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Council Votes Down Noise Ordinance


After two years of sound walks, noise ordinance talks, and expert testimony, it is back to the drawing board for a new noise ordinance. At Thursday's City Council meeting, Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, LaToya Cantrell, and Jackie Clarkson voted down a proposal that would have regulated sound on Bourbon Street.


Runoff Election Results: Williams, Ramsey Cruise Onto Council


Updated 4:25 a.m.

Election results are coming in, and a longtime councilwoman is the first to fall. Jason Williams beat Current District D rep Cynthia Hedge-Morrell for the remaining at-large seat. Hedge-Morrell conceded the race, ending her attempt to stay on the council despite term limits. Williams handily won the race, securing 68 percent of the vote to Hedge-Morrell's 32 percent.


Runoff Rundown: Sheriff, Council, Audubon Millage on Saturday Ballot


It's time to stop the robocalls and head for the polls again. A slate of runoff races are on the ballot to determine the outcome of the local elections that weren't settled in the Feb. 1 primary. Three citywide races are in play, as well as a hotly-contested City Council district.


Mayor Mitch Helps Councilwomen Reload for Runoff


Mayor Mitch doesn't have to campaign for the upcoming runoff round of local elections, but he's still hoping to offer his coattails to a pair of candidates. Da Mayor is hosting a pair of fundraisers this week for two Councilwomen looking to remain on the city's legislative body, just with different seats.


Election Results: Landrieu Cruises, Runoffs in Sheriff, Council, Coroner


The Mitch is back. NOLA voters gave Mayor Mitch Landrieu a second term at the top of the City letterhead in Saturday's local primary elections. Landrieu secured 64 percent of the vote, easily avoiding a runoff in March. Former Judge Michael Bagneris was da Mayor's next closest competitor, with 33 percent of the vote, while local NAACP chapter president Danatus King finished third with 3 percent. More results:


Mayor Mitch Touts Rec Renewal


by Megan Pearl

Along with a new ad, Mayor Mitch and other city officials gathered for another end-of-year press conference on Thursday. Never one to shy away from a slide, da Mayor gathered city officials corporate sponsor representatives and a few strategically placed children to speak about the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission's programs and funding.


NoDef Nods: Politics

13 Stories from 2014, and 5 to Watch in the New Year



On the political scene, New Orleans saw some old names like Ray Nagin and Charles Foti return in 2013. Meanwhile, BP and Bobby kept the Bayou State in the national spotlight once again. Peruse all of 2013's top stories, and grab a handful for the new year on the way out:


Jackie Clarkson Announces District C Run, With Mayor's Backing


City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson was all set to retire, until Mayor Mitch came calling. At an event to formally announce that the longtime NOLA pol will run for the District C seat on the Council in February's election, Landrieu said he urged Clarkson to get into the race after sitting Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer decided not to run for the seat again.


Jackie Clarkson to Run for District C


Now that Kristin Gisleson Palmer is out of the race, Jackie Clarkson is moving in for a chance at her former District C council seat. The current Council Prez and former Representative for Algiers (District 102) is vying to continue her long history with Downtown and the West Bank. 


At-Large & In Charge

Plethora of Pols to Vie for Open Seats in 2014



Several City Council seats will be up for grabs in next year's slew of elections. Here at the Defender, we aim to keep you informed, and offer up the requisite knowledge to make an informed choice for the future of New Orleans. On that note, in this installment, we'll take a look at the early runners in the City's coming at-Large Council race.


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