Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (3-3-14)

“Yes, general statements have been made and are being made by industry representatives related to their hesitation to conduct business in Louisiana due to legacy law suits. Unfortunately they are viewing our state as a hostile environment and a place where the risk could possibly overshadow the reward. This is what Don Briggs and LOGA talk about because Louisiana is quickly becoming one of those places.” – Bill Fenstermaker/Lafayette Advertiser

“Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently has told several people involved in Democratic politics that he intends to run for governor in 2015. According to three of those sources, Bernhard told them he will be a candidate, while another said Bernhard told him he is ‘strongly considering’ the race.” – LAPolitics.com

The day before Mardi Gras continues to be a party nearly as popular as Fat Tuesday itself. This year, major events are once again planned along the New Orleans Riverfront, welcoming the monarchs of Rex and Zulu. Kenner also plans a major Lundi Gras festival again this year, featuring Zulu and Argus royalty.” – WWL-TV

Vitter wants the state to go after people who allegedly abused the system. He sent three recommendations to the Department of Child and Family Services and Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.” – KSLA-TV

“New Orleans will have a front-row seat in a legal duel that could have big consequences for same-sex couples in Louisiana.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Witness Yelp’s new Top 100 Places to Eat list (‘100 must-try spots in the US to get your #nomnom on’) which includes not a single New Orleans restaurant, bar, deli counter, food truck or second-line barbecue rig.” – New Orleans Gambit

“U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., expressed frustration Thursday that procedural hurdles have slowed the consideration and passage of bills that would benefit military veterans.” – Lake Charles American Press

“In his struggles to patch together the state’s operating budget, Gov. Bobby Jindal has raided funds that weren’t necessarily planned for budget-balancing.” – NOLA.com

“While Common Core is expected to dominate legislative education debates, battles are shaping up on teacher tenure, educator job evaluations and an overhaul of Louisiana’s public-school leadership.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo dropped two big surprises during the state of the city address Thursday: one being his plans to build a new arena and the second that he is a distant cousin of A-list entertainer Jennifer Hudson.” – Shreveport Times

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