With regard to “A Question of Leadership,” the article stated, in reference to council members, “They’re also listening to constituents with widely divergent priorities.” Regardless of the so called “inevitable tension” brought forth by the individual council members listening to their constituencies, that is exactly what any elected official is to do: listen to, as well as follow, the direction of the majority of the people who elected him or her. Unless I’m missing something here, that is what our form of representative government is all about.
Yes, this is a test of Joey Durel’s leadership skills and, thus far, he is more than up to the task. He has the support of a comfortable majority of the people of Lafayette Parish.
One unnamed former member of Lafayette government, who still deals with the council, decries term limits, the inexperience of the new members, and, as he put it, “a lack of continuity.” Anyone who is against term limits would seem to have either a questionable agenda or level of self confidence that is not needed in representative government. The newly elected council members will learn as they progress for they do not seem to be bridled by “good ‘ol boy” behaviors. That is why the public shook up the council and elected who they did when they did. Though experience can be a good thing, terms limits reduce significantly the complacency as well as the sense of entitlement and demagoguery that many elected officials without term limits fall into. That is why politicians are afraid to put term limits on a ballot, because the people will always approve them. The people of Lafayette Parish are intelligent, independent, and a very informed public. Their voice at the polls speaks loudly as evidenced by which proposed taxes pass and those that are resoundingly rejected.
Those unnamed sources are better off unnamed.
The start of the three-day qualifying period for November’s elections has so far yielded eight official bids and one new announcement from candidates seeking a seat on the school board.
It’s been just over four months since attorney Barry Domingue committed suicide the morning before he was to stand trial for a second day in the federal Curious Goods case, leaving his fellow attorney/co-defendant Daniel Stanford with a temporary mistrial and awaiting his day in court.
Candidates for Louisiana's Nov. 4 election must officially sign up for the ballot this week.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's effort to derail Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards was halted Tuesday by a state judge who said the governor's actions were harmful to parents, teachers and students.
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram isn't letting a humbling start to his pro career lower his opinion of what he can still accomplish in the NFL.
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A Baton Rouge judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday against enforcing a law that prohibits anyone 70 or older from running for justice of the peace or constable.
Gov. Bobby Jindal believes the last-minute passage of a pension hike for his state police superintendent, Col. Mike Edmonson, was improperly handled, according to the governor's office.
As the courts hash out the attempts to preserve and shelve Common Core in Louisiana, a group of six state lawmakers are planning an Aug. 22 trip to Oklahoma to meet with their counterparts and strategize for the 2015 regular session.
While hopes are high for turnout this fall, a new report from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate suggests that Louisiana's midterm face-offs may amount to nothing special in terms of votes cast.
The attorney hired by the Lafayette Parish School Board for a special investigation of Superintendent Pat Cooper has submitted his final report, though it may be another week before the findings are made public.
The Tea Party of Louisiana is calling Sen. David Vitter a “turncoat” for his newfound embrace of Common Core educational standards.
An annual report evaluating Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of Medicaid lacked important financial information and presented rosy performance reviews not corroborated by data, according to a review released Monday.
Lafayette attorney Michelle Meaux-Breaux has announced her plans to seek the Division E seat for judge in the 15th Judicial District.
A card-carrying member of Lafayette’s “tribe,” Milton “Spider” Guidry died over the weekend. IND music writer Nick Pittman remembers the character and the man.
As tensions continue to escalate in Ferguson, Mo., between law enforcement and residents protesting the shooting death of a local teen by police, we’re reminded of the peculiar circumstances surrounding the in-custody death earlier this year of a New Iberia man.
A group of teachers and parents who support Common Core is asking a state judge to invalidate Gov. Bobby Jindal's actions against the multi-state education standards.
Drew Brees walked up to the line of scrimmage early Sunday, taking a snap during the New Orleans Saints' pre-practice walk-through.
A state judge Friday refused a temporary injunction sought against state education officials in an effort to block implementation of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana.
UL was the consensus pick in a coaches' preseason poll to win the league, and experience has a lot to do with that.
The price tag has nearly doubled for Gov. Bobby Jindal's hiring of an outside consulting firm to recommend new ways to balance the state budget.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is under scrutiny for billing private chartered planes to her Senate office when she used the flights to attend campaign fundraisers.
Many people found not guilty by reason of insanity are being held in Louisiana jails, where they cannot get the treatment they need, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.