We were never fans of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana Scholarship Program, the controversial voucher plan muscled through the recent session. In fact, this paper was one of the first in the state to question it (in a Feb. 8 cover story titled “Incomplete.”) But we’ve never felt the plan got the scrutiny it deserved, in part because JindalCo and the state Department of Education were less than forthcoming with details on the plan. But after the state released the names of private and parochial schools “accepted” for vouchers a couple of weeks ago, that began to change. Newspapers across the state began to question the plan. National media outlets turned their attention to it. Finally, the Louisiana Scholarship Program is getting the critical scrutiny it should have gotten during the session — scrutiny that will surely increase when the state defends the voucher program in court.
Ville Platte is once again putting the “ew” in news with another attempt at clamping down on its black community. KATC reported last week that signs began going up around town — but mainly in predominately black neighborhoods we have to suspect — warning residents that low-slung pants exposing one’s underwear is illegal: “Pull up your pants. No one wants to see your underwear. Slabbing — it’s against the law!” Oh, the scourge of slabbing! It’s right up there with planking. The council last fall ate some (Jim) Crow and abandoned a clearly racially targeted ordinance that prohibited residents from walking the streets after 10 p.m. on weekdays after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit. The ACLU needs to challenge this unnecessary ordinance, too. Fashions, after all, come and go. Remember Jheri Curl?
Ville Platte would be our couillon this week were it not for Old Faithful, U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, whose teapot spews indignant steam with stunning regularity. Recently, the family valuer carped in a radio interview with a Pat Robertson-affiliated radio station about the Obama administration’s “hypocrisy” in requiring insurance companies for religiously affiliated institutions to offer contraceptives while at the same time “granting special status or waivers to Muslims as they go through TSA screenings.” Camp Landry even posted a link to the interview on the congressman’s website. Problem is, the Transportation Security Administration provides no such privileges — no waivers, no special status — to Muslims. Landry was parroting a long-discredited claim advanced by his ideological hero, Glenn Beck.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.
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Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
WaPo Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies; Clintons stump for Dems; Liberians stranded and more national and international news for Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
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Law firm unveils newly renovated 200-year-old building.
UL grad named web developer at BBR Creative
Lafayette-based emergency department staffing and management company raises $120 million in senior credit facilities through GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.
High-rise apartment building, parking garage, hotel and retail part of new development.
A common thread runs through many of those we oppose: Enshrining in the Constitution protections on programs and their funding sources has had a disastrous effect on Louisiana’s most important economic development engine.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
The number of Louisianans with jobs continued to set records in September, but the state's unemployment rate kept rising.
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Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.