Wednesday April 18, 2012
The coalition of independent civic groups working to improve public education in Lafayette Parish has increased its membership with the addition of three new member organizations — the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Pugh Family Foundation and the Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation — joining the Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council. The additions bring the number of member organizations in LaPESC to 13 or, collectively, more than 6,000 stakeholders. That’s strength in numbers. LaPESC members have played a critical role in bringing in a qualified superintendent, Dr. Pat Cooper, and they’ve also served on Cooper’s 10 task forces that crafted his proposed six-year district turnaround plan. The level of commitment to improving educational outcomes in Lafayette, especially for our most at-risk students, is at an all-time high.
If the last week is any indication, it’s going to be a very muddy late summer and early fall. Although he hasn’t formally announced yet, it’s clear U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, will go after Lafayette Republican Rep. Charles Boustany’s seat in what promises to be an ugly campaign. This week a war of words between the two percolated up to the national level when Beltway website Politico published a story Sunday evening covering the feud between the pair after each took credit for inserting language concerning port dredging in this year’s budget resolution. Landry earlier fired off a press release taking credit. Boustany’s office shot back with an email of its own essentially calling Landry a liar. Landry takes a harsher tone in the article than does Boustany, telling Politico, “[Boustany] doesn’t understand hard work. To run on his record, that means he runs on zero. So think about this: This is a four-term, Mr. Powerful, sits-on-Ways-and-Means guy who’s out here picking on some lowly little freshman. Come on, man. He can’t be that worried.”
When Vincent Pierre, now a state representative for Lafayette, announced last summer his intention to challenge incumbent Rep. Rickey Hardy in the October 2011 election — an election he won in a November runoff — he signalled he would run a campaign focusing on improving the educational and economic fortunes of his relatively impoverished district. “In District 44 we have failing schools. We have schools that have been challenged,” Pierre told this newspaper at the time, adding that “District 44 is the front yard of Lafayette as I normally tell everyone, and I am very interested in trying to develop that area so we can gain employment and companies to build here.” In his first session representing the north side of Lafayette, Pierre hasn’t exactly been making magic warlock art. His sole contribution to this year’s legislation: a bill changing the word “search” to “background check” and deleting the word “and” in an existing state law authorizing the Louisiana Department of Insurance to examine the criminal history of individuals who work in the insurance industry.
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
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Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
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The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
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Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.