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Friday, January 20, 2017

Landrieu statement on Trump inauguration: "I am concerned he paints cities with too broad of a brush"

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Soldiers and Airmen from the Florida National Guard look on as President Donald Trump takes the oath of office during the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. - CHING OETTEL/U.S. NATIONAL GUARD
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  • Soldiers and Airmen from the Florida National Guard look on as President Donald Trump takes the oath of office during the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.

Tonight, Mayor MItch Landrieu responded to the inauguration of President Donald Trump with a statement that seemed to take issue with Trump's "America First" message during his inaugural speech.

"Like he did on the campaign trail, President Trump painted a picture of poverty and crime in our 'inner cities.' Unfortunately, I am concerned he paints cities with too broad of a brush. And it is not just his view of cities. America is not the dark and ominous place he describes," Landrieu wrote, adding, "And while America must always come first, we can never be about America only. Because as important as our pure self-interest is, our enlightened self-interest requires us to lift one another up."

Full statement under the jump.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Cassidy, Kennedy sworn in to 115th U.S. Congress; GOP announces committee assignments

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 3:36 PM

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (right) was sworn into the 115th U.S. Congress today by House Speaker Paul Ryan. - INSTAGRAM/STEVE SCALISE
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  • U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (right) was sworn into the 115th U.S. Congress today by House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The 115th U.S. Congress was sworn in today in Washington, D.C. — bringing with it the first day of work for newly minted U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy, the former Louisiana state treasurer who beat Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell in the December 2016 runoff.

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy — with two years of service under his belt — now is Louisiana's senior senator, and U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Metairie retains his title of Majority Whip of the House of Representatives. U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond — Louisiana's only Democratic member of Congress — was named chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mayor Landrieu to meet with President-elect Trump today in New York

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 11:29 AM

Trump Tower in New York. - CREATIVE COMMONS/KRYSTAL T.
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  • Trump Tower in New York.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu will meet with President-elect Donald Trump today in New York City, according to a press release from the City of New Orleans.

Landrieu, who is Vice President of the United States Conference of Mayors, wll be making the visit in that capacity. According to the press release, Landrieu "intends to discuss how investments in public safety and infrastructure in cities can make America's cities, and therefore the rest of our country, stronger. He will talk about how New Orleans is a model for how investments in infrastructure, healthcare and education have made his city stronger following Hurricane Katrina."

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Y@ Speak: "fake news"

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The U.S. Senate race is closing, short-term rentals are going to explode, Louisiana mourns Joe McKnight and fights for justice, Mike Pence stumps in New Orleans, and the Saints are a very fun, anxiety-free football team.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Editorial: Our pledge to you

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

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