Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-3-14)

“The conventional wisdom is that the Senate race between three-term Democrat Mary Landrieu and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy will be about Obamacare. Will Landrieu’s vote for the president’s national health care scheme — the decisive vote, as Republicans often point out — finally end a storied Louisiana political career?” – Byron York/Washington Examiner

“Louisiana’s House Education Committee Wednesday night voted down two bills that could have to scrapped the Common Core education standards and prohibited the use of related standardized tests in local schools.” – NOLA.com

“The St. George proposal is simply nothing more than the identical proposal that the now City of Central made years ago, which was a proposal to incorporate an unincorporated area. No one pushing for St. George has ever threatened anyone for any reason. At this point all St. George proponents appear to be doing is collecting signatures on a petition in order to get the St. George incorporation on a ballot. The elected Councilman John Delgado evidently condemns the group for this terrorist act. In a twist of irony, actual terrorists hate this country for having the right to circulate a petition and vote on things such as incorporation.” – Red Stick Now

“In the Studio Arts building where students in LSU’s nationally ranked ceramics program harden their bowls, vases and other work in massive oven-like kilns, a more than 100-pound chunk of concrete ceiling collapsed during Thanksgiving break over the room’s only sink. “Luckily, no one was there to work,” said Molly Gleason, a junior sculpture student from Shreveport.” – NOLA.com

“The New Orleans inspector general released a scathing report Wednesday about the electronic monitoring ankle bracelet program run by the Orleans Parish sheriff.” – WWL-TV

“A woman who’s been helpful in government cases in Plaquemines Parish is asking the U.S. attorney to put resources into the parish.” – Fox8Live

“State Rep. Walter Leger, D-New Orleans, who introduced the bill, said it mostly targets high grass and weeds on private property. But, Leger says city laws can be passed to determine what other code violations are tackled.” – WWL-TV

“The state Senate fought off amendments Wednesday, then passed legislation that opponents say would end lawsuits filed against energy companies by some local governments, but supporters say would promote transparency in public contracts.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A bill allowing concealed handgun permit holders and off-duty police officers to come armed to restaurants serving alcohol has the backing of the House Criminal Justice Committee.” – KSLA-TV

First responders would be able to provide a life-saving drug to those overdosing on heroin under a bill that cleared a House panel Wednesday. The legislation takes a different tack in the efforts legislators have made to reduce heroin-related deaths.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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