Andre Perry Commentary
5:00 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

On Black Leadership

If our political fights barely rise above the embarrassing displays of violence within the communities that officials are supposedly serving, then it’s time for a radical change in representation.

At the May 15 Orleans Parish School Board meeting, black angst sparked among fellow members around matters of disrespect in the naming of an interim superintendent. After a round of feinting punches, the board voted along black and non-black lines to name an interim.

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State Employee Retirement
11:04 am
Fri May 25, 2012

House Rejects Final Passage of Jindal Pension Bill

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to create a new retirement plan for future rank-and-file state workers has failed to get final legislative passage. The proposal would create a cheaper investment account similar to a 401(k) plan for state employees hired after July 1, 2013. 

Gun Limits
10:57 am
Fri May 25, 2012

House Backs Bill to Limit Gun Restrictions in La.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House has agreed to rewrite the state's constitutional protections for weapon owners, striking a provision that gives the Legislature explicit authority to limit concealed handguns. Critics say the plan could lead to the nullification of most of Louisiana's gun limits. 

11:26 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Bill to Boost Pension Cost Advances, Tied to Raise

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to hike the amount rank-and-file state workers pay for retirement has advanced to the full House for debate, despite criticism a tie to pay raises could cost the state more than it benefits. It's unclear when the 2 percentage point increase in pension contributions would be levied on employees.

Louisiana Budget
11:23 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Rainy Day Fund Part of Ongoing Budget Negotiations

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An attempt to tap into Louisiana's "rainy day" fund to fill a $200 million deficit this year is mired in negotiations. Members of a bloc of conservative House Republicans say they won't support using the rainy day fund to fill the gap in the current year budget, unless the Senate goes along with limitations on the use of one-time money in next year's spending plans.

The Sound of Books
6:17 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Acclaimed New Book About Big Oil From Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner Steve Coll

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely-praised new book from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Steve Coll: Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.

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State of the City Address
8:30 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Mayor's Speech Gets Good Grade

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s second State of the City address is getting high marks from one expert.

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State of the City Address
6:00 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Delivers State of the City Address

Mayor Landrieu outlines his administration's accomplishments and goals in his second State of the City address.
Tyler A. Gamble Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is asking for more help in fighting crime. He used much of his hour-long State of the City address to call on federal and state governments—and the community—to battle what he calls “the first order of business.”

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It's All Politics
4:36 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Romney And GOP-Linked Committees Close Fundraising Gap

Mitt Romney greets the crowd during a campaign stop last week in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Edward Linsmier Getty Images

With the latest campaign dollar totals officially on the Federal Election Commission books, at least one thing is certain: President Obama will not have the huge spending advantage this November that he did four years ago.

Obama and his various committees reported raising $43.6 million in April, while presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's campaign announced pulling in $40 million in that same period.

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State of the City
10:10 am
Tue May 22, 2012

New Orleans Mayor to Give State-of-the-City Speech

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, beginning his third year in office, is set to give his annual state-of-the-city address.

Tuesday afternoon's speech was scheduled to be delivered at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.