With all of the face time Gov. Bobby Jindal has been getting lately -- his knee-slapping appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, his explanation of intelligent design as science on Face the Nation, and his PSAs on LPB recounting his fond memories of watching Sesame Street as a kid - he's been quite the busy wunderkind, which might explain why he won't veto the recent pay raise the Legislature voted itself that will double its current salary. There's been a statewide firestorm stoked by Louisiana voters over the lawmakers' pay raises -- fueled by both the left and the right -- and Jindal's repeated refusal to veto it (even though he says he disagrees with it).
Meanwhile, the national media has tended to focus on Jindal's ethics reforms and his chances as John McCain's VP. But a New York Times piece today lays out how Jindal has ignored his own campaign pledge to prohibit state lawmakers from giving themselves a pay raise and how it has affected his base as well as his image as a reformer.
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.
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.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.