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Monday, September 28, 2015

WWL-TV/Advocate poll very bad news for Vitter

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 9:08 AM

Sen. David Vitter has lost more than a third of his support since April, according to the latest independent statewide poll in the governor’s race. He is tied for the primary lead with Democrat John Bel Edwards, but he loses trails in runoff match-ups against all of his opponents in the WWL-TV-Advocate survey. - CREATIVE COMMONS/DEREK BRIDGES
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  • Sen. David Vitter has lost more than a third of his support since April, according to the latest independent statewide poll in the governor’s race. He is tied for the primary lead with Democrat John Bel Edwards, but he loses trails in runoff match-ups against all of his opponents in the WWL-TV-Advocate survey.



The first independent statewide survey since qualifying closed in the governor’s race shows U.S. Sen. David Vitter in trouble, despite the fact that he co-leads the field with Democrat state Rep. John Bel Edwards. The survey was taken by Clarus Research Group of Washington, D.C., for WWL-TV and The Advocate.

Here are the survey’s statewide results:
• John Bel Edwards 24%
• David Vitter 24%
• Scott Angelle 15%
• Jay Dardenne 14%
Five other candidates get 1% each, and “undecided” is at 18%. Vitter, Angelle and Dardenne are Republicans. Edwards is the only major Democrat.

How can Vitter be in trouble if he’s co-leading the poll?

Because since last April he has fallen from a high of 38% in a poll by Southern Media and Opinion Research (SMOR) — and being all alone atop the field — to just 24% (and tied for the lead with Edwards) in the Clarus poll. That’s a loss of more than one-third of his support since April.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

CUE on WWL-TV: Hot swimsuits for summer

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 10:37 AM

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CUE magazine editor Missy Wilkinson was on the WWL-TV Eyewitness Morning News today to show off this month's cover story on swimsuit trends for 2015. Check it out — and pick up a copy of CUE, tucked in this week's Gambit.


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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

VIDEO: Clancy DuBos on Gov. Bobby Jindal's trip to Disney World

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 7:50 PM

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While the state Legislature continued to grapple with the Louisiana budget shortfall, Gov. Bobby Jindal traveled to Orlando today to appear at a jobs summit held by Florida Gov. Rick Scott at Walt Disney World. That was the topic of Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos' commentary tonight on WWL-TV.


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mayfield’s pride, as much as his mistakes, hurting him

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 10:24 AM

Pride goeth before a fall. If Irvin Mayfield can’t summon the strength to apologize, his pride will do him far greater harm than his mistakes as a library foundation board member. - COURTESY BASIN STREET RECORDS
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  • Pride goeth before a fall. If Irvin Mayfield can’t summon the strength to apologize, his pride will do him far greater harm than his mistakes as a library foundation board member.

What’s keeping Irvin Mayfield from coming clean about his role in the diversion of at least $863,000 in New Orleans Public Library Foundation funds to his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra in 2011-12? Is he afraid? Is he hiding something?

I know Mayfield, not nearly as well as his friends but probably better than many others in the community, and I suspect the answer is much simpler than suggested above: It is mere pride.

Anyone who has dealt with Mayfield knows that behind his magnetic charm — and the young Grammy winner oozes charm — is an outsized ego. Like all self-promoters, especially those who have enjoyed huge success — Mayfield does not suffer from a lack of self-esteem. It takes enormous self-confidence, and of course talent, to do what Mayfield does on stage and in the nonprofit sector. But success often brings a mountain-sized dose of pride, which is probably what’s stopping Mayfield from admitting his mistakes and, more importantly, apologizing for them.

“That will never happen,” another prominent jazz musician (also a Grammy winner) recently told my wife, Gambit publisher Margo DuBos. Both were lamenting Mayfield’s recent troubles, and Margo suggested that Mayfield could do a lot to resolve the situation by simply apologizing. The fellow Grammy winner, who knows Mayfield well, has no doubt that Mayfield’s misplaced pride won’t allow him to do that.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New documentary Looting Louisiana highlights $2.4 billion in state tax exemptions for oil and gas drilling

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Tax exemptions for oil and gas drilling, which have cost state coffers $2.4 billion since 2008, have gone unscathed at a time when legislators are looking to whack exemptions elsewhere. - WWL-TV
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  • Tax exemptions for oil and gas drilling, which have cost state coffers $2.4 billion since 2008, have gone unscathed at a time when legislators are looking to whack exemptions elsewhere.


Higher education, health care and solar and film tax credits all are on the chopping block amid Louisiana’s big budget crisis. Meanwhile, tax exemptions for oil and gas drilling, which have cost state coffers $2.4 billion since 2008, have gone unscathed. Next Monday, May 4, is Oil and Gas Industry Day at the State Capitol.

That has environmental activist and filmmaker Mike Stagg seething.

“If you’re getting $2.4 billion in severance tax exemptions and that’s not enough for you in an era when other people are getting cut… that’s greed,” said Stagg, a former gubernatorial and Congressional candidate from Lafayette.

Today, Stagg will release a documentary, Looting Louisiana, that shines new light on a series of legislative audits and revenue reports that sounded an alarm years ago about oil and gas tax collections and royalty payments.

It’s unclear how much revenue may have been lost, but Stagg pegged the amount at potentially “hundreds of millions of dollars” based on the legislative auditors’ finding that audits that had once flagged tens of millions of dollars in unpaid taxes each year all but stopped for a period of about three years.

Most eye-popping was the 2013 Legislative Auditor’s report that found a 99.8 percent drop in unpaid severance taxes identified via state tax audits between 2010 and 2012 – from $26 million to just over $40,000.

Meanwhile, the state collected significantly less in total severance taxes for oil and gas production on private lands, in spite of an explosion in shale gas drilling. In 2010, revenue from severance taxes fell by $154 million, a 17 percent decrease from the previous year.

What changed?

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Monday, November 10, 2014

CUE magazine on WWL-TV: Holiday jewelry

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 5:09 PM

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editor Missy Wilkinson appeared on the WWL-TV Eyewitness Morning News today with Laura Buchtel to talk about the latest issue of CUE (tucked inside this week's Gambit) and show off some jewelry perfect for the holidays (or for gifts). 


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Gambit TV: New denim trends for fall on WWL-TV

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 4:23 PM

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CUE editor Missy Wilkinson was on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today to talk with Laura Buchtel about new denim trends for fall.

Watch the segment, and pick up a copy of CUE in this week's edition of Gambit.


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

#BONO2014: Best of New Orleans issue and TV special

Posted By on Sat, Aug 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Gambit's Missy Wilkinson, left, and WWL-TV's Sheba Turk will host the Best of New Orleans on WWL Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. - WWL-TV
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  • Gambit's Missy Wilkinson, left, and WWL-TV's Sheba Turk will host the Best of New Orleans on WWL Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m.


The 2014 edition of Gambit's Best of New Orleans hits the streets Sunday, Aug. 24, and on Aug. 26, WWL-TV will air "Best of New Orleans," a half-hour special highlighting many of Gambit readers' bests of the year. The show will be hosted by WWL-TV's Sheba Turk and Gambit's Missy Wilkinson. 

Check it out — and pick up a copy of this year's Best of New Orleans where you pick up Gambit.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

CUE on WWL-TV: Back to school fashion under $100

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 5:08 PM

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CUE editor Missy Wilkinson appeared with Laura Buchtel on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today to show off the new issue issue of CUE (tucked into this week's Gambit) and talk about some back-to-school looks that cost less than $100 — head to toe. Pick up a copy or read the flip version online.


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Friday, June 27, 2014

WDSU-TV blacks out last hour of Today show cohosted by WWL-TV anchor

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Today host Hoda Kotb (left) hosted the show this morning with her best friend, WWL-TV's Karen Swensen, but the hour was blacked out on WDSU-TV in New Orleans. "WDSU does not enable the promotion of anchors on other local television stations through roles as hosts of programs on our television station," WDSU said in a statement.
  • Today host Hoda Kotb (left) hosted the show this morning with her best friend, WWL-TV's Karen Swensen, but the hour was blacked out on WDSU-TV in New Orleans. "WDSU does not enable the promotion of anchors on other local television stations through roles as hosts of programs on our television station," WDSU said in a statement.

The last hour of the Today show on NBC, a place for fluffy talk and copious day drinking, normally is hosted by former WWL-TV anchor and hometown favorite Hoda Kotb along with Kathie Lee Gifford — but with Gifford gone today, Kotb's cohost was her best friend: WWL-TV's Karen Swensen.

That was enough to get the hour pulled from WDSU-TV, which airs the Today show in New Orleans and is WWL's rival in the market.* In its place was a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show.

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