Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-28-14)

low popahirum louisiana“In his quest to capture the 6th Congressional District in a crowded field, Garret Graves is getting some high-profile help. LaPolitics reports that GOP consultant superstar Mary Matalin—who’s married to an equally recognizable Democratic consultant, James Carville—earlier this month hosted a fundraiser for Graves at her home in New Orleans. Co-hosting were Boysie Bollinger, Ralph Brennan, Ron Foreman, Chris Guidry and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, among others.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“Legislation to add lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to a list of people it’s illegal to discriminate against for housing in Louisiana failed Monday (Apirl 28) in a House committee. The Civil Law and Procedure committee voted 12-3 against advancing the bill.” – NOLA.com

“Congress returns from its two-week holiday recess today and its expected 5th district US Representative Vance McAllister will be in DC for the first time since video surfaced showing him kissing a married staffer.” – WWL-AM

“The Southeastern Conference will continue to use its current eight-game football scheduling format for the foreseeable future, including the permanent cross-division game. It leaves the Tigers playing their annual game against Florida — which LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva criticized Sunday night.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The state Senate’s recent passage of a bill that could scuttle a lawsuit over damage done to coastal wetlands by the oil and gas industry would also seem to scuttle any notion that the political winds in Baton Rouge that have historically favored the industry are shifting. Still, ‘Big Oil’ may not be completely rid of coastal protection lawsuits when the Legislature ends its current session.” – NOLA.com

“Bossier Sheriff’s Office reports that an apparent tornado touched down and damaged a house at the 100 block of Buckshot Road in the northwest portion of the parish around 3:15 a.m. Monday, just minutes after being advised of a tornado warning in the area from the National Weather Service.” – Shreveport Times

“First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 19 decreased from the previous week’s total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Monday that initial claims dropped to 1,951 from the previous week’s total of 2,461. There were 2,619 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.” – NOLA.com

“Ministers who are displeased with the amount of interest the poorest of their congregations have to pay for taking out payday loans, armed themselves with powerful weapons to go inside the Capitol and confront the same senators and their colleagues in the House. Their weapons? Bibles.” – Monroe News-Star

“To boost admission standards at Nicholls State University, the college will no longer accept students who need remedial courses next fall.” – Houma Courier

“The Mercedes-Benz Superdome will host Jay Z and Beyonce as part of a major summer tour. The husband-and-wife duo will perform Sunday, July 20 as part of the 16-date “On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z.” The tour is in partnership with #BeyGood benefiting the Shawn Carter Foundation.” – WWL-TV

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