This week, state treasurer John Kennedy is kicking off his
campaign for U.S. Senate against Mary Landrieu with a “Stand Up Louisiana” bus
tour across the state. The tour gets underway this morning in Kenner and Baton
Rouge before stopping in Lafayette for an event in River Ranch’s Town Square at
5:45 p.m. Kennedy will be giving a speech at each stop announcing his candidacy
and outlining his campaign platform. The Lafayette event will also include food
from local vendors and a performance by the Fricassee Cajun Band.
In other campaign news, yesterday Kennedy released his
second quarter campaign finance totals. The campaign reported raising $1.48
million in the period from mid March through June, with a total of $2.7 million
cash-on-hand. Kennedy communications director Leonardo Alcivar noted that the
campaign expected to be outraised by Mary Landrieu but is proud of doubling its
total number of donors to more than 1500, 85 percent of whom hail from
Louisiana. Landrieu is yet to release her second quarter figures. In her first
quarter report, the 12-year incumbent Senator reported having $4.5 million
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.