Friday, November 25, 2016

Editorial: Gambit ballot recommendations for the Dec. 10 runoff election

Posted By on Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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. On Dec. 10, the local ballot features a half-dozen important tax propositions — most of them renewals — and runoffs for U.S. Senate and mayor of Kenner. Early voting begins Sat. Nov. 26 and ends Sat. Nov. 3.

We previously endorsed Jefferson Parish Councilman Ben Zahn for mayor of Kenner. We still support him as he he faces Kenner City Councilman Gregory Carroll in the runoff. In the Senate primary, we recommended both Republican Congressman Charles Boustany and Democrat Caroline Fayard, neither of whom made the runoff. We make no further recommendation in that contest.

Meanwhile, we make the following recommendations on the ballot propositions in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish:

New Orleans voters will see two citywide propositions — a new 2.5-mill property tax increase for fire protection services and renewal of an existing property tax for drainage services. We support both propositions.

The fire protection proposition would yield nearly $9 million a year for 12 years, beginning next year, and would not be subject to the homestead exemption. Revenue from the tax will help pay for tens of millions of dollars in legal judgments the city owes firefighters and their pension fund. If voters reject this tax, the city will still have to pay the judgments — by cutting vital services elsewhere. We urge our readers in New Orleans to vote YES on the fire projection millage proposition.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Editorial: Our pledge to you

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM

President-elect Donald Trump. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
  • President-elect Donald Trump.

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. For now, we can only go by the man’s words and how they may affect Louisianans.

In the weeks and months to come, we will be keeping an eye on the following:

• The president-elect has promised to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but has provided few details. As of mid-November, more than 339,000 previously uninsured Louisianans are receiving health care through the ACA. We promise to outline their options and find out from doctors which screenings, tests and procedures they should get done now should the ACA go away — with a special focus on women's health care. (Meanwhile, the open enrollment period continues through the end of January; visit ldh.louisiana.gov.)

• The president-elect has made it clear that he does not believe in climate change and promises to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and key environmental protections. We promise to speak out for clean air, clean water and Louisiana’s fragile coast.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

President-elect Y@ Speak

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Election night. The night after. The night after that. And the week after that. America New Orleans, these are your tweets.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Winnas & Loozas of the fall 2016 election

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ clout was apparent in the elections, particularly his support of Democrat Foster Campbell in the U.S. Senate race. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards’ clout was apparent in the elections, particularly his support of Democrat Foster Campbell in the U.S. Senate race.

The acrimonious campaigns of 2016 set new lows even by Louisiana standards, but as always Election Day leaves in its wake a fresh set of political victors and vanquished. And because we love elections so much here in the Bayou State, we get to have one more before it’s all over — the U.S. Senate runoff Dec. 10.

That Senate showdown no doubt will have its share of fireworks, but in the end it isn’t expected to be close, which means it’s already time to take stock of the carnage. Herewith our post-election recap of Da Winnas and Da Loozas, starting with …

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hundreds rally, march against Trump for a second night in New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 10:20 PM

A Nov. 10 march ended at Lee Circle.
  • A Nov. 10 march ended at Lee Circle.

A second night of protests in New Orleans attracted hundreds of people marching through the French Quarter and organizing future protests and community action in the wake of Donald Trump's presidential election. A Nov. 9 march — in solidarity with thousands of other Americans in several U.S. cities the day after the election — attracted media scrutiny for graffiti and vandalism. The group at the Nov. 10 protest admonished the vandalism, which the group attributed to a handful of people who acted out of step with most of the protestors marching that night.

Tonight's march through the Quarter, including two passes down Bourbon Street, gained supporters (and a few middle fingers and boos) as it wound from Lee Circle and back with police escorts blocking traffic. One couple in Denver Broncos jerseys cheered the group as it passed the CBD, then joined in.

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The party and protest: Election Day and aftermath in New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 12:45 AM

Hillary Clinton, mounted to a box of tissues, at Twelve Mile Limit on Election Day.
  • Hillary Clinton, mounted to a box of tissues, at Twelve Mile Limit on Election Day.

On Nov. 4, 2008, a crowd spilled out of One Eyed Jacks and onto Toulouse Street. Inside, a shoulder-to-shoulder audience of a few hundred people watched, through tears, as then-President-elect Barack Obama embraced his family and Vice President-elect Joe Biden while DJ Soul Sister blasted Parliament.

On Nov. 8, 2016, on the dance floor at One Eyed Jacks, a dozen people quietly sat behind a few small tables. A few others stood at the bar. A screen above the stage ticked a few more electoral votes to Donald Trump. There were no cheers.

At 8 p.m., a crowd — in solidarity pantsuits, homemade "Nasty Woman" T-shirts and patches and pins — packed into Twelve Mile Limit in Mid-City, turned to CNN as early voting returns started painting the map. Boos for red states. Cheers for blue ones. Cheers for Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth's election to the Senate. Boos for Marco Rubio's reelection to the Senate in Florida.

Crowds across town gathered for watch parties as the polls closed, high off the momentum from voting and in the company of friends, comparing TV results with updates on Twitter. Less than 24 hours later, a Trump effigy burned at Lee Circle.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mayor Landrieu to Trump: "reconcile the divisive rhetoric" by reaching out to African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims and women

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 12:37 PM


Following Donald Trump's election to U.S. President and Hillary Clinton's concession speech, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu congratulated the president-elect and encouraged him "to reconcile the divisive rhetoric from this campaign" by reaching out to African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims and women. "One of the greatest aspects of our democracy is the peaceful transition of power," he said.

Landrieu also extended "sincere gratitude and appreciation" to Clinton "for her lifetime of sacrifice and service for our country. America is a stronger country because of her contributions."

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Trump elected U.S. president; Kennedy and Campbell headed for U.S. Senate runoff

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 2:05 AM

President-elect Donald Trump. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
  • President-elect Donald Trump.

Defying the majority of the polls during a long runoff election, Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States early this morning, when Hillary Clinton called the GOP nominee to concede the election.

At 1:50 a.m., Trump took the stage at his New York headquarters flanked by Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his family to announce it was time for “Americans to bind the wounds of division” and “come together as one united people.”  After an uncharacteristically brief speech, Trump left the stage to greet supporters, his wife Melania beaming at his side.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Y@ Speak: it's not over yet

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 6:32 PM

As we wade through the traditional Election Day Eve flooding to celebrate our right to swim to a voting booth, let's look back at the week before we finally, finally reached the presidential election. (If you missed some Halloween-y stuff, check last week's bonus edition.)

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New Orleans bars hosting parties for Election Night

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 10:07 AM


Tomorrow's a special day in America. It's the day when members of all political parties can unite over one thing: our shared joy that this miserable, fractious election season is coming to its merciful end. 

Toast the occasion  —  and for those of you without cable, catch televised coverage of the returns  —  at one of the venues listed below.

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