Thirty-eight Lafayette parish residents who submitted résumés for the charter commission will be interviewed by the City-Parish Council beginning Monday and concluding no later than Thursday. Each applicant will face a 15-minute interview from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the council auditorium. Nine commission members — five city residents and four residents who live in unincorporated Lafayette Parish — will be selected and seated by mid-July based on a votes by the council, which will nominate seven commission members; City-Parish President Joey Durel will make the other two selections. One member from each geographic group must also be a member of a minority.
According to The Advocate, four commission hopefuls have since withdrawn their names due to various conflicts of interest. The remaining list of candidates includes some familiar former government members and civic leaders, among them Cajundome Director Greg Davis, former U.S. Attorney Donald Washington and former District 6 City-Parish Councilman Bruce Conque.
Once seated, the commission will have nine months to determine what, if any, changes or amendments should be made to the Lafayette Home Rule Charter, or whether to recommend scrapping the consolidated charter and writing new, separate charters for dual city and parish forms of government. The city of Lafayette and the unincorporated parish consolidated in 1996; the other five municipalities in the parish — Broussard, Carencro, Duson, Scott and Youngsville — remain sovereign.
The CPC will have no further say in the matter once the commission is seated; the commission’s recommendations will go directly to parish voters in a future election, possibly next spring but more likely in the fall of 2011 — the same time all nine seats on the CPC will be on the ballot.
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OCT 30 If you're a Louisiana native of (ahem) a certain age, you might have fond (or fuzzy, as the case may be) memories of a Zebra concert and singing "Who's Behind the Door" until your ears rang. This post on NOLA Defender profiles the leader of that band, Randy Jackson.
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 If you're not obsessed with the Texas governor's race - what's wrong with you? Here's another installment, from our own IND contributor Lamar White Jr., who explains why Wendy's "infamous" wheelchair ad was a shock to the national media - but not to anyone familiar with Greg Abbott's record.
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 Blogger Crazy Crawfish is taking aim at state Superintendent John White again, this time for comments White made recently, claiming that there is no real opposition to Common Core in Louisiana. Crawfish is documenting proof to the contrary here, and lays down the gauntlet to "mainstream news media." (Don't hold your breath on that one, buddy.)
OCT 30 Gambit covers Advocate publisher John Georges' recent visit to Loyola in this post. Georges touches on how things are going in this new gig, what he thinks about the Pic's decision to move printing to Alabama, and how he feels about his political campaigns.
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.
OCT 30 BESE member Lottie Beebe pens this letter to the editor of the Advocate about the state Department of Education. The DOE isn't exempt from the state public records law, and because of recent lawsuits she tried to require regular reports about how many requests had been made to the department and how many remained unanswered. She wasn't successful.
OCT 29 Manny Schewitz blogs on Forward Progressives about recent Facebook posts from David Vitter, including one that purports to take you to a petition to stop Ebola (say what?) but actually signs you up for his newsletter or campaign email list or some such nonsense. Dave must think we're dummies, Manny says -- and Dave's probably right.
OCT 29 Usually, the copy on Red Shtick is satire. But in this post "from the publisher," we get a pretty astute political analysis of Edwin Edwards' charisma and old-school populist swagger. Edwards isn't concealing billionaire backers, or trying to make his opponent out to be "Satan," the post says. He's just running. Huh; imagine that.
OCT 29 Salon's Elias Isquith writes this fairly hilarious commentary on a National Review post about Bobby Jindal's attempts to "beef up" in preparation for a presidential run. But it's not just funny; Isquith seems to have Bobby's number, commenting on how the Gov "and his team are hopelessly ensconced in the Tea Party bubble."
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