The one thing Louisiana political watchers can agree on is the inability to agree on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s political fortunes. Is his star rising or being sucked into a black hole? Dueling commentary by Capitol scribes hammers home the point.
On the opinion page today in The Daily Advertiser, Melinda Deslatte, the Associated Press’ reporter at the Capitol in Baton Rouge, divines a promising future for Jindal by virtue of the crumbling fortunes of fellow GOP hopefuls like South Carolina Gov. Mark Stanford (adultery), U.S. Sen. John Ensign (adultery) and soon-to-be former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (unadulterated weirdness). “Now, if he could shake those comparisons to geeky Kenneth Parcell, the page on the NBC comedy 30 Rock and show a strong list of accomplishments in his home state,” Deslatte writes, “maybe he could pull a real national campaign together.”
But The Advocate’s Michelle Millhollon, in a news analysis piece Sunday titled “Jindal presidential star dims,” comes to the conclusion that our policy-wonking wunderkind may have to wait until 2016 “if the young governor matures into a more-polished politician without the hiccup of embarrassing personal follies.”
In February Jindal, who maintains he has no interest is the White House and will campaign for re-election in 2011, placed second behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a GOP preference poll of potential 2012 presidential hopefuls. But by May the governor's luster had dimmed considerably, following his disastrously deadpan rebuttal to President Obama’s speech to Congress, to a mere 2 percent preference in a Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
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Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
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Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
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Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
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Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.