The Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee is planning
to open a Lafayette campaign headquarters, to coordinate efforts on behalf of
presidential candidate Barack Obama, US. Sen. Mary Landreiu’s re-election bid, and
the Congressional run of state Sen. Don Cravins Jr. The office will be
located at 601 Jefferson Street, near the Pontiac Point intersection at
Evangeline Thruway and is slated to open July 1. Stephen Handwerk, co-chairman
of the Democratic Central Committee’s 7th Congressional District, says another
headquarters is being opened in Lake Charles and additional satellite offices
may be set up in Crowley and other more rural areas throughout the district.
Handwerk adds the state party is hurrying to set up following a lengthy Democratic presidential primary race that saw record voter
turnout throughout the country. He says party officials are already fielding
calls locally from people eager to get involved, especially in the presidential
race. “I am quite shocked,” Handwerk says. “Rewind the clock to four years ago
with John Kerry; we were calling people. Now, we can’t even get the office open
fast enough for a lot of individuals. We’re getting probably about 10 phone
calls a day and probably 40 to 50 emails a day, saying, ‘what’s going on? How
can we help?”
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.