Commentary: Our endorsements in March 24 elections

Endorsements for Jefferson Parish sheriff, Kenner mayor and state representative
Early voting for the March 24 primary in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish has already begun and will continue through Saturday, March 17. Turnout is projected to be low, even though some very important elections are on the ballot.

Commentary: The best of states, the worst of states

The special legislative session has been marked by sniping, finger-pointing, talking points and impasses
Louisiana is accustomed to finishing at or near the bottom of "Best States" lists, but to come in dead last — for the second year in a row — in U.S. News & World Report's rankings clearly rankled Gov. John Bel Edwards. Edwards' communications director, Shauna Sanford, characterized the data gathered as "grossly outdated information that in no way accurately reflects the current gains being made throughout our state, especially in the areas of health care and education."

Commentary: Listen to the survivors

Our elected leaders should stop listening to the NRA and start listening to the survivors
The murders of 17 people during a school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14 has renewed America's national debate over gun laws. After similar tragedies in recent years, that debate yielded nothing of substance, but this time things are different.

Commentary: New Orleans needs local power

The City Council must make sure the city has access to a local source of power at peak times
The New Orleans City Council soon will decide whether to allow the local Entergy affiliate to build a new electric power plant in New Orleans East. The proposed "peaking plant" would provide New Orleanians with immediate power during periods of greatest demand — on the hottest days of summer, during hard freezes and after severe weather events such as hurricanes.

Commentary: Every man a king, every homeowner a hotelier

New Orleans' short-term rental ordinance needs change, not expansion
When the New Orleans City Council came up with a comprehensive policy on short-term rentals (STRs) in 2016, both the council and the STR industry hailed it as a landmark agreement. The new regulations called for Airbnb and similar STR services to share data with the city to expedite licenses (and collect fees), and it put the French Quarter off limits to STRs.

Commentary: Cruising through Carnival

It's time to restore the 'public' to public space
We're squarely in the middle of Mardi Gras season — the best time of the year in New Orleans. The streets will be packed with Carnival veterans and thousands of newbies, marveling at the greatest party in the world: its color, its music and its sheer scope.

Commentary: Lawmakers, get to it

Lawmakers don’t have to like Edwards’ proposals, but finger-pointing and blame-dodging are not among their duties
Gov. John Bel Edwards proposed a dire state operating budget on Jan. 22. Faced with almost $1 billion in expiring taxes, the governor proposed gutting the TOPS college scholarship program by 80 percent, cutting an additional $25.6 million in direct state aid to higher education, and slashing nearly half a billion dollars from the state's already-strapped Department of Health & Hospitals.

Commentary: Rick Scott, Florida's Bobby Jindal

Given Scott’s affinity for all things Jindal, it’s rich that he would come to Louisiana to try to score political points
Louisianans are used to their politicians stunting to advance themselves, but last week we got something different: an out-of-state pol coming to Louisiana to pull a stunt he hoped would advance his career. Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott came to New Orleans on what he called a "trade mission" to entice local businesses to relocate to Florida, which he says is a more business-friendly state.

Commentary: Delay needed on New Orleans ABO camera ordinance

The plan raises a numer of questions, none of which are answered in the ordinance
Last week, the New Orleans City Council rightly deferred consideration of a controversial proposed ordinance that would require every alcoholic beverage outlet (ABO) in town to install cameras and provide 24-7 live feeds to the city's new Real Time Crime Monitoring Center. Many questions and concerns have arisen about the proposal, which is the brainchild of Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Commentary: Second chances

On Derrick Shepherd's self-serving contrivances
Doesn't every ex-offen-der deserve a second chance? That's what former state Sen. Derrick Shepherd wants to know — especially as applied to himself.

Commentary: Here's to 2018

Gambit's annual list of resolutions for others
  I, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, make two resolutions: first, to provide a smooth transfer of power to Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, including not spending a disproportionate amount of the 2018 city budget; and second, to give citizens a specific plan for relocating and placing into proper historical context — as I promised several years ago — the controversial Confederate monuments.   I, Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, resolve to get my transition team in place before Jan. 7 (which is four months before my inauguration), and I resolve not to make or allow any more questionable purchases on city credit cards.

Commentary: Happy New Year — and hello, 2018

Our mission remains the same: give New Orleans an indispensable weekly paper, and have fun doing it
2017 was a tumultuous year — locally and nationally, and that includes the newspaper industry. While some daily and weekly papers — and websites — across the country suffered layoffs or even folded in 2017, many others, like us, continued to fulfill their core mission to provide timely, accurate and relevant information to their readers.


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