SOURCE: PUBLIC POLICY POLLING SURVEY OF 808 REGISTERED VOTERS, MARCH 10-12. THE ROLLOUT OF THE LONG-AWAITED REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE REFORM wasn't greeted well last week, according to a survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP).
Update: After Gambit went to press, it was announced President Donald Trump asked all remaining United States attorneys to resign, including U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite in New Orleans, who already gave notice.
Source: National Weather Service New Orleans. New orleans just experienced its warmest february on record, and the temperatures on Mardi Gras were no exception.
IN 1972, NATIVE NEW ORLEANIAN AL COPELAND opened a small fried chicken stand in Arabi. He later began franchising the restaurant, which he called Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and by the end of the 1980s there were hundreds of Popeyes outlets around the country.
Nearly 94 percent of New Orleans bus stops fail to meet the needs of disabled riders, and the city has until 2031 to update them. On Feb. 10, the city, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and its owner Transdev settled a lawsuit filed by three wheelchair users arguing the city's transit stops are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Source: National Weather Service New Orleans. The strongest recorded tornado in New Orleans history touched down Feb. 7 in New Orleans East, demolishing homes and businesses.
Source: Gov. John Bel Edwards' office. The state Legislature is expected to go into special session this week to deal with the latest crisis to hit Louisiana coffers — a midyear budget deficit of more than $300 million.
Source: Kevin Donahue, deputy mayor of the
District of Columbia While the National Park Service originally had expected 200,000 people for the march, the number ended up being more than double that, according to several sources.
(Source: Tulane City Center) Following the debate over expiring tax credits at the American Can Apartments and how to maintain housing for low- and middle-income renters who depend on the affordability of those units, housing advocacy groups say there likely are more debates to come.
In a report looking at New Orleans' "user-pay" criminal justice system, the Vera Institute of Justice found a wildly disproportionate bail system that significantly affects poor black New Orleanians and costs taxpayers millions of dollars. January's "Past Due: Examining the Costs and Consequences of Charging for Justice in New Orleans" found that on any given day in 2015, 558 people were jailed because they couldn't make bail or pay fines and fees.
Louisiana is one of only five states with no minimum wage law of its own, observing only the $7.25 federal minimum wage for non-tipped workers. (Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee are the other four.)
Source: Jeff Asher, Crimealytics (www.nolacrimenews.com) 2016 will be remembered as yet another bloody year in New Orleans, with the most gunshot victims since 2011, according to crime analyst Jeff Asher.