It was a pretty ugly day for LUS in Judge Byron Hebert's 15th Judicial District Court.
The Advocate has two stories. One on the decision. The other on the Consolidated Government press conference in response to the decision and what may be next.
At blog time (1:30 a.m. or so), The Daily Advertiser had only posted one story on it, this one a wrap up of the decision in the time-honored Gannett style: short and tight.
UPDATE: Later Thursday, The Advertiser posted this story by Claire Taylor on Wednesday's court ruling and the reaction of the direct participants.
As Durel said at his press conference, this was a setback.
It appears that this all could be heading to a public vote. If so, the number of public backers of the project appears to be growing. The Advocate (again!) reports that Lafayette's Democratic Parish Executive Committee has passed a resolution in support of the project and that their Republican counter-parts will consider a similar resolution which was introduced at their meeting on Wednesday. This comes on the heels of The Advertiser's strong editorial series in support of the LUS effort earlier this week.
Oddly, the Lafayette Chamber remains sidelined at this point, although efforts reportedly continue to move the organization off the fence and into the fray hopefully, on the side of cheaper bandwidth for the community (and you know there's only one place that will come from LUS). The issue is, apparently, money: having lost BellSouth as a member several years ago over the Chamber's support of the LUS fiber loop plan, the Chamber can ill afford (literally) to lose Cox as a member. So, the delicate organizational dance continues. It may look necessary from the inside, but it is taking on near Nero-ian (fiddling while Rome burns) proportions from the outside.
In every endeavor, there is an ebb and flow of events. Yesterday, things broke against those of us who favor the LUS plan (maybe the Sock Puppets of the Incumbents will finally have the courage to admit that they are fundamentally opposed to the plan, that the idea of a vote is merely a possible path to killing the plan). But, the fight is far from over; in fact, it is now on in earnest.
The prospect of a contested election is no longer a hypothetical. The question now becomes: Which side are you on?
The ability of this city and parish to assert control over its own economic destiny hangs in the balance. It is no longer possible to excuse yourself from the debate.
The question is on the table. The future is at stake. It's time to declare your allegiance. Which side are you on? Atlanta's? Or, Lafayette's?