Today’s Louisiana Biz news: Michael Hecht of GNO Inc announced today that a new technology company, CAJO, from Finland has chosen New Orleans as its US headquarters. Also, Ochsner once again has been listed as one of the top hospital and medical centers in the nation. Last, there is always time for the Riverwalk and Coke.
In today’s Bayoubuzz “Our Community”, it is time to remember that we are still in the middle of hurricane season and some of our loved-ones might be most vulnerable. Also, Atchafalaya National Heritage Area has announced a driving tour focused upon the influence of water in our state. Former New Orleans City Council President Arnie Fielkow, who now heads the National Basketball Retired Players Association is back in town and in the region to help focus upon the memories of civil rights and to help our troubled-youths to find themselves through the game of basketball.
It is more than ironic that while his city is in the midst of a major upsurge in crime, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is far away. As he discusses climate change and other issues with the Pope at the Vatican, New Orleans continues to suffer from an outbreak of violent crime. Last week, there was a shootout at the intersection of Basin and Bienville Streets, while, yesterday, the daily gun battle occurred in broad daylight at the corner of Canal Street and Claiborne Avenue, one of the most high profile intersections in New Orleans. In this case, a gunman used an AK-47 to randomly spray bullets on unsuspecting and innocent civilians. Along with this incident, there were shootings in other neighborhoods such as Algiers, St. Roch and New Orleans East. As a result, the murder rate in 2015 is much higher than in previous years and the city is on track to suffer from 200 murders, the highest rate since 2007.
Donald Trump has been the talk of the town, the discussion on TV, the concern of the Republican Party, the target of Democratic attacks and ridicule. Yet, the candidate is sitting on top of the polls of 16 Republican candidates. When Trump makes an inflammatory remark, he gets inundated with criticism from the media and others, but then the media pursue him as the go-to-guy on the breaking issues.
Donald Trump has flirted with running for President of the United States in the past. Four years ago he announced on Fox News that he would not run. Now he is a candidate in the republican field; and, according to some polls, he is the front runner. Donald Trump has been and may still be a factor in the race for the White House, but his impact may not be what his party was hoping for.
JINDAL POLL AND POPULARITY
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal made some waves this past weekend as he received a standing ovation in his presentation at a religious-political forum.
The best defense is a good offense, and so the private-public partnership for charity hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe has descended into farce as the state claims breach of contract and the operator sues its presumed opposition, providing so far the only real blemish on a largely successful transition into this model.
Donald Trump is not only taking the air out of the election 2016 room, he has become the entire stage, room and political theater.
The most recent controversy involving Senator John McCain is the latest example that the real estate mogul, television rockstar and candidate live-wire is a force of which to reckon.
by Jeff Crouere
It is now crystal to clear to any objective observer, Hillary Clinton is a horrible candidate. As Americans get to know Hillary, they like her less. In the latest Associated Press-GFK poll, Hillary scores an abysmal 39% approval rating, compared to an unfavorable rating of 49%.