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  • On the road again: Gov. Bobby Jindal hit the campaign trail — yet again — last week, to make a presidential pit stop in Iowa for a Mitt Romney event and to deliver a speech at the Scott County Republican Party's Ronald Reagan Dinner. Jindal also appeared at Florida's First Coast Women's Services Pro-Life Dinner and Fundraiser before returning to Louisiana on Oct. 25. ...

  • Gutted: Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced plans last week to abolish 11 city boards and commissions, with plans to downsize or restructure several others, including the Sewerage & Water Board. New Orleans Affordable Home Ownership (NOAH) is the highest profile board to be eliminated. NOAH was subject of a post-Katrina scandal when contractors paid by the Nagin Administration reportedly never did the work. Landrieu's cuts amount to a 17 percent cut in the 66 city-created boards. ...

  • Taxi tantrums: Following the city's press conference preceding the 100-days-out marker for the 2013 Super Bowl, dozens of taxis descended on Poydras Street to protest the city's required upgrades of all city-licensed cabs. The upgrades include replacing older fleets and installing credit card machines and GPS devices. Taxi drivers say compliance with the new rules takes more time than the city is allowing. "We are well on our way to being 100 percent ready for the Super Bowl as it comes," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "I'm sorry you feel disgruntled," the mayor told the cabbies at the press conference, adding the upgrades are to bring New Orleans cabs up to what's standard in other cities. Cab drivers demanded an extension period to fully implement the changes.

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