Thursday, January 06, 2005


Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco made the news on two fronts yesterday. One was the state's proposal for a new financial deal with the New Orleans Saints and a $168 million renovation of the Superdome. This should be roughed out and ready to submit to team owner Tom Benson in the next 10 days, aides to the governor said Wednesday.

The Gov. is showing a bit more determination to strike a deal favorable to the state than ex-Gov. Foster ever did. How does the "Los Angeles Saints sound?" Would we really miss them? I think that area legislators are more concerned about how the move might reflect on the city than they are about financial fair-play. More to come.

The Gov. made the news on the "corruption watch" also. Seems that her husband flew to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday aboard the Shaw Group Inc.'s private jet. Shaw officials were also entertaining an executive of a major chemical firm at the time, in hopes of landing a lucrative contract to build a new plant in Louisiana.

This is barely big enough to be worth noting, and should not dent her reputation for thoroughly ethical conduct of the office. To her credit, the governor wishes her husband had not made the trip because of the possible appearance of favoritism toward Shaw, Blanco spokeswoman Denise Bottcher said.

Let me hear your opinion on these issues.


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