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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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.
OCT 31 Given the things Bobby Jindal has said and done since he's been governor, it's a pretty safe bet he thinks we're a bunch of dummies. Apparently, he's sure President Obama is one, too. This story on Huff Post quotes Jindal as saying the president - a graduate of Harvard Law - should sue to get his money back. (What should a Brown biology grad who doesn't believe in evolution do?)
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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