Like swooning youngsters on the Mad Tea Party ride at Disney World, members of the Lafayette Charter Commission continue to spin wildly as the clock ticks down to their mid-April deadline for making a recommendation to go before voters. Mid-stream the commission was headed toward creating separate charters for the city and the parish but abandoned that tack a little over a month ago and began charting a course toward limited autonomy — control only over LUS. Recently the commissioner moved toward giving the city control over all city-related matters.
Now The Advocate is reporting that the prospect of the city of Lafayette salvaging complete autonomy, which seemed all but lost a month ago in this Alice in Wonderland political drama, may still be possible as sentiment on the commission is again swinging toward separate charters. The first order of business will evidently be appealing to the beneficence of the City-Parish Council for a nine-month extension so that commissioners who favor full and unbridled self-determination for the city can lobby their recalcitrant colleagues.
Commissioners voted 7-2 Monday evening to ask the council for an extension, according to The Advertiser. This morning, council Clerk Norma Dugas informed council members via email that it has “now determined that additional time will be needed past the April 13 deadline” and that a pair of special meetings has been set to settle the matter.
The first special meeting will be held Tuesday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. for council members to vote on an introductory ordinance granting the extension. If it passes, and that’s far from guaranteed, it would go to a final vote on April 12. If the intro ordinance fails, commissioners will likely be scrambling to settle on what will go before a parishwide vote this fall.
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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 Finally, mad people on the interwebz is a good thing! World wide webby outrage has caused the village of Moreauville to reverse its plan to confiscate pit bulls and Rottweillers and euthanize them simply because of their breed, WAFB reports here. The plan? They're going to enforce the lease law. Well - that would have been a good place to start.
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 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.
NOV 26 Unless you're in Virigina, you shouldn't count on seeing our Governor on Election Day. Mark Ballard writes in the Advocate's political blog that Bobby will be appearing at a GOP love fest of some kind there, instead of spending the day here.
NOV 26 This post on The Lens takes a look at the ongoing dispute in New Orleans over the banners about the upcoming tax election for the school system. The banners are hanging on schools, and some feel they are promotional, which is not allowed, instead of educational - which is allowed.
NOV 26 Not all college students are focused on football games and parties at this time of year. This post on DIG Baton Rouge recounts an LSU student group that tries to make sure that those who are hungry and homeless are not forgotten by those of us who aren't.
NOV 25 Edwin Edwards took off the gloves on Monday, this post on WAFB tells us. At a Press Club appearance, he wondered how his 6th Congressional District opponent, Garret Graves, could be an expert in all the areas in which he claims to be - when he has no college degree in anything. (Five years - FIVE YEARS - in college, but no degree. Huh?)
NOV 25 Blogger Mike Deshotels offers this primer on predatory charter schools and how they operate, specifically in Louisiana. They're not just profiting from our tax dollars, they're using children and shortchanging them to do so, Deshotels says.
NOV 25 Here's a link to the petition that has been created to save Zeus, a family dog who is targeted for death by the learned fathers of the Avoyelles Parish village of Moreauville. They passed an ordinance based on nothing that outlaws pit bulls and Rotweillers. As of Tuesday morning, the petition had more than 230,000 signatures - a number that's a wee bit higher than the village population of 929.
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