Month: July 2022

Link to theadvocate.com Acadiana sees high level of new COVID cases

Acadiana is seeing roughly 300 new cases each day over the past two weeks. The highly contagious BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants are driving the uptick.

It’s a far cry from January, when about 1,500 new cases were reported per day at the peak of the omicron surge. It’s also not as high as the delta surge last September, when about 440 cases per day were reported.

Source: The Advocate

Link to theadvocate.com Judge sides with Louisiana clinics in fight over ban, keeping abortion access alive for now

Nineteenth Judicial District Judge Don Johnson ruled Thursday in favor of abortion providers who sued the state, arguing the state’s laws banning abortions at all points in pregnancy are too vague.

He granted a preliminary injunction blocking the ban. The decision marks a win for abortion rights advocates, who have fought to keep abortion clinics open through the legal challenge.

Source: The Advocate

Link to theadvertiser.com Lafayette Council authorizes Guillory to seek private partner for jail

The Parish Council voted 4-1 on a resolution giving the first-term mayor-president authority to develop partnerships for up to 40 years at $10.5 million per year, provided the council has final authority to spend any money.

AB Rubin, the lone Democrat, voted against.Guillory announced plans to seek a public-private deal to build a new jail in a short video released Monday night.

Source: The Advertiser

Link to theadvocate.com Mayor-president announces public-private partnership for new Lafayette Parish jail

The resolution authorizing the mayor-president to seek a deal with a private financier is before the Parish Council Tuesday night. M-P Josh Guillory said the approach could pay for a new jail without new taxes.

Guillory said he is asking the Parish Council to approve a resolution supporting a plan to replace the aging Lafayette Parish Correctional Center without raising taxes.

He is proposing a “public-private partnership model” which “does not call for the privatization of the jail. This will not be a private prison.”

Source: The Advertiser

Link to theadvertiser.com Clay Higgins faces surprise GOP challenger, but party endorses incumbent

Holden Hoggatt, a Lafayette attorney, will challenge Rep. Clay Higgins this fall. The challenger appears poised to make Higgins’ erratic behavior a campaign issue, while measuring up his own credentials as a staunch conservative. Higgins’ last Republican challenger was Josh Guillory, whose failed 2018 run nonetheless built a platform for his successful campaign for mayor-president.

“I am running for Congress because we need a leader in Washington D.C. that we can actually be proud of,” Hoggatt said in a statement. “Leaders in our communities encouraged me to run because they agree with that.

Source: The Advertiser