Ray Nagin

Politician, businessman Ray Nagin

Clarence Ray Nagin, Jr., also known as C. Ray Nagin, is an American consultant, entrepreneur, author, and public speaker who served from 2002 to 2010 as the 60th mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana. He gained international note in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a historic, catastrophic disaster which devastated the New Orleans area. Nagin was first elected in March 2002 and received significant crossover vote from just about every segment of the population.
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11 June 1956


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Mike Huckabee's Remark Reflects Attitude Toward Evacuation
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee recently attracted consternation for saying that New Orleans residents who did not evacuate for Hurricane Katrina had been lulled to inertia by climate change activists who exaggerate the threat of dangerous weather. It's unclear why the Republican presidential candidate considers himself knowledgable on this subject. Huckabee's experience with evacuations is limited to being alerted by emergency officials in September 2005 that Arkansas may need to accept Hurricane Katrina evacuees. That actually did not pan out. Indeed, the facts do not support Huckabee. But the remark also highlights how misunderstood the concept of evacuation is. Those who have never evacuated to avoid calamity tend to think an evacuation is a holiday trip "over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go." Evacuations are always relatively sudden, stressful and difficult. Incoming information changes by the hour. They are expensive especially wh...
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Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin seeks to have conviction tossed
Yahoo News - almost 3 years
Attorneys for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who is serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison for corruption, are seeking to have his 2014 conviction overturned because of what they say were flawed instructions given to the jury, court papers show. He was thrust into the national spotlight in 2005 when the storm's waters overwhelmed levees and flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, killing 1,500 people and causing some $80 billion in damage. In a court papers filed on Tuesday, Nagin's attorneys said the judge in the case erred in telling jurors to find him guilty of nine counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy even if he would have acted in the same way without the inducement of a payoff.
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Friday Talking Points - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Huffington Post - about 4 years
John Boehner has a song in his heart. That song is "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," which he was heard quoting from as he was busy passing a clean debt ceiling bill in his House. He followed up with another lyric from the tune: "Plenty of sunshine coming my way." Mr. Boehner is, of course, being amusingly ironic. He does not, in fact, have a song in his heart, and he is not looking for beams of sunshine heading his way from his fellow Republicans. Boehner passed the clean debt ceiling bill with 193 Democratic votes and only 28 Republican votes, after all. He ignored the self-imposed "Hastert Rule," surprisingly early in the legislative fight -- two whole weeks before the crisis was scheduled to hit. He did so because the Tea Party faction in his party informed him that he didn't even have the votes for the usual round of hostage-taking -- Republicans, on their own, couldn't pass any bill. Boehner, realizing the futility of his position, then gave President Obama exactly what he asked for...
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Few tears shed for Ray Nagin
CNN - about 4 years
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin faces prison with few of his former constituents shedding any tears for the man who led them through the biggest disaster in the city's modern history.
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Nagin Guilty of 20 Counts of Bribery and Fraud
New York Times - about 4 years
A federal jury deliberated for about six and a half hours before finding C. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans, guilty of accepting payoffs for city contracts.     
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Ex- NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin found guilty of corruption
CBS News - about 4 years
Nagin, who was mayor during Hurricane Katrina, found guilty on 20 of 21 counts, mostly accepting bribes and wire fraud; faces possible lengthy prison term
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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin found guilty of corruption
Reuters.com - about 4 years
Feb. 12 - A federal jury finds former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin guilty of bribery and corruption in connection with the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Deborah Gembara reports.
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  • 2014
    Age 57
    On September 3, 2014, a judge deemed Nagin indigent and ordered the Federal Public Defender's Office to take over his appeal.
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  • 2012
    Age 55
    In June 2012, Frank Fradella, who was facing major securities fraud charges, pleaded guilty in New Orleans federal court to one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official.
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  • 2010
    Age 53
    Term-limited by law, he left office on May 3, 2010.
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    The U.S. Department of Labor in its April 2010 report said New Orleans had the lowest unemployment in the nation. Prior to leaving office in 2010, Nagin was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to head the United States delegation to a state and local governments conference on assistance to post-earthquake Haiti held in Martinique.
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  • 2009
    Age 52
    On April 7, 2009, the Times-Picayune alleged a conflict of interest with regard to a trip Nagin took to Hawaii in 2004. The vacation Nagin, then-chief technology officer Greg Meffert, and their families took in 2004 was claimed to be partially paid for by Meffert, but years later it was revealed that Meffert used a contractor's credit card to pay for Nagin's plane ticket. David Hammer of the Times-Picayune reported on April 23, 2009, that Nagin had taken "plenty of other trips" at the expense of NetMethods, a company owned by city vendor Mark St. Pierre. In April 2009, Nagin was obliged "to sit for a deposition as part of a civil lawsuit over the city's controversial crime camera program." The Times-Picayune had obtained information that Mark St. Pierre, who allegedly paid for the holiday, had made substantial donations to Nagin's 2006 re-election campaign.
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  • 2007
    Age 50
    Nagin hired recovery expert Dr. Ed Blakely in 2007 to head up a dedicated Office of Recovery Management.
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  • 2006
    Age 49
    He was also a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, an organization formed in 2006 and co-chaired by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino.
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    In an interview with Tavis Smiley broadcast on Public Radio International on January 13, 2006, Nagin said he used the phrase "chocolate city" in reference to a time in the 1970s when African Americans were just starting to exercise political power in places like Washington, D.C. The term had been used in many of Nagin's previous speeches and welcoming addresses to visitors of the city.
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    He first used the phrase during a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration speech in New Orleans on January 16, 2006 and repeated the metaphor several times.
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    He was re-elected in 2006 even though the election was held with at least two-thirds of New Orleans citizens still displaced after Katrina struck.
  • 2004
    Age 47
    As Hurricane Ivan threatened the Gulf of Mexico in September 2004, Nagin urged New Orleanians to be ready for the storm.
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    Southern Business and Development named New Orleans number eight on the list of "come back kids" in the south. New Orleans had back-to-back record tourist years, 10.1 million in 2004.
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    The 2004 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report of the City of New Orleans, as certified by CPA firm KPMG, highlighted many significant accomplishments of the Nagin administration.
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    In 2004, he endorsed John Kerry for president.
  • 2002
    Age 45
    In the runoff on Saturday, March 2, 2002, Nagin defeated Richard Pennington with 59 percent of the votes to become the 60th mayor of New Orleans.
    Nagin was first elected as mayor in March 2002.
    Nagin entered the race for mayor on the final day of qualifying. Shortly before the primary mayoral election, on January 17, 2002, the New Orleans Times Picayune and Gambit Weekly endorsed Nagin. In the first round of the mayoral election in February 2002, Nagin won first place with 29 percent of the vote.
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  • 1999
    Age 42
    He periodically gave contributions to candidates of both parties, including Representative Billy Tauzin in 1999 and 2000, as well as Democrat Senators John Breaux and J.
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  • 1989
    Age 32
    In 1989, he was appointed to oversee all of Cox properties in south Louisiana as vice-president and general manager of Cox Louisiana, earning $400,000 annually, according to CNBC's "American Greed"
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  • 1985
    Age 28
    In 1985, Nagin returned to New Orleans to become the controller of Cox New Orleans, the city's cable television franchise, run by the Cox media conglomerate.
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  • 1982
    Age 25
    In 1982, Nagin married Seletha Smith, a New Orleans native.
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  • 1981
    Age 24
    After graduating from college, he went to work in the purchasing department at General Motors in Detroit, Michigan. He moved to Los Angeles, California, then to Dallas, Texas in 1981 to take Internal Audit Manager and Division Controller jobs with Associates Corporation.
  • 1978
    Age 21
    He enrolled at historically black Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, on a baseball scholarship, played on championship teams, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1978.
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  • 1956
    Nagin was born on June 11, 1956, in New Orleans' Charity Hospital, to a family of modest means.
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