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.

Commentary: December 2016 ballot propositions

While the rest of America prepares for a (hopefully) peaceful holiday season after a divisive, often toxic election season, Louisiana has one more Election Day left.

Commentary: Trump, and our pledge to you

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.

Commentary: Blue.

"A little blue dot in a big red state." That's a description often applied to Austin, Texas by national politicos, but it's just as applicable to New Orleans.

Commentary: A debacle of a debate

Last week's U.S. Senate debate, sponsored by Raycom Media and staged in the rented Georges Auditorium at Dillard University, was a disservice to everyone concerned — the students and faculty at Dillard, the serious candidates and the public. Not just because of the inclusion of former KKK leader, neo-Nazi and convicted swindler David Duke, but also because of the exclusion of on-campus voices that will matter long after Duke returns to fleecing haters on the world's fringes.

Commentary: Our “activist” attorney general

Louisiana voters elected Jeff Landry attorney general last year, but he seems to think he won the governor's race. Landry has spent his first year as AG be- having as though he's running the state with — or against — Gov. John Bel Edwards.


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