Clancy DuBos: Edmonson's epic fall

The Louisiana State Police deserves better than his legacy of corruption and lies
Former state police Col. Mike Edmonson seems to generate scandals faster than troopers write speeding tickets. His epic fall from grace after nine years as the state's Top Cop has tainted a long-respected agency that deserved better than his legacy of petty corruption and lies.

Clancy DuBos: Time now to... wait

Cantrell's credit cards and what to expect in the next six months
The six-month transition period between LaToya Cantrell's election as mayor and her May 2018 inauguration didn't begin to make sense until the City Council's credit card debacle became the subject of a state audit and at least one criminal investigation.   Now, at least, we may all get a clear picture before Inauguration Day of exactly what Cantrell and her council colleagues did — and whether any of their expenditures constituted criminal acts or merely inconsistent adherence to a policy that was not regularly enforced.

Clancy DuBos: Da Winnas and Da Loozas of 2017 elections

Citywide elections changed the landscape of local politics
The 2017 citywide elections were a watershed moment in New Orleans politics. We got our first woman mayor, which was a foregone conclusion, and our first Asian and Hispanic council members (the latter of whom was elected in the primary).

Clancy DuBos: A watershed election in New Orleans

Hurricane Katrina flipped the political script from a top-down to a bottom-up template
Although the 2017 mayoral election gave us a painfully uninspiring field of candidates, it still produced a political watershed in several ways. Here are my takeaways one day before the election, assuming LaToya Cantrell (pictured) wins easily, as suggested by every poll.

Clancy DuBos: What's in their wallets?

It would be wise for members of the New Orleans City Council to pay closer attention
The 2017 mayoral runoff has not fostered much enthusiasm among New Orleans voters, but at least it dredged up an issue that could stir voters' passions in the election's aftermath: City Council members' liberal use of taxpayer-funded credit cards.   District B Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell's profligate charges on her city-issued card have become the dominant issue since the Oct. 14 primary, which Cantrell led with 39 percent of the vote.

Clancy DuBos: 'Tuft love' vs. 'the card shark'

Desiree Charbonnet and LaToya Cantrell face off on spending
The runoff for mayor of New Orleans has quickly devolved into a finger-pointing contest over who misspent the most public money the most egregiously. Spending taxpayer dollars prudently (and legally) is always a relevant issue, particularly now that finances are one of the few things not broken at City Hall.

Clancy DuBos: Attacking? Best not miss

In the New Orleans mayoral primary, a lot of misses and a bit of overkill
If the PAC's aim was to knock Charbonnet out of the running, it failed. She lost her frontrunner status, trailing LaToya Cantrell by more than 8 percentage points in the Oct. 14 primary, but she easily beat Uptown favorite Michael Bagneris.

Clancy DuBos: A small step toward fiscal reform?

Could a bipartisan effort on criminal justice be a template for fiscal reform in 2018?
Sales taxes have been a temporary measure to keep the state budget in balance, but that may not be an option any longer. One of the main reasons, if not THE main reason, state lawmakers have failed to enact fiscal reform is that they approach the topic the way opposing teams approach a football.

Clancy DuBos: Pay attention to the City Council races

The next council will hold the city's purse strings and question every proposal from the new administration
As we enter the final week of the citywide elections, voters are getting bombarded by messages from candidates and third-party committees. Hopefully, that will translate into increased voter interest and higher voter turnout.

Clancy DuBos: For once, history is no guide

Attacks against Charbonnet in an election cycle that offers no hints of what's to come
New Orleans voters are on the verge of making history. We'll likely elect our first woman mayor or, for the first time in more than a century, our first new mayor over the age of 65.

Clancy DuBos: Inspire the candidates!

If the candidates aren’t inspiring voters, maybe voters should inspire the candidates
We're now less than two weeks away from early voting in the New Orleans citywide elections, and so far no mayoral candidate has captured voters' imagination or articulated a message that resonates. In fact, most voters' reaction to the field of would-be mayors is a collective yawn.

Clancy DuBos: Landrieu's to-do list

It gets longer each passing week
Mayor Mitch Landrieu no doubt was hoping his last few months in office would be a cakewalk, if not a victory lap. That is not to be.


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