It's hard to turn anywhere without seeing another story on Congressman Joseph Cao, the unlikely successor to Bill Jefferson in Louisiana's 2nd District. Cao, a Republican who won election in a district that went 75 percent for Barack Obama, was the lone GOP vote in favor of the health care reform bill that recently passed the House. At a time when bipartisanship increasingly seems a thing of the past, Cao is all the rage. Cao's interview schedule, just for today, according to the Times Picayune, includes: The Associated Press, USA Today, Greta Van Susteren, Rachel Maddow, CBS, Tavis Smiley, and possibly National Public Radio.
While Cao now finds himself being attacked by both sides — Republican party leaders have expressed their disappointment, and Cao's already announced opponent in his 2010 re-election bid, Cedric Richmond, criticized him for inconsistent support — the congressman has won accolades from a leading health care reform advocacy group, Americans United for Change, which will spend $35,000 running the following ad in the New Orleans market throughout the week.
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.