With the NFL Draft set for April 28-30, here are some notes regarding the New Orleans Saints draft history, first-round pick history, positional draft records and a list of draft choices from regional colleges.
Of the 76 players currently on the roster, 24 were draft picks of the club.There are seven former No. 1s, six by the Saints -- CB Patrick Robinson (2010), S Malcolm Jenkins, DT Sedrick Ellis (2008), WR Robert Meachem (2007), RB Reggie Bush (2006) and DE Will Smith (2004) -- and one by another club: LB Jonathan Vilma (NYJ, 2004).
Today, President Obama administration sent out an email which cited U.S. Mayors of some of our largest communities that approve his budget plan he outlined on Wednesday. Included were cities such as New Orleans, San Francisco, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Charlotte and others.
So far, Obama’s plan has been criticized along party lines.
Here are comments from the various mayors including New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu, also a Democrat.
The Caroline Fayard –Louisiana Republican Party chairman, Roger Villere duel continued today as the latter again asked Fayard to apologize for comments she made last month in which she was quoted to say "I hate Republicans". The Louisiana GOP sent out a Villere letter following a Fayard letter to the Times Picayune published Wednesday and another statement she posted on her website on Monday.
Finally, reasoning heads have prevailed when the full federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that other states’ laws do not have to alter Louisiana’s Constitution in an area where states have full autonomy to exercise power.
The court overturned earlier rulings by a district court and a three-judge panel of its to declare that Louisiana did not have to issue a birth certificate with the names of two males for a Louisiana child they adopted. In other states that permit adoption by a couple of the same sex they had adopted this child, and also benefitted from a same-sex marriage. Then they asked that both of their names be placed upon the Louisiana-issued certificate.
On April 5, Todd and Selena Drexel, a young couple from Bowling Green, Kentucky, were departing the Louis Armstrong International Airport, outside of New Orleans, and returning home. Before boarding the plane, the couple watched in horror as their six year old daughter was subjected to outrageous groping by a Transportation Security Agency (TSA) officer.
This week, Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal revealed he would rather wait until next year for a Congressional remap plan that works rather than select one now that doesn’t.
Never mind that our legislators have been spending taxpayer’s dollars during the spring special redistricting session, racking their brains going through maps after maps to comply with the US Constitution’s mandate of reapportionment.
Obviously, what Jindal meant to say is he wants to assure that a stronger Republican majority in the legislature will draw more favorable maps for its own party rather than completing business during the special session ending today. Certainly, it would help his national ambitions if he could show the national GOP that he is delivering Louisiana to its doorstep.
Should there be a delay in devising the congressional districts and should the Republicans get their way this fall, unless the matter is resolved during the upcoming legislative session as President Joel Chaisson has threatened, most of the current Louisiana House Congressional delegation members will get an election-year boost. It will be virtually impossible for any challenger to unseat an incumbent in 2012 as the Congressional district boundaries would be finalized leaving little time for challengers to mount an offense.
Chris Paul remembers every detail of his first meeting with Michael Jordan. Now Paul refers to Jordan, owner of the Bobcats, as his mentor. He was asked if he might decide to return home next year and make Jordan his boss. Paul played at Wake Forest and hails from Winston Salem. Paul didn't rule it out. "It's definitely something to think about," said Paul, "but now it's all about trying to win a championship with the Hornets." Paul is in Charlotte promoting the Jordan Brand Classic high school game in Charlotte. I don't believe Paul will jump to another team that doesn't have a chance at a championship...
Having interjected himself into congressional redistricting last week, Gov. Bobby Jindal found himself in the unfamiliar position of being unable to get the state Senate to do his bidding and pass a plan he likes. So he took his map and went home.
It was five Republican congressmen who wrote him asking that redistricting be put off this year, but one senses Jindal invited the letter. Even as the Legislature plows ahead, both houses maneuvering and squabbling and reaching for an elusive consensus, the governor, having decamped to West Monroe to give medals to veterans, restated his preference for lawmakers to quit and go home.