Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (1-14-14)

Twenty months have passed since voters in Baker and Baton Rouge approved a 10.6-mill property tax to fund the cash-strapped bus system. And those voters were promised a list of specific changes by a self-imposed deadline of March 31.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The chatter seems more designed to keep Edwards in the news and in the thick of political discussions, rather than to offer an indication that he really intends to run for anything.” – Lafayette Independent

“Efforts to provide government-subsidized health insurance to thousands through an expansion of Louisiana’s Medicaid program will again be pushed in the upcoming legislative session.” – WWL-TV

Louisiana’s public utilities regulators voted Monday (Jan. 12) to retain the same chairman and vice chairman for a second year. Four of the panel’s five members voted to re-elect Chairman Eric Skrmetta, R-Metairie, and Vice Chairman Clyde Holloway, R-Forest Hill.” – NOLA.com

Authorities arrested a pair of men accused of cruising down the Harvey Canal in a boat and stealing 14,200 pounds of steel from a recycling company.” – Houma Courier

“In Louisiana, 17,548 people have enrolled in health insurance plans through the HealthCare.gov marketplace as of Dec. 28, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday afternoon.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“I’ve tangled with him myself on different issues and political strategies, and I’m fully aware he doesn’t like to loose arguments,” Brylski wrote. “But…there are assholes and then there are PRODUCTIVE assholes. And in politics, the productive ones are often what you need when you have some place to go and no easy road to get there.” – New Orleans Gambit

“A state district judge refused Monday to throw out former Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter’s claim that the state Office of Inspector General defamed him in a scathing 2011 report.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“According to a news release from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kareem Collins called 911 on Saturday night and told dispatchers he ‘needed a woman.’” – WDSU

“A $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill agreed to Monday night by House and Senate negotiators contains a provision that would bar FEMA from using its 2014 spending allotment to implement higher flood insurance premiums for some policyholders.” – NOLA.com

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