Tag Archives: New Orleans

Mitch Landrieu’s speech on race was one for the ages

By Robert Mann New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu last week (May 19) delivered one of the most honest speeches on race I’ve ever heard from a white Southern politician. I know, that’s not saying much. It’s a low bar Landrieu … Continue reading

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‘We never lost that sense of humanity’: Col. Ed Bush’s photos of Katrina’s Superdome

By Robert Mann In the days after Hurricane Katrina in August-September 2005, then-Major Ed Bush of the Louisiana National Guard and a colleague, Sgt. Carlos Sanchez, took dozens of photographs of life inside the Louisiana Superdome, where they and hundreds of … Continue reading

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Can Confederate symbols be separated from history?

By Matt Higgins “However expressive, symbols can never be the things they stand for.” – Aldous Huxley The recent controversy surrounding New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s plan to remove four monuments dedicated to Confederate figures and events has sparked a rowdy … Continue reading

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I worked for the governor of Louisiana during Katrina. Here are 5 things I learned

I published a piece on Vox.com today about some of the lessons I learned from Hurricane Katrina while working for Gov. Kathleen Blanco. I thought I would share the link with you here: http://www.vox.com/2015/8/20/9176225/hurricane-katrina-government -Bob Mann

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New Orleans convention bureau CEO on proposed ‘religious freedom’ bill: ‘We have much at stake’

New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Stephen Perry Wednesday issued a strongly worded statement concerning “religious freedom” bills in Indiana and Arkansas, saying his organization will closely monitor similar proposed legislation in the upcoming Louisiana legislative session. Perry … Continue reading

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Louisiana teachers share stories of child poverty

By Robert Mann The child in Rebecca Radding’s kindergarten class at a New Orleans charter school was struggling. Her student understood Spanish, but little English. As the boy’s behavior problems worsened, Radding knew her lessons and his new environment “didn’t … Continue reading

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A summary of Louisiana political news you might have missed

Is the Louisiana Department of Education just another political operation? Emails obtained by journalist and blogger Tom Aswell at Louisiana Voice suggest that Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Education chief John White have turned the Department of Education into a … Continue reading

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