Citing a “strong campaign” that is beginning to energize traditional voting blocs, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has upgraded the bid of state Sen. Don Cravins Jr. of Opelousas to the “Emerging Races” column. Cravins, who will oppose incumbent Congressman Charles Boustany, a Lafayette Republican, on this fall’s ballot, is the 21st Democratic candidate selected for the program. “In the short time that Don Cravins has been in the race, he’s put together a solid campaign and shown that he is committed to making things easier for middle class families in Southwest Louisiana,” says DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen.
But what does it mean for Cravins? Right now, not much, unless he can surpass fundraising goals and inch closer to Boustany in the polls. If that happens, then his campaign will be upgraded to the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program. That status brings along with it “financial, communications, and strategic support.” The Emerging Races nod, however, is a start.
In related news, the Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee endorsed Cravins at its regular meeting last week. “We could not ask for a better candidate than state Sen. Don Cravins Jr.,” says Susannah Malbreaux, vice chairman of the LPDEC. “Don has consistently shown the true meaning of a Southern Democrat, and we are backing him 100 percent.”
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.