After the New Orleans smoking ban, Lafayette (also in Louisiana) considers one. But this time it’s not going to be a unanimous vote:
Smoking ban proposal headed to Lafayette council before summer
The City-Parish Council could decide before the summer whether to ban smoking in bars.
Council Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux announced at a news conference on Wednesday that he plans to bring a proposed ban to the full council within 90 days.
The councilman said he has no illusions of easy passage, considering the nine-member council is up for re-election this year and the issue is sure to bring out strong voices on both sides.
“There is always the right time to do the right thing, and the time is now,” Boudreaux said, brushing aside arguments that a ban was a strike at the rights of smokers and bar owners.
“My position is, and will remain, that your rights end where mine begin.”
It remains to be seen whether a majority of council members will agree.
Boudreaux said last week that he was considering moving forward with the ban.
Interviews with other council members since then make clear that no consensus has emerged. Three members say they support a ban, three are against it and three say they aren’t sure how they will vote.
Meanwhile, in Greece, days after their election:
…not only has Greece already blocked all ongoing privatization processes, a clear snub of Merkel and the Troika which demands the piecemeal blue light special sale of Greece to western buyers as part of the “bailout”, but is also looking at plans to reinstate public sector employees and announce increased pensions for those on low incomes: further clear breaches of the Troika’s austerity terms.
But the most important message that Tsipras is sending to Europe is that (after meeting the Russian ambassador first upon his election) Greece is now effectively a veto power when it comes to future Russian sanctions!
This was first hinted when the Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, who arrives in Brussels today to discuss possible additional sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, said a few days ago that the Greek government disagreed with an EU statement in which President Donald Tusk raised the prospect of “further restrictive measures” on Russia.
…confirmation from Russia’s finance minister Anton Siluanov that the pivot could be mutual, who told CNBC in the interview below:
*RUSSIA WOULD WEIGH FINANCE FOR GREECE IF ASKED, SILUANOV: CNBC
With fire and brimstone spewing from Germany over the potential for Greece to veto any and everything, it seems Russia may just have stymied Europe’s leverage over the newly democratic nation.
Russia to bail out Greece, in exchange for Greek veto on further sanctions against Russia?
Also Alexis Tsipras’ Open Letter To Germany.