Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (7-23-14)

Scoring a taxi in the Big Easy is anything but. Ridesharing alternatives like Uber and Lyft are effectively shut out. Entrepreneurs and civic leaders striving to make New Orleans a world class business destination face an entrenched taxi and limousine industry, outmoded transportation codes, and a foot-dragging mayor and city council. Government imposed barriers to entry abound, keeping competition at bay and customers waiting.” – Forbes

“The Washington Post’s ‘Fact Checker’ Wednesday examined Rep. Bill Cassidy’s recent Senate campaign ad that criticizes ‘some in Congress’ who ‘exempted staff from Obamacare.'” – NOLA.com

“A group of charter schools, teachers and parents filed suit on Tuesday against Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, asserting that he overstepped his authority and has sown chaos by moving last month to ditch the Common Core education standards for teaching English and math which he helped usher in four years ago.” – Reuters

“Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, an opponent of the president’s health reforms, refused to set up a state exchange. A study released earlier this year by the Kaiser Family Foundation said around 40,000 residents in the state qualified for tax credits under the new law, averaging $3,610 per person.” – WBRZ

“New Orleans residents would have a smoother ride on city streets if nonprofits were paying their fair share, City Council President Stacy Head told a crowd eager to see crumbling streets repaired.” – NOLA.com

“Mary Olive Pierson, an attorney hired by they Mayor’s Office to handle annexation and St. George litigation, said the city-parish will file a lawsuit challenging the petition as soon as it’s filed, which could delay an election.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Thanks to his efforts on Louisiana’s unanimous passage of the Balance Budget Amendment, District 51 State Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Gray, will be among eight lawmakers nationwide to be named Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council.” – Tri-Parish Times

“Joe Alleva glanced over the row of seats, beyond the metal railing, past the two levels of suites and way, way down to the south end zone of Tiger Stadium. ‘You’re right on top of it,’ Alleva said, wearing dark sunglasses and a protective LSU hardhat.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who was named the mayor of Comfort, Texas Wednesday, is the face of this week’s regional cover of Sports Illustrated.” – NOLA.com

“An assistant principal at Southeast Middle School was arrested Tuesday after admitting to investigators he sent nude pictures of himself via Facebook to a 15-year-old girl one night while he was drunk.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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