Minor Relapse, Electoral Politics, and Music

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Last night FOLC had its annual board election. I was excited but also a little nervous. We had a bigger slate of candidates than ever before, fifteen in all, for eight open seats. I wasn’t up for re-election myself; our terms are staggered and mine ends next year. But I was nervous because there was […]

Voting Advice Roundup

Friday, February 5th, 2010

http://www.flickr.com/photos/therefore/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Yes, that’s right, New Orleans is having an election tomorrow, right in the midst of Superbowl mania and Carnival madness. I’m a little shy this time around about voicing my own opinion, but others are not so afflicted. Here’s a roundup of what some other bloggers think. Adrastos The Huck […]

I Did It

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Well, I did it. I broke my promise. I crossed party lines and voted for Obama this morning. Back in 1992 I voted for Clinton. (Not that my vote counted, because all of Indiana’s electors went to Bush the First.) I was so disappointed with him, I felt I’d been cheated and deceived. I vowed […]

Voting Voting Voting

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Got my sample ballot. Let me take a look at this thing. Fourteen items all told.

And Yet…

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

I’ve articulated some of my thoughts on the election, yet I see I have left some important stuff out. For one thing, although I’ve been mildly disgusted by this presidential campaign, I’m actually less disgusted by the two major candidates than in any race I can remember. Some friends have expressed dismay that they can […]

Don’t Get Caught Up in the Hatred

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

I suppose most people take political rhetoric with a grain of salt, which is certainly advisable. But I also notice a lot of people get caught up in the hateful narratives spun by the presidential campaigns and the media. I understand, I think, the value of stoking the fires of hatred. It gets people worked […]

Oh Crap, I Have to Vote Tomorrow

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Now that we’ve gone back to closed primaries in this state, I was under the impression that there would be nothing on the ballot for me tomorrow. I’m pretty sure that I cannot participate in the high-profile Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District. I believe the Democrats let independents vote in their primaries, but […]

Four Precincts Reporting

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Thanks to my friend Carol, I got a sweet gig tonight: vote reporting! I never knew this before, but after the polls close they post the results on the door. Since I live one block from my polling place, I just walked down there. I waited for a while chatting with Deborah Langhoff’s brother-in-law. When […]

Third Person Plural

Friday, November 16th, 2007

The pundits have been remarking on how nice and polite the race for City Council At-Large has been, but yesterday the attack ads hit the radio. We also got a mailer from the “City Council Integrity Committee.” (Looks like Varg got it too.) It’s allegedly humorous theme is “Mission: Impossible.” The facts are attributed to […]

Voting Philosophy

Friday, October 19th, 2007

My voting philosophy is pretty simple. Here are my general rules: Vote against the incumbent, if there is one. Don’t vote for a candidate of either of the two major entrenched parties. These are not rigid by any means. I’ll make an exception if I believe in a particular candidate or if some other calculus […]

Early Voting

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

A friend of mine voted early and sends the following report. Since you gave me some advice, I’ll tell you how I voted. Just a little FYI. When it’s relevant, I’ll tell you why I made the choice I did. Generally, I don’t vote for Republicans. Also, when I’m trying to make a decision on […]

Bring a Presidential Debate to New Orleans

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Friends of New Orleans is mounting a campaign to bring a presidential debate to New Orleans. I have mixed emotions about this. The presidential debates are something of a farce. They should be organized by a nonpartisan group, but they’re not. They’re organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates. They claim to be nonpartisan, but […]

How to Draft a Candidate

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Well, qualifying ended yesterday for the October 20 election. There were a number of half-hearted attempts to “draft” me at the last minute. There were also attempts to draft Karen Gadbois and Latoya Cantrell. None of us will be on the ballot. I like the idea of people drafting a candidate. I’m not sure how […]


Thursday, September 6th, 2007

When qualifying ends today (in two and a half hours from now) we’ll know if Latoya Cantrell is running for City Council At-Large. If she runs, she would have my full and unqualified support.

At Large

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Now that Oliver Thomas has resigned, the New Orleans City Council’s At-Large seat will be on the ballot October 20. The question is, will we get any good candidates? It’s been extremely flattering to have had my name bandied about on the radio, on blogs, and in e-mails. People have urged me to run. I […]

Screaming & Kicking

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

For the last century, almost all top political appointments [on the planet Earth] had been made by random computer selection from the pool of individuals who had the necessary qualifications. It had taken the human race several thousand years to realize that there were some jobs that should never be given to the people who […]

Nagin Redux

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

My take on Mayor Nagin’s re-election? I can’t say it half as well as da po’ boy already did.

Here’s to the Losers

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Yes, it looks as though everyone I voted for yesterday lost, across the board, no exceptions. I think I was most surprised, and disappointed, that Truehill came in dead last in District B — behind Landry, behind Quentin forgodssake Brown. Of course, it ain’t over yet. Next month we do it again in a runoff […]

How I’m Voting

Friday, April 21st, 2006

I’m deeply conflicted about electoral politics. I participate, and I vote, but I’m skeptical of the whole process, and it frustrates me. I’m edumacated. I’ve studied up on tomorrow’s election. But I can’t say I’ve got any confidence in the decisions I will be making in the booth. And if it’s hard for me, who […]

Don’t Believe the Polls

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

I’m skeptical of the polls on the upcoming New Orleans elections. It’s difficult to conduct an accurate poll under our current circumstances. I’ve seen at least one that used pre-Katrina landline phone numbers. The flaws in that methodology should be obvious to anyone familiar with recent events here, but just to drive the point home: […]