Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-14-14)

“As it is, the biggest public advocates for the suits, in a massive public relations campaign whose funding sources are unclear, can’t get their own stories straight about what percentage of the damage should be apportioned to the energy firms. In one advertisement, the noisy Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré claims the figure is ‘between 36 and 88 percent.’ In another, Honoré pegs it at ’35 to 80 percent,’ and in a January forum, another advocate said it was within the absurdly broad range of 10 to 70 percent.” – Quin Hillyer/Baton Rouge Advocate

“Three days after Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, treated a sick airline passenger, his House colleague, John Fleming, R-Minden, did the same thing.” – NOLA.com

“With the April 15 deadline for first quarter campaign finance filings around the corner, sources tell LaPolitics that Garret Graves will report more than $250,000 raised for his bid in the 6th Congressional District. State Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, said in an interview Friday morning that his campaign will report somewhere in the neighborhood of $180,000 raised for the quarter.” – LAPolitics.com

“Supporters of an effort to create a new city in East Baton Rouge Parish now face two fronts as they try to make St. George a reality: their ongoing attempt to secure enough signatures to put the proposed city to a vote and the long list of bills at the State Capitol that could affect their efforts.” Baton Rouge Advocate

“Here’s why he isn’t sleeping. His businesses are surrounded by empty, overgrown lots, and blight, too few residents, very few businesses. Nearly nine years after Hurricane Katrina, so much recovery work still needs to be done in the Lower 9.” – WWL-TV

More people walked through the turnstiles at University athletic events in 2012 than live in the seven-parish New Orleans metropolitan area, said Loren Scott, president and economist at Loren C. Scott and Associates, at a press event Thursday.” – LSU Reveille

“Former Grant Parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he’s running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz. Tarpley says the incumbent’s public statements convinced him that the 5th District needs a stronger, more conservative voice.” – NOLA.com

“An argument between two former LSU football players ended in a shooting in Sulphur late Friday night, authorities said.” – Lake Charles American Press

“Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, was on the hot seat Sunday, as Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked why, after a year of investigations, House Republicans have yet to find evidence of involvement by Obama administration higher-ups in the alleged IRS targeting of conservative advocacy groups.” – NOLA.com

“Goodrich Petroleum Corp. said Monday oil and gas were flowing from its operations in the Tuscaloosa shale reserve area in Louisiana.” – UPI

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