Aug 102017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

The buck stops with Mayor Landrieu and the entire City Council for the mounting problems at the Sewerage & Water Board. Citizens who mopped up last weekend or are worried about today’s lack of pumping capacity have no one to blame but their elected officials – all of whom have clearly failed them. Continue reading »

Aug 082017
 

(image via Facebook)

While floodwaters were still rising around New Orleans on Saturday, mayoral candidate Frank Scurlock entered a social-media debate about the city’s removal of Confederate monuments and suggested that the flooding was result of God’s displeasure with the city.

“God has washed and flooded the City twice in 2 weeks. Maybe he is not happy,” Scurlock wrote around 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. He added about 15 minutes later, “God gave man Freewill and instructions on how to Live. Perhaps erasing history and not honoring the past is not in liking to him and his ways….” Continue reading »

Aug 052017
 

From left, Joe Bouie, Kenneth Cutno and Helena Moreno speak at a candidates’ forum at Temple Sinai on Saturday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The members of the New Orleans City Council who are elected this fall should work to create a single, unified system governing all the city’s parks and recreation, according to three candidates for the open At-Large seat on the council, and then should find ways to redirect money to it without raising taxes. Continue reading »

Aug 032017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

When three of the Republican candidates vying to become state treasurer made their pitch this week to the Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee (OPREC), they were seeking not only an endorsement — but also greater access to the city’s close-knit network of Republican donors. Continue reading »

Jul 312017
 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses a crowd of community members at the New Orleans Jazz Market as he reflects on his office’s restoration efforts to rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina. (photo by Nurah Lambert)

Story by Canela Lopez
canelalopez@nolamessenger.com

Soon to leave a seven-year mayoral tenure behind him, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu addressed a crowd of community members at the New Orleans Jazz Market as he reflected on his office’s restoration efforts to rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina.

Hosted by EngageNOLA, a nonprofit organization, the event –“A Talk with the Mayor: A Civic Engagement Social”– aimed to provide citizens with a platform to pose questions directly to Landrieu in an organized fashion. Continue reading »

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Jul 312017
 

(UptownMessenger.com file photos by Robert Morris)

Two each of the six candidates running in both the District A and B City Council races won dual endorsements this weekend of the Independent Women’s Organization, a citywide assembly of Democratic women. Continue reading »

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Jul 292017
 

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry speaks at a January 2015 council meeting. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

Though the campaign for her District A seat on the New Orleans City Council is just beginning, Councilwoman Susan Guidry announced Friday night her preference for a successor. Continue reading »

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Jul 282017
 

All six City Council District A candidates prepare for Tuesday night’s forum presented by Step Up Louisiana (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

All six City Council District A candidates have varied solutions on the citywide drainage problem that plagues several Uptown neighborhoods.

Nearly 100 people squeezed into the Nazareth Baptist Church in Hollygrove on Tuesday to hear all six District A candidates discuss four main issues: potholed roads; a lack of community schools; increasing the city’s minimum wage; and the citywide drainage problem. The forum was presented by Step Up Louisiana, which works to build political power to fight for education and economic justice.

Moderators asked candidates how they will improve drainage in an area habitually flooded after heavy rains – like much of the city. Some candidates argued for legislative action resulting in drainage improvement funding, while others urged the community to help themselves first. Continue reading »

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Jul 202017
 

Louis Gurvich (courtesy photo)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

New Orleans business leader Louis Gurvich, a long-time member of the Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee and the Republican State Central Committee, wants to be elected chairman of Louisiana’s Republican Party, now 900,000 members strong. If elected, Gurvich will succeed current state party chair Roger Villere, who is retiring after overseeing the Republicans’ rise to dominance in state politics over the last 14 years. Villere is the longest-serving state GOP chair in the U.S. and is vice chair of the Republican National Committee.

“When Roger first became chair, the Louisiana Republican Party was a much smaller, less powerful organization,” said Gurvich, who also previously served on the Orleans Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Secretary of State Fox McKeithen was the only Republican statewide elected official. Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards is the only statewide elected Democrat. The number of parish-level and regional Republican elected officials has also grown significantly. Continue reading »

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Jul 142017
 

Eugene Ben (submitted photo)

Eugene Ben, an architect with more than a decade of experience developing housing in Central City, became the sixth and final candidate Friday to join the race for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

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Jul 142017
 

Toyia Washington-Kendrick (photo courtesy of Danae Columbus)

Aylin Maklansky (campaign photo)

Two more candidates — a charter school assistant principal and an attorney who has worked on the City Council staff — qualified Thursday to run for the open seat representing District A on the council, bringing the total field to six contenders with a few hours left to for more to join. Continue reading »

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Jul 132017
 

Andre Strumer (via Facebook)

Dan Ring (via Go Fund Me)

The races for the District A and B seats on the New Orleans City Council each drew additional candidates late Wednesday and Thursday morning — Dan Ring in District A and “Action Andre” Stumer in District B — and one expected candidate, Eric Johnson, announced that he was withdrawing his candidacy. Continue reading »

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