Longtime lawmaker still conting votes with an eye to 2012.
By Jeremy Alford
Did John Alario, a Democrat-turned-Republican from Westwego, already have the votes tied up for Senate president before Gov. Bobby Jindal endorsed him last month?
Most people don't think of education when they think of prison. They think of punishment, lack of freedom and loss of rights. They think of the old adage that crime doesn't pay, which is true, especially if you are a Louisiana taxpayer.
Our state has 39,683 adult prisoners, with about half in state prisons and half in local jails. Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in America, adjusted for population.
Today, Mayor Landrieu was joined by the New Orleans City Council and City officials as they re-opened Louis Armstrong Park to the public. Beginning today, the park will be open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.
“Armstrong Park is one of our City’s greatest cultural and historic treasures and the re-opening today is long-awaited for all New Orleanians,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We committed to unveiling a beautifully refurbished Armstrong Park before the end of the year, and today we made good on that promise.”
Louisiana, Landrieu and Appropriations
United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La , a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations has announced that the US Senate has approved measures that help fund funding for transit projects, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and smart growth initiatives, as well as improvements to the Rural Development Community Facility loan program.
It is happening once again in the Republican presidential race. The news media is taking aim at a conservative leading in the polls. After dispatching Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain, the left wing news media is salivating about its next victim.
The latest target is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. A new Fox News national poll places Gingrich slightly in front of Mitt Romney by a 23 to 22 percent margin. In Iowa, a Rasmussen poll has Gingrich in front by a 32 to 19 percent margin over Romney.
The latest enactment of kicking the fiscal can down the road in Washington is drawing to a close. As with the "debt ceiling crisis" last summer, the current version of the Potomac Follies will likely end quite the same. Unable to agree on measures to actually reduce the federal debt, the Democrats and Republicans in Congress voted to create a "Super Committee" that would come up with a minimum of $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions that would then be voted on unamended by both chambers of Congress. The deadline placed on the Super Committee to forward its recommendations to Congress is November 23—just a few days from now.
For weeks the Occupy Wall Street crowd has taken over public and private parks and other venues to protest and camp out, party, and disrupt businesses and the daily activities of everyday citizens. Finally, local governments are standing up to the protesters and closing them down. It’s about time. Free speech is important in America, but these protests are not about free speech. They are about tearing down the American way of life and the United States of America, the greatest nation in the history of man.
Chances that the Saints (7-3) will win the division are 76 per cent while the Falcons, last season's division champs, chances of winning the division fell to 15 per cent with last Sunday's overtime loss to the Saints. The Saints will play the Falcons again on Monday Night Football on Dec. 26 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and I can see the Saints locking up the NFC South title with a win.
By Dean M. Shapiro
Headlining this week’s cultural calendar is the second production of the New Orleans Opera Association’s 2011-2012 Season and the first this season in its traditional home at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (“A Masked Ball”) opens Friday night, November 18 for an 8:00 performance and reprises on Sunday for a 2:30 p.m. matinee.
Also on the boards for this week are the final performances of Red at Southern Repertory Theatre, a semi-biographical staged story of artist Mark Rothko, and the opening of Rumors, a Neil Simon comedy, at Rivertown Repertory Theatre in Kenner.