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Friday, November 10, 2006
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Thursday, November 09, 2006
Out of state Road Home assistance center to open in Houston on Nov. 16.
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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
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Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I voted around 6:00 p.m. Lines were short. I have a simple suggestion for the Secretary of State. At my voting location, when you walk into the room, there are tables and voting machines spread throughout for multiple precincts, each table representing a precinct. Some of the tables identify the precinct; others do not. None of the tables give a map or geographical description of the precinct. The result is that people like me who know their precinct need to walk to each table and ask what precinct it is. Those who do not know their precinct have to wait in line at each table until they reach the table corresponding to their precinct. Each table at all voting locations should identify the precinct and provide a map or description of the precinct's boundaries.
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Monday, November 06, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Amendment 7 on the ballot would reduce the number of assessors in Orleans Parish from seven to one. BGR is for it; Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans is for it; I Quit is for it. Nearly everyone I know is for it. I have heard all of the arguments for consolidation, and they all make sense. Then why am I against it? The consolidated assessor will hold the most powerful position in the City, and the person ultimately elected to that position may not be the scrupulously fair person that proponents of the amendment envision. Supporters of the amendment picture someone like an IQ ticket candidate as the future assessor. I picture someone from the Morial or Jefferson camps. I also understand there is supposed to be transparency; I understand that properly valuing all properties should lead to a reduction in the overall tax rate. When is the last time a state or local tax has been reduced? I think that the voters who favor consolidation will be sorely disappointed if it passes and a Morial or Jefferson clone is elected.
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Thursday, November 02, 2006
Food writer Alan Richman rips New Orleans restaurants in the November issue of GQ. Brett Anderson's response is here -- I've never seen a food writer attack another food writer like this, but it seems deserved in response to Richman's cliched hit job on our restaurant industry.
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Wednesday, November 01, 2006
The Louisiana Constitution exempts motor vehicles from state, parish and special property taxes but allows municipalities to tax them. New Orleans is the only municipality to impose the car tax. Amendment 4 on the Nov. 7 ballot would extend the motor vehicle property tax exemption to municipal taxes, thereby eliminating the annoying and arbitrary car tax in New Orleans.
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Senator John Kerry has apologized for this contemptuous remark about the U.S. military during wartime:
You know, education -- if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Congressman Jefferson accuses challenger Karen Carter of being more liberal than he is, citing their positions on abortion and gay marriage.
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Monday, October 30, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Some New Orleans assessors have used or pledged public money for what they say are informational ads about the proposed Amendment which would consolidate their offices out of existence. To noone's surprise, the ads are slanted in opposition to consolidation.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Archie Jefferson, a convicted felon and disbarred lawyer, sought to benefit from kidney dialysis legislation sponsored by his brother, Congressman Jefferson. Family members "have long focused their entrepreneurial energies on the intersection of commerce and government to create a constellation of enterprises and nonprofit agencies that orbit the congressman like planets around a sun." Link here.
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Sunday, October 22, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
I know the headline sounds like something from The Onion, a satirical website, but no, when the City of New Orleans manages to fix a pothole that has been on a major street like Magazine Street for months, it makes the front page of the Metro Section. The City's website has a section for the Department of Public Works where taxpayers can report potholes and other similar problems, but the online reporting section is not functioning.
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District Attorney Eddie Jordan tried to defend himself in a letter to the editor in today's Times-Picayune. The T-P had editorialized that his office has been "lethargic in prosecuting crime, accepting only a fraction of the cases presented, most of those small-time drug cases."
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