February 9, 2010
The New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl trophy provides a much-needed rallying point for a city still coping with battered housing, infrastructure and businesses, but the Big Easy united in a more significant fashion the day before the Saints' upset victory. On Saturday, voters in New Orleans overwhelmingly elected Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu as their next mayor, giving him a mandate to push past the political and social barriers that have slowed the city's recovery. The election results, along with a pair of multibillion-dollar construction projects that may soon get underway, give long-suffering residents reason to be optimistic about their city's future.
February 6, 2010 |
Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu was elected in a landslide Saturday to be this city's first new mayor since Hurricane Katrina -- and the first white mayor in majority-black New Orleans since 1978, when his father, Maurice Edwin "Moon" Landrieu, left office. With all 366 precincts reporting, Landrieu, 49, took 66% of the vote total. The next-highest tally went to businessman Troy Henry, who had 14%. Landrieu's father was a historically transitional figure who earned the respect of blacks by opening up city contracting and jobs to them.
January 10, 2010 |
Is "Chocolate City," as this town was famously called, on the verge of electing a vanilla mayor? That is the political question gripping New Orleans, where white candidate Mitch Landrieu, Louisiana's lieutenant governor, has emerged as a mayoral front-runner in a city where a black population diminished by Hurricane Katrina still holds a majority -- but where fear of the loss of black political power remains palpable. Landrieu, a 49-year-old Democrat, was defeated in the 2006 mayor's race by incumbent C. Ray Nagin, who is leaving office this year because of term limits.
September 24, 2008 |
Gulf Coast officials asked lawmakers for fast federal money for hurricane recovery -- and a minimum of red tape. Texas is looking at $11.4 billion in damage from Hurricane Ike, including $16 million in damage to Houston, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said. Devastation in Galveston is an additional $2 billion, that city's mayor said. Louisiana faces $1 billion in damage, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu said. New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin said in prepared testimony that the $40-million cost of evacuating his city for Hurricane Gustav had led to hiring freezes and a halt of new expenditures until disaster costs could be reimbursed.
May 21, 2006 |
Savoring the vote of confidence Saturday that gave him a second term, Mayor C. Ray Nagin called for unity in the storm-ravaged city, saying it's "time for this community to start the healing process.... It's time for us to set the stage for recovery." Nagin won 52% of the 113,591 ballots cast in the runoff contest with Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu. Nearly 38% of registered voters turned out. His victory solidifies his leadership role in one of the toughest reconstruction projects in U.S. history.
May 18, 2006 |
For the last month, two of Louisiana's best-known political figures have battled each other for the right to lead this hurricane-devastated city back to prosperity. But as the incumbent mayor, C. Ray Nagin, and the lieutenant governor, Mitch Landrieu, have debated the future of New Orleans, it has become clear that the choice facing voters at the polls this weekend is not between competing strategies for revitalizing the city -- but rather between sharply different styles of leadership.