Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Orleans officials prepare for Tropical Storm Cindy

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM


Tropical Storm Cindy — formerly Tropical Cyclone 3 — has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is headed toward Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is prepared for a "major weather event," including street flooding and up to 12 inches of rain from Tuesday through Wednesday. Tropical storm-like conditions are expected later Tuesday and the storm is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking at City Hall before the storm was named, Ken Graham with the National Weather Service said a shift in direction could change its impact. He urged residents not to focus on the "cone," which is just west of New Orleans. The storm still could bring significant rain and street flooding to the area. New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison urged drivers to stay off the road, if possible.

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Smokehouse Grill open in Bucktown

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 10:33 AM

Smokehouse Grill, a new restaurant in Bucktown, is now open. - COURTESY SMOKEHOUSE GRILL
  • Smokehouse Grill, a new restaurant in Bucktown, is now open.

Smokehouse Grill (200 Metairie Hammond Highway, 504-252-4797), a new barbecue and grill restaurant, opened in late May on the edge of Bucktown.

Owners Brandon Herty Arnold and chef Joe Rouchon met while working at New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co.

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Brewsday Tuesday: New beers at local taprooms

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The chalkboard menu at Wayward Owl's taproom offers an array of choices. - MARK BURLET
  • Mark Burlet
  • The chalkboard menu at Wayward Owl's taproom offers an array of choices.

Brewery taprooms have plenty of benefits for brewers and visitors alike. Some breweries have dozens of taps in their taprooms, offering greater variety than at many pubs. Brewers also can serve beers that have not hit the broader market to gauge interest or experiment with different versions of a beer.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Y@ Speak: thoughts and prayers edition

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 6:25 PM

Twitter reacts to the shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Legislature closes out the very special limited edition ultra-rare super exclusive session, and New Orleans endures chin straps, cement, and Sidney Torres.

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As Senate quietly drafts health care bill, Louisiana senators remain mum on its contents

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 5:00 PM

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy at a February town hall, where constituents peppered him with questions on health care. - CHERYL GERBER
  • U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy at a February town hall, where constituents peppered him with questions on health care.

In March, a group of doctors and nurses — some in scrubs and lab coats — second-lined their way down Basin Street, rallying behind the imperiled Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. There were demonstrations at congressional offices and die-ins; many citizens came forward to tell their personal health stories and explain their opposition to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the legislation meant to repeal Obamacare that passed the House May 4.

In recent weeks, and as the bill has passed to the Senate for revision and consideration, the ruckus has died down somewhat. But it's not because lawmakers have crafted a bill that appeases the public. Rather, the Senate has offered an unusual lack of information about the drafting of the bill, in a process some observers think was designed to chill public outcry. To date, no public hearings on the bill have been held or scheduled, and as reported by The New York Times, CNN and Vox, even some Republican senators aren't sure what's in it.

Speaking to CNN, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) expressed her confusion — and frustration.

"I have no idea if we even have a bill," she said. "I learned more from you all in this conversation that there may have, in fact, have been [a draft bill] submitted to CBO (Congressional Budget Office), but if that's the case, I don't know what it is nor what it says."

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Free screenings of Italian horror classics tonight on Frenchmen Street

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 2:41 PM

Cemetery Man
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NOLA Horror Film Fest and Creepy Fest present a "Monday Night Massacre" double feature of classic Italian horror movies tonight, June 19 at 8 p.m. at Rare Form (405 Frenchmen St.). A cemetery caretaker fends off zombies in Michele Soavi's 1994 Cemetery Man. Dario Argento's 1982 Tenebre stars Anthony Franciosa as an American author who becomes involved in the search for a serial killer who may have been inspired by one of his novels. The screenings are free and open to the public. More info here.

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After Wednesday's State of the City, ask questions of the mayor at forum

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 11:05 AM

  • Mitch Landrieu.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu will deliver his annual State of the City address Wednesday, but later that day he'll be taking questions at a forum hosted by the civic group Engage NOLA. The forum will be held at the New Orleans Jazz Market from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21.
Landrieu is nearing the end of his mayoralty, and the event, according to organizers, will be "about the legacy of his administration, its accomplishments and work left undone, and what community members should consider in evaluating the candidates vying to fill his shoes and tackle the City’s endemic problems."

It's not a totally open forum — the event page promises "a facilitated discussion where participants may submit questions which will be vetted by event volunteers." WWL-TV's Sheba Turk will moderate. Admission is free with RSVP.

Engage NOLA will hold "networking hours" in the bar before and after the event (5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-9 p.m.)
Location Details Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market
1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Central City
New Orleans, LA
(504) 371-5849

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Gambit's Digital Edition, June 20, 2017

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

New Orleans mayoral candidates Bagneris and Cantrell discuss minimum wage, law enforcement

Posted By on Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 3:35 PM

LaToya Cantrell and Michael Bagneris fielded questions from progressive group Indivisible NOLA.
  • LaToya Cantrell and Michael Bagneris fielded questions from progressive group Indivisible NOLA.

New Orleans mayoral candidates Michael Bagneris and LaToya Cantrell found a lot of common ground at a forum hosted by progressive group Indivisible NOLA, broadly covering wage inequity, immigration, racial justice, homelessness, substance abuse and mental health services, among other issues. Another announced candidate, Civil District Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet, also was invited to the forum but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. But the invitation-only event was this year's candidates' first large public introductions before qualifying begins.

Candidates sat in front of an orange Black Lives Matter banner at First Unitarian Universalist Church at Jefferson and Claiborne avenues June 17, fielding questions from event moderators, Indivisible members and members of the roughly 300 people in attendance.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Hill: 'Meet Mitch Landrieu, the 2020 dark-horse Dem'

Posted By on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 3:22 PM

The Hill is talking up Mayor Mitch Landrieu's chances for the presidency in 2020.
  • The Hill is talking up Mayor Mitch Landrieu's chances for the presidency in 2020.

Though he's said he has no interest in running for President in 2020, the national media just won't seem to leave Mayor Mitch Landrieu alone.

First it was The New York Times, then Chuck Todd on Meet the Press — and now The Hill is bandying about the Landrieu name in highly flattering terms, saying that unnamed "Democrats say Landrieu and other non-establishment politicians like him could be the future of the party."

It's a confusing (if highly flattering) piece — after calling Landrieu a "non-establishment" politician, it goes on to stress the Landrieu family's longtime political bona fides. The Hill also states "Landrieu would have success in appealing to progressives. He sought to curb violence by pushing gun safety laws last year. 'We are not going to stop until we change a culture of violence to a culture of peace,' he said at the signing of the city's gun ordinances" — without mentioning that violent crime is spiking in New Orleans right now.

Perhaps the most reasonable voice in Amie Parnes' profile is that of veteran political pollster Dr. Ed Chernevak:
Ed Chervenak, a professor of politics at the University of New Orleans, said that while Landrieu has “turned the city around and moved it forward,” his presidential prospects for 2020 seem like a long shot. “It’s hard to see the leap from mayor,” Chervenak said. 
Read the whole thing. (And skip the comments.)

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