miller benson2How did a man, not born of wealth, somehow, start out as a car salesman, then a dealer and then a banker and then an owner of major sports franchises, do it?  I mean, how did Tom Benson, who passed away yesterday at age 90, who owned the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans, emerge as a billionaire, philanthropist and one of the most important men in Louisiana history?

benson boogeyLet’s face it. The owner of the New Orleans NFL football team and NBA basketball team, Tom Benson, was indeed, a Saint.

And now, he moves on to his next winning season and the state of Louisiana mourns.

21376 Michael HechtLate winter and early spring is one of the best times of the year in the New Orleans region. The Chambers and Greater New Orleans Inc hold major events. The French Quarter festival announces its schedule for those waiting to take in the sun, the food and the music. The Big Idea  and Entrepreneurship Week is upon us once again from our friends from Idea Village.

mitch monumentTwo days after receiving tremendous praise from Chris Matthews of Hard Ball, ready to launch his book tour and a couple of months before he turns over the keys to the Mayor's office to his successor LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today what the city will be doing with the controversial confederate monuments his administration took down amid much anger.

matthews landrieu naginWas that a political endorsement for Mitch Landrieu for the position of President of the United States we heard last night coming out of the mouth of MSNBC’s Hardball’s Chris Matthews?


Well, let me explain. First, a little history.

norman rob skyWhenever Jeff Crouere and I put together a Politics with a Punch panel, which we normally do at the last minute for a variety of reasons, I look at the names and the talent we have assembled and think to myself, boy, isn’t this a great event.

arnie1 weekendFor years, Arnie Fielkow was pitching New Orleans Saints to the State of Louisiana as its Executive Vice President. After Katrina, as the City Councilman, then the Council President, he was helping the city rebuild from disaster that devastated the lives of so many and the infrastructure that made New Orleans so special. In recent years, Fielkow, who is far from being short, lived among the real redwoods of the sporting world, running the very respected National Basketball Retired Players Association, leaving the city for Chicago.

SMASON FIELKOW FB LIVEHe left his heart in New Orleans. Welcome back, Arnie.

We missed you, but we’re so glad you’re home.

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That Gov. John Bel Edwards endorsed sham “tax reform” in his

recent special session call becomes all the more apparent when another example surfaced of Louisiana’s subpar fiscal policy.

In the days prior to the session’s launch next week, the state announced Gameloft would close its New Orleans office, reneging on a deal to bring more jobs to the state. This meant it gave away nearly a million dollars over the past seven years to the gaming firm under the Digital Interactive Media and Software Tax Credit, or almost $25,000 per job created. The total amount actually comes close to $2 million, but the state plans on clawing back over half.

pearl InPixio4 1I have lost a piece of my own history today.

A friend of mine has just passed away today.  She was in her early nineties.

Pearl Marzoni was a wife, a mom, a friend and a wonderful ballroom dancer.  She was also instrumental in connecting me to my remarkable wife, Althea, also very talented on the ballroom dance floor.


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