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The latest from Senator David Vitter, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Orleans Parish schools, Steve Scalise and more
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments and reappointments to various boards and commissions including the Patient's Compensation Fund Oversight Board, the reappointment of the Louisiana’s Artist Laureate, South Lafourche Levee District, St. Mary Levee District Board of Commissioners, Board of Directors of the Louisiana State Lottery Corporation and the Dairy Stabilization Board
The President certainly enjoys the perks of his position in the White House. From extravagant vacations to approximately 100 rounds of golf, it has been a pretty enjoyable tenure for Mr. Obama. He has been able to meet celebrities, travel the world and play his favorite games.
While our nation’s problems are not his primary concern, the President sure acts interested when giving speeches in battleground states. Most of these speeches are political and not official business, but the President continues to charge the travel expenses to the American people.
The President’s plane, Air Force One, costs an astounding $179,750 per hour to operate, according to the Pentagon. The plane, along with security, lodging, meals and ground transportation are some of the many expenses involved in any presidential trip. With a huge budget deficit and tremendous economic problems, taxpayer funds should not be wasted on presidential fundraising and campaign junkets.
ESPN's story on Mickey Loomis allegedly eavesdropping on opposing coaches, hasn't yet produced evidence and Loomis should be in the clear. He may also have some legal issues with ESPN.
The New Orleans Saints are getting ready for its NFL Draft 2012 selections which will be no earlier than round three. The draft starts at 6pm cst, long after the top choices of the pool has been plucked.
The Saints are not the only team without a second round pick. According to a tweet by Chris Mortensen, the Vikings, Cowboys, Cardinals, Redskins, Buccaneers, Saints, Raiders are in that number too.
This column has not commented on the Zimmerman/Martin case for good reason. Since the facts surrounding this incident still remain unclear, it serves no purpose to speculate about what transpired in the tragic event. That is what the court system is for and it should be allowed to operate without outside interference.
Now, only one day away from D-Day, or “Draft Day”, the world of the New Orleans Saints still wonder when Commish Goodell might step off his throne and sentence the New Orleans Saints defense.
Since the NFL has said that between 22 and 27 Saints players were involved in the Bountygate affair, some observers jokingly wonder whether the team will even field a defense.
Less than two days from the start of the NFL draft, that process which the New Orleans Saints will not begin to restock its players until the third round due to the Bountygate escapades, more claims and defenses have surfaced in one of the most dizzying and bizarre off-seasons in NFL history.
The Saints plan to seek “all legal recourse" regarding ESPN's Monday report that GM Mickey Loomis used an electronic devise to eavesdrop on opposing coaches from 2002 to 2004.
Meanwhile, the Louisiana State Police are in the NFL New Orleans SaintsLoomisgate probe game along with the FBI.
State police Col. Mike Edmonson confirmed the joint effort Tuesday after discussing the matter with Dave Welker, special agent in charge at the FBI's New Orleans field office.
"I thought that was an excellent opportunity to share resources to see if federal or state wiretapping laws were in fact broken," Edmonson said by phone from Baton Rouge. "It's important for the public to know these are allegations at this point. We will thoroughly, expeditiously, but fairly look into whether any laws have been broken. If they have, we'll sit down with the district attorney in that area to determine how to proceed."
Many state legislators did not obey the teacher when it came to voting on Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s controversial reform plan for the educational system in Louisiana.
So, that begs the question...Will teachers and their families and friends give those legislators an “F” when they are up for re-election? Fortunately, for those legislators, elections are almost four years away.