Low Popahirum, August 25, 2014

NATIONAL

“Prized collections and wooden casks crashed to cellar floors when a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Napa Valley on Sunday, but damage to the famous wine region at the start of harvest time might be limited to a handful of wineries and warehouses.” – Reuters

“The indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry on August 15, 2014 has drawn criticism from pundits, politicians and papers all over the country. Some Democrats have disavowed the indictment, going as far as to claim that launching courtroom attacks against their opponents in the GOP is just not how Democrats operate. But is that the case? Or have Democrats shown a disturbing pattern of using courtrooms to go after Republicans who pose a threat to them?” – PJ Media

“Many were hoping to munch popcorn and see Rick Perry’s attorneys spend the next few months ripping Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg to shreds over her blatantly political effort to get the Texas governor indicted for cutting off her funding. Accusing Perry of being drunk with power is rather amusing, under the circumstances, but apparently Perry has better things to do with his time:” – Hot Air

“Today’s ongoing tragedy would have been entirely avoidable had Obama not withdrawn U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011. By so doing, he eliminated a considerable element of U.S. leverage in Baghdad, one that had significantly limited Iran’s ability to expand its influence inside Iraq. With substantial U.S. forces still present, Iraq’s various ethnic and confessional groups were more likely to make progress knitting together a sustainable national government and to lessen their profound, longstanding mistrust, which existed well before the Islamic State erupted from Syria.” – John Bolton/National Review

“Rand Paul is expanding the Republican base and it’s ticking off Michael Gerson.”  – Rare.us

“Suddenly, America is sick and tired of Barack Obama. He has become an embarrassment and, worse than that, a threat to the personal security and peace of mind of American citizenry as a whole. It is all too obvious that he is not up to the task of being captain of the ship of state at a time of increasing peril.” – American Spectator

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for the ALS Association is sweeping the nation, and going viral in social media. However, do you know what you are supporting if you contribute funds to the ALS Association?” – Health Impact News

“Millions of Obamacare patients receiving taxpayer-funded subsidies are in jeopardy of having the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seize portions of their tax refunds due to unreported rises in personal income.” – Breitbart

“David Knighten of West Point told AP earlier by phone that he and Weems had gone to a Waffle House early Saturday. He said a man waved him over outside the restaurant and told him politely that people were upset by the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and it wasn’t a safe place for whites. When he went in, he said, Weems was inside and was arguing with other men.” – NOLA.com

“An organization of former Washington Redskins players and fans, Redskins Facts, has compiled this video of Native American Redskins fans, including descendants of the Native American who designed the logo, explaining why they are in fact honored by the title, ‘Redskins.’” – IJ Review

LOUISIANA

“LSU coach Les Miles is prepared to play safety Jalen Mills ‘early and late’ during the Tigers’ game against Wisconsin on Saturday, and the coach has already decided who will start at quarterback. He’s not telling, though.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“There are several lessons to take away from the recent scandal involving Charlie Roberts, the long-time president and CEO of the LSU Alumni Association who resigned earlier this month after being hit with a salacious lawsuit by a former employee/ex-girlfriend.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“Opponents of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu aren’t going to let her plane controversy fly under the radar.” – NOLA.com

“Due to the state’s all-party primary on Election Day, no nominee is crowned against vulnerable Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) until then. If neither the incumbent nor Rep. Bill Cassidy (R), national Republicans’ favorite, top 50 percent, they’re headed for a December runoff.” – The Hill

“The survey shows that Col. Rob Maness (R-LA) has climbed into double digits in this three-person race and is now surging. Here are the results:” – Senate Conservatives Fund

“A city-parish ordinance that prohibits residents from keeping firearms in their parked cars while they’re inside establishments that sell alcohol is unconstitutional and can no longer be enforced, a federal judge ruled Monday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway beat the clock to qualify for the 5th Congressional District race with just minutes to spare Friday afternoon, setting a blockbuster field of candidates.” – Alexandria Town Talk

“Several years after Louisiana struck a tentative deal with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center to take over delivery of local health care services for the region’s poor and become a primary teaching hospital for the Louisiana State University medical school, parties to the deal cite substantial progress toward their goals, though the full impact on the state’s public health care system is unclear.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“Gov. Bobby Jindal has promoted policy director Stafford Palmieri to be his assistant chief of staff.” – NOLA.com

“Despite steep odds, a special panel is about to launch a study of ways to boost state aid for Louisiana’s often-criticized road and bridge system.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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