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A Jazzy Gala: Preservation Hall At 50 Showcases Song Of New Orleans
Monday, 07 November 2011 23:51 Written by

Preservation HallImagine, a gala at the majestic Old U.S. Mint featuring the sights and melodic excitement of New Orleans-styled-jazz.

Then, add notes of celebration for a world-wide recognized institution of music combined with the chords of hope showcasing a new state-of-the-art room where the best musicians can entertain in a comfortable and most-inviting setting.

Video: Louisiana SPCA Gala Another Howling Success
Monday, 07 November 2011 22:53 Written by

Howling SuccessIf dogs and cats could talk, they would proclaim the recent LASPCA fundraiser to be a “Howling Success”.

In virtually all probabilities, those attending and those involved with the event, would agree.

Cain To Hold Press Conference; Bashes Allred, Bialek Over Harassment Claim
Monday, 07 November 2011 22:27 Written by

CainAs a result of fourth woman to raise allegations against the candidate, the Herman Cain campaign has announced Monday evening that the candidate will conduct a press conference Tuesday 

Louisiana Needs Less Politicization Over Stimulus Broadband Grant
Monday, 07 November 2011 11:16 Written by
Louisiana CapitolWhile perhaps the request by Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell does not really fit the mission of his governmental body, it does provide an opportunity to help chart a course to salvage a federal government grant awarded to the state, now revoked, by avoiding politicization of the issue.
Louisiana Will Be Red, But Will Perry, Cain, Romney Or Who Be Ahead?
Monday, 07 November 2011 10:55 Written by

GOPIt has been clear since voting closed in early November of 2008 that Louisiana was never going to warm up to President Obama. The President's sweeping victory in 2008 did not radiate to Louisiana, where he received only 39% of the vote. However, we still see articles like this one:

Obama's approval rating topped out at 37 percent in Louisiana, a drop from the 40 percent support he received in the 2008 presidential election. His favorability hit only 17 percent with white voters, but reached 92 percent among black voters. 

Let's avoid the absurdity of trying to compare turnout-skewed margin of victory to a poll that has margin of error of 2-5%. In essence, what the polling shows is that Obama is treading water in Louisiana. Which, considering the vitriol spewed at him and his administration from all manner of politicians in the Gret Stet, isn't so bad. 

More importantly is the election next year. While we all hope Louisiana will come to its senses and recognize the awful bill of goods that Republicans are selling to this state, it's not likely to occur in such short order. Furthermore, by virtue of the electoral college, the GOP's margin of victory in Louisiana is unimportant. Either they get more than 50%, or they don't. And all signs point to that being a pretty reliable circumstance. We don't expect to see too many visits from either the President or the Republican candidate because Louisiana is simply not in play. 

However, Louisiana IS in play when it comes to deciding which Republican will have the opportunity to win Louisiana's 8 electoral votes (yes, 8, not 9 anymore due to the loss of a Congressional Seat in the 2010 Census). 

As per a change by Louisiana's legislature this past session (and at the behest of Republicans), our primary was moved to March 24th. Looking at the schedule, we've put ourselves directly after the big SUPER TUESDAY March 6th primaries where over 520 delegates are available. That's more than half the necessary amount to win the nomination on the GOP side. Louisiana sits on the other side of that mountain, meaning we'll likely be in the position to make a difference, either maintaining one campaign's recent momentum, or acting as a firewall for another. 

In short: now our GOP primary matters.

But who's favored to win our coveted delegates?

Back in June, during the clownish Southern Republican Leadership Conference (highlighted by an Obama-impersonator being pulled from the stage after he turned his comedic fire on to Republicans) in New Orleans, John Huntsmans won a surprise second in the Louisiana SRLC straw poll. Unfortunately for Huntsman, his victory wasn't exactly considered a "legitimate" expression of Louisiana GOP thought at the time. It turns out, GOP operative and Orleans Parish School Board Member Brett Bonin helped pay busloads of people to vote for Huntsman in the straw poll. Just your ordinary caper to steal a vote from a Republican, but we digress. Let's see how the frothing mouth-breathers at the tea party websites reacted:

A Louisiana GOP source who saw my earlier item sends over an email that Brett Bonin, a New Orleans school board member and associate of the Bryan Wagner individual I interviewed, blasted out ahead of the straw poll last week. As Wagner explained before hanging up, he and Bonin helped deliver votes for Huntsman.

But some Louisiana Republicans are unhappy because, as the email twice gets at, it wasn’t just Republicans who were brought in to vote for Huntsman.

Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 19:17:57 -0500

Subject: INSIDER INVITATION

From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

To Team Bonin,

I have a very special invitation to all, regardless of party affiliation. I am hosting a free insider’s look at the Republican Southern Leadership Conference this Saturday.

Needless to say, Bonin's antics probably didn't allow for a clean look at the Louisiana GOP's thoughts on the presidential contest. 

Regarding more appropriate data to the question at hand, we have an actual voter survey taken this past August from a GOP polling firm on Louisiana's actual preference:

WPA Research conducted a statewide survey August 14-16, 2011 in Louisiana and  asked the following question to likely Republican voters :

Now, thinking about the 2012 Presidential race, If the Republican primary election for President were held today, for whom would you vote if the candidates were RANDOMIZE

Michele Bachmann

Mitt Romney

Newt Gingrich

Rick Perry

Herman Cain

Ron Paul

Rick Santorum

…and…

Jon Huntsman

IF UNDECIDED/NOT SURE, ASK

If you had to choose today, who would you lean toward (repeat candidates)?

1.         Michele Bachmann 16%
2.         Mitt Romney 15%
3.         Newt Gingrich 9%
4.         Rick Perry 30%
6.         Herman Cain 2%
7.         Ron Paul 6%
8.         Rick Santorum 1%
9.         Jon Huntsman 2%
10.       Hard Undecided/DK/Refused DNR 19%

So it seems, at least several months ago, that Bobby Jindal's endorsement of Rick Perry was a good move only a month after this survey was completed. 

Unfortunately, then Rick Perry had to run a campaign. And then this happened:

And then this happened:

So now we don't know where we are at all, do we?

by Lamar Parmentel, chief curator at DailyKingfish.com

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Occupy Wall Street Signals Change Is A Comin
Monday, 07 November 2011 10:01 Written by

Occupy Saints"Change-Ching"

Another Sign that "Occupy Change" is a comin--all over... 

Louisiana Sports: LSU-Alabama, Reggie Bush, Tyronne Mathieu, Eli Manning
Monday, 07 November 2011 09:35 Written by
BushAlabama dropped just one spot to No. 3 in the BCS standings after the loss, staying ahead of unbeaten Stanford and Boise State. Bama dropped to No. 4 in the AP and coaches poll. It's not too surprising now to see the Tide ahead of Boise State, but the fact that Nick Saban's team has dropped  only one position in the poll that matters the most , for now, threw the possibility of a rematch is a little more than just a fantasy...
New Orleans Saints’s Win Over Tampa Bay Helps with Atlanta Falcons Prep
Monday, 07 November 2011 09:22 Written by

Cameron Jordan"Coming off last week's loss to the Rams, we zeroed in on Tampa Bay and Atlanta  (two NFC South opponents) before the bye. This is a pretty critical time for us because November is the time when a lot of teams separate themselves from the pack. We want to be one of those teams, be on a roll. Hopefully this was the start of that." -- Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

New Orleans Eye Atlanta Falcons After Saints Top Tampa Bay Bucs
Sunday, 06 November 2011 15:42 Written by

The New Orleans Saints rebounded from a dismal loss at the hands of the St. Louis Rams by beating their division rivals, Tampa Bay Buccanneers 27-16 Sunday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. 

LSU No. 1 In AP Poll After Miles Tops Alabama, Saban
Sunday, 06 November 2011 13:27 Written by
MilesOn a day after its 9-6 overtime win over No. 2 Alabama, LSU remained No. 1 as expected.

The Tigers (9-0, 6-0 SEC)  received all 59 votes from the coaches and 59 of 60 in the AP Top 25 poll.

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