Clancy DuBos: S&WB needs accountability and transparency

We should seriously consider making S&WB a city department under the mayor and council
This may sound like heresy to "reformers" who want to depoliticize everything, but I think we should seriously consider making S&WB a city department under the mayor and council. The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board (S&WB) hasn't come under this much scrutiny in at least a generation.

Clancy DuBos: Gov. Edwards' tactical pivot

By engaging directly with business leaders, Edwards is flanking two of his biggest adversaries
Less than a month after throwing down a fiscal gauntlet to House Republican leaders, Gov. John Bel Edwards has tacked toward Louisiana business leaders in an effort to address the so-called "fiscal cliff" of 2018 — and possibly start a meaningful statewide conversation about long-term tax and budget reform.   That's a significant — and tactical — pivot by the governor.

Clancy DuBos: In Jefferson, war is here

Recent moves in Jefferson Parish may trigger another era of political warfare
Things are rarely dull in Jefferson Parish politics. I still recall the factional wars of the 1980s and early '90s between then-District Attorney John Mamoulides and then-Assessor Lawrence Chehardy.

Clancy DuBos: Edwards calls conservatives' bluff

What’s needed is leadership, not brinkmanship
If you talk to conservative state lawmakers and business leaders in Louisiana, they'll tell you there's no "appetite" for fiscal reform. They all know what fiscal reform looks like, they just don't see a way to get from where Louisiana is today to where it needs to be in the future, or even next year.

Forward New Orleans: Holding candidates accountable

A coalition of civic and business groups sets a broad agenda
Candidates who qualified to run for public office in the Oct. 14 citywide primary now have slightly less than three months to get their messages out to voters. The competition will be fierce, particularly in the contests for mayor and City Council.

Clancy DuBos: The pendulum effect

In selecting New Orleans' next mayor, voters will decided which way the pendulum will swing — and along what axis
While no one can say with certainty who New Orleans' next mayor will be, history offers some insights worth noting. For example, we tend to elect young mayors when there's no incumbent running.

Clancy DuBos: First, do no harm

The question Cassidy and Kennedy must answer on health care is, "Whom do you represent?"
Louisiana's Republican U.S. Sens. John Neely Kennedy and Bill Cassidy soon must decide how they want to be remembered by future generations: as partisan hacks who put their party ahead of their constituents, or as courageous independents who sought to end America's bitter political divide.   That's what's at stake when the two men vote on the GOP's latest health care reform bill.

Clancy DuBos: A familiar but unique scenario

The 2017 mayor's race draws parallels to the Nagin campaign
No two elections are alike, but this year's race for mayor of New Orleans reminds me (so far) of the 2002 mayor's race. Ray Nagin won that contest, but don't panic.

Clancy DuBos: Free speech vs. politics as usual

A legal issue in Kenner pits free speech against citizens' desire to depoliticize the workforce
A recent federal lawsuit filed by a dozen unclassified Kenner city employees raises very interesting legal and political questions. The suit seeks to overturn a Kenner city charter amendment barring "political activity" in Kenner city elections by unclassified (read: politically appointed) City Hall employees.

Clancy DuBos presents Da Winnas and Da Loozas of 2017's Louisiana Legislature

The annual review recaps this year's legislative session
The partisan divide in the Louisiana Legislature is more palpable than ever, especially in the House of Representatives. Whether you call it Washington-style politics or something else, there's no denying that the days of lawmakers putting their differences aside and getting along on a personal level are fading fast.

Clancy DuBos: A force of nature — remembering Nancy Marsiglia

Activist Nancy Marsiglia died May 30 at age 64
We all like to think we're going to leave the world a better place, but only a few can truly be said to have enriched an entire community. Civic and political activist Nancy Marsiglia was among those few.

Clancy DuBos: The lion who never roared

Bill Broadhurst died May 22 at 77
The lion who never roared. Attorney, political consultant and lobbyist Bill Broadhurst was the ultimate insider.


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