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Vincent Pierre

Vincent Joseph Pierre known as Vince Pierre, is an American businessman from Lafayette, a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 44. He has since 2012 represented a portion of Lafayette Parish. Pierre's place of birth is Lafayette and both of his parents are from Lafayette, he is of Louisiana Creole ancestry. His uncle, former Louisiana State Representative Wilfred T. Pierre, held the District 44 seat prior to 2008, when he did not run again and was succeeded by another Democrat, Rickey Hardy. Pierre graduated from the since defunct Historically Roman Catholic parochial school in 1983 the Holy Rosary Institute in Lafayette, he graduated with a degree in marketing and sales from Southern University in the capital city of Baton Rouge in 1988. Pierre is a second generation politician, a second generation businessman in Lafayette, he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Pierre has three sons: twins Joshua and Kyle, a younger son, Luke. In 2011, Pierre unseated the one-term incumbent Rickey Hardy, who had led the balloting in the nonpartisan blanket primary.

In the general election between the two Democrats, Pierre polled 3,286 votes to Hardy's 2,864. In the nonpartisan blanket primary held the preceding month, Hardy had led, 42-40 percent, with a third Democrat, eliminated from the race, holding the remaining votes. Pierre is a member of the House Democratic Caucus, the Legislative Black Caucus, the Acadiana delegation, he is a member of the House committees for Commerce and Labor and Industrial Relations. In a news release, Pierre said that he is dedicated to solving problems, rather than partisanship: "It is critical that our district has a representative to fight for their interests at the state level, whether it is for a home rule petition, for a sewer system or fight for local aid."Pierre's ratings from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry have ranged from 32 to 67 percent over the years he has been a legislator. In 2012, the National Federation of Independent Business scored him 17 percent. In 2013 and 2014, the conservative Louisiana Family Forum scored him 60 and 33 percent, respectively.

Louisiana Right to Life in 2014 rated him 100 and 80 percent, respectively. He was scored 100 percent by the Louisiana Association of Educators. Pierre voted in 2014 to require that abortion providers have hospital admitting privileges near their clinic, he voted to extend the time for implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. He voted against the requirement that companies must give public notice of proposed hydraulic fracking, he voted to halt the transportation of dogs in open truck beds on interstate highways. He voted for the repeal the anti-sodomy laws, he voted against the concealed carry of weapons in restaurants. In 2013, he voted against permanent concealed-carry permits and favored making information on the permits a matter of the public record, he voted for removing the mandatory retirement age of judges. Pierre voted to reduce the penalties for marijuana possession. In 2012, Pierre co-sponsored parole eligibility for non-violent offenders, he voted against tax incentives to recruit a National Basketball Association team to Louisiana and opposed state income tax deductions to taxpayers donating to scholarship funds.

He voted against the requirement that welfare recipients undergo periodic testing for use of narcotics. He opposed reducing the number of hours, he voted to forbid telephone use while driving. Pierre opposed changes to the teacher tenure law

Yucca pallida

Yucca pallida, sometimes called pale yucca, is a species of yucca native to Northern Mexico and parts of the blackland prairies of northern and central Texas, notable for its light-colored leaves that range from a pale blue-gray to sage-green in color. The rosettes average 20–50 cm tall and 30–80 cm in diameter, with leaves 15–40 cm long and 2–3 cm wide, being widest around the midpoint; the rosettes sit directly with little or no trunk. The leaves have a yellow to brown terminal spine, are flat with some waviness or rolling along the edges; the inflorescence is a panicle, 1–2.5 m tall, with up to 100 bell-shaped flowers, each 5–7 cm long, with color ranging from light green to cream. Yucca pallida is known to hybridize with Yucca rupicola Scheele, which has a similar appearance, but whose leaves are more twisted and curved. Although not common in horticulture, its color and moderate hardiness make it a good gardening alternative to other species of yuccas. Fritz Hochstätter: Yucca. Band 1 Dehiscent-fruited species in the Southwest and Midwest of the USA, Canada and Baja California, Selbst Verlag, 2000.

ISBN 3-00-005946-6 Fritz Hochstätter: Yucca. Band 2 Indehiscent-fruited species in the Southwest and East of the USA, Selbst Verlag. 2002. ISBN 3-00-009008-8 Fritz Hochstätter: Yucca. Band 3 Mexico, Selbst Verlag, 2004. ISBN 3-00-013124-8 Mary & Gary Irish, Agaves and Related Plants: a Gardener's Guide pp. 260–261 Yucca pallida care Common names of yucca species Die Gattung Yucca Fritz Hochstätter Yucca I Verbreitungskarte I Fritz Hochstätter Page on Yucca pallida, with pictures Page with picture growing in wild near Killeen