Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-2-14)

“Louisianians who file tort cases, like personal injury lawsuits, would no longer have to meet a certain dollar amount to request a jury trial, under a bill given preliminary approval by state lawmakers Tuesday (April 1).” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a plan to repeal and replace President Obama’s health-care law, an effort by the Republican to insert himself into the increasingly competitive early maneuvering for his party’s presidential nomination.” – Washington Post

“When East Baton Rouge Parish voters go the polls this fall, they may be voting for just seven School Board members, as opposed to 11. And once elected, those seven could be overseeing a massive hand-over of their power, as well as the power of the superintendent, to more than 80 school principals.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Locally, there are several groups that attempt to advocate for small businesses. Probably the most passionate is the East Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, which was created by publisher and former state legislator Woody Jenkins. The EBRCC consists of small business owners who broke away from the Baton Rouge Area Chamber two years ago, largely in protest over BRAC’s support of the CATS tax. But the rift between the downtown business crowd and the breakaway group had been growing for years.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“U.S. Sen. David Vitter today introduced an amendment to the Unemployment Insurance extension that would disqualify recipients from receiving both unemployment insurance and disability insurance simultaneously, or ‘double dipping.’” – Sen. David Vitter

“‘Section 8 Welcome‘ is not a sign one might expect to see in the desirable Southdowns neighborhood, with its streets lined with stately oak trees and well-manicured lawns. But last week, property manager Steve Myers, who owns about 50 properties in the 70808 ZIP code, put out targeted ads in front of some of his Southdowns rental properties advertising to low-income residents.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Opponents say it is too much Federal involvement in the classroom, while supporters say it is a way to make sure Louisiana students are making the grade, and Wednesday, Louisiana lawmakers will debate the positives and negatives of the Common Core standards in Baton Rouge.” – WWL-TV

“Even though she’s busy running her own race, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is lending a hand to the policy campaign being undertaken by state Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa.” – Houma Courier

“The FBI is looking into whether FEMA deliberately redrew its coastal flood zones to relieve high-valued beachfront property of the heavy burden of flood insurance premiums, NBC reported this week.” – NOLA.com

State Fire Marshals have locked the doors Wednesday morning to keep people from overcrowding the House Education Committee, which is considering Common Core legislation.” – Baton Rouge Advocate




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