The Dec. 5 ballot will not only host the runoff elections resulting from last week’s primary tallies—including a local mayoral showdown between Mayor Sharon Weston Broome and former state Rep. Steve Carter—but also 61 different tax referendums. The proposals are mostly renewals, for neighborhood crime prevention districts, fire department needs, drainage programs and other local-level priorities. That’s quite an increase over the 36 local tax questions that were included for voter review on this month’s ballot. Of that count, all but five of those items passed. In particular, voters down the bayou kept the margins tight on tax questions. In Lafourche Parish, a fire protection fee was endorsed by just five votes. In neighboring Terrebonne Parish, a tax renewal for a recreation district was passed by 81 votes. Over the years local officials have taken heat from legislators for planning more tax efforts during elections with anticipated lower voter turnout—and that certainly seems to be the case here.
—Where do campaign signs end up when the campaigns are over? Tré Bishop (the 12-year-old son of Ways and Means Chair Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette) asked that question last year and started his own pilot program to recycle signs. With the help of Lafayette Consolidated Government and Republic Services, the young man found a way to get the signs collected and recycled. Tré also sent a letter to candidates last month to expand the program. (For more, check out this video Tré Bishop cut with Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and this one featuring Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin.)
They said it: “There’s a lot that’s unusual in this case,”—Judge William Morvant of Baton Rouge, before ruling on behalf of Gov. John Bel Edwards Thursday in a lawsuit against House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, over coronavirus restrictions.