The most important lesson I learned as a history major is that history repeats itself, mostly because we human beings haven’t changed much in the past 3,500 years. As Shakespeare put it, “What’s past is prologue.” Read more

Nothing tests a New Orleans mayor's mettle like a hurricane. Although Tropical Storm Gordon bypassed the city completely — it hit our neighbors to the east instead and produced little rainfall locally — the runup to the storm's eventual landfall gave us an early look at how LaToya Cantrell h… Read more

Politicians never say “never” when it comes to elections, but Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni may be the exception that proves the rule. The consensus among parish politicos (not counting Yenni, of course) is he’ll never get re-elected. Read more

The demotion of Charles Rice from Entergy New Orleans (ENO) president into a new role as legal adviser came as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to the local utility’s foibles in recent years. That change may not be the only one among ENO brass. Read more

As south Louisiana enters the busiest part of hurricane season, all eyes in New Orleans — particularly those of new Mayor LaToya Cantrell — are on the troubled Sewerage & Water Board (S&WB). Cantrell spelled out her priorities for the agency in a recent Gambit interview. Read more

The battle over city regulation of short-term rentals (STRs) escalated last week when Airbnb stopped showing city license numbers on its New Orleans listings, making it more difficult for the city to enforce its STR ordinance. According to one City Council member, the move actually may hurt … Read more

Here's a political riddle worthy of a Las Vegas morning line: Will Gov. John Bel Edwards' seventh special legislative session end with a solution to the state's "fiscal cliff" — or will we see another example of mutually assured destruction? Read more