Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (1-16-14)

“The House Wednesday voted 359-67 for a $1.1 trillion spending bill that delays some premium hikes resulting from the 2012 Biggert-Waters flood insurance bill through Sept. 30, 2014. It is expected to pass the Senate by Friday.” – NOLA.com

“Baton Rouge City Court Judge Yvette Alexander, who already has billed taxpayers for trips to Hawaii, Jamaica and Italy, is on her way to Morocco, where she will stay in five-star hotels while attending a judicial conference.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“It’s much more interesting to think about the Saints’ future. The success of that future depends on the oft-mentioned ‘title window’ that Sean Payton said he’ll keep slammed open.” – New Orleans Gambit

“The new, $826 million Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is expected to kick off sometime this year. It’ll include a new terminal and rental car facility on the north side of the airfield.” – WWL-TV

“The ad also hits Landrieu with criticism, though Hollis doesn’t name her, instead referring to her as “our senator.” He says Landrieu, a supporter of the health overhaul, chose Obama over Louisiana.” – KNOE

“Of course, there are, but they don’t work for the Jindal administration. It has been hearing enough already, thank you, from Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera and his staff about how not to run state government. Over the past year, a steady stream of audits from that office has laid the wood to the Jindal administration over waste, inefficiency and clear neglect of duty.” – John Maginnis/Baton Rouge Business Report

“Members of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee questioned why the administration needed outside help to come up with ideas, rather than rely on the people who work in the agencies.” – WAFB

“Willis ‘Lil Brother’ Turner, accused of attempted murder and confined to jail, kept showing up in court falling-down stoned.” – WWL-TV

“Two more state lawmakers — including the leader of the House Democratic Caucus who has announced a run for governor in 2015 — released forms this week that show whether they have awarded valuable Tulane University scholarships to relatives of politicians under a program that has been dogged by allegations of cronyism. Neither gave any scholarships to such relatives, the forms show.” – New Orleans Advocate

“State documents show Walter Lee, a member of Louisiana’s top school board under investigation for double billing, has submitted another $3,600 of travel expenses.” – Shreveport Times

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