It's tempting to say that Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell made her stunning Saturday night victory look effortless.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
U.S. Sen. John Kennedy is mighty upset that people he doesn't deem good parents are having kids. He said so in a Washington Examiner op-ed, which ran last week and raised quite a stir.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday night's New Orleans mayoral debate on WWL-TV was the last scheduled meeting of the candidates before Saturday's runoff. And I can think of at least two people who appear perfectly fine with that.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Political campaigns tend to fixate on the negative, particularly when candidates talk about all the changes they plan to make when they take office. The New Orleans mayor's race is no different.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Rob Maness has considerably downsized his ambitions. His first run for public office just three years ago was for United States Senate, one of Louisiana's most high-profile and prestigious posts. His latest is for state House, more typically an en…
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
One noteworthy result out of a new University of New Orleans poll released Monday is that City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell holds a comfortable 46-35 lead over her New Orleans mayoral runoff opponent, former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet.
Monday, November 13, 2017
After a dreary month of accusations over credit card usage, political hangers-on and more, voters in New Orleans can be forgiven for thinking that the runoff contest to be the city's next mayor is about nothing — or nothing of substance, anyway. A…
In my Sunday column, I wrote about how a majority of Louisianans in 1991 found a line they would not cross and elected a deeply flawed Democrat, Edwin Edwards, over a much more flawed Republican, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, as governor.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
In today's sharply divided politics, contests for the United States Senate tend to be much more about which party voters prefer than which candidate is most admirable.
Thursday, November 09, 2017
Congress failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act despite muscular efforts by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and many other Republicans, but President Donald Trump's administration is still doing its best to undermine the law from within. One strategy has…
One measure of candidate momentum is public opinion polls. Another is contributions, which are not just votes of confidence but also bets on a particular outcome. If a person is likely to become the next mayor, the theory goes, wouldn't you want t…
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
If Congress can't rouse itself to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program soon, a lot of kids will lose out.
Monday, November 06, 2017
After failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act or pass just about any other legislation of major significance, the Republicans who control both houses of Congress are back at it, this time aiming to vastly revamp the tax code.
Monday, November 06, 2017
Here at home, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has consistently swatted down rumors that he's considering running for president in 2020.
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Friday, November 03, 2017
Yesterday, I wrote about how the Morning Consult's new 50-state poll offered good news for Democrat John Bel Edwards and other governors whose party affiliations aren't in line with that of their constituents. Turns out many voters, in Louisiana a…
Thursday, November 02, 2017
Compared to some other parts of the country, there's not a lot of evidence that Louisiana politics has changed much in the age of Donald Trump.
There's a good argument to be made that, as a rule, Americans don't want their governors to be ideological warriors.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
The latest in a steady stream of Congressional retirements won't change the balance of power in Washington. Republican U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling's Dallas area constituents gave 62 percent of their votes to Donald Trump and 65 percent to Mitt Romney…
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
You wouldn't know it from the current occupant of the White House, but the buck is supposed to stop at the president's desk. Same goes for a mayor of a big city — and by logical extension, for someone running for that office.
Monday, October 30, 2017
The New Orleans mayor's race has entered its mudslinging phase, with runoff contenders City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet now locked in a heated competition to see which one can discredit the other.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
The New Orleans mayor's race has never been particularly inspiring. Last week, though, it took a turn toward the truly depressing.
Friday, October 27, 2017
Robert E. Lee is off in storage, and the New Orleans traffic circle that bears his name is now a blank slate. And you know what happens with blank slates: People start imagining how to make them less blank.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
In theory, U.S. senators have six-year terms for a good reasons, one of which is that lengthy terms create stability and allow senators to legislate without always worrying about the next election.
I wrote the other day that LaToya Cantrell, who started out the New Orleans mayoral runoff contest as the frontrunner, doesn't need a game-changing development before voters return to the polls next month.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
After sitting out the primary for state treasurer, the Louisiana Democratic Party may be about to reverse course and back the race's lone Democrat, attorney Derrick Edwards, in the runoff.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The most powerful political endorsements are the ones that come as a surprise, that might make voters take a fresh look at the candidate in question, reevaluate that person's prospects, or even wonder what's in it for the person doing the endorsing.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
It's way too soon to say whether John Fortunato, the longtime Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman and retired colonel, will become the parish's next elected sheriff.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
In handicapping New Orleans' upcoming mayoral runoff, let's start with the obvious: 39 percent is a lot closer than 30 percent to the magic number of 50 percent-plus-one. So City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, who finished Saturday's primary with a…
With all the talk of New Orleans electing a new mayor, a related story has flown somewhat under radar: The city is also getting a new city council.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
A dental appointment brought me to Jefferson Parish Monday, two days after voters went to the polls, and I wasn't surprised to see plenty of political signs along my way.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The three top Republicans who competed in last weekend's special election primary for state treasurer had something in common: They were all rooting for the race's lone Democrat.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Outgoing New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who took office five years after the city's latest near-death experience, often talks about how New Orleans is no longer recovering from Hurricane Katrina, but "creating."
Saturday, October 14, 2017
New Orleans' mayoral primary is finally over, and the runoff pairing is set. But before we embark on Phase Two of the race to replace Mitch Landrieu, here are some parting thoughts.
With Saturday's primary election for mayor in the books, New Orleans has taken another big step away from the Mitch Landrieu era and toward whatever comes next.
Friday, October 13, 2017
There have been plenty of debates and forums throughout the New Orleans mayoral primary campaign that ends Saturday, but more questions haven't necessarily led to more clarity about how the major candidates' opinions differ.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Voters across Louisiana — a handful of them, anyway — will cast ballots Saturday in a mishmash of races, from regularly scheduled municipal contests in Orleans Parish to special elections to fill random unscheduled vacancies elsewhere.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
It's been a long campaign, but in the final televised debate before Saturday's New Orleans mayoral primary, some clear differences between the three top-polling candidates came into focus — maybe not politically, but personally.
Political endorsements have been a big part of the New Orleans mayoral race story, largely because one candidate, former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet, has cornered the market.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
In a recent poll of New Orleans voters for The New Orleans Advocate and WWL-TV, the 500 registered voters interviewed offered entirely predictable answers as to which issues are most important: In first place came crime and public safety, with 72 …
Monday, October 09, 2017
Voter turnout is expected to be extraordinarily low this weekend, which is just one reason why the only statewide contest for public office is hard to call.
It's not so unusual for odd coalitions to form during election season, but the bizarre race for New Orleans coroner may set a new mark for strange bedfellows.
Saturday, October 07, 2017
I never bought former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's narrow definition of what constitutes an "official act," and when he went on trial in 2009 for parlaying his elected position for personal gain, neither did the jury.
Friday, October 06, 2017
There's been lots of discussion during the New Orleans mayoral campaign about crime, which regularly tops lists of issues that concern voters most. There hasn't been much discussion, though, about the New Orleans Police Department's leadership.
Thursday, October 05, 2017
There have been rumblings from anonymous sources lately that outgoing New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu could be a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, but I wouldn't read too much into that.