In its new endorsement issue on newsstands now, Esquire magazine gives a big New York nod to Democrat Barack Obama for president, which is exactly what you might expect from a slick, full-color rag that has dedicated not one, but two covers to former President Bill Clinton over the years. But in the magazine’s breakdown of Louisiana’s races, its editors take a surprising turn to the right in endorsing incumbent U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany of Lafayette, a Republican who practically stands for everything Obama is against.
State Sen. Don Cravins, a Democrat from Opelousas, has created a respectable momentum against Boustany by selling himself as a conservative voice for Acadiana. Even though he’ll never match the size of the congressman’s campaign kitty, Cravins outraised Boustany by roughly $30,000 during the most recent campaign finance reporting period. Additionally, a poll commissioned by the Louisiana Democratic Party earlier this month showed Cravins with a one-point lead over Boustany. Nonetheless, Cravins is quite absent in Esquire's analysis:
Boustany's district was first battered by Katrina, then leveled by Rita in 2005. The recovery has been a mess of red tape and cynical GOP stonewalling over spending, but Boustany, otherwise a loyal Republican, has fought both – to the point, he says, of near exhaustion. Here's hoping he comes back for another round.
As for the U.S. Senate race, Esquire returns to form and endorses incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu over GOP state Treasurer John Kennedy:
Louisiana's politics are as full of gators as its famous bayous. Here we have a Democrat who often looks Republican versus a Republican who until last year was a Democrat. The incumbent, however, has the clear edge in experience and legislative success.
Landrieu also has the newfound backing of former Republican Gov. Dave Treen. It may come as a shock to conservatives, but Treen says it’s the type of bipartisanship Landrieu has built a reputation upon. "Sen. Landrieu has always worked across the aisle to get the job done for Louisiana,” Treen says. “She is respected by Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, and she is able to deliver for our communities when we need it most.”
Treen is just the latest in a long line of Republicans who have opted against backing Kennedy to endorse Landrieu, rather than just staying out of the race. So far 27 GOP officials have jumped to Landrieu’s camp, including four parish-wide officials from Kennedy’s home base.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
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Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
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Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
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Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
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Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.