Jindal Backs 2 North Louisiana Districts
A quorum of the congressional delegation was at the state Capitol today to speak in support of maintaining two districts in North Louisiana. But the loudest voice came from Harrisonburg, where Gov. Bobby Jindal, after an appearance, said he would support and lobby for the plan filed by Sen. Robert Kostelka, R-Monroe. He said that six of seven congressmen (all but Jeff Landry) are in support of the north Louisiana plan and that is consensus enough for him.
Saints coach Sean Payton pretty much guaranteed that Reggie Bush is staying with the team said during a media session at the NFL league meetings on Tuesday at the Roosevelt Hotel.
There had been a lot of speculation before the lockout that the running back could be a salary casualty. Once the lockout began and everything froze, the speculation shifted slightly to throw out the possibility of Bush being gone once the labor situation is resolved.
Two months ago, congressional reapportionment was settled in the back room of a Chinese restaurant in Washington, D.C. In a dinner meeting there, all but one of the state's seven U.S. representatives agreed on a guiding principle to address the loss of a congressional district: last in, first out.
They didn't put it that way, but the effect was the same on a map proposed by state Sen. Robert Kostelka, R-Monroe, the head of the Senate panel on reapportionment. It would extend the two districts based in north Louisiana well into the south, and it would carve up the current district of rookie Congressman Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, three ways, leaving him in a district anchored by Lake Charles and Lafayette, the base of Congressman Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette.
The heart of the dispute between the players and the NFL is this: The players in the past have received about 50 per cent of the gross revenues, and as the gross revenues continue to rise, the owners no longer want to stick with that model, because 50 per cent of $10 billion is.....$5 billion.
Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sentinel: "Typically, that's always happened. You always raised the prices, but we're at the point where you can't raise prices any more. Everybody accepts that but our costs keep going up.
Today, Greater New Orleans, Inc. announced that Waggonner & Ball Architects, APC will be awarded the contract to develop the Comprehensive, Sustainable Integrated Water Management Strategy for St. Bernard Parish and the east banks of Orleans and Jefferson Parishes for storm water, waste water, ground water, flood control, water infrastructure, public rights of way, and other public properties.
The funding to execute the program is provided through a $2 million Comprehensive Resiliency Program award from the Louisiana Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to GNO, Inc.
It appears that contention over redistricting plans serves as the inaugural flexing of political muscle among Louisiana’s black elected Democrats, promoted as they are now from the back of the party’s bus to claiming the driver’s seat.
Lost in the numbers bandied about in redistricting plans and in the latest two Democrat-to-Republican switches in the state Senate is that black political interests now firmly control the legislative Democrats. As of now, even though in both chambers some white Democrats (and one white recent Republican convert) represent majority black districts, the fact is a majority of districts held by Democrats in both have black majorities, while 44 percent of Democrat representatives and 50 percent of Democrat senators are black.
It appears South Louisiana just might lose out.
Governor Bobby Jindal, who certainly did not tip his hand when he spoke to the legislature at the start of the special session on Sunday, apparently is going North.
North, as in North Louisiana.
Much to do and plenty to eat this week in New Orleans.
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and New Orleans Musical Legends, Inc. are hosting the 5th annual Louisiana Oyster Jubilee, Saturday, March 26, 2011 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the 300 block of Bourbon Street. The Oyster Jubilee celebrates the local delicacy that is an integral part of the unique culinary culture of Louisiana.
New Orleans will be in the national spotlight once again as the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament provides, this week, some of the very best basketball in the world--.the Southeast Regional will take place at the New Orleans Arena.