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Supreme Court punts on affirmative action; Gusman testifies in federal court

Government & Politics

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that lower courts did not apply a sufficiently high level of scrutiny to the University of Texas’ use of race in admissions decisions, sending the case back to one of those lower courts to be reconsidered. The decision will most likely have few immediate implications for affirmative action programs around the country, including in Texas. But it may represent the start of a new wave of challenges to the use of race in admissions decisions.

More than 300 candidates for local, state and national offices, many of them attorneys (and more than a few disbarred attorneys) owe more than $891,500 in fines for filing campaign finance reports late or not at all. Moreover, 25 political action committees (PACs) owe an additional $90,000, according to figures provided by the Louisiana Board of Ethics.

LouisianaVoice.com’s Tom Aswell says Jindal’s 2008 ethics reform law made this possible.

Since Hurricane Isaac damaged roughly 7,000 homes in St. John the Baptist Parish, contractor fraud has been rampant in LaPlace, according to Det. Michael Shard, who heads up the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office’s fraud investigations unit. Shard said that since August 2012, there have been more than 60 cases of contractor fraud in the parish, resulting in several arrests.


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About Charles Maldonado

Charles Maldonado covers the city of New Orleans and other local government bodies. He previously worked for Gambit, New Orleans’ alternative newsweekly, where he covered city hall, criminal justice and public health. Before moving to New Orleans, he covered state and local government for weekly papers in Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.