New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is a member of the NFLPA Executive Committee and a named plaintiff in the players' lawsuit against the NFL
Brees said he's not leading the way for players like himself, but he's fighting now to make things better for the next generation of players. And contrary to former Giants and Redskins middle linebacker Sam Huff may believe, Brees said he's fighting to get better benefits for retired players.
Former Lieutenant Governor Candidate Caroline Fayard (D) has really put her foot in her mouth. At a recent Democratic Party Banquet she said, “I hate Republicans. I hate Republicans. They are cruel and destructive. They eat their young. They don’t think. They don’t allow people to think. They are bullies.” (From the Times Picayune, April 3, 2011, quoting the Washington Parish Daily News.)
The Louisiana House of Representatives declined an amendment today to create horizontal congressional districts in both North and Central Louisiana. The vote was 52-41.
Bobby Jindal, was for bailouts before he was against them. Or put more simply, he's still for bailouts, as long as they occur under the radar and out of sight. He wouldn't want his shiny, conservative bona fides to get soiled:
When Gov. Bobby Jindal announced an ambitious new collaboration between four child-service agencies earlier this month, the stated goal was to streamline and improve services for children with severe behavioral problems.
But there was also another key motive behind the new "Coordinated System of Care" initiative: having the federal government share the cost for services that are now financed mainly by state tax dollars.
It turns out, Bobby's $25b FY2011 budget is just another bait-and-switch to please wingnut partisans and teahaddist radio personalities. Jindal is happy to decry government spending, but even happier to greedily pocket as much as possible:
Democrats look set to follow a scorched earth strategy as a final tactic to try to influence the drawing of legislatures’ district boundaries, as they come to grips with the fact that they no longer call the tune when it comes to that function and with the change in leadership that they are undergoing.
Evidence of this accompanied the introduction of HB 42 by independent Michael Jackson. He’s not currently a Democrat, but was for many years until he felt the white-based hierarchy of the party disregarded too thoroughly the contributions and aspirations of blacks in it and chose to play a spoiler that possibly may have cost it a Congressional seat. And this introduction itself showed how things have changed in three years as to runs the party now.
Capital One Grants
Capital One Bank today launched the ‘Investing for Good Award,’ a new philanthropy program through which Capital One Bank will provide support through volunteerism and grants totaling up to $300,000 to four local nonprofit organizations advancing education, financial literacy, and small business and workforce development in greater New Orleans.
The March Special Legislative session to redistrict the boundaries of 105 House, 35 Senate, and 6 Congressional seats closed its second week with the GOP and the Black Caucuses managing to increase the number of legislative districts gerrymandered to be sympathetic to electing members of each.
Yet, the real story of the 2011 Special Session is that neither side got all that it wanted, ensuring the continued survival of many White Democratic districts—especially in the State House and most particularly in New Orleans.
If the 2010 rules resumes, it would be easier for the Saints to keep fourth and fifth-year veterans such as strong safety Roman Harper, left tackle Jermon Bushrod, receiver Lance Moore, tight end David Thomas and defensive tackle Remi Ayondale.
While the Louisiana Legislature prepares for a session that will consider devastating budget cuts, Washington is already well on the way to adopting a budget that promises major pain for our country’s working families.
The plan working its way through Congress will eliminate Head Start funding for 200,000 children, cut Pell Grants for 9.4 million college students, eliminate primary health care services for 11 million Americans and delay Social Security benefits for about 500,000 eligible citizens.
The 2010 race for Lt. Governor was a race like any other. As usual, none of my top picks made it to the final round or even came close to winning. In the end, it was a contest between Caroline Fayard and Secretary of State Jay Dardenne. In the mind of this writer, Mr. Dardenne’s conservative credentials were less than stellar, as evidenced by his voting record. More importantly, Dardenne has served in Louisiana politics for over two decades. Given Louisiana’slitany of problems, I tend to shy away from supporting veteran politicians: the definition of insanity is electing the same people and expecting different results.