Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-8-14)

“For a passenger on Southwest Flight 2157 Monday between New Orleans and Baltimore, it might not have been a big deal that a congressman was on board. But the passenger, who lost consciousness as the plane flew towards its destination, was no doubt happy the congressman also happened to be a physician. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, a physician by profession, along with another doctor on board, helped treat the passenger.” – NOLA.com

“But while the national media gawks over the lurid details and focuses on Congressman McAllister’s rank hypocrisy, they’re missing the real scandal here: Who leaked the video, and was this leak purposely timed? After all, this video was recorded nearly four months ago, from inside the Congressman’s own district office.” – CenLamar

“A West Monroe minister says U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister’s Monroe District Office manager leaked the video of the congressman’s tryst with a former staff member who isn’t the congressman’s wife.” – Monroe News-Star

“Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said Monday that a more equitable division of offshore oil and gas energy revenue, not legal action, is the key to saving Louisiana’s disappearing coastline.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu stopped short of handing down a wholesale denunciation of the east bank levee board lawsuit against the oil and gas industry Monday (April 7), but distanced herself from the legal challenge in saying she did not believe litigation was the most effective means to protect Louisiana’s shrinking coastline.” – NOLA.com

“There’s a later column begging to be written about how Louisiana’s U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, has quietly become one of the most influential members of the entire House of Representatives. What’s of immediate interest, though, is how that status subtly puts Louisiana interests high on the congressional agenda.” – Quin Hillyer/Baton Rouge Advocate

“Cassidy’s main Republican opponent, retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, concedes he is not well known around the state and today probably ranks no higher than a few percentage points in the polls. But Maness maintains that the real picture of where the race might go is not the question of Landrieu vs. Cassidy — the one everybody talks about — but the question of Landrieu vs. a generic Republican.” – Byron York/Washington Examiner

“Poverty Point, named for the old plantation on which it was discovered, doesn’t get the number of visitors it deserves. It’s a fair bet that even from the nearest metropolis, Monroe, far fewer adults have gone there than have gone to Bourbon Street. Still, Poverty Point is appreciated among those who most value the world’s natural and man-made wonders. It has been nominated to the list of World Heritage Sites, to take its place alongside the Acropolis and Great Wall of China. There are only 21 recognized sites in the United States, ranging from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty.” – John Maginnis/Baton Rouge Business Report

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline the South Carolina Republican Party’s Silver Elephant Dinner, a major GOP fundraising event in the early primary state that doubles as a must-do stopover for ambitious politicians with an eye on the White House.” – CNN

“The battle over the cost of ‘payday’ loans reignited Monday at the State Capitol, with one bill dying and another banished back to the committee room.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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