Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (5-7-14)

low popahirum louisiana“Republican state Rep. Lenar Whitney, an account executive and dance studio owner, is mulling a bid for Louisiana’s 6th District, according to multiple GOP operatives. Whitney did not immediately return request for comment on her plans. But if she enters the contest, she becomes the ninth Republican in the open-seat race to replace Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La.” – Roll Call

“Thousands of dollars in double billing and other campaign spending irregularities by Senate President John Alario and Sen. Yvone Dorsey-Colomb should ignite investigations by the state Ethics Board, and possibly by federal agents, the head of the Metropolitan Crime Commission in New Orleans said recently.” – NOLA.com

“Jennings’ uninspiring spring game performance gave Harris an opportunity to prove he could make an immediate change. Harris, who was one of only two true freshmen partaking in LSU’s 2014 spring practice, turned heads in the spring with his ability to elude the same pressure Jennings struggled against.” – LSU Reveille

“After a brief but fiesty exchange, a bill that would put the St. George incorporation effort up for a parishwide vote, not just in the unincorporated neighborhoods that would make up St. George, was set aside Tuesday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Public school teachers and most new state employees would have to wait longer to retire, under a proposal that has received the unanimous backing of the Senate.” – KATC-TV

“State lawmakers, struggling with ways to make higher education more affordable, rejected a bill that sought to keep TOPS solvent and advanced a measure that aims to help students make more money after college.” – WWL-TV

“Congressman Vance McAllister’s decision not to seek re-election this fall in light of the scandal surrounding his extramarital affair ensured that we will be entertained by a competitive race for his 5th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.” – Sam Hanna/Ouachita Citizen

“Even a Legislature that rarely opposes a gun rights bill has its limits. Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Central, hit that wall when the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice rejected HB 494, a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed citizens to carry concealed weapons without state permits.” – LAPolitics.com

Crews from the state Department of Transportation this week will inspect the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge after finding damage caused by Friday’s fiery tractor trailer pileup.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Lawmakers were willing to press forward with Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposal to privatize another state-run hospital for the poor and uninsured, even after the federal government rejected Louisiana’s financial deals related to six outsourced medical facilities last week.” – NOLA.com

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