Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (8-15-14)

“A legal report prepared for the Louisiana State Police Retirement System board finds the act that gave Superintendent Mike Edmonson and one other state trooper a significant retirement boost to be unconstitutional.” – NOLA.com

“State Sen. Ed Murray recently spent more than three hours at the Office of Motor Vehicles on Veterans Boulevard in New Orleans. ‘The wait time was absolutely awful,’ Murray, D-New Orleans, said Thursday. ‘There was hardly anyone working.’ Louisiana’s long waits to renew driver’s licenses or obtain car tags have been well documented.”  – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is cracking down on drunk drivers as part of its ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign, which provides grant money to fund overtime hours and increased patrols.” – NOLA.com

Maybe it’s time to call it Chartergate. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., encountered more political headwinds relating to her travel on chartered airplanes Thursday, with her Senate office saying her re-election campaign would be reimbursing her official Senate expense account for the cost of yet another charter flight related to a campaign event.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Lehner’s suggestion that Landrieu’s charter flight from Shreveport, Louisiana back to Washington, D.C. was required to travel through Dallas, Texas stretches credulity. Dallas is 185 miles due west of Shreveport. Stopping in Dallas required going in the exact opposite direction of a direct flight plan east from Shreveport to Washington, D.C.” – Breitbart

“Grief and anger can and should be motivators, but once again they are proving poor or dangerous guides in action. That’s true in the events capturing the nation’s attention outside St. Louis and those dominating the news in New Orleans.” – NOLA.com

The Advocate is acquiring four weekly newspapers to increase its coverage of the Baton Rouge area as it continues to expand across south Louisiana. The papers are the Zachary Plainsman-News in Zachary, The Watchman in East Feliciana Parish, The St. Francisville Democrat in West Feliciana Parish and The St. Helena Echo in Greensburg.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Another round of debates about the controversial Common Core education standards is underway before a second Louisiana district judge Friday.” – WAFB

“The 2014 LSU wide receiver group is being perceived as if it’s a science fiction movie: Invasion of the Position Snatchers. With a strong corps of incoming freshmen highlighting an overall strong recruiting class, the upperclassmen among the wideouts have become an afterthought for many LSU fans.” – NOLA.com

“Attorney General Buddy Caldwell addressed the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association during its conference last month, referring to himself as ‘family.’ In regard to his job, he said he wanted to ‘keep doing it for quite some time.'” – LAPolitics

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