For the first time in over a hundred years, New Orleans has elected a non-Democrat to represent Louisiana's Second Congressional District in the U.S. Congress. But Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao breaks more records than this. Mr. Cao is the first Vietnamese-American to serve in the House of Representatives, and he joins just over a dozen Congressman who were born outside of the United States.
Anh Cao ran for Congress using his baptismal name, Joseph, which comes from his patron saint, St. Joseph the worker.
On Saturday's election for Representative of Louisiana's Second Congressional District, three men hope to unseat 18-year incumbent William Jefferson: Libertarian Gregory Kahn, Republican Ahn 'Joseph' Cao, and Green Party candidate Malik Rahim.
None of Congressman Jefferson's challengers has been elected to government office, but Republican candidate Anh 'Joseph' Cao, a Vietnam-born lawyer from New Orleans East, sidesteps this issue by comparing himself to one recent candidate whose personal qualities trumped experience.
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is reviewing the budget approved after a 12-hour City Council session. Whether he signs it isn't clear. The mayor wanted a tax increase to fill a $24 million budget shortfall. The council instead plugged much of the deficit with the city's disaster loans. Nagin calls the tactic a "financial train wreck."
The council has control of about half the $1.1 billion budget. Federal and state grants make up the rest.
Television host and conservationist Jeff Corwin visits the New Orleans area tonight, as part of the new UNO Horizons speaker series at the UNO Arena.
Emmy Award-winner Corwin is host of TheJeff Corwin Experience on Animal Planet, seen by 13 million people worldwide, and has also recently hosted a series of specials with Anderson Cooper on CNN entitled "Planet in Peril," discussing the problems facing the environment.
New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award finalist Laurie Halse Anderson is in New Orleans promoting her new book Chains, a story of the American Revolutionary War as seen by a 13-year-old slave girl fighting for her freedom.
Saturday evening UNO's club football team played it's first and only home game of the year against the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Cougars, in front of a crowd of 3700. WWNO's Travis Leger was there.
The Magazine Street Retail Relief Festival started in the early days after Katrina as an attempt to jumpstart local business. This festival, the fourth one, is Saturday, November 8, with merchants opening their doors to customers looking for a unique shopping experience.