May 3, 2013 7:04 PM
In Acadia and Evangeline Parishes, voters will decide whether to renew a 10-year property tax to fund the Basile High School Athletic Department.
The tax generates roughly 74-thousand dollars for the school. The property tax, enacted nearly thirty years ago, has been renewed three times. The money allows the... more »
November 7, 2012 7:51 AM
CHICAGO (AP) - In the good old days, people wore signs that proclaimed they had done their civic duty at the polls. That was cool. But when some people decided to post their completed ballots online, they got a lesson in civics they didn't count on: they may have been... more »
November 5, 2012 11:09 PM
With so much on the line, it is said that every vote counts. But is that really the case? While most people will tell you they're focused on the Presidential race, KATC's Political Analyst Dr. Pearson Cross said if you really want your vote to count, you ought to look... more »
October 11, 2012 8:58 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Preliminary statewide voter registration totals show that at least 2.92 million Louisianians will be eligible to vote Nov. 6 when the race for U.S. president tops the ballot. Election officials tell The Advocate on Wednesday the numbers mean there are already about 100,000 more eligible... more »
October 3, 2012 8:22 PM
Will you watch one of the biggest nights in politics? President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney face off in the first presidential debate Wednesday, which airs at 8:00pm on KATC.
We caught up with a wide range of voters, from those very interested in the debates to others... more »
September 25, 2012 9:29 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette's campus is on track for major upgrades, and the student body will vote next month on whether to help pay for the work in the school's master plan.
The Advertiser reports much of the plan calls for reducing vehicle... more »
July 16, 2012 11:13 PM
The Youngsville City Council voted last week to propose re-dedicating half of a one cent sales tax. The tax is currently earmarked for police protection, the re-dedication would make it available for use in other departments such as fire and infrastructure, in addition to police.
But one of the... more »
July 9, 2012 7:22 AM
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - Vermilion Parish voters will decide on Nov. 6 who will replace retired Vermilion Parish School Board member Bill Searle. The Advocate reports the school board approved the election date in a special board meeting last week. Searle, a retired farmer from Gueydan, served on the board... more »
July 2, 2012 8:19 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council will consider final approval Tuesday of a deal to buy the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's horse farm property to convert it into a public park.
The Advertiser reports the council granted preliminary approval June 19. As part of the purchase,... more »
June 14, 2012 10:14 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette City-Parish Councilman William Theriot is pushing forward with a proposal to allow voters to decide the fate of the city's traffic-camera enforcement program. The move comes despite warnings from the city-parish attorney that a public vote on the issue is not allowed under state or... more »
April 5, 2012 8:25 AM
LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) - Long Beach alderman Leonard Carrubba has suggested putting a nonbinding casino referendum on the November ballot. Carrubba tells WLOX-TV (http://bit.ly/HhaEsu) that he wants to know if Long Beach voters are for or against a casino in their city. Long Beach voters have turned down gaming... more »
April 4, 2012 9:52 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Senate is nearing a vote that could end the Legislature's historic resistance to state-funded tuition for students in private schools. A House-passed measure on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon would expand a pilot program in New Orleans into a statewide voucher system for students... more »
March 19, 2012 8:55 AM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The Caddo Parish School Board will vote this week on whether to sponsor 35 teachers from the Philippines for the "green card" that allows permanent U.S. residency. The Times reports the board is expected to approve the plan. It says the teachers are well into their... more »
January 24, 2012 10:24 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette voters could be asked as early as April to approve a new half-cent sales tax dedicated to funding the police and fire departments. The Advocate reports the City-Parish Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to put the measure on an April 21 ballot.... more »
January 6, 2012 12:41 PM
Lafayette is currently in the running to be named Southern Living Magazine's Tastiest Town of the South.
As of 11:30 Friday morning, Lafayette has more than 40,000 votes, but Louisville, Kentucky is trailing close behind. Lafayette isn't the only Louisiana city in the running, New Orleans is also competing... more »
December 15, 2011 8:18 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council is set to vote Tuesday on whether to stop collecting a fee charged to downtown bars to help pay for a special weekend police detail. The possible repeal of the fee comes after several downtown bars have stopped paying it and are... more »
September 27, 2011 11:22 PM
Lafayette Consolidated Government has been crunching the numbers for next year's budget all summer. Even with the final vote Tuesday night, there was still more than one million dollars disputed among council members.
Three main amendments were still on the table Tuesday. All were controversial topics and mostly being... more »
September 6, 2011 7:16 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette Parish School Board member Greg Awbrey has requested a legal opinion on the board's 5-3 vote on Aug. 17 to include two residents in the interview and selection process for a new superintendent to replace Burnell Lemoine, who is retiring. Awbrey tells The Advocate at... more »
August 2, 2011 5:53 AM
So how did Acadiana's Congressional leaders vote? Even though Congressmen Jeff Landry and Charles Boustany share the same political party, they don't share the same feelings on the debt deal and that could have implications in 2012.
Congressman Charles Boustany compromised like so many other Republicans, saying they did... more »
August 1, 2011 11:45 PM
Even though congressmen Jeff Landry (R-LA 03) and Charles Boustany (R-LA 07) share the same political party, they don't share the same feelings on the recent debt deal. And that could have implications in 2012.
"When you look at the vote on the debt ceiling and you look at... more »
June 4, 2011 10:43 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A proposal to replace Lafayette's consolidated city-parish government with separate governments for the city and the parish could go before voters as early as October. A charter commission formed by the City-Parish Council to explore changes in local government recommended in April that voters should decide... more »
April 26, 2011 10:51 PM
A jail maintenance tax will return to the ballot in St. Landry Parish Saturday, April 30th. The tax had been on the books for the past 30 years, but voters didn't renew it last fall.
Every ten years the people of St. Landry Parish are asked to renew a... more »
April 12, 2011 11:48 PM
The Lafayette Charter Commission has finally set its plans in stone to have the public vote on two separate city and parish charters. Now that their work is done, and the future of Lafayette Consolidated Government rests in the hands of the people. So the big question now -- will... more »
March 28, 2011 11:52 PM
The muddled future of Lafayette Consolidated Government is becoming a bit more clear, although nothing has been decided quite yet. Monday night the LCG Charter Commission did make a key decision on which proposal it would like to see go to a parish-wide vote, although nothing is set in stone.... more »
February 1, 2011 9:08 AM
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - The Western-backed Palestinian government in the West Bank said Tuesday it will hold local council elections "as soon as possible." The move appeared to be a response to unrest in Egypt, where demonstrators have staged days of mass protests against the authoritarian regime. The Palestinian... more »
December 26, 2010 11:47 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Blacks made up nearly two-thirds of the Democrats removed from Louisiana's voter rolls because they hadn't voted in at least two years. State election officials tell The Advocate it's a result of Hurricane Katrina's displacement of people from heavily Democratic and black New Orleans. After... more »
November 3, 2010 12:58 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's voter turnout exceeded the most optimistic of expectations from state elections officials. Forty-three percent of those registered headed to the polls, well above the 35 percent prediction from the Secretary of State's Office. Nearly 1.3 million of the state's 2.9 million voters cast ballots... more »
November 2, 2010 9:44 PM
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November 2, 2010 10:49 AM
The "so-called go cup" ordinance is up for final adoption at tonight's Lafayette City Parish Council meeting.
It would prohibit possession of open alcohol containers, and public consumption of alcohol in the Downtown District, Simcoe-Surrey Street Corridor and the Mckinley Street Strip.
Lafayette police hope the ordinance will... more »
November 2, 2010 10:28 AM
VOTE and BRING FOOD Lafayette Parish - When you go to vote Today bring food to the polls. Help Rotary and Foodnet help a family in need.
November 2, 2010 8:02 AM
A look at some of the Amendments that will be on the ballot today.
First up a vote for Amendment 1 would mean an increase in the salary of Statewide elected officials, public service commissioners or Legislators this could not take effect until the next term
Amendment 2... more »
November 2, 2010 7:10 AM
Here's a look now at the big 3 races to be decided on today for Louisiana.
First up the race for the U.S. Senate in a field of 12 there are 2 front-runners, incumbent Senator David Vitter is facing his biggest challenge from Democrat, Congressman Charlie Melancon.
Melancon... more »
November 2, 2010 6:43 AM
The day has arrived to head to the voting polls!
When you go to cast your vote remember to bring a driver's license or some other recognized picture ID that contains your name, address, and signature. Voting hours are from 6:00am to 8:00pm throughout Acadiana. You can vote at... more »
November 1, 2010 8:07 AM
Polls open tomorrow at 6am and stay open until 8 at night, and all voters will need to bring photo ID with them to vote. To find your nearest polling place and a full re-cap of all the other races to watch for Tuesday click on the "Election 2010" tab.
November 1, 2010 12:06 AM
It's the home stretch for the mid-term election. Here in Louisiana, the big race being watched is the race for US Senate. Incumbent Senator David Vitter is facing his biggest challenge from Congressman Charlie Melancon. Both have been on the campaign trail for months. So, we asked, "What does the... more »
October 13, 2010 7:37 PM
A hospital in Vermilion Parish is banking on voters to keep it's doors open. A sales tax in Kaplan is up for renewal on November 2nd. If passed, it will continue to fund Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital. The hospital has served Vermilion Parish residents for 50 years, as the only... more »
October 7, 2010 5:47 PM
The Mamou city employee charged with buying votes has his job back. Ricky John McGee.was arrested last month charged with 6 counts of voter-bribing. Residents filed complaints with Mamou Police alleging he paid them ten bucks to vote for candidates including Mayor Wilda Chamberlain. McGee was suspended from his animal... more »
October 1, 2010 6:16 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An employee at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness e-mailed her fellow employees, urging them to support a constitutional amendment on Saturday's ballot that affects their employment. State law prohibits using public funds to urge anyone to vote for or against candidates... more »
September 30, 2010 7:59 PM
Voter turnout is expected to be higher than normal in Opelousas, for the October 2nd election. This, as interest in the Mayor's race grows. Three candidates are challenging incumbent Donald Cravins, Sr.: Harvey Darbonne, the Rev. Frank Ford and Lena Anderson.
All three challengers spoke with KATC on Thursday,... more »
September 23, 2010 4:56 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu said Thursday she will block a Senate vote to confirm the nominee to a key White House economic office to protest the six-month moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling in the Gulf. Landrieu, a Democrat, said she will object to a vote... more »
September 22, 2010 7:53 PM
Early voting for the October 2nd election is underway, and scandal is following close behind in Mamou. Police arrested and charged Ricky John McGee with six counts of voter bribery. But, these allegations aren't coming as much of a shock to the community.
Mamou resident, Donald Lebleu says his... more »
September 22, 2010 2:49 PM
Press Release: On September 18, 2010 Chief Greg Dupuis received phone calls from concerned citizens and candidates that Ricky John McGee had just brought four people from Mamou to vote absentee and that he had paid them to vote. Chief Dupuis was given the names of four voters and an... more »
August 30, 2010 7:51 PM
Congressional primaries were held Saturday, but voters in three Acadiana parishes will have to recast their ballot in October. This, after none of the three candidates got 50% of the votes in the US Representative-3rd Congressional District race.
Voters in Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary were among 13... more »
August 28, 2010 11:29 PM
With a number of big seats in Washington on the line, you would expect a decent voter turn out. So, how many of you punched the ballot? KATC crunched the numbers to find a low voter turn-out for just about every parish. In Iberia Parish, a more than expected 12%... more »
August 27, 2010 7:33 PM
Polls across Louisiana will open at 6am Saturday morning. Acadiana voters will decide on three races, including the 3rd Congressional District Seat. Three candidates are vying for the Republican nomination: Hunt Downer of Houma, Jeff Landry , and Kristian Magar , both of New Iberia.
All three candidates say... more »
August 25, 2010 10:18 AM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - With 98 percent of the election day ballots counted in Alaska's Republican Senate primary, the race is too close to call. Sen. Lisa Murkowski trails newcomer Joe Miller by fewer than 2,000 votes out of more than 91,000 counted. As many as 16,000 absentee votes won't... more »
August 20, 2010 5:59 PM
The latest poll released by Southern Media & Opinion Research, shows Secretary of State Jay Dardenne leading the Lieutenant Governor's race over musician Sammy Kershaw. But what does the current Lt. Governor have to say about the position that was almost eliminated? KATC caught up with Scott Angelle in Eunice... more »
May 12, 2010 9:14 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Against the wishes of Governor Bobby Jindal's administration, the state Senate has voted to reverse a $15 increase in the price of a Louisiana driver's license. Lawmakers were caught unaware when the Department of Public Safety ordered the increase -- and several lawmakers say they... more »
May 11, 2010 3:41 PM
A proposal to require caretaker education for anyone who buys an iguana at a pet store had been the subject of jokes in the Capitol, where the razzing extended to the purchase of a temporary pet iguana for the Senate. But on Tuesday, the House Commerce Committee stalled the Senate-approved... more »
March 31, 2010 9:45 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - House Speaker Jim Tucker stripped four
lawmakers of their assignments to two highly prized legislative
committees after they voted against his choice for the House's No.
The announcement Wednesday came only hours after Tucker said
some lawmakers... more »
March 26, 2010 5:44 PM
It's an Easter Egg-stravaganza across Acadiana this Saturday. In Rayne, the "Hippity-Hop Hunt" kicks off at 11am at the Bernard-Bertrand house grounds. In Opelousas, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity hosts and Easter egg hunt at City Park from 10am-4pm. The St. Martin Humane Society also hosts an Easter egg hunt to... more »
March 25, 2010 7:27 PM
Almost half of one city's budget could be altered by Saturday's election results. In Jennings, residents will vote on a 1cent sales tax. But, some were concerned that this was a new tax. In fact, Mayor Terry Duhon says it's not. Duhon says the citizens approved the tax back in... more »
March 25, 2010 5:54 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A fax bearing the image of a noose. Profane
voice mails. Bricks thrown, a gas line cut. White powder sent to an
Democrats and a few Republicans revealed mounting numbers and
unsettling details of threats against them Thursday in the
... more »
February 22, 2010 9:52 AM
Tonight, February 22, 2010, City Parish Councilman Keith Patin is hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the upcoming vote on the possible repeal of the Lafayette Consolidated Government charter. Attendance is encouraged as the council is scheduled to vote on March 9, 2010. Patin has invited Bruce Conque with... more »
February 18, 2010 7:27 AM
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish Police Jury has voted to block an attempt by Juror Mark Poche to delay a special March election that calls for a 5.7 mill tax for coastal storm protection. Potential revenue from the tax, if passed, is expected to be used as leverage... more »
February 16, 2010 8:24 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote this week on whether to scrap a security fee for downtown bars implemented last year. Councilman Brandon Shelvin is seeking to rescind a security fee the council imposed on downtown bars to help pay for a stronger police presence to... more »
October 27, 2009 1:58 PM
OBERLIN, La. (AP) - The Allen Parish Police Jury has voted to eliminate 10 road crew positions and cut funds to various agencies in a bid to save the parish more than $550,000 through 2010. Jury President Sonny Weatherford said on Monday the cannot operate without a balanced budget. Parish... more »
October 21, 2009 10:47 AM
In the controversial issue of the red light penalty reduction, do you think the council made the right decision? Tell us what you think. Email your RANT to firstname.lastname@example.org and stay tuned to KATC and KATC.com when we air your opinion on our late edition.
October 21, 2009 8:43 AM
The Lafayette City Parish Council is immersed in the budget tonight, voting on the items vetoed earlier this month by Parish President Joey Durel.
Durel vetoed the items for two reasons, he felt there was not enough discussion and not enough information. Tonight the council got an earful. Earlier... more »
October 16, 2009 6:07 PM
Grand Coteau residents take to the polls Saturday to decide whether to increase local sales tax. Tom Colley and his wife co-own Days Gone By, a home decor shop in Grand Coteau.
Colley says he wouldn't mind if people in town voted yes to raise local sales tax by... more »
October 15, 2009 1:15 PM
BeauSoleil is looking for your support while in Washington D.C..
On Monday, October 12, Team BeauSoleil took the award in Market Viability and they continue to support the Acadiana area as they are up for the People's Choice Honor.
Voting for Team BeauSoleil is as easy as texting... more »
September 30, 2009 10:21 AM
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish Council will vote Thursday whether to allow the state to build a therapeutic juvenile center in the parish. If the council approves, the state Office of Juvenile Justice could soon begin work building the $20 million facility near Opelousas. Parish President Don... more »