Sources close to the Lieutenant Governor reveal to The Louisiana Weekly that Mitch Landrieu will run for Mayor of New Orleans in the April 22 primary.
With qualifying less than a month away, almost ever political observer views Landrieu as the immediate front runner, as problems continue to mount for incumbent Mayor Ray Nagin...
...On the statewide front, Louisiana voters will be forced to go to the polls three times this fall to elect both statewide officials and members of Congress. Initially, a special election for Secretary of State was set at the regular congressional date this November. The fall date for the open primary was originally scheduled for October, but in a recent ruling by federal Judge Frank Polozola, that date was ordered moved to November to put Louisiana's congressional elections on the same footing as closed primary races throughout the rest of the country.
Now, while Judge Polozola has authority to rule on federal elections, it is important to note that the state election date was put into state law by the legislature. So the first primary for the state special election will take place on September 30th, with a runoff, if needed, on November. 7th. The November date will also be the first primary for the congressional races, with any runoff taking place on December 9th. Confused? So is everyone else.
Sources tell The Weekly that an effort will be made in the coming legislative sessions to consolidate the September election date into the November date. This would save both money (some $2 million) and effort...
Mitch is the son of former NO mayor Moon and the brother of Sen. Mary.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 - New Orleans could lose as much as 80 percent of its black population if its most damaged neighborhoods are not rebuilt and if there is not significant government assistance to help poor people return, a detailed analysis by Brown University has concluded.
Combining data from the 2000 census with federal damage assessment maps, the study provides a new level of specificity about Hurricane Katrina's effect on the city's worst-flooded areas, which were heavily populated by low-income black people.
Of the 354,000 people who lived in New Orleans neighborhoods where the subsequent damage was moderate to severe, 75 percent were black, 29 percent lived below the poverty line, more than 10 percent were unemployed, and more than half were renters, the study found.
The report's author, John R. Logan, concluded that as much as 80 percent of the city's black population might not return for several reasons: their neighborhoods would not be rebuilt, they would be unable to afford the relocation costs, or they would put down roots in other cities.
For similar reasons, as much as half of the city's white population might not return, Dr. Logan concluded...
That is the charge from Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT):
"The problems begin at the White House, where there has been a near total lack of cooperation that has made it impossible, in my opinion, for us to do the thorough investigation we have a responsibility to do... There's been no assertion of executive privilege; just a refusal to answer... My staff believes that (the Department of Homeland Security) has engaged in a conscious strategy of slow walking our investigation in the hope that we would run out of time to follow the investigation's natural progression to where it leads."
He says the panel haven't gotten the documents they've asked for and hasn't helped them get information from other agencies.
District Attorney Eddie Jordan has announced that a Louisiana grand jury will investigate the NOPD. Their purview appears to be a bit broad. Among the controversies they'll investigate include:
the theft of the Cadillac cars
the shooting involving the contractors on the bridge
The grand jury also will look at evidence in a case involving a police chief and police officer from the small town of Mermentau who were accused of looting after Katrina. And it will examine allegations of possible malfeasance involving a Port of New Orleans official who dismissed about 60 port security officers who could have helped protect a mall and taken part in rescue efforts.
Jordan said the grand jury will probably also look into the deaths of patients at hospitals during Katrina and investigate whether the levees and floodwalls that broke were improperly built.
Then, they'll break for lunch.
If they were going to look into what might be even more important, I'm sure it would have been listed, but it isn't: phantom police
Drudge links to this:
T-shirts making fun of Mayor Ray Nagin's remark that New Orleans would once again be a "chocolate city" are in high demand, with recent orders coming in from overseas countries, according to a Local 6 News report.
A company said it has filled thousands of orders of T-shirts featuring Nagin in a top hat as Willy Wonka. The shirt has the words "Willy Nagin and the Chocolate Factory" printed on it...
The company in question is here. The person responsible for that appears to be Dolph Federico, owner of Pelican Graphics in Kenner and a current or former policeman in that city.
Other possibile TShirts and other goods are those featuring "Recall Nagin", with Mayor Ray dressed like Willy Wonka: link.
There are more here, including various products with "New Orleans: Chocolate Capitol of the USA" or "A Hurricane can wash away the houses, but not the chocolate".
UPDATE: Goodbye Willy Nagin, hello Forest Ray Gump: link
At 1:47 a.m. (Eastern) on Aug. 29 the White House's situation room received an email from the Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC) containing a dire assessment of Katrina's likely impact, the WaPo breathlessly reports:
The NISAC paper warned that a storm of Katrina's size would "likely lead to severe flooding and/or levee breaching" and specifically noted the potential for levee failures along Lake Pontchartrain. It predicted economic losses in the tens of billions of dollars, including damage to public utilities and industry that would take years to fully repair. Initial response and rescue operations would be hampered by disruption of telecommunications networks and the loss of power to fire, police and emergency workers, it said.
The assessment was 41 pages. In other words, it had probably been prepared well before Aug 29. In other words, it's not like the White House was suddenly presented with stunning new information; that info had been "in the system" for a while.
In a second document, also obtained by The Washington Post, a computer slide presentation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, prepared for a 9 a.m. meeting on Aug. 27, two days before Katrina made landfall, compared Katrina's likely impact to that of "Hurricane Pam," a fictional Category 3 storm used in a series of FEMA disaster-preparedness exercises simulating the effects of a major hurricane striking New Orleans. But Katrina, the report warned, could be worse.
The hurricane's Category 4 storm surge "could greatly overtop levees and protective systems" and destroy nearly 90 percent of city structures, the FEMA report said. It further predicted "incredible search and rescue needs (60,000-plus)" and the displacement of more than a million residents.
That also represented information that was in the system. Obvious to all but the WaPo and Democrats, this was a systemic failure involving all levels of government and not just one specific to the White House.
Due to his requirements that are completely ignorant of "fair use", I am forced to only quote three sentences from this pro-Nagin screed:
Forgotten was that Nagin has often used the term throughout the past few years, including during his campaign for and service as mayor. Nothing was made of the term then. Forgotten is that Nagin is seen by much of the NOLA African American community as an ally of the white community...
It goes on for about 500 or so more sentences.
UPDATE: The same author appears to have started a site called "Elect Ray Nagin".
The AP does a little followup, informing us that over 3000 people are still listed as missing. That's down from a Gulf Coast-wide high of 11,500 reported to the Find Family National Call Center. Some of those still listed as missing might have been found, but they haven't contacted those agencies to whom they were reported.
10/13/05: Update on Mississippi's missing
10/12/05 Thousands still missing?
And, for you conspiracy buffs:
The St. Gabriel impromptu morgue has a few issues. A mortician there was quoted in a newspaper as being surprised by the Katrina deaths, but he refused to give me more information or a body count of those murdered. And, look who's handling the body count
The WaPo's Manuel Roig-Franzia offers "New Orleans Mayor Apologizes for Remarks About God's Wrath".
Obviously, Nagin needed to apologize for the whole comment, including the racist component of New Orleans remaining a "chocolate" and "majority African-American" city. While that's missing from the headline, at least they split that whole comment between the first two paragraphs of the article. Then:
Nagin's remarks drew a furious reaction from white and black leaders, as well as residents, in New Orleans, prompting him to tell reporters Tuesday that the comments were "totally inappropriate." The dustup is the latest in a series of controversies over remarks made by the mayor, a former cable television executive elected in 2002 without experience in elected office.
Nagin was lambasted by Hispanic leaders last fall for asking a business group, during a speech, what he could do to prevent New Orleans from being "overrun by Mexican workers."
Not exactly. He made those comments at a townhall meeting, and not only did others there agree with him, he received a standing ovation at the end. The "leaders" in question are an assortment of far-left racial power groups, leaders for the most part only due to their undue influence on the Democratic Party.
Unbelievable as it may be, Mayor Ray Nagin has explained his previous comment promising a "chocolate New Orleans" thusly:
"Do you know anything chocolate? How do you make chocolate? You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That's the chocolate I'm talking about."
No, really. In fact, here's the video.