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Kinder Laws

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, but the City Council is seeing a different type of green. On Thursday (3.17), a unanimous 7-0 vote approved new, lessened penalties for marijuana possession in the Crescent City.

Jason Williams Doesn't Quit His Day Job

Most locals know Jason Williams from his position as a City Councilmember Jason Williams not to mention his parade appearances. However, lawyerin’ is Williams’ day job and his firm just got a lot larger. Williams announced a joint endeavor with Baton Rouge-based Unglesby Law Firm to form the litigation firm Unglesby + Williams.

Satchmo SummerFest Cuts to the Roots (VIDEO)

Satchmo SummerFest kicked off this morning. Local leaders and arts personalities gathered in front of the Old US Mint to celebrate the music festival’s start and honor it’s namesake, Louis Armstrong. City Councilm embers Jarred Brossett and Jason Williams joined festival director, Marci Schramm, to make remarks about the event and enjoy a performance by the Roots of Music.

Uber Heads to Council

Committee Looks to Further Tune Up For-Hire Vehicle Ordinance

A New Orleans City Council committee waved on a proposal Tuesday (7-29) that would amend for-hire vehicle regulations to allow on-demand companies like Uber into the New Orleans market. The committee sent the proposal to the full City Council for further consideration, and did not make a recommendation.

Mayor, City Officials Sworn In at Saenger

Mayor Mitch was on stage at the Saenger this morning, but he wasn’t revisiting his thespian roots. Da Mayor and the other officials who were chosen by voters during municipal elections in February and March officially took office today at the city's swearing-in ceremony. 

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.

Hedge-Morrell, Williams Use Complaints, Calls to Fling Accusations

The runoff race for the remaining at-large seat on the New Orleans City Council is starting to feature the kind of attack-minded campaigning that a head-to-head matchup produces. Following Jason Williams' move to file an election complaint against Cythnia Hedge-Morrell, the current District D councilwoman's campaign opened up a full offensive of robocalls, attack mailers and a website.

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