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.”
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
Jefferson Street restaurant and pub debuts during Festival with limited menu.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
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A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
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It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
The easy one-piece way to style
Comfy feet for long days
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”