The present financial disaster in Louisiana has cost the Louisiana economy almost three billion dollars. Check this figure again. Not three million, or 300 million, but three billion dollars. And the timing could not be worse. The Bayou state’s economy is on a plunging downward spiral. Education will experience major cutbacks, new construction projects are on the verge of grinding to a halt, and basic government services may come to an abrupt end. So why the huge financial hole? It’s the oil spill, right? Read on.
With a very important Louisiana US Senate race, a Lt. Governor’s race, focus on the Tea Party, the BP Oil Spill issue, and with Governor Jindal on national television almost-daily, Bayoubuzz felt it was time to feel the pulse of the Louisiana community. So, we turned to Bernie Pinsonat, pollster and political analyst from noted Louisiana pollster & political pundit Bernie Pinsonat (Southern Media and Opinion Research) SMOR. Bayoubuzz sent email questions to Pinsonat today and here is his emailed response. We certainly will be touching base with Pinsonat and others during this very interesting and critical time in Louisiana’s history. Now, here's Bernie:
After the Washington DC Madam case made headlines, after the admission of sin, when Louisiana Senator David Vitter said he prayed for forgiveness after the revelation--many followers of that story said that Vitter didn’t have a prayer to win re-election.
After today’s bombshell news, that the former Louisiana Supreme Court Justice, Chet Traylor a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate allegedly had interfered with the marriage of a current member of the House of Representatives and is now having some type of relationship with his now deceased wife’s son’s ex-wife, there is only one thing to say.
There may not be NFL games in 2011. If the owners decide on a lockout, the players have more to lose in the short term if there is a work stoppage. The players will run out of money and the owners will be paid. The owners will come out ahead in this one. Despite the high salaries many will go broke if they missed a significant portion of the season. It's sad statement but rings true. A lockout next off season looks almost inevitable now, but the real test for the union will come closer when to when regular player paychecks in Week One are scheduled to show up...
Andy Benoit, founder of NFLTouchdown.com, predicts the Saints will win the NFC South again this season. Writes Benoit: "Undefeated won't happen. Going by talent, the Saints should be around 13-3, 14-2. But we've seen how things go for defending Super Bowl champions. One or two key injuries and this team could be looking at 9-7."
The seep of methane does not come from the BP oil well, but officials believe it might be naturally occurring.BP said that government and company scientists were beginning to believe that the seep which had been discovered over the past days was probably occurring naturally and not a by-product of the BP oil well that has been spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico.