Well-deserved kudos to Lafayette Parish School Board President Shelton Cobb and Lafayette City-Parish Council Chairman Brandon Shelvin for making an effort to get their respective entities working together again. Although it was postponed at the end of April due to scheduling conflicts — no make-up date had been set as of this writing — a joint meeting of the LPSB and CPC to discuss tax proposals and other matters of mutual interest was a welcome change to the silo approach the bodies have practiced for the last couple of years. In 2008, the groups announced plans for joint quarterly meetings and did so for a time. But by 2011 those meeting had ceased. As one council member tells us, “It wasn’t a priority for some of our past chairmen, for one reason or another.” The CPC and LPSB account for virtually all expenditures of the local tax base. It’s reasonable that they meet a few times a year to ensure they’re working in concert, and never more so in light of the parish’s tight finances. We hope last month’s postponement was just that.
High heaven, meet Bruce Greenstein, the stink on that DHH-CNSI scandal. In defending its decision to void a $200 million dollar contract with Client Network Services Inc. for administering Medicaid services, the state Division of Administration recently released a letter showing that Greenstein, while secretary of DHH, exchanged “hundreds of telephone calls and thousands of text messages” with management at CNSI, his former employer, leading up to CNSI winning the bid for the Medicaid contract. The governor’s office canceled the CNSI contract in March; Greenstein resigned his post at DHH a week later. The feds and state attorney general are probing the matter. Greenstein had told state senators during his confirmation hearings that his past employment with CNSI had nothing to do with the company getting the contract. Hundreds of emails and thousands of texts suggest otherwise.
You know what they say, “Big gun, little trigger.” State Rep. Jim Morris, R-AndroGel, is clearly half-cocked in his desk-banging insistence that Louisiana should bankrupt itself rather than capitulate to Uncle Sam and his insidious plan to confiscate our guns, melt them into plowshares and shoot us with gay lasers. Morris is all hot and bothered about the feds placing any reasonable restrictions on gun ownership — for the criminally insane, felons, ladies with delicate constitutions, people with poor aim — and wants to outlaw enforcement of any laws federal lawmakers might decide are necessary and within the scope of the 2nd Amendment. His House Bill 5, if passed, could send an agent of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to prison for two years and face a $5,000 fine for doing his or her job. When told his bill is clearly unconstitutional, Morris, according to the Associated Press, replied, “If we’ve got to spend every dime we’ve got defending our rights, it would be worth the money.” Um, no, it probably wouldn’t.
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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