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1 Rank of New Orleans in fastest growing US cities between 2010 and 2011. Source: Census Bureau.1 Rank of New Orleans, Louisiana in world prison rate. Louisiana imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of the other 50 states. Louisiana rate is five times higher than Iran, 13 times higher than China and 20 times Germany. In Louisiana, one in 86 adults is in prison. In New Orleans, one in 14 black men is behind bars. In New Orleans, one of every seven black men is in pris

I guess most people know that I have been working with Governor Siegelman for over seven years. I'm very proud that we have a very close friendship. I was with him when he was being investigated. I was there when he was indicted. I attended every hearing, every day of the trial, and was an eye witness to everything that has happened since.This phase of Don's long battle ended Friday, so I think this is a good time to correct a few things people think they know.The media has wr

View CommentsThe state's new voucher plan could eventually cut public education funding in half.Late last month, the state of Louisiana unveiled a new school voucher program, joining 14 other states that have recently increased the availability of vouchers to fund private school tuition with public dollars.This latest pet project of popular Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, called Louisiana Believes, is now regarded as the most extensive voucher system in the United States…

Join Medea Benjamin and John Nichols (Nation Magazine, MSNBC), at guided conversations and events featuring guests: Congress members John Conyers, Raul Grijalva, Keith Ellison, Jim McGovern, and Alan Grayson, plus Dr. Quentin Young, David Cobb (Move To Amend), Andrea Miller (PDA) and other guest speakers TBA. Tuesday, September 4th in Charlotte, North Carolina.We will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday, September 4th, as we come together at the time of the Democratic Natio

"Saddam Hussein and his regime have made no effort to disarm as required by the international community... We have no indication that Saddam Hussein has ever abandoned his nuclear weapons program."- U.S. Secretary of State Powell to UN Security Council, February 5th 2003"As I have reported on numerous occasions, the IAEA concluded, by December 1998, that it had neutralized Iraq's past nuclear programme and that, therefore, there were no unresolved disarmament issues left at that time... We…

Sen. Yvonne Miller, a Norfolk Democrat and the first African-American woman in the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate, died this afternoon, a day before her 78th birthday.Senate Clerk Susan Schaar announced Miller's death."Maureen and I are deeply saddened to learn of the news of the passing of State Senator Yvonne Miller," said Gov. Bob McDonnell, who called Miller "a history-maker and a trail blazer.""Yvonne Miller cared deeply about people, and she was a strong voice

The number of Americans who cannot vote because they have been convicted of a felony continues to grow. The Sentencing Project reported Thursday that in 2010 5.5 million voting-age citizens were disenfranchised because of their criminal records, up by 9 percent from 2004.About a quarter are in prison, but the rest have completed their sentences or are on probation or parole. The only reason not to let them vote is to stigmatize them or to continue punishing them. Only Maine and Vermont…

Thousands of Louisiana students will receive state voucher money, transferred from public school funding, to attend private religious schools. What will they learn there?This 2012-2013 school year, thanks to a bill pushed through by governor Bobby Jindal, thousands of students in Louisiana will receive state voucher money, transferred from public school funding, to attend private religious schools, some of which teach from a Christian curriculum that suggests the Loch Ness Monst

“You’re not really going to Pakistan, are you?” “You’ve seen the State Department travel warning?” “Don’t they hate us over there?”There are questions our friends and relatives are asking as we embark on a delegation to Pakistan to protest the drone attacks that have killed so many innocent Pakistanis over the past 8 years.But the Pakistanis have been asking us very different questions. “Why do the American people support these barbaric and cowardly drone attacks?” “How would you like it…