Business shorts news of the day:
La Times showcase New Orleans; Louisiana low in gender survey; Essence Festival, Lafayette Ribbon cutting
The debate over the US Senate race debate rages—at least, for now, from Camp Landrieu.
Mary Landrieu’s campaign has been focusing upon the lack of commitment from Team Cassidy to engage in debate of the issues.
It was reassuring to see Drew Brees in uniform and playing at a high level on Saturday night, even if it was just for two series. In his first action of the preseason, Brees made his short stint look like skelly drills when he methodically took his team down the field against little apparent opposition from the Colts' first teamers. He was passing, he was handing off and, ye gods! he even was running the ball to gain key yardage. I could have done without the latter, and I am certain that most of Who Dat Nation felt the same way.
Our apologies to Sir Ray Charles,
“Oh, it’s qualifying time, you’re gonna leave me
I can see that far away look in your eyes
I can tell by the way you kiss those babies
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein
Unbelievably, the drumbeat is beginning for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to run for President a third time. The man who lost twice for President is now being encouraged by many party leaders to give it another try. Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) recently told MSNBC, “I think he’s proven right on a lot of stuff. I happen to be in the camp that thinks he’s actually going to run and I think he will be the next president of the United States.”
Louisiana United States Senator Mary Landrieu has always been a survivor in Bayou State politics. She’s been successful in four races for the U.S. Senate, but the elections have always been close, and until now, her opponents have never had the full weight of the national republican campaign apparatus behind them. But this time it’s different. Landrieu is in the political fight of her life. She’s under an all-out assault by republican organizations all over the country.
In Part III and the final segment of the Google Hangout interview with John Kennedy, the Louisiana Treasurer discusses the "Edmonson Amendment" controversy involving the Louisiana State Police Superintendent retirement legislation and also discusses one of the "hot" button topics of the day, Common Core.
Despite the Times Picayune declaration today that Louisiana is 3rd in the nation in Real Gross Domestic Product since 2005, and despite the Jindal administration crowing about that very ranking, Louisiana is actually light-years away from that lofty national ranking.
In part two of a three-part Google Hangout webcast interview with Louisiana treasurer John Kennedy, the discussion turned to the Louisiana budget deficit and the state’s consultant contracts. In part I of the interview, as he has done so in the past, Kennedy, pointed out that Louisiana’s budget obligations have been met by using budget gimmicks, one-time monies, depleting various dedicated trust accounts, severely cutting education while allowing bloated government consulting contracts to prosper.