Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-30-14)

low popahirum louisianaJindal’s proposals put the lie to the Democrat narrative that conservatives don’t have anything to offer on health reform. The fact is there are lots of alternatives to the clunky, overpriced, unworkable, Industrial Age, nanny-state model the president has foisted on an unwilling public.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told troubled GOP Rep. Vance McAllister (La.) that he should resign from office immediately. McAllister, who only took office in November but has since become known as the ‘kissing congressman,’ already announced on Monday that he would not run for reelection. But that is not enough for Cantor, who said House Republicans should adopt a ‘zero tolerance’ policy.” – POLITICO

“Republican Rep. Vance McAllister of Louisiana said Tuesday he won’t resign, even though Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor told him earlier that day he should. McAllister, who returned to the Capitol on Monday after weeks back in the 5th District, met with Cantor in the majority leader’s office early Tuesday at Cantor’s request.” – Monroe News-Star

“The payday-lending industry has successfully beaten back efforts to add new restrictions on short-term loans in Louisiana, after a measure to put a cap on consumer loans failed to win passage Tuesday in the Senate.” – NOLA.com

“The proposal (House Bill 1176) by Rep. Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond, would codify restrictions recently enacted by the state social services department in emergency rules. Among the provisions, welfare recipients would be banned from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores. Prohibited from taking welfare debit cards would be video arcades, bail bond companies, cruise ships, psychics, adult-entertainment businesses, nightclubs and bars.” – WWL-TV

“Louisiana’s five House Republicans Tuesday urged Louisiana’s two senators to put a hold on President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services until ‘she agrees to provide equitable treatment’ under the Affordable Care Act.” – NOLA.com

“A Louisiana House committee approved a bill Tuesday that would provide an additional year to soften the impact of the national tests that go with Common Core.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Louisiana’s high school graduation rate, at around 72 percent, remains among the nation’s lowest and is low even among students who are not from low-income families, according to a report released Monday by a group of education advocates.” – Lake Charles American Press

“The Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee protection system, which has inched its way along the federal authorization process for decades, moved forward during a hearing before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.” – KPEL

“Longtime St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed has paid his son’s companies almost $95,000 from campaign funds over the past eight years, including $9,022 in 2013, a review by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 News found.” – NOLA.com

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