It was like the Olympics for political fanatics for about two hours last Tuesday as the city-majority members of the Lafayette City-Parish Council pulled a parliamentary triple back flip with a half gainer off the dais as the stunned parish councilmen looked on. Poetry in political motion. The city men put aside their workaday ideological differences to band together and force through a substitute ordinance creating a charter commission with much wider discretion in what it recommends, including deconsolidation. We’re not advocating repeal of the charter, but the original ordinance didn’t even grant the commission the authority to consider it. All options should be on the table. Now they are.
The bickering between Lafayette and Broussard reached a chattering crescendo last week when Broussard, through a kind of land-purchasing sleight of hand, acquired a parcel of property between the Ambassador Caffery South extension and Les Vieux Chenes Golf Course, effectively blocking Lafayette from reaching the course — a city-owned property maintained with city taxes — to annex it. It’s just the latest plateau in escalating tension between the two municipalities, which, as they’ve grown closer together geographically over the last 20 years have grown further apart politically. From the view in Broussard, nixing Lafayette’s annexation was a brilliant gambit; Lafayette obviously sees it differently. On Monday during a special meeting, the CPC annexed another strip of land and reached the golf course after all. The day when everything between the two cities has been annexed and all this squabbling can cease cannot come soon enough.
College kids smoking pot? Who’da thunkit? So when four UL students — all of them members of the Ragin’ Cajuns football team — were busted last week on charges of cultivation of marijuana, our outrage-o-meter remained mired at ho-hum. But where this otherwise garden-variety police blotter fodder ascends to the rarefied air of Mount Couillon is in the PD’s accusation that the gridiron grosse tetes were growing the ganja on the balcony of their Stewart Street apartment. The balcony? Get torched on the porch, fellas; don’t raise the reefer! We can’t imagine that when the cops came a-knockin’ these jocks were shocked. Dude!
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is joining South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on her campaign bus tour.
A New Iberia man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a 4-year-old girl and scalding her 3-year-old brother.
A district judge decided Wednesday against sanctioning attorney/school board candidate Dawn Morris for her behind-the-scenes role in a lawsuit against Mark Cockerham.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration may have improperly destroyed records in the state employee health insurance program, in the middle of a heavily-criticized rewrite of benefit plans.
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Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
Paper cites the former ADA's "experience as a prosecutor, his demonstrated integrity, and his ideas for reshaping the [DA's] office" in urging voters to support Keith Stutes Nov. 4.
Louisiana officials have sent a letter to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene un-inviting members of the group who have recently been to ebola-affected West African countries from attending the group’s annual conference in New Orleans next week.
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have to find a way to win on the road if they plan to take over first place in the NFC South.
"It is obvious that Louisiana economic performance has not outperformed the South or the United States as a whole and, in fact, has substantially underperformed..."
A state district judge said he will rule Friday on a preliminary injunction to keep some charter schools from receiving $60 million through Louisiana's public school financing formula.
Saints fans were to gather, make merry, eat/drink compliments of a new Downtown group and watch the Saints beat Carolina and claim 1st place in the NFC South. But...
Three bedroom traditional or four bedroom traditional in Lafayette
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Acadiana's nightlife guide.
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram doesn't see his dramatic spike in production as any sort of validation.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing off one last time with her two main Republican challengers before next week's election.
Shoppers familiar with Louisiana-based Rouses Market might be surprised when they walk into the new third location set to open at the Corner of Johnston Street and Duhon Road south the Acadiana Mall on Wednesday.
Noted architect and co-founder/principal of Architects Southwest receives highest honor given to former student.
Know an innovator, job creator and visionary with a penchant for hard work? We want to know that person.
He’s pulling for Knezek and Hidalgo on his end of the parish but issued endorsements in three other districts as well.
Actually he’s not, but in this age of say anything, which the Harson campaign has perfected, we thought, ‘What the hell?’
Easy on shape, big on style
Four bedroom Lafayette home or a four bedroom Scott home
"This week, the Advertiser Editorial Board announced endorsements of Lafayette Parish School Board candidates. While I respect the newspapers’ right to make these endorsements, I do not agree with them."
In the vein of her literary hero Ernest Gaines, San Francisco Bay Area writer Natalie Baszile transforms a crop that’s mundane to some into a lush, beautiful thing and creates a world within her characters where relatives arrive in steady waves “like a river’s rising tide” and the soil is “dark and rich as ground French roast.”
If you care about the wellbeing of Louisiana’s college students, vote against Amendments 1 and 2.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Off a narrow gravel road running between a handful of mostly abandoned lots near a Mississippi River levee, down past sprawling oak trees and thick weeds, a lectern framed by banana trees has been set up in front of three short rows of folding chairs.