On the heels of her opponents’ formal announcements, Phyllis Keaty is officially making her foray into the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals race today. The veteran 15th Judicial District judge is announcing she will vie for the vacant seat against two other Republicans, attorneys Jeanne Laborde and Buzz Durio, and City Judge Francie Bouillon, an independent. Keaty led the field in fundraising on initial campaign finance reports filed last month, taking in $53,000 in five weeks. State Rep. Nancy Landry, her former law clerk, serves as her election campaign chair.
In her announcement statement, Keaty paid tribute to the man she is hoping to succeed on the 3rd Circuit, the late Judge Mike Sullivan, and emphasized her judicial experience. "Lafayette is fortunate to have three strong candidates for this seat in addition to me," she states. "Each person is civic minded, with a good legal mind. It is my hope that we will have a campaign worthy of our community and the memory of Mike Sullivan, focused on the judicial qualifications and experience of the candidates. I sincerely believe my 20 years of judicial experience working in Louisiana State Courts, as a judicial law clerk and a Judge, will compare favorably.
Keaty also emphasized that the campaign will not impact the work of Family Court. “I plan to maintain a full docket in Family Court and campaign door to door evenings after work, and on weekends with supporters, my husband Billy, and my children Jim, Will and Shawn,” she said. “My first responsibility is to the people of Louisiana, and the families who come into my court needing help. I take that responsibility seriously.”
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MAR 6 In this week's post, Jim Brown is remembering former Gov. Jimmie Davis, who was sworn in 70 years ago this week. Included in here is the governor's recipe for raccoon, which was his favorite dish, Brown says. He also tells us who "Sunshine" was - Jimmie's palomino. She's buried at the late governor's farm, Brown says.
MAR 6 Columnist James Gill applies his special combination of wit and sarcasm to our friend Don Briggs in this post. Gill read the oil and gas leader's deposition and almost felt sorry for him -- almost. The problem seems to be related to Mr. Brigg's "stupendous ignorance of his purported area of expertise," Gill writes. He also credits Briggs with doing more for the environmental cause in a couple hours than tree-huggers can accomplish in years.
MAR 6 If you're on the Facebook, you've seen this video of two NOLA police officers line dancing with some Mardi Gras revelers. But this one is even better: it's a NOLA police horse line dancing on Bourbon Street. Hey -- this is Louisiana. We all can get down, if the situation calls for it.
MAR 6 Here's some more new info on the continuing controversy at Louisiana College, this time posted on the Tennessean (so maybe this story is pretty interesting outside of Louisiana, too). The story, originally written by Town Talk reporters, tells us about a document with allegedly forged signatures which was sent to SACS, the organization which issues accreditation for southern universities and colleges. The plot thickens?
MAR 6 When one reads a story like this one on KATC about the person or persons unknown who stole a huge duck balloon, three questions come to mind. First, what kind of person steals a huge balloon used to advertise a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club? And second, how can that person drive off with a huge balloon -- and attract no attention at all? And of course, the biggie: what you gonna do with that?
MAR 6 If you're interested in how things might look in 20 or 30 years, here's a good indication. This post by a 19-year-old sophomore in the LSU Reveille is the first in a series about racism. Written by a white girl, it argues that we must discuss racism and acknowledge its existence. We can't pretend it doesn't exist anymore - because it does, she says.
MAR 6 LaPolitics is doing the math on the state's unclassified workforce, and it looks pretty good -- if you're part of it. The top 50 unclassified positions in state government are making a combined $17 million, LaPolitics reports. That's $3 million more than when Jindal took office. (It's also an average salary of $340,000 in case you're interested) What's really interesting is that a lot of these positions are related to college athletics. Huh.
MAR 6 What does Ash Wednesday in NOLA look like? Beaded trees. This Picayune story takes a look at one narrow aspect of the annual clean-up following Mardi Gras: the beads hanging from trees. It takes weeks for crews to remove the trash from the trees, the story tells us.
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