William Kristol isn't the only national pundit fanning the Jindal-for-VP flames. Speculation grows over whether Gov. Bobby Jindal will be asked to be the running mate of Sen. John McCain for his presidential bid. Andrew Ramona with Newsweek writes that Jindal, the son of two immigrants, is "arguably more exotic" than Obama (only one of his parents is an immigrant) but that the odds of McCain choosing Jindal are low.
Jindal is unlikely to help McCain electorally. Louisiana is already a deeply red state, and the moderate Republicans and Independents attracted to Obama's post-partisan message and post-racial persona - i.e., the moderates who might see Jindal as an incentive to stick with McCain - would probably see the governor's right-wing record (opposes abortion without exceptions for life, health, rape or incest; opposes embryonic stem cell research; supports teaching intelligent design in public schools; supports off-shore oil drilling; has an A rating from the Gun Owners of America; votes with the Republican Caucus 97 percent of the time) as a bit of a turn-off.
While the national spotlight postulates whether Jindal is indeed the man for McCain's VP slot, back here on the farm, serious questions are being raised about the governor's commitment to running a transparent administration. Read this week's cover story in The Independent Weekly, "Stonewall Jindal."
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.