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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OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
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OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
OCT 31 And you thought the Senate race was dirty. This post on the Forward Now blog tells the story of a Shreveport mayoral campaign worker who was paid to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" an opponent's campaign. Karma's a beeotch, though, because turns out the guy really liked the "enemy," and now he's supporting her. For real.
OCT 30 The National Journal offers this analysis of Bobby Jindal's willingness to stump in any Senate campaign that's not in Louisiana. Why is that? The Journal asks some GOPers and finds that the answer is one we already know: he's so unpopular here, because he's been so busy running for President, that his support might be "toxic."
OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
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