Commentary: Troy Brown got off easy

If domestic abuse isn't a bipartisan issue, what is? Despite two domestic abuse arrests in the last 15 months — and two convictions on misdemeanor charges related to those arrests — state Sen. Troy Brown refused to step down until Thursday, Feb. 16.

Commentary: It's Carnival time!

Best advice? Don't break any laws at Mardi Gras
Every year, GAMBIT reviews Mardi Gras rules, laws and customs — for veteran Carnival-goers and newbies alike. This year, there's a big change that affects just about everyone celebrating on the East Bank of New Orleans: The first weekend of Carnival festivities (this year, Feb. 17-19), traditionally a warm-up to the big weekend and Fat Tuesday (Feb. 28), also will see the NBA All-Star Game in the Smoothie King Center on Feb. 19, with attendant events taking place all weekend long.

Commentary: A bludgeon of a policy

Trump made clear the hasty implementation of the immigration ban was a feature rather than a flaw
President Donald Trump's executive order imposing an immediate rewrite of U.S. immigration law produced expected results: chaos, protests and loud cheers from his base. Trump made clear the hasty implementation was a feature rather than a flaw: "If the ban were announced with a one-week notice," he tweeted, "the 'bad' would rush into our country during that week.

Commentary: Just the facts

They may believe “alternative facts,” but it doesn’t make them true
"You're saying it's a falsehood. And they're giving — Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts."

Commentary: Deficits and the common good

The latest news out of Baton Rouge reminds all Louisianans that our state remains mired in a cycle of structural deficits — a term used by Moody's Investors Service to describe former Gov. Bobby Jindal's irresponsible fiscal practices. In addition to a deficit from fiscal year 2016 (the first half of which occurred on Jindal's watch and all of which reflects a budget adopted by the GOP-controlled Legislature), Louisiana is running a deficit of $304 million in the current fiscal year.

Commentary: Attorney General Barney Fife

AG Jeff Landry's law enforcement campaign is clearly designed to get him more headlines than arrests
In a classic episode of The Andy Griffith Show, Sheriff Andy Taylor leaves town for the day, turning law enforcement over to his hapless, preening deputy Barney Fife. When Andy returns, he finds Barney has arrested half the town on charges such as "unlawful assembly" (Aunt Bee gossiping with friends outside the courthouse) and expects praise for cracking down on crime in Mayberry.

Commentary: A violent start

Fourteen hours and 22 minutes. That's how long New Orleans was into 2017 before it had its first murder, when someone shot a Mid-City man to death in his front yard on New Year's Day.

Commentary: Gambit’s 2017 resolutions for others

Each year, it's our custom to make New Year's resolutions — for others. Herewith our 2017 suggestions. Happy New Year, everyone!

Commentary: 2016’s highs and lows

In some ways, New Orleanians (and Louisianans) will end 2016 the same way we began it. No hurricanes hit Louisiana or the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the controversial Confederate monuments still stand, and the state Legislature is eying a special session to deal with a projected nine- figure budget deficit.

Commentary: Ignite for change in 2017

Louisiana consistently ranks at the bottom on women's issues — including pay disparity, medical access, health outcomes and job opportunities. A 2013 study of women's issues by the Center for American Progress put Louisiana last among the 50 states.

Commentary: regulating short-term rentals

To hear City Hall tell it, New Orleans is the first city in the world to bring the short-term rental (STR) service Airbnb and others like it to heel. Though Airbnb has been operating in New Orleans for years — completely against city ordinances — enforcement has been nearly nonexistent.

Commentary: Vote on December 10

While the rest of America is done with elections for this year, voters across Louisiana will head to the polls one more time this Saturday, Dec. 10, to elect a new U.S. Senator. Locally, voters in Orleans and Jefferson parishes also will decide the fate of a half-dozen important ballot propositions.


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