November 16, 2011
Give ’em hell, Buddy. Former Louisiana congressman and Gov. Buddy Roemer is doing nothing to attune his anti-corporate-money campaign message to the GOP squawk box. Quite the opposite. Left out of every Republican presidential debate thus far and recently blocked from primary ballots in Florida and South Carolina, Roemer is reportedly mulling an independent path to the White House. He has steadfastly refused campaign contributions over $100 and won’t take moolah from political action committees. He is, in effect, putting his mouth where his money isn’t. And he’s recently embraced the ultimate anti-orthodoxy by aligning himself with Occupy Wall Street, which, despite its sometimes muddled message, is prima facie about the corrupting influence of corporate greed — the life blood of the two major parties — on American civilization. Buddy Roemer has zero chance of being elected president in 2012, but his message deserves to be heard.
District 44 state House candidate Vince Pierre refused to answer a pair of questions at a debate Monday on the UL campus, not because they were “gotcha” questions but rather because they were posed by a representative of this newspaper. Pierre thinks we’ve been unfair in our reporting by examining his relationship with former Councilman Chris Williams. Earlier on Monday, the Pierre campaign had threatened to boycott the debate with incumbent Rep. Rickey Hardy because of The Ind’s presence on the panel of journalists grilling the candidates. The “compromise” brokered by journalism professor Robert Buckman, who organized the debate, was that Pierre simply would not answer our questions. UL student and Independent intern Emily Henagan asked the candidates for their views on charity hospital funding and privatizing education — not exactly zingers. Pierre declined to answer, leaving voters to guess his views on these topics. Buckman has done a commendable job of organizing the series of debates on the UL campus ahead of the primary and leading into Saturday’s runoff. We applaud his refusal to give in to the Pierre camp’s unreasonable demand in favor of a free press.
Speaking of squawk boxes: Did you hear the one about Obama wanting to tax Christmas trees? Oh, this damnable War on Christmas! Not. It’s true the National Christmas Tree Association wants to impose on its member sellers a 15-cent per tree fee to help fund a “Got Milk”-style campaign promoting live Christmas trees. And it’s true the NCTA asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set up the program. But that’s about as far as it goes. Unless you’re a peddler of Faux News talking points like U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise. Seizing the opportunity to sound like a Liberty Bell — as in cracked and of little practical use — the indignant Louisiana congressman told a New Orleans TV station, “This new tax is a smack in the face to each and every American who celebrates Christmas, and may be the best example to date of President Obama’s obsession with taxing and regulating hard-working American families.” Um, OK.
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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