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.
A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
New Iberia colonial or Broussard traditional home
The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
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Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh rested his regulars and watched with delight as Ray Rice's backups ground out 214 yards rushing in a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
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High-profile criminal defense attorney Daniel Stanford awaits his fate in the Curious Goods conspiracy trial.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is set to put the kibosh on the legal ownership of monkeys trained to help the disabled, and the agency wants to know what you think.
A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.
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It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a South Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
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An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to block enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its lawsuit to overturn the law makes its way through court.
Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September.
The attention surrounding Victor White III has spiked with the release of last week’s autopsy report, which has raised a number of serious questions about the night of his death and has put the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office under an increased wave of scrutiny as more national media outlets are jumping on the story, most recently seen on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists.
A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program.
The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.
The LPSB will finally hear from the attorney it hired to investigate the superintendent at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m.
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