was named the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities' 2016 Humanist of the Year at a Feb. 12 event. Richard is a musician and writer from Acadiana whose work spans more than four decades and includes 20 albums, poetry and textbooks, as well as activism to preserve Louisiana's culture and language, particularly Cajun culture.
Diamond Kitchell GordonUpper 9th Wardwas named a 2016 Dole Caregiver Fellow by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, recognizing military and veteran caregivers. Gordon cares for her husband Allen, an Iraq War veteran, and is an advocate for veteran caregivers. The New Orleans resident is the only Louisiana fellow among 30 honorees in 2016.
Bobby Jindal's administrationUpper 9th Wardfailed on numerous occasions in 2014 and 2015 to file reports on the efficacy of the many tax incentive programs that Team Jindal bestowed on corporations and industries in previous years. According to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's latest annual report to state lawmakers, more than $1 billion a year in tax incentives for 2013 and 2014 went underreported or not reported at all, despite a state law requiring such reports.