Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (1-21-14)

“Chris Tyson, a law professor at LSU and former staffer for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, has announced his candidacy for Secretary of State and is already raising money. While he wouldn’t reveal his fundraising total, Tyson, a 38-year-old Democrat, did say he has hosted events in Atlanta and D.C.” – LAPolitics.com

A fight outside of Tigerland Saturday night involved at least 50 people and left several injured, according to Baton Rouge Police Department.” – LSU Reveille

People spilled out of a packed Mother-in-Law Lounge this afternoon, making their way between the bar and the sunshine on the sidewalk outside. They were there to hear music at the reopening of Ernie K-Doe’s historic Treme bar and venue, but around 4 p.m. before the bar’s new owner, Kermit Ruffins, took the stage, the focus was on barbecue, drinking and the occasional selection from an old corner jukebox.” – New Orleans Gambit

“The state of Louisiana welcomed homeowners to 2014 with a new round of letters asking them to return portions of Road Home grants they received six and seven years ago.” – WWL-TV

“Now that the dust is beginning to settle, the biggest takeaway from what’s swirled around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is this: Hillary Rodham Clinton can never be president.” – James Varney/NOLA.com

“Prominent gay businessman Joe Traigle criticized Baton Rouge’s political and business leaders Monday for failing to recognize the importance of passing an ordinance to protect gay and lesbian rights.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

The goal of Common Core, according to the Louisiana Believes website, is to ‘level the playing field’ and make our students ‘college and career ready.’ The site says Louisiana has consistently ranked at or near the bottom of National Assessment of Educational Progress reports.” – Lake Charles American Press

“The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development could start carrying advertisements on state roads and bridges in order to gin up funding for the cash-strapped agency.” – NOLA.com

“Doctors, hospitals and other providers aren’t getting paid for the care they deliver to a quarter-million state employees and retirees insured through the Office of Group Benefits.” – Shreveport Times

“Mount Zion Baptist Church, a place prominent in the Baton Rouge civil rights movement and a church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, held its annual celebration of the memory of King on Monday morning, with greetings from Mayor-President Kip Holden and a speech by special guest Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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