Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (7-29-14)

“The levee board for southeastern Louisiana is acting like one of those suckers in a ‘match the pot’ poker game with lots of wild cards. Worse, in sticking with a radically sweeping lawsuit against as many as 97 oil companies, board members are playing with somebody else’s money, namely that of Louisiana’s taxpayers. It’s long past time for them to escape a losing game.” – Quin Hillyer/Baton Rouge Advocate

“In stark contrast to St. Tammany Parish — where opposition to a proposed oil well near Mandeville has sparked staunch opposition, anger and tears from many – Tangipahoa has mostly welcomed the industry with open arms.  Three fracked wells are currently producing, a fourth well has been permitted by the state, and about eight other wells are in the works, according to state and parish officials.” – NOLA.com

If the Chamber of Commerce backs Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) for reelection, she will join an shrinking club: Democrats backed by the nation’s largest business group.” – Washington Post

“Money magazine has ranked Louisiana Tech University as one of the nation’s best college values according to its 2014 Best Colleges list released Monday.” – Monroe News-Star

“The website Ray Nagin once used to hawk his book and post-mayoral career as a disaster recovery expert is now being used to mock the former mayor’s legal woes.” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana’s top school board Tuesday voted to join a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal aimed at allowing Common Core tests to proceed as planned. The vote was 6-4.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette has been named the winner of the 2013-14 James J. Corbett Award, which is presented annually to Louisiana’s top male amateur athlete.” – Donaldsonville Chief

“U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is making a campaign issue out of a congressional fight over a little-known banking agency targeted for elimination by conservative Republicans, according to The Associated Press.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Strain, a statewide elected official and Republican, discussed everything from Louisiana’s shrinking farmland footprint to illegal immigration. The following are four points he made during his appearance.” – NOLA.com

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