from the pack — and former state Sen. Elbert Guillory, who's now running for the 4th Congressional District seat in the U.S. Congress, is one of Louisiana's most reliably colorful candidates.

Last year, he recorded a video in which he used the n-word multiple times in order to "start a dialogue on race" in America (Guillory himself is black). The year before, he appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart to defend the sport of "chicken boxing," which he said definitely was not cockfighting: "I'm not a fan of cockfighting, but I love to go and watch some chicken boxing." In 2013, while defending the Louisiana Science Education Act (which opens the door for teaching creationism in public schools), Guillory captured wide attention for mentioning his positive experience with what sounded like a witch doctor:
If I closed my mind when I saw this man in the dust throwing some bones on the ground, semi-clothed, if I had closed him off and just said, ‘That’s not science, I am not going to see this doctor,’ I would have shut off a very good experience for myself. 
Now Guillory is back with a new video, titled "Coconuts" — and if that allusion escapes you, Elbert Guillory will spell it out, complete with a pair of low-hanging, uh, coconuts as illustration:
These — are coconuts. In Louisiana, when someone has courage, and fortitude, and the ability to stand up when others stand back, we say that she, or he, has coconuts.
It's a metaphor, you see, for a perceived lack of testicular fortitude in our nation's capitol, and ... oh, hell, It's probably best if you just watch the whole thing.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

James Carville discusses Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 2:20 PM

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New Orleans-based political analyst James Carville appeared on last night's The Daily Show With Trevor Noah to discuss the presidential election. Wearing a gold fleur-de-lis pin on his lapel, Carville addressed Donald Trump's dominance in the Republican race, and the feeling among some that Trump is a juggernaut. "I think there's a sense he's getting away with this," Carville told Noah. "I don't think he is, and I don't think he will." 

Noah was more skeptical. "I don't share your optimism," he told Carville. 

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Friday, May 20, 2016

'Showing their butts': State Rep. Kenny Havard would make a great running mate for Donald Trump

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, and Louisiana state Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson. - TRUMP: CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, and Louisiana state Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson.
Forget about the potential Supreme Court nominees that Donald Trump served up last week to deflect The New York Times' exposé of his history of objectifying women. It’s time for The Donald to play the ultimate, well, trump card and name his running mate. That would surely cement his victory, the polls notwithstanding.

I’d like to suggest Louisiana state Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson, for that role.

Havard clearly possesses the most important quality that Trump could want in a running mate: He doesn’t give a damn whom he offends.

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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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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Carville, Matalin entertain Loyola audience with thoughts on 2016 politics

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 10:13 PM

Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos and pundits Mary Matalin and James Carville held a discussion about the 2016 presidential election tonight at the Ed Renwick Lecture Series at Loyola University's Institute of Politics.
  • Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos and pundits Mary Matalin and James Carville held a discussion about the 2016 presidential election tonight at the Ed Renwick Lecture Series at Loyola University's Institute of Politics.

Professional pundits and famously politically divided married couple James Carville and Mary Matalin were the speakers at the seventh annual Ed Renwick Lecture Series tonight at Loyola University. The annual event, put on by Loyola's Institute of Politics, was moderated by Gambit chairman and political editor Clancy DuBos.

The major topic was the 2016 presidential election — a particularly potent topic on a day when GOP frontrunner Donald Trump said "there has to be some form of punishment" for women who have abortions should the U.S. ever outlaw the practice. (Trump's campaign walked back the statement hours later.)  Neither Matalin or Carville addressed that particular Trump sound bite, but both had plenty to say about Trump — and, in Matalin's case, Trump's famous hairdo.

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