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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Editorial: Anybody here seen our old friend John (Kennedy)?

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Sen. John Neely Kennedy. - CREATIVE COMMONS/TAMMY ANTHONY BAKER
  • CREATIVE COMMONS/TAMMY ANTHONY BAKER
  • Sen. John Neely Kennedy.

Shortly after taking office in January, U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy told The New York Times, “There’s this feeling among many in America that it’s harder than ever to get ahead in our country, that it’s easier than ever to do nothing. There’s a feeling that the people in Washington don’t listen and they don’t care. ... And they want something done about it. They’re entitled to be listened to and heard.”

We agree, which is why we’re puzzled that it’s so difficult for constituents to catch Kennedy’s ear these days. Consider this:
During Senate recesses in February and April, Kennedy held no town hall meetings in Louisiana — unlike Sen. Bill Cassidy, who met constituents (and braved some fury) in Metairie in February. Unhappy with Kennedy’s seeming unwillingness to meet the public, constituents held a protest on the steps of the Hale Boggs Federal Building in March (with Kennedy’s face on a “missing” milk carton) and another in April at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, where voters asked questions of an effigy of the senator. A similar gathering was held in Baton Rouge on the LSU campus that month.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

New York Times mentions Mitch Landrieu as a possible Democratic contender for president in 2020

Posted By on Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 11:06 PM

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President Landrieu?

In a story tonight, The New York Times examines the Democratic heavy hitters who may be lining up to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in 2020 — former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — before looking at the undercard:
Competing against the Democrats’ senior cohort is a large and relatively shapeless set of younger candidates who span the ideological spectrum: governors, senators, mayors, wealthy executives and even members of the House.
Among them: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu:

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Consent decree or not, NOPD Chief Harrison wants "fair, constitutional policing"

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison: "I remain committed and every member of my team remains committed to police reform." - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison: "I remain committed and every member of my team remains committed to police reform."

In a recent memo to the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered an “immediate review” of all department activities, including all existing and planned consent decrees with law enforcement agencies. “Local control and local accountability are necessary for local policing,” Sessions wrote. “It is not the role of the federal government to manage non-federal law agencies.”

Since 2009, according to The Washington Post, the department has opened 25 investigations into law enforcement agencies and enforced 14 consent decrees, among other agreements, in the wake of civil rights violations and corruption in police departments around the U.S. Those agreements include consent decrees with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, overseen by U.S. District Judge Lance Africk, and New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), overseen by U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan. Since 2013, DOJ reforms within NOPD — detailed in nearly 500 points on more than 100 pages — aim to overhaul nearly everything within the department, from anti-bias measures and profiling to how officers handle domestic violence cases, efforts to ensure “constitutional policing” across the board.

Former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite — who was asked to leave his post even after he submitted his resignation as President Donald Trump cleaned house — said Sessions’ memo isn’t enough to end the agreements. “Not sure if Sessions knows this,” Polite said on Twitter, “but he can't stop Judges Africk and Morgan from ensuring that our NOLA consent decrees move forward.”

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nancy Pelosi to join Landrieu in New Orleans April 1

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 6:44 PM

A 2009 file photo of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi at a press conference regarding health care.
  • A 2009 file photo of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi at a press conference regarding health care.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will join Mayor Mitch Landrieu in New Orleans on Saturday to tour the Daughters of Charity Health Center, Landrieu's office has announced.

Pelosi and Landrieu will hold a roundtable discussion in the morning with local residents who have benefited from the expansion of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), along with area health care providers.

Like Landrieu, Pelosi has been a staunch supporter of the ACA.
Location Details Daughters of Charity
Daughters of Charity
3201 S. Carrollton Ave.
Carrollton/Riverbend/University
New Orleans, LA
Community Center

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Editorial: These Louisiana politicians just sold out your online privacy

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 12:28 PM

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While the chatter in Washington D.C. last week focused on the failed GOP health care plan to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, a much quieter — but equally egregious — repeal-and-replace bill moved through the U.S. Senate along party lines. By a 50-48 vote, Senate Republicans overturned internet privacy laws adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the last days of President Barack Obama’s administration. On March 28, the House of Representatives voted 215-205 to follow the Senate’s lead, and President Donald Trump has indicated he will sign the measure.

What does this mean for you? Simply put, your internet service provider now may legally track your every online move, collect the data, and sell it — including financial and health information, location and other data.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Y@ Speak: briefly

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Before we enter the fifth season (Festival), we prepare the trinity: Disaster capitalism, football stuff and Ken Polite dancing his way out of court. Also this week: Most of New Orleans didn't vote, and Louisiana's members of Congress were first in line to console the president.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Editorial: 'Obamacare sucks'? No, what really sucks is ...

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 12:01 PM

At a town hall in Metairie last month, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy attempted to explain his proposed alternative to the Affordable Care Act, which he called the "Patient Freedom Act." This week, he expressed disappointment with the GOP's proposed American Health Care Act, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 14 million next year. - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • At a town hall in Metairie last month, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy attempted to explain his proposed alternative to the Affordable Care Act, which he called the "Patient Freedom Act." This week, he expressed disappointment with the GOP's proposed American Health Care Act, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 14 million next year.


“I don’t mean any disrespect, but Obamacare sucks,” said U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy last fall, back when he was making folksy commercials to promote his Senate candidacy.

Of course, not having health insurance sucks, too. Receiving health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Medicaid expansion, only to have it snatched away? Sucks. Massive premium hikes for the elderly? Sucks. Not getting the health care you need, being forced to use emergency rooms for basic treatment, and having to choose bankruptcy if you want to stay alive? Sucks. Sucks. Sucks.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Rep. Cedric Richmond to Trump: "act quickly" for emergency relief

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 3:10 PM

CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond is urging President Donald Trump to act quickly following  devastating tornados that damaged hundreds of homes in New Orleans East Feb. 7. Trump's only public response to the disaster this week came from the @POTUS account: "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in southeastern Louisiana affected by today's severe tornadoes." His more-active personal account hasn't mentioned it.

Gov. John Bel Edwards — also lobbying in Washington D.C. for more flood relief in the wake of August flooding (which Trump visited) — is requesting a federal emergency declaration, which would activate FEMA Individual and Public Assistance for New Orleans. Currently, a network of city and state agencies and nonprofit organizations are assessing damages, offering temporary shelter and serving meals. Edwards declared a state of emergency Feb. 7. In a letter to Trump, Richmond writes that a FEMA activation is "absolutely essential to the recovery of the men and women who live in this important New Orleans community."

"Declaring a disaster for the people of Orleans Parish would show that you are serious about your commitment to be a president for all people and fulfill the promise you made in August to be there for the people of Louisiana when they are in need after a disaster," Richmond said.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Congressman Breesus? U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham volunteers to chair Drew Brees' (as yet nonexistent) political campaign

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 2:19 PM

Congressman Breesus? - CREATIVE COMMONS/ARNIE PAPP
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  • Congressman Breesus?

U.S. Sen. Drew Brees? Louisiana State Rep. Drew Brees?

Gov. No. 9?

Congressman Breesus?

For years now, there's been speculation that the New Orleans Saints quarterback might be interested in a post-football career that consists of something besides repping sandwiches for a guy who would do something like this a well-known sandwich chain. TMZ Sports asked Brees this morning about the possibility of a political career, and here's what No. 9 said:
"It won't be the first thing I do. But I'm not gonna rule it out."

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Y@ Speak: banned

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM

From "sanctuary cities" to "extreme vetting," New Orleans responds to Week One in the Trump Era.

Also: a new surveillance plan and "3 a.m." rule, King Cake Baby leans into the whole "giant monster" thing, and Jazz Fest flips its "people complaining about Jazz Fest" switch.

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