By late morning Friday, the final day for qualifying, six candidates had registered to run in the October election for school board. Five of the six are seeking seats in three districts where the incumbents elected not to seek re-election. At this point only District 6 incumbent Greg Awbry is facing a re-election challenge — from 38-year-old financial planner and political rookie Dudley LaBauve III. The five other incumbents seeking re-election — Mark Babineaux (District 1), Shelton Cobb (3), Mark Cockerham (7), Hunter Beasley (8) and Rae Trahan (9) — are currently unopposed.
In the District 2 seat being vacated by current school board President Carl LaCombe, it’s shaping up to be a race between a two well-known public figures: Cajundome Director Greg Davis and former six-term Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle. Over in District 4, where veteran Ed Sam is retiring, Tehmi Chassion, a pharmacist and son of the late former school board rep Tony Chassion is pitted against retired Lafayette teacher and administrator Gwen Harris. District 5, where four-term incumbent Mike Hefner is calling it quits, remained an open seat until Friday morning when retired teacher and current funeral director Kermit Bouillon qualified Friday morning. Bouillon ran unsuccessfully against Hefner in 1998.
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NOV 28 Bill Cassidy says the story about his possible double-dipping from taxpayers is a "non-issue," the ABC News politics blog reports here. The story, broken by bloggers Lamar White Jr. and Jason Brad Berry earlier this week, is probably an issue for some taxpayers.
NOV 28 Blogger Tom Aswell writes about the next step for the 6th Congressional race. Former Gov. and ex-con Edwin Edwards plans to take some shots at opponent Garret Graves by pointing out that Graves is buddies with Bobby Jindal.
NOV 28 Blogger Ian McGibboney responds to a troll-like poster who had a problem with his most recent post about the Saints. Since people are rioting in Ferguson, Ian shouldn't talk about football, this individual opined. It's possible to care about more than one thing, Ian counters.
NOV 28 Yet again, we're hearing about budget cuts that are necessary because of a big budget hole, this editorial in the American Press says. This raises some questions, the paper says, such as: Why does this keep happening? And how can this be so when we're being told our economy is doing great?
NOV 28 Blogger Jason Brad Berry, arguably the only guy in Louisiana who is truly paying attention to the BP claims process, has a little something to say about a Picayune story on the audit reports. He wants to know if the reporter has ESP, or just wrote her story based on a press release. He also has links to the documents she wrote about - so you can judge for yourself.
NOV 28 The publishers of the Forward Now blog post this disclaimer about their social media accounts. They don't monitor who "likes" their articles, the publishers say, and they aren't trying to manipulate Facebook likes. Say what?
NOV 26 Jim Brown, like many of us Louisiana voters, seems fed up with out of town know-it-alls trying to tell us what to do. Bill Cassidy can't make it through the day without flying someone in to "tell us political retards" how to vote, he says.
NOV 26 Zach Kopplin, who we came to know and love when he was a Louisiana high school student lobbying for the continued inclusion of science stuff in science class, pens this post in The Atlantic about a "textbook" available for social studies instruction in Texas that discusses how Moses contributed to the Constitution. (Oy! Texas rednecks love Jews. Who knew?)
NOV 26 Blogger Tom Aswell is writing about the behavior of the two finalists in the 6th Congressional District race: Edwin Edwards and Garret Graves. Edwards has come out swinging, but Graves' campaign seems bent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Tom says.
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