Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-16-14)

“In a breaking story, a highly placed source in the Louisiana Republican Party has revealed to The Louisiana Weekly that not only has LAGOP Chairman Roger Villeré called for the resignation of Monroe Republican Congressman Vance McAllister, but, in a new stunning revelation, Villere’ reportedly was threatened when he did.” – Louisiana Weekly

“In what could be a modern-day record in legislative futility, a contract reduction bill championed by Treasurer John Kennedy was approved by the House Appropriations Committee for the fifth year in a row. If history repeats itself, HB 142 by Rep. Dee Richard, No Party-Thibodaux, will pass the House but die in the Senate Finance Committee.” – LAPolitics.com

“The Louisiana House of Representatives rejected legislation, on Tuesday, that would remove the state’s symbolic ban on certain kinds of sodomy. The bill failed by a wide margin on a vote of 27-67, with 11 members not voting.” – NOLA.com

“Let me make this clear: the Louisiana House refused to strike down a law that’s unenforceable. This changes nothing — it’s still unenforceable — but 67 lawmakers are apparently afraid to be called ‘pro-sodomy.’ Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Republican from Denham Springs, provided the quote of the day.” – Rod Dreher/American Conservative

Louisiana’s coast is disappearing at the rate of about a football field an hour. Since the 1930s, the Gulf of Mexico has swallowed up an area the size of Delaware.” – NPR

“State Superintendent of Education John White got a favorable review in his annual job evaluation, officials said Tuesday. The review was done by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Gov. Bobby Jindal has said he wants to withdraw Louisiana from a consortium of states developing the assessment associated with the Common Core academic standards if the Louisiana Legislature doesn’t choose to do so on its own.” – NOLA.com

“Joe Aguillard’s controversial tenure as president of Louisiana College is coming to an end.” – Alexandria Town Talk

“Turns out ‘Duck Dynasty’ pick Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) has been in business with his mistress.” – New York Daily News

“The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a $1 million contract for Teach for America.” – WWL-TV

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