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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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: