The INDsider - The Independent The INDsider - The Independent http://theind.com/articles.sec-1-1-The-Independent.html Wed, 14 Nov 18 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Q&A: Dr. Rick Swanson]]> Q&A: Dr. Rick Swanson
The UL Lafayette poli-sci professor has been presenting a compelling history of black civil rights in Lafayette Parish from the late 18th century to late 20th century. His findings are unsettling ......]]>
<![CDATA[La. session achieves little but bitter finger-pointing]]> La. session achieves little but bitter finger-pointing
The politicians involved in Louisiana's regular legislative session probably want to erase their memories of the largely do-nothing affair ......]]>
<![CDATA[Lafayette’s inconvenient truth]]> Lafayette’s inconvenient truth
UL prof offers presentation on history of civil rights in Hub City — warts and all. Mostly warts, actually ......]]>
<![CDATA[Pierre’s amended ‘ban the box’ bill headed to JBE]]> Pierre’s amended ‘ban the box’ bill headed to JBE
The House approved, 90-1, Senate amendments to House Bill 688 by Rep. Vincent Pierre, D-Lafayette, preventing Louisiana’s public colleges and universities, with a couple of exceptions, from inquiring about a prospective student’s criminal history ......]]>
<![CDATA[Busywork occupies House and Senate while money talks drift - Legislators sweep calendars to kill time waiting on budget progress]]> Busywork occupies House and Senate while money talks drift - Legislators sweep calendars to kill time waiting on budget progress
With no progress reported on budget negotiations between the chambers, House and Senate members worked through bills and resolutions on their respective agendas on the penultimate day of the 2017 Regular Session ......]]>
<![CDATA[Higgins to Facebook critic: I aspire to your absence]]> Higgins to Facebook critic: I aspire to your absence
Another social media flare up from a political figure who courts controversy ......]]>
<![CDATA[House, Senate budget impasse about partisanship, not money - House budget hardliners are trying to impose their will on the Senate where partisanship does not rule]]> House, Senate budget impasse about partisanship, not money - House budget hardliners are trying to impose their will on the Senate where partisanship does not rule
The House's opening gambit in budget negotiations with the Senate reveals that the GOP Caucus, which imposed its will on the House, is trying to do the same to the Senate. The Senate, though, was nearly unanimous in its rejection of the House version ......]]>
<![CDATA[Suit filed against Lafayette sheriff over bond policy]]> Suit filed against Lafayette sheriff over bond policy
The federal class action lawsuit alleges that “officials of the 15th Judicial District Court and Sheriff’s Office in Lafayette routinely violate the constitutional rights of impoverished people...” ......]]>
<![CDATA[Justice Reinvestment bills headed to becoming law - Criminal Justice reform bills heading toward passage and Governor\'s signature]]> Justice Reinvestment bills headed to becoming law - Criminal Justice reform bills heading toward passage and Governor\'s signature
Bills to reduce the state's dependence on jail as the primary means of punishing non-violent offenders are heading to the governor's desk to become law ......]]>
<![CDATA[Justice Reinvestment bills must maneuver session's closing crunch - Bills to reform the state\'s criminal justice system face hurdles in closing days of the session]]> Justice Reinvestment bills must maneuver session's closing crunch - Bills to reform the state\'s criminal justice system face hurdles in closing days of the session
Justice Reinvestment Task Force bills face action in both the House and the Senate on Monday that could determine the fate of the bills this year. Key floor debates in the House are set for Monday afternoon ......]]>