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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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin asks judge to go easy on sentencing

    06/13/2014 6:32:46 PM PDT · by topher · 33 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | By Robert McClendon
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is asking for leniency ahead of his July 2 sentencing. New court filings say Nagin is looking at a minimum of 20 years in prison, based on federal sentencing guidelines. That's a "virtual life sentence" for the 58-year-old former two-term mayor, defense attorney Robert Jenkins wrote in a Friday filing to U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan asking her to hand down a lighter term.
  • After conviction, Ray Nagin must forfeit $500K

    05/27/2014 8:55:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 5:14 PM EDT
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will have to pay the government more than $501,000 as a result of his conviction on bribery and other charges, a federal judge said Tuesday. Nagin was convicted in February on 20 counts including bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy during his two terms as mayor. The Democrat served from 2002 to 2010 and was known his impassioned pleas for help for the city after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. …
  • A Whole Lotta Democratic Corruption Going On

    03/28/2014 4:49:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Has Nancy Pelosi seen a newspaper lately? (Pro tip, hon: Like the Obamacare monstrosity, you have to read it to find out what's in it.) I'd love to see her face in the wake of the veritable epidemic of Democratic corruption now sweeping the country. Pelosi's blink count must be off the charts. I'm going to make it easy on Pelosi and put all of the latest cases in one handy rogue's gallery reference list. But let's not be naive. It's clear to me that the Barack Obama/Eric Holder DOJ is clearing the decks before the midterms. Prediction: The FBI's...
  • 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>
  • Predictably, USA Today's Coverage of Nagin's Conviction Omits His Dem Party ID

    02/12/2014 1:42:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 12, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was convicted on 20 of 21 counts of corruption and bribery today. USA Today reporter Rick Jervis did a bit of a profile of Nagin in the course of reporting on the convictions. It included a recounting of the his time at the city's helm during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But one thing it oh-so-predictably did not include was Nagin's Democratic Party affiliation
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Judge denies former New Orleans mayor’s bid to delay trial (Ray Nagin)

    09/27/2013 11:08:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:08pm EDT | Kathy Finn
    A judge on Friday denied an effort by former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to postpone his corruption trial, which he said had been compromised by inflammatory comments posted online by prosecutors. Nagin’s argument for a delay stemmed from online postings that recently prompted a federal judge to order a new trial in a murder case involving five New Orleans policemen convicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two unarmed people at Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina. … Nagin, who was mayor during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is accused of receiving kickbacks in exchange for city contracts, and wire...
  • 'Good Morning America' Fails To Reveal Indicted Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin A Democrat

    01/19/2013 4:58:42 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When in 2008 Senator Ted Stevens was indicted on corruption-related charges, the very first word in ABC News's headline was "Republican." And the R-word was mentioned four more times in the story. But when ABC's Good Morning America ran a segment this morning on the indictment on charges of corruption of Ray Nagin, former Mayor of New Orleans, it never revealed—either by spoken word or screen graphic—that Nagin is a Democrat. Note that this was not some short news blip: GMA took a full minute-and-a-half to tell the story, but couldn't find a few seconds to mention Nagin's party affiliation....
  • Ray Nagin (Mr. Chocolate City) of New Orleans just indicted on 21 counts (heard on radio).

    01/18/2013 1:04:26 PM PST · by Tulane · 29 replies
    1/18/13 | Me
    Just heard it on the radio. He deserves it.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin under investigation: source

    02/11/2012 6:06:36 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 11, 2012 | Kathy Finn
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, the colorful and controversial spokesman for the city after the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is under investigation by federal authorities, a source with direct knowledge of the probe said. The source told Reuters on Friday that several people linked to Nagin or the New Orleans city administration during his two terms as mayor ending in 2010 were cooperating with the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI ... Nagin, who is black, was criticized for racial divisiveness after Katrina for urging residents to rebuild a "chocolate New Orleans,"
  • Sign Showing Obama In Diaper Sparks Controversy (Ray Nagin protests)

    09/28/2011 6:27:13 PM PDT · by kristinn · 118 replies
    WDSU ^ | Wednesday, September 28, 2011
    NEW ORLEANS -- An Uptown neighborhood was clogged with cars Wednesday morning as 60 people showed up outside a home on Calhoun Street, demanding the removal of a sign of President Barack Obama in a diaper mounted on a fence. The people gathered outside the home just off St. Charles Avenue said they came to express their frustrations over the "offensive" poster. In the crowd was former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, and he said he already talked to homeowner Timmy Riley -- but the sign hasn't been removed. Many residents said the poster is distasteful and disrespectful to the...
  • CBS Presents Former Mayor Nagin as an 'Expert'on Eve of Hurricane

    On Friday's Early Show, CBS somehow thought it was appropriate to bring on former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to offer "lessons learned from other hurricanes," as Hurricane Irene bore down on the East Coast. Anchor Chris Wragge not only failed to ask Nagin about his failures in leadership in the lead-up to Hurricane Katrina, but also twice labeled his guest an "expert in the field".
  • Two Photos that Perfectly Demonstrate Katrina and Gulf of Mexico Ineptness

    06/08/2010 8:10:40 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies · 103+ views
    Self | June 8, 2010 | PJ-Comix
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • An 'Earth-Shaking' Election in New Orleans

    02/11/2010 9:37:41 AM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,466+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 10, 2010 | Abigail Thernstrom
    Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu is the next mayor of New Orleans. The city is two-thirds black, and he will be the first white elected to the office since 1970, when his father, Moon Landrieu, won the seat. The election was a true post-racial moment. Four and a half years after Katrina, black voters decided competence trumped race. The prospect of a white mayor would be “an earth-shaking event,” a politically active black lawyer told a New York Times reporter before the election. In January 2006, when the first post-Katrina election was held, Mayor C. Ray Nagin took the occasion...
  • New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin headed to Super Bowl XLIV on taxpayers' dime

    02/07/2010 1:40:08 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 18 replies · 431+ views
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | 2/07/10 | Michelle Krupa - Staff Reporter
    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,"...
  • [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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Nagin Quarantined In China Amid H1N1 Case Quarantined After Chinese Business Trip

    06/08/2009 10:56:15 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 10 replies · 751+ views
    WDSU.com ^ | June 8, 2009
    NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, who traveled on Friday to Shanghai, China, on an economic development trip, was informed early Sunday that a passenger on the airplane in which he was traveling was confirmed to have signs and symptoms of an influenza-like illness, suspected to be of the H1N1 -- or swine flu -- subtype. As a precaution, Nagin, his wife and one member of the mayor's executive protection unit have been placed in a designated quarantine location in Shanghai. The mayor's agenda is on indefinite hold, though he and the others are symptom-free. "Right now,...
  • New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Quarantined In China Over H1N1-Flu Concerns

    06/07/2009 7:37:25 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies · 1,108+ views
    All Headline News ^ | June 7, 2009 | Staff Writer
    New Orleans, LA (AHN) - Reports are stemming from local New Orleans media that Mayor C. Ray Nagin is being quarantined in Shanghai after possibly being exposed to the H1N1 virus on his business trip in China. Nagin administration spokeswoman Ceeon D. Quiett said Nagin is being treated with the "utmost courtesy by Chinese officials." According to the Mayor's website, the purpose of the trip was to "meet with four prospects interested in the possibility of locating their businesses in New Orleans."The website also notes that Nagin is expected to travel to Sydney, Australia, "where he will be the keynote...
  • Mayor Nagin, wife quarantined after flight

    06/07/2009 2:03:20 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 64 replies · 3,744+ views
    WXVT TV ^ | June 7, 2009
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and his wife have been placed in quarantine after a passenger on their flight to China exhibited flu-like symptoms. Nagin's press office said a passenger had "signs and symptoms of an influence-like illness suspected to be of the H1N1 subtype." This comes amid continued global concerns about swine flu. The office said Sunday the couple and a security guard were placed under quarantine in Shanghai as a precaution and were exhibiting no symptoms.
  • Name That Party: Unpopular New Orleans Mayor Featured in NYT

    05/04/2009 6:28:41 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies · 972+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 4, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    Okay, boys and girls, it's time to play on America's favorite political game show.....NAME THAT PARTY!!! Today's show features a highly unpopular mayor of New Orleans written up in the New York Times. The first person who thinks he knows the political party affiliation of the mayor, please hit the buzzer. The hidden clues might be hard to find in this article but they could lead the more carefully discerning among you to the correct answer: NEW ORLEANS — As Mayor C. Ray Nagin approaches his final year in office, he faces scandal, an acrimonious stalemate with the City Council...
  • Term Limits Say New Orleans Mayor (Nagin) Can’t Return; Residents Say They Don’t Mind

    05/03/2009 8:33:35 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 952+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 3, 2009 | John Schwartz
    As Mayor C. Ray Nagin approaches his final year in office, he faces scandal, an acrimonious stalemate with the City Council and the worst popularity ratings ever recorded for a mayor here. Term limits will keep him from running again, so Mr. Nagin’s eight tumultuous years of leading what he called a “chocolate city” will come to an end next May. He has not been popular among middle-class white voters since the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but now, with the city still in a halting recovery more than three and a half years later, residents citywide seem...
  • Obama's honeymoon bliss fading (Congressional Democrats Lacking in Faith?)

    03/11/2009 7:28:25 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 50 replies · 2,523+ views
    The Hill ^ | 03/11/09 | Alexander Bolton
    President Obama’s honeymoon is beginning to fade. Members of Congress and old political hands say he needs to show substantial progress reviving the economy soon. Some Democrats have started to worry that voters don’t and won’t understand the link between economic revival and Obama’s huge agenda, which includes saving the banking industry, ending home foreclosures, reforming healthcare and developing a national energy policy, among much else. While lawmakers debate controversial proposals contained in the new president’s debut budget — cutting farm subsidies, raising taxes on charitable contributions, etc. — there is a growing sense that time is running out faster...
  • Obama cabinet members check Gulf Coast recovery

    03/05/2009 1:10:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1,189+ views
    The Conway Log Cabin Democrat ^ | March 5, 2009 | Michael Kunzelman
    NEW ORLEANS — Two members of President Barack Obama's cabinet said Thursday they are disturbed by the extent of damage that remains 3 1/2 years after Hurricane Katrina and pledged to speed the pace of rebuilding across the Gulf Coast. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced creation of new federal-state review teams to resolve funding disputes and a five-year, $50 million housing program. "What we have seen today makes us disturbed, angry even, to see some of the families living the way that they have," Donovan said from a 9th Ward housing...
  • CNN Immedately Pulls Plug On Only Dissenting Stimulus Voice At Mayor's Conference

    02/20/2009 12:17:24 PM PST · by WmShirerAdmirer · 19 replies · 1,748+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2009 | Greg Hengler
    CNN Immedately Pulls Plug On Only Dissenting Stimulus Voice At Mayor's Conference Republican Mayor of Charlotte (no name posted), "in my fourteenth year", gets cut off! http://townhall.com/blog
  • New Orlean's Ray Nagin For Obama HUD Head?

    11/16/2008 9:47:33 AM PST · by BBell · 95 replies · 3,048+ views
    Bayou Buzz ^ | Nov 14 2008 | Jeff Crouere
    As we thankfully near the end of the Nagin administration, everything seems to be falling apart at City Hall. Therefore, it is interesting that there are sources reporting this morning that Ray Nagin is being considered for the position of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the new Obama administration. According to one leading Democrat, Nagin is on the short list for the job because of “his experience leading New Orleans during the post-Katrina period.” While there has been significant rebuilding in New Orleans including a major revitalization of the public housing developments in the past three year, there...
  • Slidell man sentenced for illegally wearing military uniform, medals

    10/01/2008 9:18:41 AM PDT · by pabianice · 20 replies · 1,536+ views
    WWL-TV ^ | 9/30/08 | Sanders
    A New Orleans federal judge has sentenced a Slidell man in connection with a case where the man illegally wore a Navy uniform, complete with medals, at a wedding, according to U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. Letten reports that 42-year-old Andy Jerome Ticker was sentenced by Judge Jay Zainey to 12 months of home confinement, two years of supervised release, and a $500 fine. Ticker was charged with illegally wearing military decorations and medals. Letten says that, according to court documents, Ticker attended a wedding in Slidell back in April wearing a Navy Captain dress white uniform, complete with the...
  • New Orleans - Nagin worries residents could stay if Hurricane Ike threatens

    09/06/2008 5:17:56 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 381+ views
    wwltv.com (excerpt) ^ | September 6, 2008 | Becky Bohrer
    Excerpt - Even as residents who fled the city ahead of Hurricane Gustav continued to return, Mayor Ray Nagin said Saturday that it appeared the city would need to start worrying about Hurricane Ike. Hurricane Ike grew to Category 4 strength Saturday and could head into the Gulf of Mexico by early next week, putting residents along the Gulf Coast on alert less than a week after Gustav made landfall in south Louisiana. Nagin told reporters he's worried about fast-moving Ike and about the wherewithal of residents who one week ago began leaving ahead of Gustav. Reactions of residents who've...
  • The Real Difference Between Gustav and Katrina

    09/02/2008 6:05:15 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 7 replies · 235+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 9/02/08 | Purple Mountains
    Katrina was the biggest natural disaster that ever hit the United States. Noone anticipated or was prepared for such damage. Besides being a smaller hurricane that did not hit New Orleans directly, Gustav was managed by a competent Republican governor who heeded the warnings and took appropriate measures to protect the city and its people. Those whose vision are not clouded by the need to "get" President Bush will remember that the incompetent mayor of the city, Ray Nagin, ignored the warnings of the Bush Administration to evacuate the city. Who can forget the pictures of the hundreds of empty...
  • Inside, Nagin's a hero, outside, he's a joke

    08/22/2008 8:59:09 PM PDT · by nola61 · 19 replies · 182+ views
    The Times-Picayune | Friday August 22, 2008, 10:31 PM | Michelle Krupa and Frank Donze
    In a scene reminiscent of a satirical Carnival parade, about 75 protesters chanted and waved handmade signs outside a posh Canal Street hotel Friday evening while inside a gilded ballroom two stories above them Mayor Ray Nagin accepted the inaugural Award of Distinction for Recovery, Courage and Leadership from an honorary committee packed with his political allies. MICHAEL DEMOCKER / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Protestors gather outside the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans Friday August 22, 2008 to protest Mayor Ray Nagin getting an award. Marching in a circle so they wouldn't halt foot traffic, protesters wearing T-shirts, shorts and paper hats...
  • New Orleans Mayor Reacts To 31% Approval Rating

    07/09/2008 8:02:52 PM PDT · by Prole · 20 replies · 466+ views
    WRNO, Rush Radio, 99.5 FM, New Orleans, LA ^ | July 9, 2008 | Richard Hunter
    New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin refutes the findings of the latest UNO Quality of Life Study that show his approval rating has declined from 40 percent to 31 percent. "I think UNO needs a little more money in its budget. The sample size was pretty small, as well as, the margin of error was at 10 percent in Orleans Parish, which is unusual for somebody trying to assess the approval rating of a political leader. Nobody does that," said Nagin in an exclusive interview with Rush Radio 99.5 WRNO. According to the UNO poll, 49 percent of black respondents approve...
  • New Orleans Homeless Pushed Into Barrack

    02/27/2008 3:08:06 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 53 replies · 243+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 02/27-2008 | JOHN MORENO GONZALES
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Since Hurricane Katrina flooded his home 30 months ago, Donald Collins says, he has fled to an evacuation center, huddled in an abandoned house and lived in a tent outside City Hall. Eventually the former sanitation worker migrated to a downtown underpass where crack sales and clothing donations seem equally common. Mayor Ray Nagin has another stop in mind for Collins and about 200 other people who have been squatting there for months: a military- style barrack that critics say is short on long-term solutions to a homeless epidemic. "I'm not going," Collins, 52, said as...
  • Did Mayor Take Aim At Chief?

    02/15/2008 3:43:00 AM PST · by mylife · 38 replies · 97+ views
    WDSU news ^ | 2/14/08
    Did Mayor Take Aim At Chief? POSTED: 10:28 am CST February 14, 2008 UPDATED: 1:53 pm CST February 14, 2008 NEW ORLEANS -- A firestorm of controversy ensued after Mayor Ray Nagin, sporting a broad smile, seemed to aim an assault rifle at Police Superintendent Warren Riley in a Times-Picayune newspaper photo. Watch The Story | Poll: Did He Do It On Purpose? The photograph has pervaded talk radio and cyberspace, creating blog chatter and a forum for public opinion. Many pundits, bloggers and forum-posters took aim at the mayor. The shot was taken at a public unveiling of new...
  • Gun Seized After Katrina? NRA Wants You

    12/26/2007 7:43:06 PM PST · by Varmint Al · 4 replies · 200+ views
    comcast.net News ^ | 12/26/7 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, AP
    NEW ORLEANS — The National Rifle Association has hired private investigators to find hundreds of people whose firearms were seized by city police in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, according to court papers filed this week. The NRA is trying to locate gun owners for a federal lawsuit that the lobbying group filed against Mayor Ray Nagin and Police Superintendent Warren Riley over the city's seizure of firearms after the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane. In the lawsuit, the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation claim the city violated gun owners' constitutional right to bear arms and left them "at the...
  • New Orleans keeps narrow black majority

    09/12/2007 6:16:07 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 21 replies · 571+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 09/12/07 | JOHN MORENO GONZALES
    New Orleans is narrowly retaining a black majority after Hurricane Katrina, according to a study released Wednesday by The Brookings Institution. ADVERTISEMENT The study determined that while blacks left the city at a much faster rate than whites, New Orleans was still 58 percent black during 2006. Before Katrina, which hit Aug. 29, 2005, the city was 67 percent black, according to the U.S. census. "It's certainly still a predominantly African-American city," said William Frey, a demographer and senior fellow at Washington, D.C.-based Brookings. "Speculation that there was not going to be a black majority in the city is not...
  • New Orleans, Drop Dead

    08/30/2007 6:42:44 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 13 replies · 381+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 8/30/07 | Purple Mountains
    I guess I’m really a hard-hearted person, but as a survivor of Florida’s Hurricane Charley, which tore my roof off and forced me to spend many days of back-breaking labor and many months of distress, I have no sympathy for the slobs and vultures in New Orleans who want everyone else but them to handle their problems. I agree with the sentiments expressed in the following articles, and I’ll go on to point out that the incident that sealed my disgust with these whiners was when they re-elected Mayor Ray Nagin, possibly the most incompetent politician in the U.S.A. Who...
  • Mayor: Crime Part of New Orleans `brand'

    08/10/2007 5:06:13 PM PDT · by james500 · 38 replies · 860+ views
    AP via Newsday ^ | 5:46 PM EDT, August 10, 2007 | BECKY BOHRER
    Mayor Ray Nagin said he worries that slayings in the city make it seem dangerous, but news of such crimes "keeps the New Orleans brand out there." In a city where the tourism industry is the lifeblood of a fragile economy, the wave of violence threatens to derail efforts to bring visitors -- and former residents -- back. Yet Nagin, at a bricklaying ceremony Thursday, told reporters it's a "two-edged sword." "It's not good for us, but it also keeps the New Orleans brand out there, and it keeps people thinking about our needs and what we need to bring...
  • Nagin Looms Over Race

    08/10/2007 7:15:32 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 30 replies · 792+ views
    lapolitics.com ^ | 08/10/07 | John Maginnis
    New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin recently say he intends to run for governor but not to announce until just before he qualifies in September. He has told sources that, given the choices, he is only candidate who can attract enough African-Americans to the polls to force Congressman Bobby Jindal into a runoff. Republicans agree, but they see Nagin's candidacy as insurance of GOP victory in a runoff if there is one.
  • Why Did Nagin Meet with DNC Chair Howard Dean?

    07/20/2007 8:37:51 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 26 replies · 652+ views
    thenew995fm ^ | 07/20/07 | 995
    To discuss succeeding Bill Jefferson, observer believes: Friday, July 20, 2007 Political strategist and demographer Elliott Stonecipher tells 99.5FM Ray Nagin's real goal is replacing Bill Jefferson in Congress. "I think the fact that Nagin is spending so much time with his good friend Howard Dean ought to tell us that he's about to become a democrat party operative all over again, and that tells me it's about Congress," Stonecipher says. In an interview with 99.5FM, Stonecipher said that "the Democrat National Committee wants to use him (Nagin) in leveraging Bill Jefferson out of that seat." "They're not going to...
  • Did a Thurd-Grader Rite Ray Nagin's Biografee? (Have at it Freepers - Count the Errors)

    06/08/2007 9:57:42 AM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 57 replies · 1,508+ views
    City of New Orleans website ^ | Sumtime after, the storm | Ray Nagin's 12-year-old naybur
    Mayor Nagin's progressive policies resolved to erase the image of New Orleans as place where graft is part of the old world charm. He launched several high profile investigations that resulted in a paradigm shift that unleashed unprecedented economic development in his first term. Mayor Nagin built his administration using progressive, business oriented individuals who are making a difference for New Orleans. They immediately eliminated back to back budget deficits, launched a new city web site that currently ranks as the nations best, streamlined bureaucratic processes, making City government a viable and accessible force in local life. With economic development...
  • New Orleans Mayor Nagin to Run for Governor?

    05/27/2007 4:38:38 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 13 replies · 891+ views
    dailykingfish.com ^ | 05/27/07 | ryan
    I've been hearing rumors for a couple of weeks now that New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin is considering running for Governor. I finally found a news outlet that confirms this rumor, thanks to freelance journalist Jason Berry, who appeared on Informed Sources last night to predict that Nagin will run for Governor. Hat tip to Library Chronicles. As an aside, is this Jason Berry the author of Amazing Grace, an account of Charles Evers' run for Governor in Mississippi back in 1972? But back to the issue at hand - Ray Nagin running for Governor of Louisiana. This makes...