Two More Members of N.O.’s Jefferson Crime Family Go Down

    First former Congressman William Jefferson (D-LA) was found guilty on Federal bribery and racketeering charges, his 13-year sentence being the longest ever meted out to a former congressman. Then Bill’s brother Mose was sentenced to ten years for his role in bribing the head of the Orleans Parish School Board. Now…

    A Key Break in NOPD Post-Katrina Shooting Investigation

    U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have achieved a key break in their investigation of the New Orleans Police Department and the shooting of six civilians (two fatally) during Hurricane Katrina’s chaotic aftermath. According to Letten’s bill of information, none of the victims were armed. Former NOPD Lieutenant Jim Lohman has entered a guilty plea to federal charges of conspiracy to | Read More »

    Happy Mardi Gras

    Chances are, where you live it’s just Tuesday, the day after a Federal holiday. Maybe you recognize the day before the beginning of Lent as Shrove Tuesday (or Pancake Day, if you happen to live in Liberal, KS). From Mobile to Galveston, though, today is Mardi Gras.

    Mitch Landrieu claims New Orleans mayor’s office in a landslide

    For those who may have missed the comments to yesterday’s post on New Orleans’ mayorial election, current Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu defeated a large field of challengers to take the election without a runoff. Mitch Landrieu claims New Orleans mayor’s office in a landslide – NOLA.com. Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, son of a former mayor and brother of a U.S. senator, routed five major challengers | Read More »

    Super Bowl Coverage Overshadows New Orleans Elections

    New Orleans voters to cast ballots for Ray Nagin’s successor today – NOLA.com Despite wall-to-wall coverage of the Saints’ first-ever Super Bowl appearance in Miami, a high voter turnout is expected in today’s local and special state elections in New Orleans. A 40-45% percent turnout is expected based on the unusually high number of early and absentee ballots cast: over 17,000 out of 272,000 registered | Read More »

    LA Authorities Issue Helicopter Security Alert

    The Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Exchange (LA-SAFE) today issued a notice titled Suspicious Activity: Helicopter Leasing Facilities for aviation interests in Louisiana. We received it at work via our membership in the Offshore Operators Committee. Oil and gas operators use helicopters routinely to access platforms and rigs. There are several large shore bases across the Gulf that serve this activity. Walk-up inquiries about helicopter | Read More »

    In Which I Praise Arne Duncan

    Arne Duncan is getting a lot of heat for telling the truth.You heard me. Duncan said, “The best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina. That education system was a disaster.” Yep.Duncan, of course, did not point the finger at teachers’ unions, the bloated bureaucracy, or any of the major causes, but the fact is that yes, without Hurricane | Read More »

    Statement from James O’Keefe

    Much has been written and said about James O’Keefe’s incursion into Mary Landrieu’s office in Louisiana. It is interesting to me how Landrieu, through MSNBC and the mouth of David Shuster, made sure to get its spin out quickly before O’Keefe could get out of jail and to a microphone. More interesting to me is how many on our side raced out immediately to condemn | Read More »

    Bill’s Big Brother Mose Jefferson Sentenced To 10 years

    Mose Jefferson sentence of 10 years is maximum allowable | NOLA.com William Jefferson had the limelight as the congressman from New Orleans, but Mose, schooled in the rough and tumble world of Chicago politics, was the architect of his brother’s rise. Now, unless their appeals are successful, both Jefferson brothers will be doing significant time in federal prison. The family of nine brothers and sisters | Read More »

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    Smooth Move, Mary Landrieu

    Check out this headline in the (reliably liberal) Baton Rouge Advocate: GOP win may cost La. $300 million Even though the deal struck to get Mary on board the Health Care Reform bandwagon was widely regarded as a “payoff”, it had a reasonable justification. The money was to be used to help fill a gap the state faces because of a federal funding formula that | Read More »

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    Battle of the Cajuns on CNN

    While my dad may be Swedish, my mom is from Louisiana. Today at 4:40 p.m. ET on CNN, you can witness the Battle of the Cajuns. Carville v. Erickson Consider this an open thread.

    Charter Schools: Why Can’t Republicans Make This Issue A Winner?

    Charter schools work – on so many levels. Charter schools educate kids. Charter schools promote local control and parental involvement. Charter schools succeed in stark contrast to the failed policies of the NEA and the Department of Education. One New Orleans charter school changes the culture, sees the results New Orleans’ corrupt, decrepit Orleans Parish School Board was mortally wounded before Katrina. The State-run Recovery | Read More »

    The Insanity of ‘Zero Tolerance’

    Expelled student plans future — Baton Rouge, LA Is it asking too much to expect “professional educators” to exercise just a tiny amount of judgment and common sense in the administration of anti-weapons policies? In this case, the knife was a present from his dad with the words “To Luke, always know that I love you” engraved upon it. The 17-year-old said he used the | Read More »

    N.O. Mayor Nagin: No Problem Hiring Public Crooks For City Contracts

    Incredible. Memo to Ray: We’re trying hard to reverse 30 50 75 150 plus years of public corruption in this state. Do you really think these remarks help?

    The Louisiana Purchase

    Back in the old days, people would at least look ashamed when caught being bribed, but not Mary Landrieu. It’s being called the Louisiana Purchase. Senator Harry Reid put a provision on the health care plan that originally called for $100 million to be funneled to Louisiana exclusively. Mary Landrieu refused to vote for cloture on the motion to proceed to the health care debate. | Read More »