It may be the ugliest, cruelest, and most vicious process engaged in by the Legislature. It is called “redistricting.” In some ways it is reminiscent of the Civil War: North against South and friend against friend, with significant racial implications added to the mix. It is the most contentious process legislators are engaged in—and it begins soon.
On February 3, all of the key population numbers for parishes and legislative and congressional districts will be available. Public hearings will then be held around the state and on March 20 the Legislature will convene in Special Session to draw the lines. When the opening gavels bang, the Capitol may quickly devolve into a spectacle reminiscent of the opening scene of the movie “Gladiator.”
Below is a column by former US Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao, from New Orleans , who has written about the "Safety, Security, and Welfare of Communities and the Political Process in the aftermath of the Events in Arizona".
New Orleans Saints will be playing without the services of star safety Malcolm Jenkins. Also, tightend Jimmy Graham will not be playing in the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Here are the Gameday inactive reports released by the Saints and the Seahawks prior to game time.
The national debt of the United States of America has been growing at an alarming rate. On December 31, our national debt topped the $14 trillion level. When Ronald Reagan left office in 1989, the national debt was just over $2 trillion. In 22 years, it has increased 700 percent.
Today, the debt is accumulating with amazing speed. On June 3, 2010, the national debt reached $13 trillion. In a mere seven months, another trillion dollars had been added to this monstrous debt.
Barack Obama has presided over the biggest spending administration in American history. When Obama took office, the national debt was $10.6 trillion, so it has increased an astounding $3.4 trillion in less than two years.
Summary: The New Orleans Saints will be playing the Seattle Seahawks in the Wildcard NFC Playoff game without the services of Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory--both who have been put on injured reserve.
By Christopher Tidmore, email@example.com
It was in attending several neighborhood meetings that inspired Willie Jones to run for the open District 101 State House seat in the January 22nd special election to succeed Cedric Richmond.
In those gathering of his neighbors, Jones saw that everyone shared the same concern “more police presence” and a frustration at the pace of recovery.
President Barack Obama held a press conference on Wednesday to talk about the Congressional session, the passing of the START Treaty, bipartisanship, the budget, the national debt, the "Lame Duck" session, gays in the military (Don't Ask, Don't Tell) and other issues.
LSU star running back Stevan Ridley has been ruled ineligible for the Tigers’ Cotton Bowl appearance on January 7 as a result of an academic issue interpreted by the NCAA as a violation of its bylaws.
On the day that 127-year-old Louisiana institution, Whitney Bank announced the merger with Mississippi-based, Hancock Bank, Louisiana Governor Jindal announced that Benchmark Bank an expansion in Monroe.
Feeling some public pressure to show he's doing something about the state's looming budget crisis, Gov. Bobby Jindal held a series of well-photographed Mansion meetings with higher education leaders, healthcare providers and K-12 officials. Attendees later said the talks wandered somewhat and resolved nothing, but, for the governor, the words mattered less than the pictures, of reasonable leaders cordially discussing solutions.