Today, Governor Bobby Jindal issued an Executive Order calling for a freeze on all per diem expenditures of all Boards and Commisions:
At the time of this writing, 75 days remain before the November 6 election. As is often the case, the inevitable tightening of the presidential race is starting to occur as the end of August approaches. The tightening is not a drastic movement, rather a subtle one, simply because most voters (90 percent according to some polls) made up their minds long ago and are firm in their decision.
While Mitt Romney has improved his standing somewhat in recent polls, both nationally and in the battleground states, he still has a tough path ahead. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the election. According to the latest RealClearPolitics.com assessment of the Electoral College status, President Obama leads with 221 electoral votes leaning either his way or solidly in his column compared to 191 for Romney. On May 20, those totals stood at 243 to 170. To get to the magic number of 270, Romney will need to lock up Florida (29), Virginia (13), and North Carolina (15) and score 22 more electoral votes in other contested states. A win in Ohio (18) would get him close to home. A sweep of the South Atlantic states mentioned above, coupled with Ohio, would give Romney the presidency if he added Colorado (9), Iowa (6), or New Hampshire (4) to that column.
RIP Van Buren
RIP: Steve Van Buren, the Hall of Fame RB who led the Eagles to NFL titles in 1948 and 1949, has died. He was 91. The former Warren Easton and LSU star led the NFL in rushing four times. He was born in Honduras. When his parents died when he was 10, he moved to New Orleans to live with his grandparents. He is survived by three daughters.
When Sean Payton's one-year suspension ends, he might find the cupboard bare when he returns to his Saints office. Certainly not of players. Drew Brees will end his career in New Orleans, and most of the core Saint players are under contract for the foreseeable future. No, Payton might find that his absence led to a mass audition of his assistants to run their own shops. And there would be merit to that logic.
Joe Vitt, Aaron Kromer, Steve Spagnuolo and Pete Carmichael Jr. all could be candidates for head coaching jobs about the time Payton returns to reclaim his locker. You earn your bones when the bullets start flying, and all four aforementioned assistants will soon be dodging and ducking while rallying their own troops to take out the enemy. Bullets have never flown so frequently around the Saints organization as they have during the past offseason. Bountygate, Brees holdout, wild stories of bugging devices, the commissioner suspensions, players suing the commissioner and other lawsuits being prepared.
In this troubled economy, Americans are hurting, especially the middle class. A new Pew Research Center report indicated that the middle class is shrinking and becoming poorer.
Median household income and net worth are down sharply as 85% report that it is more difficult than a decade ago to maintain their standard of living. These statistics just confirm how tough of an economic climate America faces today.