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

The word "legend" has become so over-used it has lost much of its meaning, but Ella Brennan genuinely deserves that accolade. As matriarch of Commander's Palace restaurant, she blazed a trail for herself and other women in a field long dominated by men — and then dominated that field herself… Read more

The "new" New Orleans City Council is wasting no time trying to rein in the city's runaway short-term rental (STR) problem. STRs were a major issue in the citywide elections last year, and voters across the city expressed dissatisfaction with the ordinance adopted by the previous council. Read more

The "new" New Orleans City Council is wasting no time trying to rein in the city's runaway short-term rental (STR) problem. STRs were a major issue in the citywide elections last year, and voters across the city expressed dissatisfaction with the ordinance adopted by the previous council. Read more

Nobody has a stronger survival instinct than a politician, so it's surprising to see new Mayor LaToya Cantrell cling to an idea that threatens her political viability in an existential way. I'm talking about her refusal to abandon — publicly and unequivocally — the notion of hiring former Ne… Read more

Nobody has a stronger survival instinct than a politician, so it's surprising to see new Mayor LaToya Cantrell cling to an idea that threatens her political viability in an existential way. I'm talking about her refusal to abandon — publicly and unequivocally — the notion of hiring former Ne… Read more

Like mayors before him, Mitch Landrieu worries about his legacy. It's understandable. Mayors spend much of their time saying "no," either because there's never enough money to do all that's asked or because some things are just bad ideas. Then, at the end of their tenures, they get criticize… Read more

For as long as I can remember, the Louisiana Secretary of State's office has been one of the best-run agencies in state government. From its website to its main and satellite offices, the agency and its staff have done a terrific job of maintaining important business and public records, cond… Read more

State Capitol denizens have a code name for bills that are truly awful. They call them "snakes." It's an apt moniker because such bills tend to slither quietly through the legislative process without the press and public taking notice ... until it's too late. Read more