Hell hath frozen over and, verily, the swine are aflight. We’re football fans here at The Independent, and it’s a rare occurrence when our three favorite Bayou State teams clear the same weekend with wins. It happened last week, beginning Thursday with LSU’s convincing 19-6 victory in Starkville over the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Tigers’ dominating defense put MSU’s nationally ranked running game on a leash and walked it around the block. On Saturday, the Ragin’ Cajuns were welcomed to Cajun Field for their home opener by a robust crowd of about 28,000, rewarding the faithful with a 38-21 win over the Nicholls State Colonels. And on Sunday, the Saints manhandled a Chicago Bears squad that the week before made those Dirty Birds look like a junior-varsity squad, notching a 30-13 victory over the Monsters of the Midway. Necessary roughness.
Is it really a debate when the incumbent doesn’t show? Acadiana Progressive and the Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee provided a service to voters in the Hub City last week by producing a series of debates that were cablecast live on Acadiana Open Channel. The problem was, it was a lot of contenders and few title holders. Opelousas Mayor Don Cravins and Opelousas chemist Kelly Scott showed up for the state Senate District 24 race, but incumbent Sen. Elbert Guillory was a no-show. So was state Rep. Rickey Hardy in the District 44 debate, although candidates Vince Pierre and Roshell Jones were there with bells on. Hardy has also vowed to ditch a forum hosted by the Black Chamber of Commerce scheduled for this evening, Wednesday, Sept. 21, telling us on Monday that neither of his opponents has ever held public office and that he is running on his record of accomplishments. “What are they going to talk about?” he asked. The issues facing the district, we presume. Kudos — don’t fall over y’all — to City-Parish Councilman Brandon Shelvin, who did face off with his opponent during one of the AOC debates.
But for the grace of God U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-La., is this close to the soup line! A physician by vocation and owner of a chain of Subway restaurants, the north Louisiana congressman underscored how detached from reality the well-heeled, affluent political class can be when on Monday he appeared on MSNBC and laid out his opposition to President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan, which includes tax increases on millionaires, by putting his $6 million in 2010 business profits into perspective: “[T]he amount that I have to reinvest in my business and feed my family is more like $600,000 of that $6.3 million, and so by the time I feed my family I have, maybe, $400,000 left over to invest in new locations, upgrade my locations, buy more equipment...” John Fleming’s family must eat a lot.
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State Rep. Lenar Whitney — one of a handful of Republican candidates vying for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional district — has been described by Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman as one of the most “frightening or fact-averse candidate[s]” he’s ever met following her reaction to an interview last week.
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Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools.
An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase.
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On Tuesday, a three judge panel (voting two to one) of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional Mississippi’s controversial law requiring that physicians who perform abortions maintain admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March.
Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.
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Times Square impersonator crackdown; Israel shells Gaza school; Russia hit with sanctions and more national and international news for Wednesday, July 30, 2014.
"Although the administration is moving forward with climate change regulations at home, we don't consider how policy decisions in the United States impact greenhouse gas emissions in other parts of the world," says Roger Martella, the former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.
Louisiana agriculture officials say prices for long-grain rice are projected to drop this year.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 19 decreased from the previous week's total.
A judge is getting ready to set a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The sponsor of a Louisiana law that requires doctors that perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges doesn't believe the provision is in jeopardy after a federal appeals court struck down a similar Mississippi law.
Louisiana's state school board has jumped into a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal that accuses the governor of illegally meddling in education policy through his efforts to block Common Core education standards.
Here's how one nationally recognized conservative political pundit reacted upon hearing the news Monday that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was leaning toward an endorsement of Louisiana’s lone Democrat senator.
If President Barack Obama’s poll numbers, and those for his health care law, haven’t yet bottomed out in the Bayou State, then Democrats surely don’t want to know what the statistical floor actually looks like.
Midsouth Bank has released its second quarter earnings report, showing a year-over-year increase for shareholders.
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The deadline to purchase tickets for the 2014 ABiz Top 50 Business Luncheon featuring top-selling author, political activist and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig is only two weeks away.
With the qualifying deadline for Lafayette Parish School Board elections quickly approaching, a series of candidate forums have been announced by the Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council.
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The investigation and potential prosecution of the man charged in the recent hit-and-run death of a Youngsville cyclist won’t happen overnight, according to local law enforcement officials.
Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting to consider whether to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards.