The Lafayette Democratic Party believes government should not tax citizens to pay private schools. But that is exactly what Governor Jindal proposes with his private school voucher program, and we believe it is important that people understand what this governor wants to do. In the name of promoting public education, Governor Jindal wants Louisiana taxpayers to pay for private school tuition. As Democrats we believe if public schools are failing we must fix them, not dismantle them. And we need to stop laying all the blame on the teachers, and call for a comprehensive program that includes parents’ participation in their children’s education.
The Lafayette Democratic Party opposes forcing Louisiana taxpayers to pay private schools to teach our children. Article VII, Section 13 of the Louisiana Constitution requires that the government spend certain dedicated taxpayer money only on public education through what is known as the Minimum Foundation Formula. Governor Jindal has proposed to raid even that fund to give the money to private schools in New Orleans. The Lafayette Democratic Party believes government must honor its constitutional commitment to public education and not tax citizens to pay private schools. But if the private schools want public money then let us at least demand that they accept everyone, disabled and disadvantaged, just as the public schools must do. And let us hold them accountable, with standardized testing and oversight, just as the public schools must be. And let them be audited, just as the public schools must be.
America has always valued the importance of universal, public education to help instill citizenship and American values. Governor Jindal now wants to dismantle and privatize that system. But public schools have served this country well for over a hundred years, so if Bobby Jindal wants the taxpayers to pay for his experiment, he better be sure it’s going to work, because if it doesn’t we will all pay a permanent price for his failure. And he might not be around in four years to see the harm he has done. That’s what we as Democrats believe.
The editorial gets much of this issue correct, but misses the significant fact that having LCG elected officials on stage this year would politicize the event more overtly than did Joey Durel's endorsement of David Vitter last year.
How can that be? Because, by ASO's own admission, they could not offer this event as a free event without LCG's support, either financially or in-kind. By offering their stage to LCG officials it takes on a quid pro quo arrangement, whereby the officials are rewarded for their commitment of taxpayer dollars to the support of this event by giving them a few minutes in front of the large crowd that traditionally gathers for the event.
Lester Gauthier made clear in his letter that the best solution is for the ASO to forego the injection of politics into its concert. The ASO seems unwilling or unable to do so.
Fifteenth Judicial District Judge Ed Rubin had set the hearing at the request of three former Lafayette Housing Authority board members, who argue Durel improperly removed them from the board a second time after Rubin had reinstated them.
City-parish attorneys have been fighting to keep the contempt hearing from happening.
ASO/Vitter/Durel/Lafayette DPEC story goes nationalLafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee6/16/2011 The Rachel Maddow Show picked up on the simmering and now year-long controversy involving the expenditure of Lafayette taxpayer dollars to allow Joey Durel to endorse then-Senate candidate for re-election David Vitter from the stage of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra's Fourth of July concert in 2010. The staff of the Maddow Show apparently stumbled across the headline in Thursday's edition of The Daily Advertiser and used it to demonstrate the double standard in national politics when it comes to the behavior of elected officials and their ability to stay in office. Vitter was caught in a prostitution scandal and not only stayed in office, but no national Republican ever called for him to resign. Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress on Wednesday for activity that was not illegal, but because the scandal had become "a distraction."
Acadiana Symphony reserves right to inject politics into publicly funded eventLafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee6/16/2011 The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has insisted that it has the right to inject electioneering into its annual Fourth of July Concert which is held at Parc Internationale with sponsorship provided by Lafayette taxpayers through Lafayette Consolidated Government. The ASO renewed the controversy on Wednesday with a press release in which they claimed to have received what their executive director called "harrassing" letters from the Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee. They also completely mischaracterize events surrounding 2010's concert where Senate candidate David Vitter invited himself to speak and was endorsed from the concert stage by Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel in apparent violation of the state Constitution and the state Election Code.
HB-531 is dead!Mike Stagg6/13/2011 The Independent Weekly reports that Rep. Joel Robideaux (No-Party, Lafayette) has withdrawn his controversial bill (HB 531) which would have created the Lafayette Redevelopment Authority. The bill was the Durel administration's second attempt to get the authority created. The defeat of the legislation can be attributed to a coalition of Democrats and Tea Party members who opposed the bill as an egregious power grab by the administration and its developer allies.
“This badly flawed bill would create an unelected entity and make it the expropriator of choice in Lafayette Parish,” the committee said. “In addition, the bill would create yet another taxing authority with the apparently unchecked power to create Tax Increment Finance (TIF) districts. These districts would target City of Lafayette residents and those living in unincorporated areas because the proposed law gives small municipalities in the parish the ability to opt out of participation in the scheme.”
“HB 531 represents the second attempt in two years by the Durel administration to solve a genuine problem — the proliferation of blighted and adjudicated properties. As was the case last year, this proposal would produce a powerful bureaucracy with the ability to seize and transfer property to new owners of its choosing. This organization would operate beyond the supervision of elected government and beyond the reach of citizen control. It is a proposal rich with opportunities for abuse.”
“We urge the Senators to reject this bill. We also recommend that the Durel administration engage a broader community dialog on this issue of concern to all residents and property owners.”
Former Lafayette CIO Still Not ChargedMike Stagg5/20/2011 This story is still unfolding. The trip wire for the coverage was Lafayette CAO Dee Stanley's testimony in the federal corruption trial in New Orleans. In a Times-Picayune story today (Friday) a defense witness said a move to no-bid contracts on technology projects in New Orleans under the Nagin administration was "a license to steal."
Durel, LCG Council face contempt hearingMike Stagg5/19/2011 A court date has been set for a hearing to determine if City Parish President Joey Durel and the LCG Council acted in contempt of a court order when they dismissed three members of the Lafayette Housing Authority Board of Directors a second time.
More Details Emerge on LCG Tech ScamMike Stagg5/19/2011 The Daily Advertiser reports on court documents related to the New Orleans technology corruption scandal that reaches into Lafayette Consolidated Government. A no-bid contract is a key part of the Lafayette connection to NetMethods.
LCG Officials Mum on ScamMike Stagg5/18/2011 The Daily Advertiser reports that LCG CAO Dee Stanley would not talk to them about the New Orleans technology scandal that reached into Lafayette and prompted the Durel administration to fire CIO Keith Thibodeaux. According to the article, Thibodeaux reported directly to Stanley.
Stanley testifies in NOLA corruption trialMike Stagg5/17/2011 The Independent Weekly reported today that LCG CAO and Durel campaign operative Dee Stanley was called to testify in a federal corruption trial involving a company whose corruption efforts ensnared chief technology officers in three cities, including Lafayette.
Stanley's Focus In QuestionMike Stagg5/11/2011 The Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee has called on LCG Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley to cease any and all campaign activity on behalf of Joey Durel's re-election, or take an unpaid leave of absence until after the election. In the April 9, 2011, edition of The Advertiser, Stanley told a reporter that Durel's re-election is his primary focus in coming months.
Lafayette Democrats point out that Stanley is paid by Lafayette taxpayers and his priority should be providing services to all citizens and that his political commitment to Durel runs counter to his obligations as a public servant.
How Gachassin Games the SystemMike Stagg4/21/2011 The Independent Weekly looks into the issue of how public funds linked to low-interest housing developments are being used to enrich at least one developer. It's an issue that the Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee pointed out in letters sent to the U.S. Attorney and the FBI back in February.
Vitter drops in on ConcertThe Daily Advertiser Staff7/5/2010 The Daily Advertiser ran this report on Senator David Vitter's speech at the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra's "Red, White and Boom" concert on the Fourth of July. The Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee objected to the ASO providing Vitter a venue for a campaign appearance.
Concert sets off political fireworksBruce Brown, The Daily Advertiser7/3/2010 The Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee objected to the announcement that Senator David Vitter, who is involved in a campaign for re-election, will be speaking at the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra's "Red, White, and Boom" concert on the Fourth of July in Parc International. The story focuses on the letter the committee delivered to the ASO expression its objection and the organization's response.
LUS raise up for discussionRichard Burgess12/1/2009 The Advocate's Acadiana Bureau reports on the Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee's opposition to the proposed LUS rate hike. The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce endorsed the proposed 15 percent increase.
LUS raise up for discussionRichard Burgess12/1/2009 The Advocate's Acadiana Bureau reports on the Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee's opposition to the proposed LUS rate hike and the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce's support for the 15 percent increase.
Groups split on LUS ratesJeff Moore12/1/2009 The Daily Advertiser reports on the Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee's opposition to the proposed LUS rate hike in this story which also covers the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce's endorsement of the proposal.
Democrats Get Their Own Healthcare ForumMike Stagg10/19/2009 The Independent Weekly had a story in their TheIND blog today about how our committee won an hour of free airtime from KLFY and KTBS in Shreveport to carry a healthcare reform forum from the Democratic perspective. We won the time after objecting to the one-side nature of a Republican-only forum that originated in Shreveport on September 2 and which KLFY carried the following day.
In certified letters to KFLY management and news department, our committee demanded that the station not air the biased forum, or grant proponents of healthcare reform an hour of free airtime to make our case.
After viewers complained to KLFY about the bias of the GOP forum, the station offered our committee free airtime to present the other side. We recruited Senator Mary Landrieu to participate and also recruited two knowledgeable healthcare professionals who support reform to take part in the panel — Dr. Mike Robichaux of Raceland and Dr. Nellie August-Prudhomme, a nurse who is on the faculty of LSU-Eunice.
The program will follow the same format as the original forum.
KLFY will record the forum on Saturday and broadcast it on Monday afternoon. KTBS in Shreveport will carry the forum in prime time on one of its sister stations.
Get Well, Representative Badon!Mike Stagg10/12/2009 The Daily Advertiser reported on Saturday that state Representative Bobby Badon of Carencro was in a Lafayette hospital recovering from heart by-pass surgery that he underwent on Tuesday.
The Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee wishes Representative Bobby Badon a speedy recovery. We will keep the representative and his family in our prayers.
Democrats honored at eventAmanda McElfresh10/24/2008 Four state and local leaders were honored for their service Thursday night with the Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee's first Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The Tipping PointJeremy Alford10/15/2008 State Sen. Don Cravins is seeking to do the impossible - overtake an incumbent member of Congress, Lafayette's own Dr. Charles Boustany. If you believe the polls, he has a fighting chance.
Life of a Delegate: DAY TWOStephen Handwerk8/27/2008 The one thing I forgot to mention from Monday night was that Jimmy Carter’s mini Documentary with regards to Hurricane Recovery in New Orleans was quite moving. John Hadley, chairman from the St. Landry Parish Democratic Executive Committee looked over at me and said – “Stephen – we should stand for this” to which I quickly agreed and looked back at Deborah Langhoff – the Vice Chairman from Orleans Parish – and said – “hey, we are going to stand for this!” And we all jumped up and waved our flags slowly… While the mini documentary was playing I started getting text messages from friends in other delegations and they were saying how moving this was.
Life of a Delegate: DAY ONEStephen Handwerk8/26/2008 So right now it is about 1:30 am local time here in Denver. Many of us got back shortly before 10pm tonight local time. The transportation is actually quite good, so long as you are going to the main locations – DNC Hotels, The Convention Center or the Pepsi Center.
Filtering DownJeremy Alford8/13/2008 In attacking Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu on energy issues, Treasurer John Kennedy has picked up on a national GOP strategy that works better in Minnesota than it does in Louisiana.
Democrats tout CravinsJeremy Alford7/30/2008 More positive Press coming in from all over - in this News report Jeremy Alford reports on the growing support State Senator Don Cravins is receiving in his bid to unseat Republican incumbant Charles Boustany.
Cravins goes on offense in raceThe Advocate7/2/2008 ...Chides Boustany over pay raises ... At a time where Boustany has worked hard to prevent any raise in the minimum wage he has accepted several raises to his congressional salary.
Pork PlateNathan Stubbs7/2/2008 A great article exposing how Boustany is turning his back on the 7th Congressional District to curry favor with his far right Republican masters. This article also exposes John Kneely Kennedy's flip flopping and double talk on earmarks.
Blue Monday News and CommentaryBlue Monday News4/14/2008 It's and all new Episode this week of Blue Mondays! This week we get updates on Mary Landrieu and we also find out that David Vitter is a REALLY bad driver along with all his other problems - and why are the veterans so upset with McCain - AND Senator Vitter... ALl this and more - Click PLAY!
It is time for Vitter to goChris Whittington3/17/2008 Baton Rouge: In light of the resignation of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, Chris Whittington, Chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party called for the immediate resignation of Louisiana Senator David Vitter.
La. Democratic chairman elected to full termEd Anderson3/16/2008 Baton Rouge lawyer Chris Whittington, who has served as chairman of the state Democratic Party for more than two years, was elected to a full four-year term Saturday, defeating a major rival who had the backing of some of the party's biggest names.
LeftBlog: Vitter redux and FISA – Big Brother is HERE!Stephen Handwerk3/11/2008 With Governor Eliot Spitzer in a deep mess - All the news reports are back to reporting on David Vitter and his Follies - Also this week - FISA is being revisited after the House and Senate pass two separate Bills. Bush claims he will VETO if Immunity isn't included for the TelCo's - So much for this bill being vital to protect the American People.
LEFTBLOG: Saturday's results... Jindal's EthicsStephen Handwerk2/12/2008 The Results. No real surprises on the Democratic Side. Even with the visit from President Clinton to the state on Friday, that was not enough to compete with the momentum the Obama team had put together. As I drove around on Saturday checking the different precincts I was very happy to see all the folks out on the corners with Obama signs. I didn’t see any for Clinton. I can tell you that I was very excited to see all the high school and college kids. Definitely shows some change a coming.
Obama was definitely helped by the 10 full days of Media buys that they made throughout the state. You could hardly watch TV without catching his commercial. This definitely helped him a great deal. To my knowledge Clinton didn’t make any media buys, that obviously hurt her.
LeftBlog: Goodbye to John Edwards, Super Tuesday and Treasurer Kennedy folliesStephen Handwerk2/6/2008 John and Elizabeth Edwards are an amazing couple and I wish things could have been different for this race, but History is being made and people are moving on and many of us are forced to choice another candidate. This is a very hard process for me. I picked John because he most closely resembled the values and goals that I feel are most important for this country. The two candidates on the Democratic side that are left both have good points, and they both have some drawbacks....
We now know why – when the doors close you hear an ex-parte conversation between the “adjudicator” and Tony Tramel – Director of Traffic and Transportation and RedFlex employees. The Adjudicator joins in the laughter and mocking of the brothers and even advises RedFlex on how to prevent “citations” from being thrown out. This is a blatant disregard of our rights. Simply by making this a CIVIL violation we have, through no action of our own, given up our constitutional rights as the burden of proof is so much lower.
One article I found especially interesting was that by Marsha Sills entitled “Struggle marches on.” Interesting quotes by Ms. Je’nelle Chargois and Dr. Rick Swanson, they share a thesis I have long held and that is that basically Racism is alive and well, it just has a different name. The war on the Poor.
While John Edwards is not doing as well as I would have hoped nationally, he has spent the last few years calling attention to the “two Americas” – the one for the super wealthy and the other one that the rest of us call home. We are seeing this all over the country – the rich can do almost whatever they want – they can kill their spouse (allegedly) like OJ Simpson. They can rob from thousands of their employees like the folks at WorldCom and ENRON.
LeftBlog: Another big week in LouisianaStephen Handwerk7/24/2007 First off, we had the JINDAL announcement tour that was preempted by the Vitter “I haven’t said anything, and I am done talking about it” press conference. This set off a flurry of attacks against Vitter from Republicans, including The College Republicans who were very upset about Vitter’s timing with relation to “Bobby” Jindal’s announcement tour. (OK, so who really didn’t know he was running?)
LeftBlog: Ethics, poverty and prostitutes … all in a week in Louisiana.Stephen Handwerk7/17/2007 In perhaps the most historic ETHICS vote, Congressman Jindal voted AGAINST high ethical standards. One may question if this was in order to protect Tom Delay who has donated a great deal of money to Jindal’s previous campaigns – frankly this is a huge ethical issue, and illustrates when Jindal is given the opportunity to chose between his party and high ethical standards – he chose his party and cronyism.
LeftBlog: The TALKING JinDOLL and Walter BoassoStephen Handwerk7/10/2007 Alright, so the Governor’s race is now heating up and we have several folks running – and really the only contenders who are really still “IN” this race are – Foster Campbell who has a huge GRASS ROOTS following and has been in Lafayette a Great Deal. Congressman Bobby Jindal who’s support seems to be dropping DAILY. And then you have State Senator Walter Boasso who is running some great TV commercials to introduce him throughout the state.
It's the TALKING JinDOLL - You won't want to miss this! Click the above link to hear ALL ABOUT IT!
LeftBlog: LA House District 44 – meet the candidatesStephen Handwerk7/3/2007 Blogging LIVE from the CCGG candidate forum for District 44. District 44 is a really interesting district with a great deal of diversity. Currently the seat is being held by Wilfred Pierre who has held the seat for 3 terms, thus he is term limited from running for a fourth. This district is predominately the north eastern corner of the parish.
Kershaw Resident of TN, NOT LouisianaStephen Handwerk6/19/2007 In February of this year Sammy Kershaw filed for Bankruptcy Protection and he clearly states on these FEDERAL FORMS that his residence is in Tennessee. So surely HE can't run if John Breaux can't. Right?
This is like putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound. HSA's are only good for RICH people who can afford to invest and shuttle money into different accounts to reap the benefits - how about the tens of thousands of working poor in this congressional district that are without healthcare insurance adequate to take care of a real emergency or provide for meaningful preventative treatments and exams? When is the good Doctor going to address this issue?
If we had an extra $200 a month to sock into a "RAINY DAY SICK FUND" we likely would... however this plan will only help those fortunate enough to have the money to invest in themselves it will do nothing for the seniors who are still being forced to decide between food in their refrigerators or medicine to keep them healthy and alive. When will THEY be given the respect THEY deserve by legislation supported by this congressman?
Conservative Cajun Gives PROPS to Lafayette Democrats!Nick Bouterie6/6/2007 Nick Bouterie, author of the Conservative Cajun Blog gives PROPS to Lafayette Democrats for keeping their folks updated. Though we find it very funny that he keeps bringing up this Article penned by Jindal where he participates in an Exorcism - when Jindal's people just want that to go away. Funny how they think TRUTH telling is MUDSLINGING...
Blue Monday NewsStephen Handwerk6/4/2007 SICKO hits theatres soon, get an advance look here, More of the same in Iraq reports Laura Logan from CBS News and Fox News Chimes in with Willam "The Bloody" Kristol, and a preview of SICKO the new film by Michael Moore who even REPUBLICANS are loving - is this a sign of the end?
Blue Monday NewsStephen Handwerk5/28/2007 John Edwards and Danny Glover in New Orleans, Governor Bill Richardson releases NEW TV ads, Mother's Day Call to action and Impeach Alberto Gonzales - PART ONE - all this and more in THIS WEEK's BLUE MONDAYS!
Blue Monday NewsStephen Handwerk5/22/2007 All New Blue Monday News segment - we take on the republicans head first this week - The issue - The Republican Debates! Take a look:
LeftBlog: What the Great Communicator didn't tell usRuth Yeager5/22/2007 Ruth Yeager Pen's this week's LEFT BLOG - The Reagan myth is the centerpiece of today’s Republican party. It involves a great rewriting of history and redefining our national values, leaving out a lot of nasty actions and consequences that enriched and empowered the few at the expense of the American people. The failures of the Bush presidency are not because Bush turned away from conservatism, but rather because he embraced Reagan’s agenda to an extreme. Yes, the problem is with conservatism itself.
Bobby Jindal MIA - AgainThe Times Picayune5/17/2007 It is being reported by The Times Picayune that "Bobby" Jindal missed a very important meeting where FEMA Officials were testifying on their readiness for the upcoming Hurricane Season - Jindal is the ONLY Louisiana Member on this committee - and he missed this meeting. What was he doing during this time? Campaigning?
This week in the NEWS - Bush Vetos the Troops, Edwards hits the airwaves - not for him - but for our Troops, Bobby Jindal gets SPANKED on the floor of the house by Chairman Barney Frank - and then by Governor Blanco and we have the video! - and our CLIP OF THE WEEK has Bill Maher diagnoses Bush.
LeftBlog: Supporting our Troops & Hate CrimesStephen Handwerk5/7/2007 So I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with some of our brave soldiers that have just returned from over seas; two from Iraq and one from Afghanistan. These guys are just amazing and I was happy to get to speak with them.
These conversations all took place individually, but I really feel that these guys were able to be completely honest. I promised them that I was not going to reveal their names as they are all still in the service.
All three of these guys were happy to serve wherever and whenever they were called by the President. They all began with a clear focus on protecting America for the reasons that we can all agree make this country so great. However, they feel betrayed.
This bill was lead by former congressman from Louisiana, Billy Tauzin. The initial intension of this bill was good: to add a prescription drug care program to Medicare so that our seniors could stop choosing between life saving medication and putting food on the table. Yet what we got was nothing short of a boondoggle for the pharmaceutical industry.
LeftBlog: The state of health careStephen Handwerk3/27/2007 Now many of you will start yelling SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM and all that crap, but that is really hogwash. America has BY FAR the most expensive healthcare system in the WORLD… and yet we do not live longer, in fact by my last check we have a lower life expectancy than 14 other countries (all of those have a single payer type system) and we keep falling. Something is completely wrong here and must be dealt with swiftly. So I ask you, what should we do?
LeftBlog: Who will be our next governor?Stephen Handwerk3/20/2007 One not to be counted out – Foster Campbell. Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell is touring the state both Yesterday and today announcing his candidacy for Governor. And he has some very attractive ideas to show the citizens of this state. Campbell has wide appeal north of Alexandria and has quite a base in Lake Charles as well. With $1 Million in the bank and plenty of time, he is definitely one we should keep our eyes on to see what happens in the coming months. One thing for sure is, Campbell thinks “out of the box” and we definitely need someone at the helm that is going to tackle the problems we are facing and hit them head on.
Campbell announces for governorThe Times Picayune3/19/2007 True to the populist mantle he has wielded as a state senator and Public Service Commissioner, Campbell's campaign anchor is a proposal to impose new oil and gas processing taxes in Louisiana and eliminate the state's personal and corporate income taxes.
Campbell said the changes would strengthen the economy by boosting residents' buying power, while also helping businesses and creating a net gain for state coffers. He said it also would force an industry he describes as coddled to pay its fair share.
LeftBlog: A clear, discernable pattern, Part 2Stephen Handwerk3/13/2007 Case in Point – U.S. Attorney David Iglesias was fired from his job as the top federal prosecutor in New Mexico after rebuffing Republican pressure to speed his investigation of Democratic officials in the state. Now we learn in reports that came out over the weekend that none other than Karl Rove was acting as a “conduit” for these complaints and that he met with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about them.
LeftBlog: A clear, discernable patternStephen Handwerk3/6/2007 You may remember last year when a series of cuts were being made to programs and funding for services and we pointed out that only a small “incremental raise” was given to the VA system. We covered this on our show “BLUE MONDAYS” (On AOC Channel 15 every Monday night at 9pm) and I also made mention of it here in “The Left Blog” that we were very concerned as we had already had reports coming in from members of our own 256th who were reporting returning home with injuries received while in Iraq and that they were being stonewalled at getting the services they needed to make them whole again. We feared that this was the proverbial “tip of the iceburg”, now it appears that our suspicions were correct.
Al Gore Wins OscarStephen Handwerk2/27/2007 SWLA Democrats congrats Al Gore for winning an Oscar for his documentary an “Inconvenient Truth.” To find our how you can take action visit www.climatecrisis.net. You can watch the video of Al Gore at the Oscars by clicking on Read More.
Boustany makes Floor Speach - "America, Sweet America..."Morons.org2/15/2007 Charles Boustany (R-LA7) - "What would happen if we had a failed policy in Iraq?" Well Charles, I expect we'd see something like an uncontrollable insurgency, an ineffective central government, and an intractable civil war between the multiple sectarian groups present in Iraq. Oh.... wait....
Blue Monday NewsStephen Handwerk1/9/2007 This week we have a great interview with Susan Hamilton of the Lafayette Parish Library Board of Controls where she discusses with Ruth Yeager the plans for the coming years – two new locations and one major renovation. You will definitely want to “check this out.” But first, as always – Progressive News and Commentary by Stephen Handwerk
Here is Part ONE - Click the Link Above for PART TWO.
LeftBlog: A new year, some light at the end of the tunnel?Stephen Handwerk1/9/2007 I can’t tell you the amount of pride and optimism I have for our country with breaking down yet another barrier for Women, as I saw Speaker of the House; Nancy Pelosi sworn in and take the gavel for the first time. I was basically raised by a single mother in a time where it was extremely difficult for women who have been divorced. Times have definitely changed for the better and I think that the breaking of this glass (actually Speaker Pelosi calls it Marble) ceiling MUST be seen as a good thing no matter what your political views of Representative Pelosi.
Domenici-Landrieu Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act is LAW!Sen. Mary Landrieu12/22/2006 “Today is truly historic for the state of Louisiana,” said U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La. “Since I came to the Senate, I have been working to secure a dedicated revenue stream to rebuild Louisiana’s eroding coastline. Last year’s hurricanes rocked our state and made it more evident than ever that protecting coastal wetlands is a vital part of our national energy security. Today we took a big step forward to restoring our wetlands and protecting our many coastal communities.