Let the prognosticating begin. National political analysts
are beginning to key in on Louisiana's 7th Congressional District as
one to watch in the upcoming fall elections. The district will be a key indicator of the headway
Democrats have made in the South, recently evidenced by Congressional election wins in Louisiana and Mississippi in two Republican strongholds. Congressional Quarterly notes that Democrats are hoping to continue their win streak with Cravins, another conservative southern Democrat with solid name recognition. The D.C. magazine, which keeps tabs on all Congressional races,
had marked Louisiana's 7th District as a safe Republican seat but,
with the emergence of a formidable challenger, says it will now be re-evaluate
that rating. Boustany is sure to remain the odds-on favorite. His spokesman,
Rick Curtsinger tells The Hill that the incumbent Congressman expects to report
$600,000 cash on hand for the campaign in his first finance report due next
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.