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Louisiana parish votes to save library fund after commissioner’s rant about ‘teaching Mexicans how to speak English’ there

John Chrastka’s brigade of pissed-off librarians came into the game late in the Louisiana parish ballot referendum defunding libraries for jail money. But the social media blitz appears to have paid dividends, both for library funding in Lafourche parish (Louisiana’s term for a county) and for the profile of his…

Louisiana official wants to take library’s money to build new jail: ‘They’re teaching Mexicans how to speak English’

Voters in one Louisiana parish will decide Saturday whether to devote funding for their library to a new jail. Lafourche Parish Council Lindel Toups pushed the measure because he disapproves of some of the library’s programs. “They’re teaching Mexicans how to speak English,” Toups told the Tri-Parish Times, referring to…