Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (5-27-14)

“Between events in Bossier City, La., Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) sat down with The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker earlier this month for about a half hour to talk about why she thinks she her new position as Energy and Natural Resources chairwoman can help her win reelection this fall in solidly Republican Louisiana; what she thinks of Obamacare; why she could deliver more for Louisiana than her likely opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R); and whether she wants campaign help from the Clintons or the Obamas.” – Washington Post

“State Rep. Lenar Whitney, R-Houma, is being floated as a possible late entry into Louisiana’s 6th congressional district race. If she gets into the fray, Whitney will be the second woman in the race and the only Republican candidate from the southern portion of the district.” – NOLA.com

LSU claimed the last of the eight national seeds in the NCAA tournament and will host a best-of-three super regional if it wins a four-team regional this weekend.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“For both the Tigers and the Cajuns, if they keep winning, they will not play away from home this season until mid-June at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. And if LSU and ULL do meet again this season, it will be in a best-of-three series for the national championship on June 23-25. Can you imagine that?” – WWL-TV

“A proposal to build a new bridge across the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge that could reduce interstate traffic congestion in the city has received support so far from the Louisiana Legislature.” – NOLA.com

“Longtime political writer John Maginnis died Sunday at his home in New Orleans. No other details were given. However, Maginnis had battled health problems. Maginnis was 66. He married late in life. His wife, Jackie, survives him.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“East Baton Rouge Parish deputies have raided a suspected cockfight, seizing 77 roosters and arresting two men authorities say were running the event. The Sunday raid was in response to a tip about cockfighting near Georgia-Pacific LLC’s Port Hudson paper mill. Two Zachary men, 42-year-old Tien Dang and 30-year-old Bao Dang, were booked into parish prison on counts of cruelty to animals with bonds set at $5,000.” – Shreveport Times

Senate committee members voted 10-1 to make sweeping adjustments to Louisiana’s proposed budget after only a few minutes of public discussion and review. Some lawmakers joked that the paper on which dozens of their budget changes had been printed out on for distribution to the committee was still warm when the vote took place.” – NOLA.com

“The final gavel of the 2014 legislative session will sound at 6 p.m. June 2, but between now and then, lawmakers will be hustling to push through every piece of legislation they can.” – Shreveport Times

“A Senate committee Sunday piled more projects into the state construction budget. House Bill 2, the capital outlay budget for the fiscal year that starts in July, now contains $400 million more in projects than the state can afford. Gov. Bobby Jindal would decide which projects move forward.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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