Month: July 2022

Link to Acadiana sees high level of new COVID cases (opens in new window)

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 Judge sides with Louisiana clinics in fight over ban, keeping abortion access alive for now (opens in new window)

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 Lafayette department heads could get big raises if councils OK budget (opens in new window)

Mayor-President Josh Guillory is planning $211,000 in raises for his department directors in next year’s Lafayette Consolidated Government budget after 2% raises were approved in June.

Annual raises ranging from $5,000 to $38,000 were included for 11 department directors in Guillory’s proposed 2023 budget, which was revealed Tuesday.

Source: The Advertiser

Link to Lafayette Council authorizes Guillory to seek private partner for jail (opens in new window)

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 Restraining order blocking Louisiana abortion ban to stay in place, judge decides  (opens in new window)

A state district judge in Baton Rouge will keep a temporary restraining order in effect while the court considers whether Louisiana’s abortion ban is legal.

Judge Donald Johnson issued his ruling Tuesday that prevents Attorney General Jeff Landry and the state health department from enforcing the state’s abortion prohibition.

Source: Louisiana Illuminator

Link to Mayor-president announces public-private partnership for new Lafayette Parish jail (opens in new window)

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 Clay Higgins faces surprise GOP challenger, but party endorses incumbent (opens in new window)

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