You have to wonder what local Dems think of this - especially those who took part in another "No Party Party" fund-raiser for Republican City-Parish President Joey Durel in December. Along with local Republicans, attorney Glenn Armentor and a handful of other Dems hosted the party - and took a lot of heat for it - because they believe Durel has the community's best interests at heart, regardless of party affiliation. And while it's pretty undeniable Durel has a "Lafayette first" bipartisan attitude when it comes to local politics, his quote in Wednesday's Town Talk (a story that also ran in today's Daily Advertiser) left many readers wondering if he also has a "country first" (think McCain-Palin slogan) mindset.
All of us - Republicans, Dems, indies - are holding on to every thread of hope that the incoming president can help turn the nation's economy around. Take U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, for example. "I think it's important to recognize that this is a historic event," Boustany told the newspaper in that same story. "The country is excited about the inauguration, and I think it's a good thing. We need to do everything we can to fight the cynicism about politics." Durel, in contrast, had this to say about our new president. "I hope he is successful in some things and messes up in others."
And that's how the story ends.
In a phone interview with the INDsider this morning, Durel insists he actually ended the quote by saying, "I hope he fails miserably on others," but that the reporter cut it short. He explains that he hopes Obama fails on issues like eliminating the secret vote for unionization and raising taxes on the rich.
Durel says he hasn't received any phone calls or flak from the comment. "I was disappointed to see the way she [ended it], but I didn't think it was that big a deal," he says. "It doesn't sound very intelligent maybe."
On that final quote, I can definitely agree. So what do you think?
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Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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