2014: the good, the bad, the weird

Every year at this time, we look back at the year in metro New Orleans — the good, the bad and the just plain weird occurrences that make living in the Crescent City so interesting.   Politically, 2014 was a transitional year, even though it began with a foregone conclusion: the February re-election of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who carried nearly two-thirds of the vote against several challengers.

'Giving up on the South'

Mary Landrieu's loss to Bill Cassidy in the Dec. 6 runoff will leave the Deep South without a Democratic U.S. senator for the first time in several generations. It also puts Landrieu's seat in Republican hands for the first time since 1883.

City Council’s proposed smoke free ordinance

Smoking likely will be banned in New Orleans bars eventually, and if New Orleans City Councilwomen LaToya Cantrell and Susan Guidry have their way, that day will come sooner rather than later — early in 2015, in fact. Last month, Cantrell presented the first draft of an anti-smoking ordinance that she plans to introduce in the coming months.

Not the time to remain 'neutral'

The concept of "net neutrality" has been around for a while, and it's one that today's Internet users pretty much take for granted. It boils down to two principles: Internet users should be free to visit any (legal) websites they like, and Internet service providers (ISPs) should provide equal service to every legal website.

Early voting: Your right

Early voting for Louisiana's Dec. 6 runoff election concludes this week on Saturday, Nov. 29. There is no voting on Thursday, Nov. 27, or Friday, Nov. 28, in honor of Thanksgiving.

The December 6 ballot

Voters across Louisiana will go back to the polls starting Saturday, Nov. 22, to decide local and statewide runoffs. The local ballot also includes some important propositions.

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