The state Department of Education is using a rather puzzling excuse — the department is waiting for the process to be complete, citing the oft-abused “deliberative process” excuse employed by Gov. Bobby Voucher — as to why the public can’t see the communications and other documents surrounding the selection process for voucher schools participating in the new statewide voucher program. And The News-Star isn’t taking no for an answer. According to a report from the Gannett-owned Monroe daily, the paper has directed its lawyer to take action against the department for its blatant lack of transparency and abuse of public records laws. It’s the same reason Superintendent John White gave the Associated Press when it, too, asked for the same records. Sadly, this isn’t the first time DOE has chosen to ignore state public record laws. The Independent has experienced numerous records battles with the state agency, most of which begin by the department willfully ignoring records requests until legal action is threatened. Kudos to The News-Star for not backing down.
The most famous locally owned pizza joint in town has been forced to come up with a new name for its boudin pizza after being slapped with a cease-and-desist letter from a law firm representing the Pastime Restaurant, a Baton Rouge eatery that somehow managed to trademark “boudin pizza.” Baton Rouge, as in “not in Cajun Country where boudin was invented.” Dean-O’s owner Tim Metcalf says he was stunned when he read the letter. “Shock, anger, dismay — I couldn’t believe that could be done,” Metcalf admits. “[The term boudin is] so generic I didn’t think it was possible, but it’s done.” But Dean-O’s isn’t a lemonade stand, and Metcalf quickly made something sweet out his legal lemon, putting the word out on Facebook and soliciting ideas from patrons for a new name for his boudin pizza. More than 600 responded. “I thought I was gonna get 10 or 15 [suggestions],” he says. “There are some great ones. It’s going to take me a day or two to digest them and choose the winner. People in Acadiana are amazing. I can’t believe it.” Unfortunately, The Ind went to press before Metcalf announced the winner. Check us out online for an update.
Someone, somewhere, is making a killing off new business banners, one of which hangs on the hurricane fence surrounding Streamline Industries in Jeanerette complete with founder Jacques Hebert’s name, taking President Obama to task for a completely out-of-context quote. The banner reads, “We built this business without gov’t help. Obama can kiss our ass. I’m Jacques Hebert and I approve this message.” The banner references the now infamous “you didn’t build that” quote President Obama made in July. The quote, fuller and with context, goes like this: “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Obama is obviously referring to the taxpayer-funded infrastructure critical to business success, which the Karl Roves of the world managed to successfully spin for their own “socialist-Muslim-anti-small-business” narrative (in much the same way Dems took Mitt Romney’s “I like to fire people” quote WAY out of context). We should note that Streamline Industries is on U.S. Hwy. 90, a government-built road with government-built infrastructure like drainage and utilities. Surely the location had nothing to do with Mr. Hebert’s decision to locate his business there.
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An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
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The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 22, 2014:
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Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
INNOV8 Lafayette launches its weeklong festival dedicated to cultivating innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Smaller Microsoft Store installations sell a wide array of Microsoft products (Windows phones, Surface tablets and Xbox consoles) but don’t include everything.
Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson will perform together during an intimate gig at Parish Ink, 310 Jefferson St., from 9-11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
See cutting-edge technologies Thursday in brief presentations/demonstrations from 3rd Dimension Media, C&C Technologies, Cimation and UL Lafayette School of Engineering.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.
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State Rep. Stuart Bishop says he’s concerned with the quality of Capitol Lake, but when it comes to Louisiana’s coastline, this Lafayette Republican doesn't seem to give a damn.
Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
Louisiana lawmakers are entering the second half of their three-month regular legislative session, which must end by June 2. Where some of the major issues stand: