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.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Four hours after inviting supporters to a rally with Sen. Marco Rubio, Bill Cassidy claimed that Mary Landrieu “voted against stopping executive amnesty.”
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.
Money from the first and only settlement so far in a Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against dozens of energy companies will be placed in a special account dedicated to coastal restoration.
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Ten departing CEOs rake in $430 million; profile of FSU gunman emerges; Buffalo's weather woes and more national and international news for Friday, November 21, 2014.
The Ethics Board gives the lame duck Youngsville mayor permission to offer a sweet parting gift to the community he’s presided over for three terms.
Carencro ranch style home or three bedroom traditional in St. Martinville
The money came through a general obligation bond sale Thursday.
A legend in the Acadiana Oil Patch, Comeaux died Monday, Nov. 17.
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With a growing number of alleged sexual assault victims coming out against Bill Cosby in recent weeks, upcoming projects have been canned by NBC and Netflix, but that won’t affect the once-loved comedian and actor’s scheduled performance in Lafayette.
The Baltimore Ravens' retooled secondary had no trouble against a rookie quarterback at home. This week, however, their task is far more challenging: stopping Drew Brees on the road in New Orleans.
Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry's name to the list of possible Republican presidential candidates flooding the campaign trail for GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Florida this week with his fellow Republican governors for another gripe session aimed at their favorite target, the president, this time taking aim at his immigration plans.
Early voting for the runoff is shortened by two days because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Coach Don” Gagnard is running for school board. Today he offers his critique of the socioeconomic relationship between government subsidies and obesity.
BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Former Le Rosier chef who cooked at the James Beard House and was named one of the “Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine magazine in 1995 was 48.
It was only a few months ago when the LPSB held the school system’s purse strings with a death grip, but oh how board President Hunter Beasley's demeanor seems to be changing with the ouster of Superintendent Pat Cooper.
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Pat Cooper is contesting his termination by the LPSB, filing a petition Tuesday that calls the recent decision “arbitrary and capricious.”
A look at the numbers highlights the challenge facing Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu as she tries to win a fourth term in a Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.
The 59-41 Senate vote was one shy short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure.
Spot bonuses to employees who go above and beyond on projects one of several reasons national mag calls BR-based biz bank a cool place to work.
The Director Search Committee interviewed the five men still in the running via video last week and is set to trim the field this week.
A national animal rights group has been rebuffed by a Baton Rouge district court judge, although the group might still get its day in court.
Telecom’s decision to halt deployment to more than 100 cities while it awaits net-neutrality rules appears to be little more than a temper tantrum.