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.
Abshire has rejoined the Lafayette Bar Association, where she previously served as marketing coordinator under longtime Executive Director Susan Holliday
Home-grown Baton Rouge market/deli heads to Lafayette.
Deadline for submitting noms for annual competition is March 15
Whitney Bank officials have confirmed that the downtown branch will cease to exist when it relocates its regional headquarters to River Ranch at the end of May.
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Downtown Lafayette restaurant launches new concept near Le Triomphe
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Yeah, it's smoked venison sausage stuffed in a suckling pig stuffed in a lamb and roasted over an open fire.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Reamco founders Brent Milam and Ashley Lane now shareholders in acquiring company and part of its management team.
Low heels, high style
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, March 11, 2014:
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The vibe of the tribe done modern
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.