Katrina evacuees could play key role in Texas primary
Nearly a quarter-million people evacuated Louisiana for
Texas following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. While it is unclear how many are
still residing in the lone star state, those who do now find themselves in a
position to cast some crucial votes in this year’s Democratic presidential
primary. The hotly contested race appears to be boiling down to next Tuesday’s
big primary contests in Texas and Ohio. Reporting from Houston, The Washington
Postfinds many Louisiana transplants anxious to make their voices heard. The
Post suggests Katrina evacuees could play a pivotal role in the election and
that many appear to be leaning toward Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. Hillary
"No one knows how many evacuees have registered to vote in
Texas or how many will show up at the state's odd mix of primary and caucuses
next week, but in interviews across this sprawling city almost everyone
indicated an enormous desire to participate -- adding an unknown and
potentially pivotal element in a race that polls show is deadlocked between
Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.).
Overwhelmingly African American, the evacuees are likely to
bolster Obama's already strong support among blacks, who by some estimates
could make up as much as 30 percent of the Democratic primary turnout in Texas,
which is expected to top 1.5 million. In some urban precincts, evacuees could
account for 5 to 10 percent of voters.
Many here had kind words for Clinton, but most members
of the New Orleans diaspora said they will vote for Obama, with whom they share
a sense of racial kinship and who they believe will not let their city's historically
black neighborhoods die."
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.
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.