Nov 282016
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell — long considered one of the most likely top contenders as a candidate for New Orleans’ next mayor — announced to supporters last week that she is indeed considering a run for the position. Continue reading »

Nov 172016
 
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser speaks Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University's new ByWater Institute fellowship program. (photo by Paula Burch-Centano, courtesy of Tulane University)

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser speaks Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University’s new ByWater Institute fellowship program. (photo by Paula Burch-Centano, courtesy of Tulane University)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Speaking Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University’s new ByWater Institute fellowship program, Lt. Governor Billy Nungessser said that President-Elect Donald Trump will create jobs and economic opportunities in Louisiana, especially in the oil and gas industry. “President Trump is going to be good for business in Louisiana,” said Nungesser. Continue reading »

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Nov 162016
 
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd speaks at Tulane University on Wednesday, Nov. 16. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd speaks at Tulane University on Wednesday, Nov. 16. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The entire life of Donald J. Trump has been a study in shifting character — from the New York playboy and brash investor who rose to fame in the 1980s, to the wizened, demanding businessman who dominated The Apprentice, to the rabble-rousing ideologue who captured the Republican nomination.

Now that Trump has been elected President, said New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd to a packed audience at Tulane on Wednesday night, no one really has any idea what kind of character he will assume next. Continue reading »

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Nov 142016
 
An employee of the City of New Orleans begins erasing the "Black Power" slogan from the monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Thursday, Nov. 10, following protests over the election of Donald J. Trump. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An employee of the City of New Orleans begins erasing the “Black Power” slogan from the monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Thursday, Nov. 10, following protests over the election of Donald J. Trump. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

It’s probably an understatement to say that the results of last Tuesday’s presidential election were a shock to many. I personally stayed out on election night and was treated to many dejected laments. Some drowned their sorrows, while others engaged in angry diatribes.

Here in Uptown, Donald Trump only won a few precincts around State Street and St. Charles Avenue. The wider New Orleans metropolitan area was divided. Elsewhere, in the sea of red that surrounds New Orleans, Trump won by a whopping 20 points. Continue reading »

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Nov 102016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

After unexpected numbers of America’s voters placed their trust for the future in Donald Trump, the national Democratic Party must do some serious soul searching to better understand how they veered so far from the heart and soul of America. Clearly voters were sick and tired of politics as usual and yearned for a restoration of America’s traditional values. Continue reading »

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Nov 092016
 
Blue precincts voted for Clinton, red for Trump. Lighter shades indicate margins of less than 10 points. (map by UptownMessenger.com, data source: sos.la.gov)

Blue precincts voted for Clinton, red for Trump. Lighter shades indicate margins of less than 10 points. (map by UptownMessenger.com, data source: sos.la.gov)

Despite Donald J. Trump’s shocking Electoral College victory on Tuesday night, voters in every Uptown New Orleans ward and all but three individual voting precincts sided with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — most by large double-digit margins, results show. Continue reading »

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Nov 082016
 
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With today’s election being such a spectacle for the past few months, and a race that is reportedly very close, America’s next four years will be decided and revealed tonight. With such angst and uncertainty across the nation, local businesses and others are coming together to watch the election results, mostly over drinks and more drinks. Here’s a quick list of places having Election Watch Parties in Uptown. Continue reading »

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Nov 072016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Election Day is tomorrow, and presumably all of us have decided which awful candidates we will hold our noses and vote for this round. If we can avoid retching while we push the buttons for those races, we will be faced with six constitutional amendments that are on the ballot as well. Continue reading »

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Nov 032016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Rampant voter frustration, anger, and resentment is all around us — from the Dillard University students and others who tried to crash last night’s televised debate to the local and national candidates who have shown a definite lack of civility — and these sentiments unfortunately could be the hallmark of all future elections. Continue reading »

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Oct 272016
 
Green Party vice presidential nominee Ajamu Baraka speaks Thursday afternoon at First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Green Party vice presidential nominee Ajamu Baraka speaks Thursday afternoon at First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is on track to earn more votes than Ralph Nader did in 2000 — posting the party’s best-ever showing in a national election and building toward a future away from the two-party system, her running mate Ajamu Baraka said in an appearance Thursday at an Uptown church. Continue reading »

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Oct 272016
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell poses with a constituent during last week's National Night Out Against Crime events. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell poses with a constituent during last week’s National Night Out Against Crime events. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

“I am ready to lead this city,” proclaimed District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell last Friday night. Though billed as a Halloween party at the French Quarter home of trial lawyer Darleen Jacobs, there was some pretty serious politicking going on as Cantrell announced she would seek “higher office” without specifying whether she will qualify for council at large or mayor. Continue reading »

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Oct 202016
 
Moderator  Jeff Thomas (left), Council on Aging leader Howard Rodgers, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and Assessor Errol Williams pose for a photo at the recent senior caucus. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Moderator Jeff Thomas (left), Council on Aging leader Howard Rodgers, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and Assessor Errol Williams pose for a photo at the recent senior caucus. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

There are not too many legislative initiatives that Congressman Cedric Richmond and all seven members of the City Council agree on, but the opportunity for the Office of the Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson to become more independent is one of them. Continue reading »

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Oct 172016
 

David Alvarez (via Facebook)

David Alvarez (via Facebook)

Woody Koppel

Woody Koppel

The next few years will bring the the long-awaited reunification of nearly all the city’s public schools under a single entity governed by a locally-elected Orleans Parish School Board. While only three of the seven seats on the board are contested in the Nov. 8 election, one is District 6 in Uptown and Carrollton, where incumbent Woody Koppel will face a challenge from neighborhood activist David Alvarez. Continue reading »

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Oct 132016
 
State Rep. Walt Leger holds his new baby daughter, Kate, while standing with his wife, Danielle, at Monday's fundraiser. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

State Rep. Walt Leger holds his new baby daughter, Kate, while standing with his wife, Danielle, at Monday’s fundraiser. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

In a passionate speech that made frequent references to his seven-week old daughter Kate, State Rep Walt Leger laid out his vision for New Orleans and Louisiana’s future to a packed, appreciative audience of business, tourism and political leaders at his fundraiser Monday night. With a rousing introduction by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Leger delivered what could easily be considered an opening salvo in the 2017 mayor’s race. Continue reading »

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Oct 062016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Although the November elections for president, U.S. Senator, Congress and other races are still more than a month away, political insiders are already looking ahead to next year’s campaigns when a new mayor, city council and other municipal office-holders will be elected in the fall 2017 but take office in the spring of 2018. There will be several judicial races in March 2017 as well. Continue reading »

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Sep 292016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

In a speech laced with religious references, Governor John Bel Edwards told 200 attendees at a dinner last night sponsored by the Jefferson Parish Democratic Executive Committee that he was pleased that the federal government has taken the first step in committing $500 million of what he hopes will be a multi-billion dollar aid package for Louisiana’s flood victims. The group honored Edwards with their 2016 Blue Horizon award. Continue reading »

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Sep 212016
 
Author Ethan Brown answers questions after reading from his new book, "Murder in the Bayou," on Wednesday evening at Octavia Books. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Author Ethan Brown answers questions after reading from his new book, “Murder in the Bayou,” on Wednesday evening at Octavia Books. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

When journalist Ethan Brown began researching the interconnected, unsolved slayings of eight women in rural Louisiana for what would become his new book, “Murder in the Bayou,” he knew he had immersed himself in a chronicle of the abuse of police power and easily discarded lives.

What Brown didn’t know until much later, however, was that a central location in those women’s lives and deaths would lead him straight to a well-known employee of U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, in a connection that is now drawing more attention than the unsolved murders themselves.

“That was a really surprising moment, to say the least,” Brown said. “I never imagined it would be someone who works for a Congressman.” Continue reading »

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Sep 152016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

As Election Day grows closer, there is lots of political jockeying at the national and local level. Hillary Clinton has decided to be more open about her health, Donald Trump is calling for paid maternity leave and tax credits for working parents, and Sept. 16 birthday boy Governor John Bel Edwards is making progress after two relatively successful trips to Washington to help flood victims. Continue reading »

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