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.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 13, 2013:
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.