Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The ugly knob just got cranked to 11 in the Zydeco Capital. Amid news of blistering state legislative audits into operations at the Opelousas Housing Authority and the city of Opelousas, Mayor Don Cravins is now in the cross hairs of a self-described “task force” of officials dedicated to a singular task: taking down Don Cravins. Within hours of being reinstated by a district judge to his post as Opelousas mayor pro tem — a termination for which Cravins was the tie-breaking vote — Reggie Tatum teamed up with state Sen. Elbert Guillory, state Rep. Rickey Hardy and Opelousas Alderman at Large Joe Charles in urging U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley to investigate City Hall. The state audit of the city is already in the hands of St. Landry Parish DA Earl Taylor and the state attorney general, but Tatum et al say their findings go beyond those cited by state auditors.
The pile-on of national notoriety for Louisiana is coming at a fleet clip. Both the discordant din of thighs rubbing together in this Sportsman’s Paradise — we’re fifth among states with the highest obesity rates — and cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s painfully funny take down of the Louisiana Science Education Act were overshadowed by news that erstwhile state rep and gubernatorial candidate David Duke is mulling a bid for the Republican presidential nomination. It’s understandable that the former Grand Douche of the Ku Klux Klan would covet above all else evicting a black man from the White House. Duke is reportedly planning a 25-state tour to gauge interest in a run, and although he was born in Oklahoma and as best we can tell spends most of his time in Europe, everywhere he goes he’ll be a Louisiana export and reminder of our state’s ugly, recent political history. Go, David Duke. Away.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.
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Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
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Law firm unveils newly renovated 200-year-old building.
UL grad named web developer at BBR Creative
Lafayette-based emergency department staffing and management company raises $120 million in senior credit facilities through GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.
High-rise apartment building, parking garage, hotel and retail part of new development.
A common thread runs through many of those we oppose: Enshrining in the Constitution protections on programs and their funding sources has had a disastrous effect on Louisiana’s most important economic development engine.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
The number of Louisianans with jobs continued to set records in September, but the state's unemployment rate kept rising.
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Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.