Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (6-26-14)

“‘After an intense week in D.C., I spent the weekend catching up on Jenn’s honey-do list, including trimming the oak tree.’ So said Congressman Steve Scalise’s Facebook page on Sunday, three days after the Louisiana Republican staged an impressive victory in the House majority whip election. To his constituents, the status update was little surprise. They know him as a refreshingly down-to-earth, middle-class professional in a Congress populated by politicians who are anything but.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

Getting a ride in Baton Rouge is about to get a little easier. The Metro Council on Wednesday voted in favor of ordinances allowing rideshare companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar into the Baton Rouge market, much to the dismay of local taxi industry representatives.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Dr. James Meza, who has led Jefferson Parish Public Schools since 2011, has announced he is stepping down at the end of September.” – WWL-TV

“But Jindal’s commissioner of administration, Kristy Nichols, said Thursday that the state would pay for the scoring of summer tests — and to develop standardized tests for 2014-15 — as long as the Education Department doesn’t try to use its existing contract to buy new, multi-state exams developed by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. That contract is held by Data Recognition Corp., and the Jindal administration said last week it was suspending it to block White’s effort to use the contract to buy the partnership’s exam.” – NOLA.com

“Public school districts statewide were told Wednesday night to stop the processing of LEAP summer re-test materials because of a high-profile dispute over Common Core test plans.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The House voted 238-173 Tuesday for legislation that would eliminate a requirement that oil and gas pipelines crossing international borders get a permit from the White House — a move intended to push forward the Keystone XL Pipeline.” – NOLA.com

“A recent National Geography report published by Forbes ranked Lafayette as the number one mid-sized metro area in the country. The report also called Lafayette the country’s eighth best manufacturing city.” – KPEL

“The proposed city of St. George has found itself in the uncomfortable glow of the national spotlight once again — this time with a 30-minute PBS ‘Frontline’ special scheduled to air nationwide on July 15.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, pitched Democrats to a win in the Congressional Baseball game Wednesday night for the 4th straight time.” – NOLA.com

He was for it before he was against it. That pretty much describes Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s stance on Common Core.” – KSLA

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