UPDATE: Roshell Jones, a Lafayette lawyer who received a respectable 17 percent at the polls in her bid for District 44 state rep., announced at a press conference Friday she's endorsing incumbent state Rep. Rickey Hardy.
Roshell Jones announced Friday afternoon that after much consideration and meeting with both Rickey Hardy and his challenger Vincent Pierre, she's endorsing Hardy.
"Mr. Hardy is the only applicant in this race who can best conquer the challenges of District 44," Jones says in a letter to supporters. "Mr. Hardy was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee during the final weeks of the last legislative session and continues to maintain this prominent committee assignment. He also has a very close relationship with the governor's office. These very important factors are why I believe Mr. Hardy can best ensure the great needs of District 44 are met.
"But those are not the only reasons why I support and endorse Mr. Hardy's re-election to House District 44. Mr. Hardy is a man with great integrity, who has tirelessly fought for his constituents ... He has been a champion for putting the needs of the community ahead of personal gain and has been a relentless fighter for justice."
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Minutes before the press conference started, Pierre's campaign issued a press release claiming that the only reason Jones endorsed Hardy was because "promises were made to her" by Gov. Bobby Jindal and City-Parish President Joey Durel.
Pierre's camp also quoted Jones as telling Pierre in a phone conversation Friday morning that "they did offer me certain things."
But Jones adamantly denied those allegations both during and after the press conference and says the only promise she received is Hardy's support for her if she decides to run for another political office in the future.
"I called Mr. Pierre as a courtesy to let him know ahead of time that I'd be endorsing Mr. Hardy," Jones says. "I haven't spoken with the governor or Joey Durel."
The runoff election for Hardy and Pierre is Nov. 19. Hardy led the primary with 43 percent to Pierre’s 40 percent.
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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.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
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.
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.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.
A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed Interstate 10 from I-49 in Lafayette to Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge.
Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale of The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently has told several people involved in Democratic politics that he intends to run for governor in 2015.
A New Orleans levee board wants to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for decades of damage to our state’s coastline, but the Legislature may be poised to put the kibosh on the suit.
New standards curb elective induction
CVS stops tobacco sales
If an Acadia Parish fiddler misses a note while swatting a fly, will a St. Martinville accordionist learn “Ma ‘Tite Fille”?
(It's good, it's bad and it's just crazy)