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  • Mayor during Katrina gets 10 years for corruption

    07/09/2014 9:19:39 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 40 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 9, 2014 | Associated Press
    NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Nagin was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin’s support for various projects. The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business. The 58-year-old Democrat had defiantly denied any wrongdoing after his 2013 indictment and...
  • Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets A Decade In Prison For Corruption (Chocolate City)

    07/09/2014 10:22:18 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 7-9-2014 | Kevin McGill
    Kevin McGill, Associated PressJuly 9, 2014 Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction on bribery, money laundering and other corruption charges. Prosecutors said the actions for which he was convicted spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan handed down the sentence Wednesday morning. (snip)
  • Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison for public corruption

    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Wednesday. Nagin, 58, the two-term mayor who was the face of the city during Hurricane Katrina, joins a list of Louisiana elected officials convicted of misdeeds committed while in office. But he is New Orleans' first mayor to be convicted and sent to prison for public corruption.
  • 10-year Sentence for Ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

    07/09/2014 9:00:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/9/2014 | unknown
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan handed down the sentence Wednesday morning. Nagin was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin's support for various projects. The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business. The 58-year-old Democrat had defiantly...
  • Ray Nagin, Former New Orleans Mayor, Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

    07/09/2014 8:27:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 76 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7-9-14 | Campbell Robertson
    NEW ORLEANS — C. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans who was convicted in February on corruption charges, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday in federal court in New Orleans. Mr. Nagin was found guilty in February on 20 counts, most relating to kickbacks from contractors looking for city work. The sentence was imposed by Judge Ginger Berrigan of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Mr. Nagin, a Democrat, was arrested in January 2013, nearly three years after he left office. He was charged with taking kickbacks in the form of...
  • Stacey Jackson pleads guilty, delivers another black eye to Ray Nagin's administration

    07/02/2014 10:04:57 AM PDT · by topher · 21 replies
    NOLA.com (Times-Picayune) ^ | July 02, 2014 at 10:34 AM, updated July 02, 2014 at 10:46 AM | Richard Rainey
    With a few nods and a clear-voiced "yes, ma'am," Stacey Jackson on Wednesday ended her year-long resistance against accusations that she orchestrated an elaborate kickback scheme to rob a federally financed anti-blight program during now-disgraced Mayor Ray Nagin's tenure in City Hall. She struck a plea deal with prosecutors and admitted to U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon that she was guilty of one count of conspiracy to receive kickbacks involving federal money. She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and three years probation, although such a harsh sentence would be rare for first-time federal offenders....
  • Associated Press suffers massive memory lapse in recent article

    04/06/2014 10:43:58 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/6/14 | Doug Book
    According to its website, the Associated Press is one of the “…most trusted sources of independent news gathering.” AP journalists operate “…in more than 280 locations worldwide, including every statehouse in the U.S.” AP employees have won 51 Pulitzer prizes. The AP proudly announces that its journalists “…have gone to great lengths, overcome obstacles and, too often, sacrificed to ensure that the news has been reported quickly, accurately and honestly.” Most importantly, the AP claims that the organization “…fights for freedom of the press and the public’s right to know.” (my italics) On March 26th, the Washington Post published an...
  • Ray Nagin convicted, guilty of 20 charges

    02/12/2014 10:57:52 AM PST · by Bogey78O · 171 replies
    NOLA ^ | Andrew Boyd | The Times-Picayune
    <p>Nagin skates on count 7 but nailed on 20 counts.</p>
  • Former New Orleans mayor indicted on federal corruption charges

    As part of the alleged bribes, Nagin's family members received a vacation in Hawaii; first-class airfare to Jamaica; private jet travel and a limousine for New York City totaling $23,500; and cellular phone service, the indictment said. According to the indictment, the bribing businessmen allegedly received city contracts of $1 million for consulting, more than $3 million to build a project at Louis Armstrong International Airport, and $1 million for another airport project, the indictment said. Other contracts were for sidewalk repairs in the French Quarter and professional services, authorities allege. Among the conspiracy charges is an accusation that Nagin...
  • (Democrat New Orleans) Ex-Mayor Nagin goes on trial for bribery charges (finally)

    01/27/2014 2:46:30 AM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 26, 2014 | Michael Kunzelman and Kevin McGill
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who led the city during its darkest days after Hurricane Katrina, will be thrust back into the spotlight this week when he goes on trial in a corruption case that mushroomed at the end of his eight-year tenure. [Snip] Nagin's 21-count indictment includes bribery and wire fraud charges, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and 20 years in prison, respectively.
  • Ray Nagin: The final chapter (bribery, conspiracy, money laundering trial postponed third time)

    11/03/2013 9:17:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Best Of New Orleans ^ | 10/28/13 | Clancy DuBos, Joe Raspanti
    Former Mayor Ray Nagin's federal trial on 21 public corruption charges was postponed again last week — for the third time. The former mayor is now set to stand trial on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. If and when Nagin does go to trial — or if he pleads to a reduced charge — it will be the final chapter of Hurricane Katrina's political arc. Guilty or innocent, Nagin's fate will bring closure to a city that arguably suffered as much after the storm as during it, thanks in large measure to the former mayor's failure to implement a recovery program...
  • White House Weekend Roundup: Zoolander Meets Joey Wonka

    05/20/2013 6:28:18 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-20-2013 | MOTUS
    If you were smart you made the most of your pre-Memorial Day weekend by not watching the news. Or maybe you only watched the Sunday morning talking heads to keep up on Scandal-gate. Either way, you probably missed the big stories about our newly expanded and re-vitamized initiatives. Let me bring you up to speed. First, Lady M announced she is dramatically expanding her No Child’s Fat Behind initiative to zoos! Yup, that’s right, zoos. [Let’s be careful out there: no simian references please. We’re better than that.] Most people are not aware of the growing problem of zoo resident...
  • Aaron Broussard's likely sentence 5 years in prison, lawyers say

    02/23/2013 2:57:35 AM PST · by abb · 10 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | February 22, 2013 | Drew Broach
    Aaron Broussard might have hoped his story would have been that of a witty, colorful and effective politician whose career in public service spanned 35 years. On Monday, however, a federal judge will write an epilogue that has the former Jefferson Parish president going to prison for what lawyers predict will be at least five years. The 10 a.m. sentencing in U.S. District Court in New Orleans will essentially end a political corruption scandal that burst open in 2009, quickly toppled the Broussard administration and became entwined with any number of unusual side stories. Judge Hayden Head Jr. was brought...
  • Former New Orleans mayor Nagin charged with bribery, fraud (get on the prison bus!)

    01/18/2013 5:53:58 PM PST · by Kolath · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 1/18/2012 | AP
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was indicted Friday on charges that he used his office for personal gain, accepting payoffs, free trips and gratuities from contractors while the city was struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The charges against Nagin are the outgrowth of a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen and a prison sentence for a former city vendor.
  • Ray Nagin indictment: First New Orleans mayor to face corruption charges

    01/18/2013 11:57:55 AM PST · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | January 18, 2013 | Gordon Russell
    A federal grand jury on Friday indicted former Mayor Ray Nagin with 21 counts of corruption, alleging that while in office, Nagin took cash bribes and gifts from two city contractors and used his power as mayor to leverage a granite installation contract from Home Depot as the retailer was building a store in Central City. Despite New Orleans' reputation for political shenanigans, Nagin is the first mayor in the city's history to be indicted by a grand jury on corruption charges. [Snip] The indictment against Nagin includes six counts of bribery, one count of conspiracy, one count of money...
  • Former New Orleans mayor charged with bribery, fraud (Updated)

    01/18/2013 10:34:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 107 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2013 | Michael Kunzelman - AP
    NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. The charges announced Friday come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.
  • Aaron Broussard agrees to plead guilty to two corruption charges

    09/24/2012 5:50:56 PM PDT · by abb · 21 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | September 24, 2012 | Drew Broach
    Aaron Broussard has capitulated. He disclosed via his attorney that he plans to plead guilty Tuesday to corruption charges stemming from his six-year administration of Jefferson Parish government. The former parish president, one of the dominant figures in Jefferson politics over the past three decades, will admit conspiring in 2003 to hire his girlfriend into a deadhead job that reaped the couple a total of $323,308 over six years and to stealing about $28,000, her excess pay for one year, defense attorney Robert Jenkins said. Broussard, 63, is the biggest fish of five netted in the federal investigation that ensnared...
  • Ray Nagin (former New Orleans mayor) ordered to appear before grand jury, station reports

    08/20/2012 4:46:45 PM PDT · by abb · 24 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | August 20, 2012 | Gordon Russell
    WDSU-TV reported this afternoon that former Mayor Ray Nagin has been ordered to appear before a federal grand jury on Friday. The source of the station's information is unclear; the report simply says that "the WDSU I-Team has learned" of the scheduled appearance. The station says that the subpoena went out last week. The report says that Robert Jenkins, Nagin's attorney, "declined to confirm the information." Jenkins frequently appears as an analyst on WDSU. He did not immediately return a phone call from The Times-Picayune. It's been well-publicized that the feds have been building a case against Nagin. The Times-Picayune...
  • Mayor Ray Nagin took $50,000 payoff, granite, consulting gig, businessman says

    06/27/2012 12:49:20 PM PDT · by abb · 10 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | June 27, 2012 | David Hammer and Gordon Russell
    While in office, Mayor Ray Nagin accepted a $50,000 payoff and shipments of free granite from city vendor Frank Fradella, and after leaving City Hall, he became a highly paid consultant to Fradella, according to court documents filed this morning. Fradella was in federal court to plead guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of conspiring to bribe Nagin, described in court documents as "Public Official A." The government's description of that public official, as well as other clues, make clear that it is Nagin. Nagin has not been charged. He has not responded to an email...
  • Mayor Ray Nagin implicated in new document charging Covington businessman

    06/26/2012 3:51:37 PM PDT · by abb · 13 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | June 26, 2012 | David Hammer and Gordon Russell,
    Covington businessman Frank Fradella has been charged in a new bill of information that appears to implicate former Mayor Ray Nagin, who has been under investigation for months by a federal grand jury. Federal prosecutors this afternoon charged Fradella with one count of securities fraud and one count of conspiring to bribe a public official. The new documents do not name the official -- rather, they call him "Public Official A." But the official is clearly Nagin; the document describes him as an agent of the city of New Orleans from May 2002 through May 2010. That coincides with Nagin's...
  • (Former New Orleans Mayor) Ray Nagin is focus of federal grand jury probe

    02/10/2012 11:52:27 AM PST · by abb · 30 replies
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | February 9, 2012` | David Hammer
    A federal grand jury is investigating whether city vendors gave former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin gratuities ranging from plane tickets to materials and equipment for his family's granite-countertop business and also helped the firm land an exclusive installation deal with a retailing giant while Nagin was in office, according to several sources close to the probe. The federal probe is zeroing in on Nagin along three parallel tracks: luxury travel and home maintenance provided by city technology vendors; a granite countertop installation contract that Nagin's family company got from The Home Depot; and the possibility that at least two...
  • Ray ‘School Bus’ Nagin: CBS Hurricane Expert

    08/27/2011 10:45:49 AM PDT · by PROCON · 32 replies
    breitbart.tv ^ | Aug. 27, 2011
    On the eve of Hurricane Irene making landfall, CBS News turned to disgraced former new Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and referred to him as an "expert." Nagin used the opportunity to plug his "self-published" book.
  • Awkward: Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin offers hurricane prep tips

    08/27/2011 10:37:28 AM PDT · by supahstar2005 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 27, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    No, this wasn’t meant to be a joke. Although many believe the 2005 response to Hurricane Katrina was a colossal failure at every level of government, former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin appeared on MSNBC on Friday to offer preparedness advice for those in Hurricane Irene’s path. Speaking with Martin Bashir, Nagin gave government agencies and their leaders high marks for their preparations. But he said only time will tell if the public follows their instructions.
  • Really? Ray Nagin lecturing a TV audience on hurricane preparedness?

    08/26/2011 2:09:44 PM PDT · by martosko · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/26/2011 | Jeff Poor
    No, this wasn’t meant to be a joke. Although many believe the 2005 response to Hurricane Katrina was a colossal failure at every level of government, former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin appeared on MSNBC on Friday to offer preparedness advice for those in Hurricane Irene’s path. Speaking with Martin Bashir, Nagin gave government agencies and their leaders high marks for their preparations. But he said only time will tell if the public follows their instructions.
  • Ray Nagin Worried CIA Agents Would 'Secretly Shoot Me With a Miniature, Slow-Acting Poison Dart'

    06/24/2011 11:38:51 PM PDT · by woofie · 73 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | June 23, 2011 | Michelle Krupa
    <p>Since Hurricane Katrina’s winds died down, Ray Nagin has cast his role as mayor of New Orleans as a me-against-the-world struggle to save his hometown against inept government officials and racist forces, sometimes even laying out vague conspiracy theories to bolster his worldview.</p>
  • Leadership Amidst Tragedy & Heroes of Katrina (Schoolbus Nagin gets the prize from ABC news) GAG!

    08/29/2010 7:00:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/29/10
    All video - WATCH: Leadership Amidst Tragedy - Former Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin reflects on Katrina. WATCH: Heroes of Katrina - Remembering those who cared for the helpless and rescued the stranded.
  • (DOJ Release) Six New Orleans Police Officers Indicted in Danziger Bridge Case

    07/13/2010 2:25:50 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    Dept. Of Justice ^ | 7-13-2010 | Dept. Of Justice
    WASHINGTON –Six officers with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) were charged today in connection with the federal investigation of a police-involved shooting on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina, the Justice Department announced today. The incident resulted in the death of two civilians and the wounding of four others. The indictment charges four officers – Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso – in connection with the shootings, and charges those four officers and two supervisors – Arthur “Archie” Kaufman and Gerard Dugue – with helping to obstruct justice during the subsequent investigations. The...
  • Ray Nagin Faces State Ethics Charges (Former N.O. Mayor)

    05/08/2010 1:08:49 AM PDT · by chemicalman · 13 replies · 646+ views
    Rush Radio 99.5 WRNO ^ | Friday, May 7, 2010 | The Associated Press
    The state ethics board is charging former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin with two possible violations, for receiving gifts from a one-time city vendor and for his involvement with a company that was negotiating tax breaks with the city. Copies of the charges, which were sent to Nagin through his attorney late last month, were received by The Associated Press on Friday. One charge involves gifts to Nagin paid for by technology firm NetMethods and its owner Mark St. Pierre, who had several city contracts. NetMethods paid for Nagin and his family to travel to Jamaica in 2005 and to...
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu asks U.S. Department of Justice to assess troubled NOPD

    05/05/2010 3:50:18 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 8 replies · 346+ views
    NOLA.com ^ | 05/05/2010 | NOLA.com
    Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Wednesday he is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to send federal resources to help reform the New Orleans Police Department. Landrieu, standing beside more than a dozen community leaders, said at a news conference that he wants the Justice Department to come in and do an assessment of the NOPD and the criminal justice system. Landrieu said he anticipates that the federal assessment would eventually result in a consent decree, a move that could mean federal oversight for the troubled department. "It is clear that nothing short of a complete transformation is necessary and essential...
  • (Bautsch makes preliminary ID of perp!) The French Quarter Fracas (Updated, 3:20 p.m)

    04/19/2010 1:33:23 PM PDT · by abb · 156 replies · 5,361+ views
    The Hayride ^ | April 18, 2010 | Scott McKay
    UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: We’ve got so much information coming in on this story now, it’s hard to keep track of it all. So rather than craft some sort of elegant narrative of this thing, we’ll stick to bullet points. - Nobody from the New Orleans Police Department talked to Allee Bautsch at any length until Thursday of last week. - The picture at left, of which we now have several shots, is of an individual who, if he isn’t the prime suspect in the beating of Allee Bautsch and Joe Brown, sure ought to be. Bautsch told me via e-mail...
  • New Orleans Police Department Report on the Assault of Alexandra Bautsch and Joseph Brown

    04/19/2010 11:46:08 AM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies · 2,113+ views
    This is a copy of the police report on the Bautsch/Brown assault. The narrative begins on page 4 of the pdf. file (be patient - it takes a moment to load). The report strongly suggests that the white male perpetrators were part of the protest that evening outside of Brennan's restaurant.
  • Report: LA GOP Whisper Campaign: Allee Bautsch "Earned" Stomping With "Her Sassy Mouth"

    04/19/2010 10:30:30 AM PDT · by kristinn · 237 replies · 9,843+ views
    Monday, April 19, 2010 | Kristinn
    Louisiana GOP fundraiser Alexandra "Allee" Bautsch and her boyfriend, Joe Brown, talk with a police officer about the savage attack on them by leftist protesters as they left a GOP fundraising event on April 9, 2010. Photo by Jack A. Neal The scandal of the aftermath of the vicious political attack on Alexandra "Allee" Bautsch, the chief fundraiser for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and her boyfriend, Joe Brown, as they left a Republican fundraiser attended by three GOP governors (Jindal, Rick Perry of Texas and Haley Barbour of Mississippi) April 9th has taken a sickening turn as a report has...
  • In New Orleans, a Secondline to Violence

    04/18/2010 1:29:23 PM PDT · by gartrell bibberts · 25 replies · 904+ views
    The Tennessee Conservative ^ | April 17,2010 | Mick Wright
    Radical anarchists and Leftwing extremists, spreading a message of violence and hate, marched directly to the scene of the crime. Their target: Gov. Bobby Jindal, his “rich” friends, and Republicans. Is it just mere coincidence, then, that the victims of this assault were Republican employees of Gov. Jindal attending an expensive fundraiser, at the exact location, and at the exact time, that the protest took place? Is it just mere coincidence that the perpetrators purposely targeted the victims and shouted insults at them concerning “money,” as Allee’s mother claims, and their being “nicely dressed,” as the police report states? I...
  • The French Quarter Attack WAS Political…

    04/17/2010 2:58:20 AM PDT · by abb · 203 replies · 6,517+ views
    The Hayride ^ | April 17, 2010 | Scott McKay
    …you have to more or less suspend disbelief not to recognize that. But based on various agendas, it seems like that’s what’s going on. Beyond the reactions of left-wing journals, when those sources have reacted to this story at all, we notice that Allahpundit at HotAir.com and Michelle Malkin have both gone out of their way to disparage the idea that the attack had to do with politics. The attack was political. But, and I think I’ve been clear on this and hopefully in this post I’ll be even clearer, while it was political it doesn’t appear that it was...
  • Protest Mob Also Targeted Host of GOP New Orleans Fundraiser Before Allee Bautsch Mauling

    04/16/2010 3:21:59 PM PDT · by kristinn · 156 replies · 4,512+ views
    Friday, April 16, 2010 | Kristinn
    Walter Abbott, doing the reporting that most others in the blogosphere and the mainstream media refuse to do, has broken a story at the Lincoln Parish News Online that the host of the Republican governors fundraiser which Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's chief fundraiser Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend Joe Brown had attended before they were brutally attacked just blocks away says that he and his party fled the fundraiser after twice being targeted by protesters:In an interview this afternoon, Louisiana GOP Chair Roger Villere, Jr. told Lincoln Parish News Online he and several others were pursued by protesters last Friday...
  • Brutal attack on Republican fundraiser appears politically motivated

    04/16/2010 8:49:54 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 142 replies · 5,907+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 04/16/10 | CaroleL
    Last Friday night, Allee Bautsch, the chief fundraiser for Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, was violently assaulted, along with her boyfriend, outside of a famed New Orleans restaurant. Initial reports on the incident were murky, but Yahoo! News has learned that the attacks appear to have been politically motivated.
  • Exclusive New Orleans Beat-Down Update Via Interview With The NOPD - “It Was Of A Political Nature”

    04/15/2010 11:33:27 AM PDT · by abb · 94 replies · 3,408+ views
    Pat Dollard. com ^ | April 15, 2010 | Pat Dollard
    I just had a very interesting and somewhat confusing conversation with New Orleans Police Department Public Information Officer Bob Young. Mr. Young confirmed to me that the New Orleans police had indeed taken statements from both of the victims, Jindal aide Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend, Joe Young. He confirmed that in those statements, the victims reported that their assailants had indeed hurled “insults” at them, and the “insults” were, and I quote, “of a political nature”. Describing the entire attack, he went on to say “it was of a political nature”. I then repeated what he told me, and...
  • NOPD: Jindal Aide, BF Beaten, Not Robbed, By 'Caucasian Males'; Hayride Stands by Palin Pins Report

    04/13/2010 6:11:11 PM PDT · by kristinn · 195 replies · 10,377+ views
    Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | By Kristinn Taylor
    <p>Our betters in the blogosphere and mainstream media have spent the afternoon tut-tutting those of us who suspect a political angle to the savage attack on Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's chief fundraiser Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend Joe Brown last Friday night after a fundraising dinner in New Orleans.</p>
  • New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin headed to Super Bowl XLIV on taxpayers' dime

    02/05/2010 3:45:41 AM PST · by chemicalman · 25 replies · 795+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | February 04, 2010, 9:48AM | Michelle Krupa
    New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has landed himself a ticket to the Super Bowl - and the taxpayers are footing the bill. Nagin expressed shock last week that as the city's chief executive, he only had been offered the option to buy tickets in a "nosebleed section" of Sun Life Stadium in Miami, where the Saints make their Super Bowl debut Sunday. But Nagin told a local radio station this morning that his fortunes have changed, though he wasn't specific about where he'll be sitting or with whom he's traveling. "The Saints have come through. I got some good seats,"...
  • Riley, Compass, New Orleans police officials summoned to federal grand jury (Katrina investigation)

    01/17/2010 9:45:12 AM PST · by abb · 40 replies · 1,119+ views
    Police Superintendent Warren Riley, his predecessor Eddie Compass and other top police officials apparently testified Friday before a federal grand jury investigating possible police misconduct in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. At different points Friday, a host of current and former police brass entered and exited the fourth-floor wing of the federal courthouse building that holds the grand jury rooms. Their appearances come amid a sprawling federal probe into whether NOPD officers committed deadly civil-rights violations in the chaotic days after the 2005 storm. Led by prosecutors from the U.S. Department of Justice civil rights division and conducted by FBI...
  • NATIONAL DEMS TO THROW SUPPORT BEHIND LANDRIEU IN MAYOR'S RACE IN EXCHANGE FOR MARY'S VOTE

    01/03/2010 10:06:45 PM PST · by chemicalman · 19 replies · 1,937+ views
    Dead Pelican ^ | January 3, 2010 | Chad E. Rogers
    Once believed to be the front runner in the New Orleans mayoral election, Senator Edward Murray has dropped out! Sources tell THE DEAD PELICAN that Murray's exit has made Lt. Governor Mitch Landerieu the new front runner, and it will he will be difficult to beat. This is partly because the National Democratic party plans to provide massive amounts of Cash in support of Landrieu's mayoral bid, THE DEAD PELICAN has learned. Mitch's backing by the national Democratic party comes as part of a deal his sister Senator Mary Landrieu struck with the Obama white house. It is widely known...
  • [New Orleans Mayor] Nagin's views raise eyebrows [visits Cuba]

    10/22/2009 6:07:17 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 27 replies · 1,590+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | October 22, 2009 | Michelle Krupa
    As he returns to New Orleans today after a six-day junket in Cuba, Mayor Ray Nagin almost certainly will face questions about the latest addition to his collection of controversial comments. Nagin told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he thinks Cuba's repressive regime does "a much better job" than U.S. officials of identifying citizen needs and deploying resources in the face of hurricanes, which routinely batter the Caribbean nation. Though Hurricanes Gustav, Ike and Paloma all struck the island last year, only seven Cubans were killed, in part because authorities use soldiers to close highways and enforce evacuations. Harking...
  • New Orleans mayor learns about disaster response in Cuba

    10/17/2009 3:00:02 PM PDT · by james500 · 35 replies · 2,376+ views
    New Orleans, Louisiana, Mayor Ray Nagin arrived in Cuba late Friday on a mission to learn about how to deal with storms, a spokeswoman said. "We understand we may have a lot to learn from the Cubans in terms of disaster preparedness and how they have dealt with hurricanes," spokeswoman Ceeon Quiett said. Cuba is internationally applauded for exceptional disaster management, according to a news release from Nagin's office. In the Cuban capital, Havana, Nagin plans to meet with several officials, including some from the Latin American Medical Centers for Disaster. He will also learn about preparations the Cuba Defense...
  • Nagin set to visit Cuba for emergency preparedness meetings

    10/16/2009 7:26:01 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 27 replies · 1,206+ views
    WWL-TV ^ | Friday, October 16, 2009 | WWL-TV.com
    NEW ORLEANS ― Ray Nagin will become the first mayor in 50 years to make an official visit to Cuba when the leader of New Orleans travels there with a delegation of officials for a disaster preparedness exchange. New Orleans is serving as a living laboratory for techniques on emergency preparedness and response, including implementing plans that include assistance for residents who are unable to leave the city. During Gustav in 2008, the city helped more than 18,000 residents evacuate as the hurricane approached. The tour is scheduled to meet with the Latin American Medical Centers for Disasters and will...
  • Obama makes first trip to New Orleans as president

    10/15/2009 9:20:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 1,000+ views
    AP ^ | 10/15/09 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, who accused former President George W. Bush of leading a government "that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns," is hearing directly from New Orleans residents who have struggled to rebuild their city since the 2005 hurricane season. Obama arrives in New Orleans Thursday on his first presidential trip to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. About 1,600 people were killed in Louisiana and Mississippi by Hurricane Katrina, which caused $40 billion in damages and displaced 1 million people from their homes.
  • New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin spotted at posh Washington, D.C., eatery during lobbying trip

    07/30/2009 12:16:05 PM PDT · by trumandogz · 22 replies · 969+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 7.23.09 | Michelle Krupa
    On a three-day junket to Washington, D.C., to lobby for recovery money, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was spotted Wednesday evening at the posh downtown bistro, The Caucus Room, along with a flock of Republican notables, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Fred Thompson, the 2008 GOP presidential also-ran and former headliner of TV's Law and Order. Also keeping reservations last night at the white-tablecloth eatery were former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, who served eight years in President Bush's cabinet before becoming a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, and singer, songwriter and producer John Rich.
  • New Orleans Wants Ex-Residents Counted (Hey Ray, you're not supposed to advertise fraud!)

    07/20/2009 10:55:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies · 570+ views
    WSJ ^ | 7/20/2009 | COREY DADE
    New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is calling on former residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to claim their old city addresses in next year's census, drawing criticism for trying to circumvent rules for winning federal funds. The mayor -- encouraged that New Orleans has thrown off its post-Katrina malaise to become the U.S.'s fastest-growing big city by percentage -- wants the U.S. Census Bureau to grant an exception for its former residents, currently living elsewhere, who want to rebuild homes in New Orleans. There's one problem: The mayor's plan is illegal, according to the Census Bureau. Federal law requires...
  • Mayor Ray Nagin's advice breaks census rules

    07/11/2009 10:44:38 AM PDT · by liberty75 · 79 replies · 7,058+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 7-10-2009 | Michelle Krupa
    Aiming to maximize federal grant money and offer proof of his city's recovery, Mayor Ray Nagin is urging Hurricane Katrina victims still living elsewhere -- and longing to return -- to record New Orleans as their home when the U.S. Census Bureau conducts its decennial head count next spring. Problem is, that strategy doesn't mesh with census rules, federal officials say. In an e-mail response to questions about the much-anticipated count, Nagin spokesman James Ross said this week: "An area of major concern relates to New Orleanians working to return here. Many are repairing their homes, and others are trying...
  • FBI Agents Collecting Data From (New Orleans) City Hall Computers as Part of Investigation

    06/25/2009 4:57:15 PM PDT · by Prole · 5 replies · 665+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | June 23, 2009 | David Hammer
    FBI agents have been in New Orleans City Hall since Friday collecting data from computer-network servers and backup tapes, according to a city official familiar with the investigation. Five federal agents have tied up the work of management information systems employees as they comb through the data stored on the servers. The agents are expected to be in City Hall all week, said the source, who wished to remain anonymous because the investigation has not been made public. The agents came bearing federal subpoenas seeking information and met with Chief Administrative Officer Brenda Hatfield, the source said. City spokeswoman Ceeon...
  • Nagin Says Quarantine Experience Was 'Surreal'

    06/11/2009 11:03:28 AM PDT · by green pastures · 22 replies · 1,226+ views
    WDSU.com (New Orleans News ^ | 6/11/2009 | WDSU.com
    NEW ORLEANS -- Mayor Ray Nagin described his experience being quarantined in China amid fears of swine flu exposure as "very surreal" in an interview with WDSU on Wednesday night.