Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Oceaneering International Inc. announced the 30,000-square-foot expansion of the company's Morgan City facilities, a $5 million capital investment that will support the creation of 200 new direct jobs and the retention of 1,700 existing jobs. The 200 new jobs – which will average $60,000 a year, plus benefits – will result in another 407 indirect jobs, Louisiana Economic Development estimates.
Last November longtime St. Tammany Assessor Patricia Core narrowly lost her bid for re-election to Abita Springs Mayor Louis Fitzmorris. Rather than having a smooth transition from one administration to another, the media is reporting the transition isn’t going very well with each side blaming the other for a lack of cooperation.
The real problem between Core and Fitzmorris is the extended lame duck period. The general election was held on November 19, 2011, and the date upon which the newly elected Assessor takes office is January 1, 2013.
Why such a long time? You may recall that prior to the early 1970’s Louisiana elections were held under a closed primary system. Separate Democrat and Republican Party elections with run-offs were held followed by a General Election where those winners, a Democrat and a Republican, along with Independent candidates faced off against each other. The candidate with the most votes was elected.
According to NFL.com, the NFL Players Association has retained the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski to represent players in the league's probe into the New Orleans Saints' "bountygate" scandal.
Supposedly, the firm was hired not to represent any individual players but to "provide the best possible representation" to the union in the bounty case. The law firm will work with NFLPA lawyers to "assist with all of the players
The entire New Orleans Saints bountygate debate continues as many Saints fans are grieving, in shock and trying to claim the NFL should proceed against the rest of the teams and not just pick on New Orleans. One of the other major themes in the discussion is whether the NFL is sissifying the game of football.
Then, there is another debate--whether the filmmaker who released the audio of Gregg Williams was appropriate and even legal? Steve Gleason, a former Saint, who is close to the Saints and who suffers from ALS said Sean Pamphilon did not have authority to do so.
In his latest column, George Will recommends that presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney choose Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal or Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) as his running mate. He claims that Ryan and Jindal have “intellectual firepower, born of immersion in policy complexities, sufficient to refute Obama's meretricious claims and derelictions of duty."
Should Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal be chosen for the Vice President spot?
According to well-known conservative commentator George Will, the answer is “Yes”.
The Saints bountygate story gets more bizarre with every hour.
Not only are there questions as to the timing of graphic Sean Pamphilon video tape presenting the audio of former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams instructing his players how to hurt opposing 49ers body parts. Now, there is an issue as to whether it should have been released at all.
What a day! the true ex-New Orleans Saints coach Gregg Williams speech to his players unveiled right before Sean Payton and others appeal to the NFL and now some repercussions from across the country on a story that seems to have no end.
Here are some excerpts from recent publications: