Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (7-2-14)

“It’s been a month since Louisiana Republican Party chairman Roger Villere took to the stage at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans and announced that, by a unanimous vote of the party’s executive committee, the LAGOP would be endorsing Congressman Bill Cassidy over Colonel Rob Maness and state Representative Paul Hollis as its candidate against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

“The Bourbon Street shooting that left 10 people injured last weekend was enough violence to prompt retired New Orleans anchorman Norman Robinson to walk onto a controversial limb Tuesday. He is now advocating for a stop-and-frisk policy to curb violent crimes.” – NOLA.com

“The Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a state law that forbids felons from possessing firearms, ruling that lawmakers did not intend to invalidate the state’s weapons laws when they proposed a constitutional amendment declaring gun ownership a fundamental right.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The number of people living in poverty grew nationwide between 2000 and 2010, with North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee showing the largest increases. Only Louisiana and West Virginia saw the number of people living in so-called poverty areas decrease, according to the Huffington Post.” – NOLA.com

“Computer maintenance work across most agencies has been consolidated into one office. The newly-created Office of Technology Services began operations Tuesday with the start of the new budget year. Lawmakers signed off on the merger plan, pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration, in the recent legislative session.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A Louisiana sheriff is doubling down and pledging to carry on with ‘In God We Trust,’ a public prayer event and July 4 celebration that the American Civil Liberties Union has decried as unconstitutional. Sheriff Julian Whittington of Bossier Parish, Louisiana, is holding the second annual event — which will include church groups and faith themes — on city-owned property, which is why the civil rights group is decrying it as a potential church-state violation.” – The Blaze

“Federal prosecutors say former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has shown no remorse for his crimes and lies to investigators and U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan should sentence him harshly.” – WWL-TV

“Louisiana’s top School Board on Tuesday voted 6-3 to hire special legal counsel in its bid to implement Common Core tests that Gov. Bobby Jindal opposes.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Lawyers for Plaquemines Parish are set to argue that a lawsuit the parish filed against oil companies over coastal damage belongs in state court.” – Fox 8 Live

“The anticipated final showdown in the bitter legal fight between the city’s chief financial officer, Audrey McCain, and former mayor Demetric ‘Deedy’ Slaughter on Tuesday ended up something of a bust.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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