Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (2-26-14)

“State Sens. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, D-Baton Rouge, and Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, have both submitted legislation that would set the state’s lowest possible wage at $10 per hour and$9.50 per hour, respectively. Both proposals would go in effect July 1, 2015.” – NOLA.com

The question for Landrieu is: Will Louisiana voters define her by Obamacare, or judge her on the entire record she’s built over nearly two decades as a senator?” – NPR

“5th District Congressman Vance McAllister is speaking out after Governor Bobby Jindal’s statements on the White House lawn.” – KNOE

“Metro Council member C. Denise Marcelle is pushing forward with a non-discrimination ordinance meant to protect all people in East Baton Rouge Parish from discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation, despite the overwhelmingly negative vote that another LGBT-related issue received at the last Metro Council meeting.” – NOLA.com

“Last week, Clark gave the AG’s attorneys carte blanche to ask questions of Briggs, saying she would later rule on relevancy. As a result, Briggs was forced to admit that he knows of no oil companies that have left or will be leaving Louisiana because of its legal climate. He also has no proof companies even consider the legal climate and was unable to cite any data to back up his long-held claims.” – Lafayette Independent

“An LSU official said Tuesday that the university is entertaining conversations about annexing parts of its campus into the city of Baton Rouge, amid the looming possibility of the new city of St. George forming in East Baton Rouge Parish.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Five more state lawmakers have defied the leadership of the state Legislature and released Tulane University scholarship forms that House and Senate officials continue to claim are not public records.” – WWL-TV

“In the letter to The Times, the self-described 5th grade teacher stated that she presents both evolution and creationism and, when asked, tells her students her beliefs. Obviously, ‘Creationism’ discusses our creation by God, thus is deemed a ‘religous belief.’ The ACLU responded with a letter stating that the teacher might be illegally promoting her personal religious beliefs in a public classroom.” – KISS-FM

U.S. Sen. David Vitter is chiming in on the news that the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has disqualified 6 SNAP recipients who they say exceeded spending limits during a system outage in October 2013.” – KSLA-TV

“A Texas lawyer who is the target of a federal probe into whether he grossly inflated the number of clients he represented in the wake of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is due in federal court in New Orleans on Wednesday, as BP takes aim at the $2.3 billion deal it brokered to compensate the seafood industry for losses suffered by commercial fishing vessel owners, captains, fishermen and crew members.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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