Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-23-14)

low popahirum louisiana“America’s biggest businesses have made it a priority to help Republicans win control of the Senate this year. But in a crucial race in Louisiana, they are doing all they can to help the Democratic incumbent.” – WSJ

“After taking another crack at pitching his bill Tuesday (April 22) on the Louisiana Senate floor to regulate drones, Dan. Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, successfully swayed enough votes to advance the legislation.” – NOLA.com

“A state Senate panel effectively killed legislation Tuesday that would have reduced criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“East Baton Rouge Education leaders sounded off against a proposed bill that restructures the public school system.” – WAFB

“The Louisiana House Appropriations Committee passed a potential constitutional amendment that would mostly prohibit Louisiana from raising tuition and fees at public colleges and universities if the state government is cutting its own funding for higher education.” – NOLA.com

“Forman’s pitch fell flat with callers, as it did with voters two days later. The Audubon millage initiative lost by a stunning 30 percent margin. Electoral outcomes like that deserve close attention.” – The Lens

“The House Transportation Committee resumed its war Tuesday morning on Washington — Louisiana, that is — by approving a bill that would effectively shut down the notorious speed trap on I-49 in St. Landry Parish.” – LAPolitics.com

“Republican Garret Graves is currently burying his fellow candidates in the money war for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional seat, having amassed more than $320,000 in net contributions as of March 31, according to recent filings with the Federal Election Commission. Of that allotment, Graves has $312,000 in on-hand spending money, becoming the new financial frontrunner for the hotly contested seat.” – LSU Reveille

“Debate on a bill involving the state’s coastal protection fund allowed legislators to let off some steam Tuesday about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s state budget writing.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“It looks like voters will decide December 6 on a one-cent sales tax for Lafayette’s airport expansion. The Lafayette City-Parish Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to order the special election at its June 17 meeting. District 9 council member William Theriot — the only dissenting vote — initially tried to amend the resolution to support the election for November.” – KPEL

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