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Mail Bag: Reader Remembers VA Hospital When Voting


Louisiana's runoff election is right around the corner. Reader Lionel Sims writes in to state that he is looking back to Katrina recovery as he looks forward to voting.


Op-Ed: Pray, Don't Tell

Jindal Consulting Providence Before a Presidential Run



Don’t look now, but God is working overtime in Louisiana.

The Saints are looking increasingly incapable of producing a late-season miracle and the Pope confirmed that he’s coming to America in the near future. So consider yourself absolved of all sin if you missed the OTHER theological news of the past few days. Bobby Jindal transitioned from rejecting a run for the presidency to “mulling it over" about a year ago. Now he has reached DefCon 2; he's officially “praying on it.”


Mailbag: "A Few Good Men", PANO Responds to NOLA Patrol


On Thursday (11.06), the City Council greenlighted a plan to create an unarmed, civillian NOLA Patrol in the Quarter. Police Association of New Orleans (PANO) President Captain Mike Glasser weighs in against the idea.


OpEd: #LaSen's Walk of Shame

Election's Morning After is 'Shite' for All 3 Candidates



Let’s face it. That sucked. 

I don’t care who you are. It’s pretty much impossible to feel good about the Louisiana Senate election that hobbled to its shaggy-dog ending last night. It was literally a contest with no winners, and no happy endings for the people, candidates, or pundits of Louisiana. To quote Trainspotting, a film from Mary Landrieu’s first term, “It's a shite state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and ALL the fresh air in the world won't make any fucking difference!”


Opinion: Fans, Like the N.F.L., Are Too Lenient on Domestic Violence


Editor’s note: October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The campaign coincides with a time period that has featured a string of N.F.L. player arrests causing  many people wondering about the true costs hidden in America’s pastime. Author, attorney, and advocate Arita Bohannan weighs in on the N.F.L. and the handling of its domestic violence problem by Commissioner Roger Goodell.


Opinion: Sen. Landrieu’s not the only one still living with Mom & Dad


By Col. Rob Maness (USAF, ret.), candidate for U.S. Senate


Mail Bag: Rallying the Colonel's Troops


Reader J.W. Bryan is angry with politics as usual. He feels that Mary Landrieu is part of an entrenched power strucutre and Cassidy represents the "ruling clique of Republicans," both abandoning the Constitution. Bryan writes to NoDef to make the case for outside candidate Rob Maness.


Opinion: No Justice, No Peace: Violence and New Orleans' Criminal Justice System


By Kezia Kamenetz

Just this summer, New Orleans has suffered from numerous heinous acts of violence – including a shower of bullets released on innocent Bourbon Street revelers and the drive-by shooting of children as young as two in the Lower Ninth Ward. Every time someone is killed in the streets of this city I find myself questioning how I can live here. How can I love a place where such violence takes place regularly? How can I invest in a city where a majority of citizens justifiably live in fear for their children? What kind of future does a place where babies are shot have?


Letter to the Editor: Maness the Real Republican


Reader Skip Caissie Jr. weighs in on the Louisiana Senate race's third candidate, Colonel Rob Maness (ret.)

Former Louisiana Representative Tony Perkins, chairman of FRC Action PAC, the political action committee connected with Family Research Council has endorsed Colonel Rob Maness for U.S. Senate.  Perkins was once a Louisiana senatorial candidate.  Perkins stated earlier in the year "If the Republicans want to win, they actually need to find a stronger candidate (than Cassidy)."


Letter: Planned Parenthood Responds to Anti-Abortion Protesters


As NoDef's Jessica Placzek reported Tuesday, an out-of-town group known as Operation Save America is in New Orleans this week holding anti-abortion rallies in Jackson Square and the site of a new Planned Parenthood clinic on Claiborne Ave. Today, Planned Parenthood and a host of other health care providers, faith leaders and social justice advocates issued the following response to the demonstrators:


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