Wednesday Novemeber 30, 2011
Kudos to Secretary of State Tom Schedler for at least getting the conversation started. As our oft-amended state constitution attests, Louisiana has too many elections — 70 in the five-year span from 2005 to 2010. The result, as Schedler theorized in a recent interview with The Advocate, is “voter fatigue” that manifests itself in abysmally low turnout on election day. Roughly 22 percent of voters in Lafayette Parish turned out for the Nov. 19 runoff, besting Schedler’s statewide prediction of 20 percent or fewer. But can any elected official sent to office by fewer than one in five voters discern a directive much less a mandate from his or her constituency? One of Schedler’s predecessors, Al Ater, is tossing out a novel idea: Make voting more “user-friendly” by allowing it at such well-traveled locales as shopping malls.
The main function of the multi-million-dollar Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise is evidently dysfunction. Last week saw another high-profile departure from the place that does technology stuff — or something like that, we think — as Chief Operating Officer Monica Lavergne quit or was fired or was pressured to resign or took permanent modernity leave. The Daily Advertiser reported that LITE interim CEO Robert Twilley (who is not listed in the facility’s phone directory although he’s been on the job since August of 2010 yet reportedly expected to be replaced by July of this year) confirmed that Laverne is not with the facility, but would not release any additional information on her departure. Laverne also declined to comment to the paper. The COO’s exodus is the latest in a rash of high-level staff shake-ups at LITE that includes eight resignations, five layoffs, one known termination and two position eliminations. But, hey, the egg is pretty at night.
Hear the one about the Cajun who went to Arizona and got robbed? It happened Saturday at Arizona Stadium in Tucson as UL’s bowl-bound Ragin’ Cajun football squad, hampered by a flurry of yellow flags thrown by a nit-picky and/or hallucinating Pac-12 Conference officiating crew, fell to the Arizona Wildcats 45-37. The Wildcats, who are (not) coincidentally a Pac-12 team, drew three penalties for 20 yards to the Cajuns’ 10 for 106 yards. Questionable calls included an offside flag on the Cajuns defense that replay showed was more likely a false start against Arizona; an unnecessary roughness call against Cajun cornerback Melvin White for playing manly football and a bizarre defensive holding call on an Arizona field goal attempt. A frustrated Cajuns head coach Mark Hudspeth tried to be diplomatic in a post-game interview with the Associated Press: “Penalties absolutely killed us — 10 to their three. I’m totally shocked they only had three and totally shocked we had 10.”
With six of the LPSB’s nine members poised for Pat Cooper’s termination, a request was filed Tuesday for a fast-tracked hearing on the federal lawsuit calling for the disqualification of two board members from voting on the matter due to bias.
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Louisiana's Republican Party has filed a complaint against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu with the Senate's ethics committee about her use of private chartered planes.
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An attorney signs up to run against LPSB's Mark Cockerham, and within a week a lawsuit is filed by a former LPSS employee in an attempt to disqualify him. Coincidence?
According to Gov. Bobby Jindal, President Barack Obama needs to stop talking about “justice” and start murdering people, even if we have to go alone.
A replacement is expected by January to fill the vacancy left when Greg Roberts resigned after allegedly pointing a fake gun at an engineer during a June meeting.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got off to a superb start Saturday night, and the Human Jukebox made the soaked season opener even sweeter for the third-largest crowd in Cajun Field history.
The Louisiana health department will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law that requires them to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
While bogged down with qualifying candidates last month, Secretary of State Tom Schedler didn’t lose sight of the true endgame coming in November and December.
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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.
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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.
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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