Once the stronghold of presidential politics, the Deep South, by largely supporting Sen. John McCain, may have marginalized itself for the near future. By voting against president-elect Barak Obama, the region “is becoming distinctly less important,” Wayne Parent, a political scientist at LSU, told the New York Times. “The South has moved from being the center of the political universe to being an outside player in presidential politics.”
The NYT characterizes southern counties (and parishes) that voted Republican as being poorer, less educated and whiter, and claims that many of the votes cast were based on racial fears. “Race continues to play a major role in the state,” Glenn Feldman, a historian at the University of Alabama, Birmingham told the NYT. “Alabama, unfortunately, continues to remain shackled to the bonds of yesterday.” To read the rest of the story, which analyzes the presidential vote by county compared to the 2004 election, click here.
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.