Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman and Clerk of Criminal District Court Arthur Morrell were returned to office this week after their opponents in the Oct. 14 primary were disqualified by the courts.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman appears to be set to cruise to a fourth full term in office after a judge on Monday disqualified his sole challenger.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017
The best debut video in what otherwise is a boring election season has to be Public Service Commission candidate Craig Greene talking about checking if a cow is pregnant.
The gloves came off last week as New Orleans residents filed lawsuits attempting to oust seven candidates for various municipal and parish offices, a week after qualifying ended for the fall elections.
The candidate in the sweat-soaked white dress shirt strode up the concrete steps of a tidy bungalow on Louisa Street and greeted the elderly man sitting on the porch.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Marlin Gusman’s powers as Orleans Parish sheriff have been eviscerated by a federal judge. His former right-hand man is on probation after pleading guilty to fraud charges. A court-appointed monitor is still deeply unsatisfied with conditions at t…
Mayoral candidate LaToya Cantrell and her husband failed to pay about $28,000 in federal income taxes in recent years.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Fredrick “Freddy” Brooks, a former deputy running against Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, is facing a legal challenge to his candidacy, accused of failing to pay state taxes in recent years.
LaToya Cantrell's campaign went from a pledge to suspend the use of all traffic cameras to a more narrow policy targeting only the several dozen set up in the last year and then back again -- all over the course of a day.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said Tuesday night that if elected mayor, she would stem crime through improvements at the New Orleans Police Department and reform of the criminal justice system, suspend the city’s traffic camera program, and pr…
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
In the upcoming election, Gov. John Bel Edwards isn’t backing the interim commissioner he picked and praised six weeks ago.
Desiree Charbonnet hasn't done much public campaigning in the weeks since she announced her mayoral bid, but it's clear now she has been doing plenty behind the scenes, building a war chest that so far dwarfs most of her competitors.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Mayoral candidate Desiree Charbonnet released a crime plan Monday promising she would add between 80 and 100 new officers a year to the New Orleans Police Department, create rapid-response units to deal with crimes in progress and undertake a nati…
Monday, July 17, 2017
When Ben Zahn won the race for Kenner mayor in December, speculation immediately turned to who would fill his District 4 seat on the Jefferson Parish Council, and by the time Zahn put his hand on a Bible Jan. 13 to take the oath of office, two loc…
Sunday, July 16, 2017
For the past seven years, a diverse coalition of civic groups has quietly worked to help chart the course of New Orleans government, getting candidates in municipal elections to agree to pursue specific goals and then tracking how well the winners…
Friday, July 14, 2017
What had seemed like a sleepy election season in New Orleans jolted awake Friday afternoon, when a rush of 19 candidates filed to run for offices up and down the ballot.
A former Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy who qualified Wednesday to run against his onetime boss Marlin Gusman had high and low points while serving at the agency, according to personnel files obtained by The New Orleans Advocate through a …
A sleepy second day of qualifying for this fall’s municipal elections in New Orleans saw just eight candidates, including one ultra-long shot for mayor, sign up.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
The field of candidates in St. Tammany Parish seeking to fill state Rep. John Schroder's unexpired term in House District 77 doubled Thursday, the second day of qualifying for the Oct. 14 election, with a Covington business owner and a justice of …
Three dozen candidates signed up for 15 local New Orleans races on the first day of qualifying Wednesday for the Oct. 14 election, providing few surprises but filling out the fields for mayor and some City Council seats with new faces.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
St. Tammany Parish candidates running to fill vacancies in House District 77, the Parish Council and the 22nd Judicial District bench began qualifying Wednesday for the Oct. 14 special election. Qualifying ends Friday.
As long expected, state Sen. Danny Martiny and Kenner City Councilman Dominick Impastato qualified Wednesday to run for the Jefferson Parish Council District 4 seat vacated by Ben Zahn earlier this year after he was elected mayor of Kenner.
The four announced candidates for the state treasurer’s race officially submitted the papers and paid the fees Wednesday to get their name on the Oct. 14 ballot.
For months, New Orleans’ political establishment has been buzzing with the kind of intense, persistent speculation that only an open mayor’s race can generate.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Monday, July 03, 2017
Louisiana joined about two dozen states in refusing to turn over personal information about voters for President Donald Trump's election fraud investigation.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
David Fitzgerald is running for the St. Tammany Parish Council seat left vacant by the death of Dennis Sharp, announcing his candidacy just two weeks after the council appointed him to fill the post an interim basis.
Friday, June 16, 2017
The governor and legislators are about equally to blame for having to come back in special session to pass a state operating budget, at least that’s one of the more interesting findings in John Couvillon’s Friday poll of an overwhelmingly white an…
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
A familiar name has emerged as a possible opponent for Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman in an October election that has received scant attention amid the New Orleans mayor's race.
Monday, June 05, 2017
Covington Republican Rep. John Schroder is resigning from the Louisiana House to focus on his bid for state treasurer.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Nearly two weeks after former Democratic State Sen. Troy Brown resigned from office in mid-February following his admissions of violence against women, Brown sounded the alarm on Facebook about what he saw as a distinct possibility in the coming s…
Friday, May 12, 2017
Voting irregularities have surfaced in a Pearl River-area tax election last month that saw a recreation millage fail by only two votes, St. Tammany Parish Registrar of Voters Dwayne Wall confirmed Friday.
Monday, May 08, 2017
Weighing in on a race for a state senate seat, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond on Monday endorsed state Rep. Ed Price over fellow Democrat Warren Harang III.
Saturday, May 06, 2017
St. Tammany Parish political players and observers offer a full menu of theories about what led to the narrow defeat of two sales tax renewals in the April 29 election, from a general mood of tax weariness and cynicism about government to the vote…
Monday, May 01, 2017
Up until Saturday, St. Tammany Parish officials had a political problem: how to sell two sales tax renewals to voters who rejected them by large margins a year ago.
Insurance attorney Rachael Johnson won a seat on the Orleans Parish Civil District Court bench on Saturday, besting attorney Suzanne "Suzy" Montero in the only election on the ballot in New Orleans.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Reinforcing a decision they made last spring, St. Tammany Parish voters Saturday again rejected two sales tax renewals to help fund the parish's courthouse and jail, according to complete but unofficial results.
St. Charles Parish voters have renewed a pair of property taxes that provide tens of millions of dollars a year for the parish School Board.
Thomas Malik has secured the District 7 seat on the St. John the Baptist Parish Council, beating out Steven Fraker in Saturday's runoff election.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Voters will head to the polls Saturday to cast ballots on a smattering of races, bond propositions, sales taxes and millage proposals in five parishes throughout the New Orleans area.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Voters throughout Jefferson Parish will be asked Saturday to renew the 6.5-mill property tax that funds the parish’s public library system, while River Ridge and a handful of Metairie voters will decide whether to pay more to become part of the Ea…
Voters in Gretna will consider two 10-year millage renewals on Saturday: 4 mills for the city’s ambulance service and 8.5 mills for fire protection.