Ashley Mudd has been the executive director of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana for the past four and half years. She’s in the process of transitioning into a role with a national nonprofit. In her role with LIA, Ashley has im-pressed half of Lafayette, and that’s only because she hasn’t met the other half yet. Ashley is so authentic that everyone relaxes around her and becomes slightly more themselves, she is driven by mission and a sense of community that is both rare and beautiful. What was your first job? When I was 15, I worked for my dad’s foundation repair business, Affordable Foundation Repair. I spent my high school summers crawling under houses, hauling wheelbarrows of concrete, and learning how to install tree root moisture-barriers. That job taught me a lot about work ethic and commitment. I’m also always secretly making mental notes on how level buildings and homes are. Describe a typical day in your life. I’m one of those people who has to set five alarms … [Read more...] about Be You: Driven by mission and a sense of community, big things lie ahead for Ashley Mudd
Truth lies and leadership
In his dialogue, Phaedrus , the Greek philosopher Plato’s King Thamus argued that rather than aiding human memory, the Egyptian god Theuth’s gift of writing offered only the appearance of wisdom; 2,400 years later, Plato’s debate has resurfaced to blame Google and Facebook for our current misfortunes. The struggle to understand the effects of digitization on the news media, politics, commerce, and the very concept of truth itself remains in its infancy, so far without an heir to Plato. For centuries, it was the role of the press, the so-called Fourth Estate, to speak truth to power and hold the powerful accountable. The internet has changed that, and the costs of this information free-for-all become more evident every day — malignant conspiracy theories; foreign efforts to influence democratic elections; emboldened political, racial, religious, and ethnic extremism, literally ad nauseam. “ Disinformation is infecting our democratic discourse at rates that threaten the long-term … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg, meet Jean-Jacques Rousseau?
The NFL has spoken. MDS provided a quick summary of the ruling earlier this afternoon. We’ve now had a chance to digest the full press release. In a nutshell? The league thinks Brett Favre is a liar. But the league doesn’t think he sexually harassed former Jets in-house sideline reporter Jenn Sterger. “Commissioner Goodell . . . determined that Favre was not candid in several respects during the investigation, resulting in a longer review and additional negative public attention for Favre, Sterger, and the NFL,” the league’s official release states. “The commissioner notified Favre that he has been fined $50,000 for his failure to cooperate with the investigation in a forthcoming manner. Commissioner Goodell stated to Favre that if he had found a violation of the league’s workplace conduct policies, he would have imposed a substantially higher level of discipline.” It’s a fancy and convoluted way of saying that Favre lied, perhaps on multiple occasions. As to the … [Read more...] about League’s punishment of Favre falls short
Sen. Charles Schumer Chuck Schumer Holder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Capitol Police officer killed in car attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda Rep. Andy Kim on Asian hate: 'I've never felt this level of fear' MORE (D-N.Y.) is asking Democrats to look for GOP dance partners, both as a defense for attacks next year that his party is unwilling to work with Republicans, and as a step toward possibly limiting the filibuster. The initial reason for seeking bipartisan opportunities is next year’s midterms. Democrats want to bolster their defenses for the coming GOP attacks that voters should deliver a GOP majority in the House or Senate as a check on President Biden Joe Biden House panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations Democrats to offer bill to expand Supreme Court Former Israeli prime minister advises Iran to 'cool down' amid nuclear threats MORE , and to punish Democrats … [Read more...] about Schumer lays groundwork for future filibuster reform
Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland Merrick Garland Overnight Defense: Biden officially rolls out Afghanistan withdrawal plan | Probe finds issues with DC Guard helicopter use during June protests Duckworth asks DOJ to probe 'brazenly violent' police treatment of National Guard officer Biden's court-packing theater could tame the Supreme Court's conservatives MORE is likely to face numerous tests early on at the Department of Justice (DOJ) as the Biden administration looks to quickly turn the page on the Trump era. The circuit court judge, who’s expected to be confirmed by the Senate this week, will inherit a Justice Department that had been mobilized to protect former President Trump Donald Trump Trump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE 's personal and political interests using sweeping theories of executive power. … [Read more...] about Political land mines await Garland at DOJ