National public opinion firm Rasmussen has published the results of its first 2010 election tracking poll in the state. The poll shows incumbent Republican Sen. David Vitter with a 10 point edge over his Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon. Vitter comes away with 46 percent of the vote in the poll, Melancon with 36 percent. Five percent opt for "some other candidate" and 13 percent are undecided. The survey also says Republicans would have even better odds were Republican Secretary of State Jay Dardenne to enter the race. Dardenne bests Melancon 46 percent to 33 percent in a head-to-head matchup.
On other issues, Rasmussen's polling shows 61 percent of Louisianians opposed to health care reform proposals from President Obama and congressional Democrats. Only 41 percent approve of the job Obama is doing, while 65 percent approve of Gov. Bobby Jindal.
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.