Treasurer John Kennedy enjoyed a high-profile visit from First Lady Laura Bush last week in Lafayette, where a fund-raiser was hosted with tickets ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. While it certainly served as a boost to Kennedy’s campaign, it may be just the beginning. Kennedy, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, this fall could walk away with another photo-op with her commander-in-chief husband this week as well. President Bush is expected to be in New Orleans Wednesday for a Hurricane Katrina anniversary event, according to the Associated Press. So far, only an afternoon speech is planned, but politicking hasn’t been ruled out, especially as the Senate race becomes more competitive. Lenny Alcivar, Kennedy’s spokesman, says nothing specific is planned. The treasurer, however, will be in attendance.
Although President Bush has suffered poor polling numbers in other parts of the country, he remains fairly popular in the Bayou State. A Louisiana poll taken in June revealed an overall favorability rating of 56 percent, higher than recent national surveys. And Kennedy and President Bush are no strangers either, having sat side-by-side at a campaign fund-raiser and press conference in Baton Rouge earlier this year where Kennedy received the White House seal of approval.
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.