Ben Passmore received the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic for Your Black Friend, his acclaimed short graphic novel. The annual Ignatz Award salutes independent comic creators. Passmore, a New Orleans writer and artist, was nominated earlier this year for an Eisner Award, one of the comic world's highest honors.
Ed Quatrevaux, New Orleans Inspector General since 2009, announced last week he will retire in October. During his tenure, Quatrevaux's office exposed corruption, waste and mismanagement in all corners of city government. His reports saved taxpayers millions of dollars, spurred citizens to demand more of their elected officials and helped establish a culture of oversight and accountability at City Hall.
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy cosponsored the GOP's latest effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act, and it is the worst bill yet. Among other things, Cassidy's bill eliminated Medicaid expansion by 2020 and threatened to end health insurance for hundreds of thousands of his constituents. Its system of block grant funding actually penalizes states that expanded Medicaid. In an analysis, The Washington Post found "Cassidy's own state, Louisiana, is among the states that stand to lose the most funding under this approach." It's a betrayal of every promise Cassidy, a physician, made about health care.