Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The Lafayette Charter Commission’s one-80 last week is leaving city residents in the lurch.
Don Bacque talked me down from the ledge last week. I was incensed — incensed I tell ya! — with the way the charter commission backtracked on creating separate charters for the city and the parish. Bacque is a city resident on the commission who joined the four parish reps to effectively abandon the dual-charter path the commission had been on for months — a defection in my book because the other four city reps voted against the motion to leave intact the existing consolidated charter. Yet it wasn’t unexpected: Don has been steadfast in his opposition to deconsolidation.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
A comprehensive plan can’t undo much of the poor planning of the past, but it can provide a blueprint for the future. By Walter Pierce
City-Parish President Joey Durel is negotiating a contract with a Philadelphia, Pa.-based planning firm for a comprehensive master plan the company will produce for Lafayette Consolidated Government, assuming the negotiations are successful. The firm was selected last week — one of four finalists vying for the honor of pointing out how cockeyed our community is and delineating ways of fixing it.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The GOP in Lafayette is being challenged from the far right. By Walter Pierce
A tempest is brewing in Republican politics in this very Republican parish, and this fall’s city-parish elections may well wind up being a referendum on the tea party movement and how much influence it wields.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
According to the census Lafayette and neighboring parishes have grown. This should be reflected in our future political clout.
“We know what we need to do; it’s just a matter of doing it,” admits state Rep. Rick Gallot, looking ahead to the start of a March 20 special legislative session dedicated to redrawing Louisiana’s major political subdivisions — the voting districts for the U.S. House of Representatives, Legislature, Public Service Commission, Board of Elementary & Secondary Education and Louisiana Supreme Court.
Wednesday, February, 2011
Written by Walter Pierce
We gnashed our teeth and furrowed our brow, but The Ind has finally joined the social media revolution.
It took a running start, but The Independent Weekly has successfully made the leap. Into 2008. I think I tweaked a hammy.
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