Thibodeaux in the Game
After telling many that he was “not interested” in the U.S. District Court judgeship being vacated by Tucker Melancon because he was seeking appointment to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Louisiana 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Gene Thibodeaux has jumped into the race, making courtesy calls to politicos close to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The senior senator will make a recommendation to the White House. This comes as a surprise to district judges Jules Edwards and Alonzo Harris, who are also candidates, and were encouraged to seek the post by fellow African-American jurist Thibodeaux. Thibodeaux apparently felt the odds were too steep to successfully jump from the state appellate bench to the U.S. Fifth Circuit.
Judge Thibodeaux, while known to be a bit left of center politically, is also regarded as a very intelligent member of the bench and a hard worker. He is well-liked among members of the legal community of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, which stretches through most of south Louisiana. I remain convinced that the most likely choice will be an African-American (there currently are no black judges in the Western District), and Thibodeaux will certainly make Landrieu’s short list.
Lobbying for the Crown
It’s cherry blossom-in-bloom time up here in the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C., which means it’s time to pick next year’s Washington Mardi Gras royalty. Congressman Charles Boustany will be chairman of the 2010 ball for the first time. According to congressional sources, Dayna Haynie of Lafayette, daughter of uber-lobbyist Randy Haynie and an STM graduate, will reign as queen.
Business organizations opposed the proposal, saying it would lead to job losses and higher prices for goods and services.
An attempt to repeal a six-year-old law that permits public school science teachers to use material outside a classroom's adopted textbook has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee.
New York Times poll shows Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in the state.
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
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Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.