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The Trump effect, the city/rural divide and Lafayette’s 2019 election postmortem

The 2019 election season is officially under wraps, showcasing hard-fought campaigns and matched enthusiasm among voters. Here’s a breakdown of the results.

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COLUMN: A post-primary postmortem

Christie Maloyed unpacks what went down during the jungle primary and what’s to come in the runoff.

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COLUMN: Where do the candidates agree?

It’s cliché to say that there is more that unites than divides the candidates. But reflecting on some of those points of unity is important.

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Polarization is coming home to Lafayette

Our politics has historically been more personal than partisan. This election cycle will put that trend to the test.

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What does a parish government do, anyway?

With the parish playing second-fiddle for so long, the separation of the councils provides an opportunity for Lafayette to consider the role of parish government moving forward.

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The rise of the independent voter?

Elections are more partisan than ever, but voters, not so much. Amid the culture wars and partisan bickering, more Americans than ever before are abandoning official party labels. More than 40% of all Americans now identify politically as independents. If 2018 was the “Year of the Woman,” could we see a “Year of the Independent” in our near future? In […]

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The ongoing battle for local autonomy

The timeless battle over autonomy is at the heart of several ongoing debates at the council level, heard earlier this month. The controversy is simple: Does Lafayette want the state involved in our local politics?

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When dedicated taxes lock up options

Voters demand flexibility and quick responses, but representatives are hamstrung in their ability to divert dedicated funds.

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Consolidation was about money. Fixing it is about democracy.

That appeal to basic American principles is an about-face of the economic pragmatism used to justify consolidation in the first place. First they wanted to save money. Now they want to save democracy.

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Strong early voting doesn’t guarantee a strong election day

Louisiana has some safe races by contrast with the rest of the nation’s midterm upheaval. Early election numbers are encouraging, but statewide and local turnout could yet be low.

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Dark money in local politics

Dark money is poised to have considerable influence at the state and especially local levels.

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Incivility in local politics

Despite the negative consequences to incivility in government, there are surprising and often ignored potential fringe benefits.

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