Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 7:11 pm
Republicans are still trying to make sense of Saturday's election results in Louisiana.
In an upset, GOP political newcomer Vance McAllister handily defeated fellow Republican Neil Riser Saturday in a special election runoff that tested the party's approach toward Obamacare.
Riser had the backing of the Republican establishment and Tea Party groups. McAllister was buoyed by endorsements from two local African-American leaders and the family featured in the popular reality television series Duck Dynasty.
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President Barack Obama visited the Port of New Orleans on Friday, Nov. 8, delivering a speech on the state of the economy and the vitality of the nation's ports, and touching on future infrastructure spending and the Affordable Care Act.
The full text of the President's remarks, as provided by the White House Press Office:
Mayor Mitch Landrieu applied for $100 million in state construction funds on Friday to redevelop the former Charity Hospital building. Renovating the building would cost around $300 million, and revitalize a moribund stretch of downtown.
It is highly unlikely that Governor Bobby Jindal and state legislators will give Mayor Landrieu the full $100 million next year. He asked for $100 million this year as well. He got $13 million.
Early voting begins Saturday, Nov. 2 for the election to be held on Nov. 16.
There will be elections in 39 parishes, according to the reminder sent out by La. Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office. Early voting will continue through Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (excluding Sunday, Nov. 3).
It's that time of year again, when the mayor and city council hash out a final budget plan for the city. Hearings started last week.
Mayor Landrieu's proposed $500 million budget is tight, but there are very few major cuts to city services, and no layoffs or furloughs for workers. In fact, if his administration's predictions are correct, the city will end up with it's first budget surplus in years.