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The Louisiana Secretary of State carefully records the political party voters choose when they register to vote, which is how Louisiana's voter roll came to include 217 political parties, 86 which have only one member.  Included in that list is the Bull Moose Party, with its five members, 12 Jedis, 20  members of the Banana Party, one Monarchist, 16 Whigs, two Cajuns and a list of equally amusing party choices.  Read Gannett's Mike Hasten's hilarious account of those who list their party registration as "other" at the link below.

Former St. Bernard Senator Sammy Nunez, who served two terms as Senate President, died Sunday after a lengthy illness.  Nunez served as President of the National Conference of State Legislatures and worked closely with current Senate President John Alario when Alario served as Speaker of the House.  Read more about his career at the link below. 

Come on Man! The New Orleans Times Picayune called it tough talk from the Mayor but is sounds like suspended reality for everyone who finds the crime wave in New Orleans totally unacceptable.  The Mayor's statement is more of the same from a guy who finds his comfort zone sitting in the crowd complaining about crime from the outside instead of getting the right people in position to bring the professionalism he so often says is his hallmark.  The failure of this New Orleans city administration to wrap up crime and send it packing says volumes about how the mayor views crime and his role in general. The City has had more than its share of crime and an education system that left little resources on the table for under served populations.  But as crime often does, its creeping shadow into neighborhoods of privilege have prompted the mayor to ridicule his city as having a "culture of crime." Come on man! Statements like this may be psychologically comforting and it may be politically smart to play like one of the people by criticizing "the City" for its culture but that is far from leading.  Killings on Canal St, the French Quarter, the Lower Garden District, Bywater, Marigny, New Orleans East, are THE agenda not fodder for political rhetoric. These shameful acts of violence didn't measure priority status when they were in the realm of run down tenement slums and where the killing was confined to seedy zones. But it did bother professionals and big business decades ago, who left in droves to built their corporate skyscrapers in Houston and Atlanta, places where they could encourage a strong education to lift all of society, while undergirding strong, diverse andy prospering economies.  Not everyone grew up like the few who remain in the city and send their kids to schools behind walls. Smart cities build mass transit, and better neighborhoods and erect ladders to success for all, yes, even for minority populations who, when all else fails, kill us and kill each other.  Smart cities are not about tall talking but on the ground action. That is what leadership is all about, not whining with repeated rhetoric about what a culture of crime we face by the city's fast talking mayor.  Quite frankly, saying that we are all in this together and rolling out school yard examples to fight crime misses the "feel good" boat and makes the frog boil.

Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour says he is at peace with his decision to pardon more than 200 criminals, including 17 convicted murderers, on his last days in office, but angry Mississippians are fighting back with the help of Attorney General Jim Hood.  CBS News is reporting his actions will likely lead to changes in Mississippi's pardon laws. 

Newt Gingrich is getting mixed reviews of his latest attack on Mitt Romney, a TV spot in which he shows John Kerry at a campaign stop in Louisiana saying, "Laissez le bon temps rouler", then follows with a clip of Mitt Romney introducing himself in French on a 2002 Winter Olympics video.  Romney served as Chief Executive for the Olympics and English and French are both the official languages of the Olympics, no it's no wonder this is being called "the silliest slander of the campaign season."  You can see John Kerry, flanked by Senator Mary Landrieu, and Romney at the link below.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his Chief of Police faced the public Friday after 18 people were shot in a 24-hour period, including a police officer.  New Orleans finished 2011 with 199 murders, and has already seen 47 people shot in 2012, with 12 killed, a new record for a city that continues to struggle with violence.  The new wave of crime comes on the heals of a very successful period in which the city hosted over 250,000 visitors for sporting events.  Read more about how the Mayor plans to fight "for the heart and soul of New Orleans" at the link below. 
Despite a massive PR blitz by BP that includes everything from paying celebrity chefs to tout their claims to handling out fish tacos and seafood jambalaya to football fans flocking to New Orleans, commercial fisherman along the Gulf Coast are saying the hype just isn't true.  Some say they are struggling to just pay their bills with a dismal shrimp harvest and sales consistent with last year's.  The Louisiana Shrimp Association calls is simply "BP propaganda."  Read more at the link below. 
In a message that has attracted attention, former Archbishop Alfred Hughes delivered a message to Governor Bobby Jindal and other elected officials at Sunday's inaugural interfaith prayer service, urging them to "shun the paralyzing and polarizing political debate in favor of civil discourse."  Hughes, shown here, also urged the elected officials gathered to keep in mind the needs of the poor, the downtrodden, the uneducated and minorities as they go about the tasks of leading the state, "because God excludes no one from his family. They should not be overlooked."
Governor Bobby Jindal is hosting a fundraising to help Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser retire his personal debt from his campaign for Lt. Governor, causing current Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne to note, "I would hope he would be as supportive of his friends in victory as his friends in defeat."   His comments received the routine "no comment" from Jindal, but you can read his political adviser's explanation at the link below.

A man accused of killing a Hammond priest then taking off for Disney World with his family in the priest's car has taken the unusual step of requesting that the grand jury that will hear his case be moved to another venue.  An attorney for Jeremy Wayne Manieri, accused of killing Father Ed Everitt in a Mississippi beach house was called a killer by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, shown here, in a campaign commerical. 

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