Lawyers, judges and friends gathered at Lafayette Bar Association’s beautifully decorated Johnston Street headquarters for its packed-to-capacity Christmas party. Servers from á la carte passed around fabulous hors d’oeuvres, and partygoers got in the holiday spirit with libations from the open bar and wine/champagne table. Kenny Oliver’s festive Christmas tie and Ed Marquet’s tiger-flocked purple shirt topped the best-dressed list for the fête.
Artists and art lovers gathered at the Lafayette Art Association’s gallery on East St. Mary Boulevard for its fabulous holiday social. Guests mingled and perused local artisans’ works, including watercolors, oils, photographs, metals, glass and jewelry. A highlight was the tribute to watercolor painter Sara Parker (“Sparker”) lovingly sung by the association to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
Cars lined up around the block for the annual All-Female Open House hosted by Barbara Black, Helen Mendel Barnes and Sylvia Lowe. Black’s beautiful Twin Oaks home was the venue for this year’s boisterous event attended by well-dressed ladies from Lafayette and beyond. Wowing the crowd were Janie Campbell in a striking red fur-lined coat, Eleanor Patout in her classic mink and bejeweled handbag, and hostess Barnes in a rich burgundy velvet ensemble.
Brian Derouen and Maggie Simar
Greg Daigle, and Kenny and Cindy Oliver
Kenny Oliver, Claire Oliver and Cindy Oliver
Larry Curtis, Blake David and Miles Matt
Martha Falterman, Gail Wolf, Marlene Milam and Phyllis Weitzel Giordano
Carolyn Carlon, Kathy Prejean and Camilla Drobish
Eleanor Patout, hostess Sylvia Lowe and Karen Hardy
Janie Campbell and Martha Abshire
Julie Roy and Lisa Cross
Karen Lippman and Peggy Giglio
Linda Henshaw, Katie Vincent, Camille Domingue and Debbie Mahoney
Lisa Mann Breaux and Karen Hardy
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Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
SportsMON, DEC 9 12:56PM
by Brett Martel, AP Sports Writer
DEC 10 The state's tax amnesty program paid off in a big way, with more money collected than expected, Jeremy Alford writes in LaPolitics. There are laws that govern how that money is supposed to be spent -- but surely the leges will find a way around that, Alford predicts. After all, it has happened before: if there's one thing we're good at, it's robbing Peter to pay Paul.
DEC 10 Tom Aswell continues his coverage of the New Bethany Home for Girls in this post. Although the school shut down years ago, the story has been revived -- especially after several former residents returned to Arcadia last week to file sexual assault complaints against the man who ran the school. Only two of the women filed complaints; the others came (from other states) to lend support. It's a compelling story Tom tells here.
DEC 10 Blogger CB Forgotston isn't buying what the legislature's selling (to itself) regarding Louisiana's fiscal outlook. Leges are telling everybody they don't need to worry about mid-year budget cuts. The Legislative Fiscal Office's predictions aren't being questioned like they should -- except by reporters, CB says.
DEC 10 The Picayune's Jarvis DeBerry writes about Nelson Mandela in this post. The former President of South Africa, who died last week, was not the simple, sanitized "cuddly" guy being portrayed in the simple-minded, easily-distracted American pop media, he says. He's hoping that Mandela's legacy will not receive the same "whitewash" that has been perpetrated against MLK.
DEC 10 Sen. David Vitter's continued efforts to force a vote on lawmakers' health care doesn't pass the "moral high ground test," columnist Stephanie Grace writes in this post. There's no "real policy argument" here and the vote he's trying to force (in true Vitter style, by embarrassing his colleagues) will accomplish "almost nothing" except hurting people, she says. So if he runs for guv and wins, we can look forward to more pointless, empty political posturing? Great.
DEC 10 So who is behind David Vitter's SuperPAC? Blogger Bucktown Pirate takes a look in this post on the Kingfish. With "the internets" and "a modicum of free time," Pirate has done some digging and it's pretty interesting stuff. So why should citizens have to do this much digging to find out who is behind organizations that raise tons of money then spent to influence elections? Good question.
DEC 10 Bob Marley's children and widow have sued Raising Cane's for use of the words "One Love," this blog post on Spin says. The words were registered by the chicken chain years ago, but the family says they're owed damages, attorney fees and all profits attributed to the use because it also was the name of a song recorded by Bob Marley with the Wailers.
DEC 10 Here's Gambit's take on Gov. Jindal's refusal (so far) to take the Medicaid expansion money. He's done this before, the editorial post says: posture and pose for the cameras, then show up in a dark alley to take the money anyway. That time, he handed out the money using big goofy checks with his name as the payer, the post reminds us. So he's not "entirely allergic" to federal bucks after all, the post says.
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