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.
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.
St. Patty's Day crafts
The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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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.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
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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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
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.