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Whew, what a seriously researched and documented story - objective, informative, comprehensive, and respectful. This woman got her own literary bounce going, from the sweaty clubs off the beaten path right up to the surface of Gambit's entertainment pages. Awesome work.
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Last year's Rising Tide covered politics, police and racial tensions, the Macondo well blowout, the Louisiana levee system and the first year series of Treme. Way good enough for me to pack my bag again and head here from Boston.
My hat is off to you, Kandace, for posting this little silver lining in the cloud of phobic disconnecto-maniacs, some of whom may be us. Maybe another bit of social etiquette would be for both parties to place their phones on the table, look deep into each other's eyes, and hit the OFF button simultaneously. Getting off in public, who knew it could be so much fun.
Landry's idea is in line with a practice that began in my home state of Massachusetts - gerrymandering (first devised by MA Gov Eldridge Gerry in 1812). The two principles of his plan involved 'cracking' and 'packing.' 'Packing' a district worked by strengthening its voice into one district rather than have it distributed over several.
'Cracking' a district spread voters of a particular inclination over more than one district to minimize those voter's electoral power.
It sounds like Congressman Landry's proposal packs and cracks. Judging by the ongoing tardiness of our government's dealing with post-spill and post- Katrina ravages, coastal Louisiana would be better served by maximizing voices in Congress.
But, this doesn't get citizen and community groups off the hook. Most political change bubbles up from the bottom. The coastal towns and parishes need to find ways to keep that pot boiling and the smell of the still unfinished business in the noses of people they vote for, write to, petition, and hector.
Chief Serpas unequivocally stated his 'you lie, you die' at the 5th Annual Rising Tide New Media Conference I attended in August. His credibility, and his standing in the black community, hangs in the balance of his decision re the officers who lied but were not charged or acquitted.
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