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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An arrest was announced this morning in connection with last week’s bomb scare at UL Lafayette.
Attorneys, judges and others interviewed by LaPolitics expect 15 to 20 district judge races this year.
"I feel like I'm under siege," an attorney said recently over drinks at Galatoire's Bistro in Baton Rouge. "We all do. Every time I turn around somebody wants a check. District attorney races. The judges. They're killing us."
As a requirement for running for Congress in the 6th District, former Gov. Edwin Edwards has filed his financial disclosure statement with the U.S. House showing his income in 2013 totaling $242,787.
Unlike those swindled by Bernie Madoff, the victims of Texas businessman Robert Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme won’t be getting any relief from the Securities Investor Protection Corp.’s emergency fund after a recent appellate court ruling.
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Acadiana's Top 50 Private Companies
It would be an understatement to say Schumacher Group had a challenging year in 2013.
Hampton Toyota has been serving Acadiana as the premier Toyota dealership for more than 10 years. And now, the glossy Johnston Street dealership is looking forward to a makeover.
Even when Floyd Degueyter is on “vacation” he’s hard at work.
As the second largest metal heat treating company in the country, Analytic Stress Relieving Inc. has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception in 1979.
When the Prohibition era came to an end in 1933, Joseph R. Streva saw an opportunity to make a little extra money to supplement his day job.
When a hurricane hits, Brent Mouton doesn’t run. The convenience store chain owner is proof that the challenges of mother nature can almost break a business, but Mouton learned to grow out of temporary closure from near devastation in 2002 and of lost potential revenue.
By launching a Super PAC to end all Super PACs, our Top 50 keynote speaker hopes to change the game in Washington.
The 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Symposium is new to the line up and will debut in early December.
Oil Center-based private facility extends its offerings with special events venue in failed women’s store.
One year later, is his expansion plan paying off?
Newspaper industry insiders question John Georges’ expansion plan.
How the U.S. has gotten itself into another fine mess
The Heymann Center was transformed into a culinary adventure in mid-June for the EatLafayette kick-off event, A Taste of Lafayette, and for the third consecutive year, a sellout crowd filled the Cajundome Convention Center June 19 to hear LEDA chief Gregg Gothreaux’s State of the Economy report.
A look at recent hirings, promotions and other announcements from Acadiana's business community.
Anne Pyle puts a bow on a stellar, expectations-defying career with her latest venture.
Carnitas, polenta and a verde sauce create layers of a Latin classic
Prince George turns 1 today; crash victims' bodies headed home; homeless attacked in New Mexico and more national and international news for Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
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The legal challenge is part of a continuing struggle over Common Core, which has become controversial since the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted the standards in 2010.
The company currently has 10 branches throughout Louisiana, including an Ambassador Caffery location which opened last year.
The lone Democrat to announce he's running for governor, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, criticized Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's budgeting tactics as "running the state like a big Ponzi scheme."