It was probably no skin off Cajundome Director Greg Davis’ back last week when he was passed over for a seat on the Lafayette Charter Commission. He wasn’t even nominated. But the fact that Davis put his name up for nomination for what will undoubtedly be a tiresome nine months of meetings and research, coupled with his qualifying to run for the District 2 seat on the school board, says a lot about this energetic man. We were surprised by his school board candidacy: Davis’ main focus the last few years has been helping his adult son, gravely ill with a heart condition, fight his way back to health. From his past chairmanship of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce to his current involvement with 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette and the Lafayette Public Education Stakeholders Council — and now a bid for school board — Davis quietly leads by example in terms of civic engagement, especially when it comes to public education. If he wins the school board seat, Greg Davis will have little time to relax. Lafayette will be the better for it.
When qualifying ended July 9, it was a pleasant surprise to see three candidates enter the race to replace retiring District 5 school board rep Mike Hefner. Less than a week later the indigestion set in. Turns out, according to The Daily Advertiser, all three candidates have butted heads with John Law. Both Kermit Bouillon, a Republican, and Dean Landry, no party, had episodes of domestic discord that resulted in restraining orders filed against them by their wives. The third candidate, June Andres, no party, is a former school board member who lost a re-election bid not long after being cited for cruising for prostitutes at Four Corners. Have you seen the prostitutes at Four Corners?! Voters in District 5 now must decide which candidate is furthest from his checkered past. Good luck with that. Kudos to The Advertiser for doing what a daily newspaper is supposed to do: dig and report.
Maybe U.S. Sen. David Vitter gave credence to the birthers — those who give quarter to the conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was born outside the U.S. and is therefore an illegitimate commander in chief — to push the Brent Furer and “serious sin” scandals into the shadows. There’s been little mention of his drunk-driving, girlfriend-beating ex-aide or the D.C. Madam — minor peccadillos to be sure — since the Metairie Republican told a constituent at a town hall meeting that he supports conservative groups’ lawsuits challenging Obama’s legitimacy. How could a sitting U.S. senator and Rhodes Scholar subscribe to such a roundly discredited notion? He probably doesn’t. But there are evidently enough wackadoos who do and, sadly, it’s looking like that fringe right element is steadily engulfing the Republican base. Every politico knows that pleasing the base is de rigueur. Vitter is still the frontrunner, but if he persists in tapping these nails into his own coffin, eventually he’ll have to climb inside and close the lid.
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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.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
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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By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Facing opposition from a powerful industry, the governor and many in the Legislature, a New Orleans-area flood board's lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies seemed doomed early on.
"I want to take an opportunity to thank the people of Lafayette for allowing me to serve you for the last three years as your school superintendent."
After Thanksgiving, the small town of Moreauville plans to confiscate and kill all rottweilers and pitbulls, including a service dog.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.