In the end it did not take long for a jury to come to the unanimous conclusion that former New Orleans councilwoman and state legislator Renee Gill Pratt was guilty of participating in a criminal venture to loot local charities.
The guilty verdict on the racketeering charge was reached after only two hours of deliberation, which clearly shows the strength of the prosecution’s case.
The jury also ordered Gill Pratt to pay $1.1 million in restitution. This was money stolen from scam charitable organizations based in the Central City area of New Orleans.
I should be wearing a sign that said " I survived the spirited Tales of the Cocktail 2011." Tales of the Cocktail not only stirred my soul but my entire body. I immersed myself along with cocktail lovers enjoying every sip and every seminar that they offered. Oh, I almost forget to add, I loved attending all the exquisite, most gorgeous, elaborate parties that participating brands could buy and believe me, there were plenty of them. There was a funeral of the Long Island Tea Cocktail and then the wedding of two of the great mixologists in the world Robert Hess and Audrey Sanders. What a way to go. Tales of the Cocktail just get better and more interantional every year. Congratulations to mr and Mrs. Cocktails and their great staff!
Monday marked 90 days until the October 22nd primary election, and therefore meant the first filing deadline for Statewide candidates. Here's a quick rundown of what everyone reported, by race:
Our quick take: Jindal is running away with the money crown this year. He raised a healthy $313k, but more importantly, he continued to dole it out prodigiously. Jindal spent over $1m in the past 4 months, mostly on events, travel and mailings. With only 3 months to the election, he's well situated to combat any challenges and looks virtually unbeatable at this late stage of the game.
Now that the NFL season is beginning, some big decisions must be made for all teams including the New Orleans Saints. But first, a look at the Players-Owners agreement since the the battle of the football haves and have-nots came to a close on Monday. The player reps for all 32 teams unanimously agreed to accept the owners' proposal for a 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
Leap of faith?
Without much national fanfare, Louisiana’s Buddy Roemer, born in Shreveport and raised in Bossier City, leaped into the race for the Republican nomination for president of the United States this past week.
Roemer, former congressman from Louisiana’s 4th District from 1980-88 and former governor from 1988-92, made his official announcement before a small crowd on the campus of Dartmouth University.
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of J. Stephen Perry to the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors.
Perry served as Governor Mike Foster's Chief of Staff and now serves as President/CEO of New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.
It was a hopeful but bittersweet night in Baton Rouge this past Saturday.
The Louisiana Democrats hosted their annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. This year, the featured attraction honored Kathleen Blanco for her years of service to the Democratic Party and to the state.
Bittersweet yet hopeful, because those in attendance were cautiously optimistic about the health of former Governor Blanco. Blanco, who retired after battling the eye of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is now fighting a dangerous rare eye cancer.
Louisiana Campaign Financing
Secretary of State Tom Schedler reported raising more money this period than any other candidate for Secretary of State.
“This has typically been a difficult office to raise money for, but I’m proud that we’ve been able to raise the most money this period,” said Schedler.
Schedler reported raising $79,450 for the period, more than any other candidate for the office. His cash on hand total comes to $171,150.
It is being reported that the Saints plan to cut Reggie Bush to make room in their salary cap. Then, they hope to re-sign him for a lot less than the $11.8 salary he is dues this season.
According to Mike Maske of the Washington Post, reports "barring any unexpected last-second surprised, the champagne is expected to officially pop sometime Monday afternoon. The players have a meeting at 10 am on Monday.
The players are on the one-inch line right now.