NEW ORLEANS - Nearly six years ago, the African American community in Greater New Orleans suffered a devastating and disproportionate blow from Hurricane Katrina, as the storm's wrath and subsequent failures of relief and recovery programs drove thousands of minority residents from their neighborhoods and delayed their timely return to the only homes and livelihoods many had ever known. Now the state's legislators want to punish these long-suffering but resilient Louisiana citizens once again, by approving a redistricting plan for the State Senate that weakens the political clout of these residents in the halls of power, thereby diminishing even further any chance for a full and fair recovery for all communities.
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced he has signed HB 519 passed by the Legislature into law, bringing the total number of bills signed for the 2011 Regular Legislative Session to two bills.
Governor Jindal and Louisiana Economic Development, Music in the Lafayette Square in New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers, Amedisys and LSU's Ourso Busines School makes today's Bayoubuzz's Louisiana business news for today:
Not many pieces of legislation have the triple virtues of saving taxpayers on the administration end, the paying end, and in reduction of government activity, but SB 108 by state Sen. Neil Riser does all of this and hopefully continues its move to enactment by the conclusion of this year’s legislative session in Louisiana.
It's a question to which you'll get a variety of answers depending who you ask. Some will say Nick Mangold while others will look at blindside protectors like Jake Long and Joe Thomas. There will even be guys like Brian Balldinger, a former NFL lineman and now a TV analyst for NFL game, who picks 2009's dominant guard Jahri Evans of the Saints.
The confusion and frustration that engulfed the House of Representatives the day before could not dim the sunny attitude and beaming smile of Rep. Brett Geymann.
"I think it's great!" exclaimed the Lake Charles Republican on the morning after debate on the state's operating budget ground to a halt before it began.
"This was something we had to go through," he said. "We'll adjust to it."
Another one of my favorite long weekends has come and gone. I hope we all remembered our fallen heroes on Memorial Day!
Every year I look forward to the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience and this year was no exception. It was absolutely wonderful. I didn’t get a chance to attend any of the fabulous seminars but I did attend and participate in the Royal Street Stroll with the Krewe of Cork, which started for me at a VIP party at the Monteleone Hotel. From there, I had a chance to stop at many of the galleries, enjoy the wines and mingle with my fellow Corkians in the annual Stroll.
Yesterday was Memorial Day; an opportunity for our nation to honor and pay tribute to those heroes in our armed forces that paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedoms. Without their bravery displayed on the battlefield, the United States of America would not be in existence today.
Louisiana has been depicted as unhealthy, under-educated, poor and struggling in many image-blemishing national reports.
But that’s balanced by a new statistic showing that last year, its average personal income per resident was up to $38,446, for a 26th ranking among the states. Or just a little over $2,000 under the U.S. average of $40,584.
Republican Jay Dardenne won a special election for lieutenant governor on November 2, 2010, defeating Democrat Caroline Fayard by a 57-43% margin.
But fellow Republicans don’t appear willing to give him a free pass to a full term.
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who rose to national prominence for his criticisms of the handling of the BP oil spill, will likely run against Dardenne.
Nungesser is an outspoken, seasoned politician, who could make life miserable for Dardenne.