Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (8-5-14)

“With the business community possibly coalescing behind him, the junior senator needs only to convince one more group: Louisiana’s rank-and-file voters. Given their love for red meat in recent elections, Vitter, the party’s premier butcher, will undoubtedly be ready with a few choice cuts.” – Jeremy Alford/NOLA.com

“However, Vitter then made a statement during the C-SPAN interview that suggests a lack of awareness of the issues surrounding the Common Core, including increased federal control of states through Race to the Top funding and No Child Left Behind waivers, as well as control of curriculum through the textbook companies.” – Breitbart

“The president of Louisiana’s top School Board said Monday that the Common Core debate has turned into a ‘fiasco’ and Gov. Bobby Jindal is solely to blame. ‘The fiasco we are going through right now is a fiasco caused by one person,’ Chas Roemer, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, said of the governor.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Sen. Mary Landrieu D-La., has agreed to four TV debates in advance of the Nov. 4 open primary, her campaign said Tuesday.” – NOLA.com

“Newly installed House Majority Whip Steve Scalise helped resurrect the GOP’s border legislation last week, but his strategy for shoring up the votes has left some members and aides wondering whether he will be able to keep an unruly flock in line.” – Roll Call

“Repeated attempts in the mid-2000s to amend Baton Rouge City Court’s election boundaries or add a sixth judicial division to the five-judge bench were stymied by a racial divide on the court, a former City Court judge testified Monday in federal court.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“This year’s low-oxygen ‘dead zone’ along Louisiana coast covers 5,052 square miles, an area the size of the state of Connecticut but about 800 square miles less than the 2013 dead zone, according to a week-long survey released Monday.” – NOLA.com 

Shark Island in Iberia Parish is the testing ground for three unusual devices meant to help keep Louisiana shorelines from retreating under the relentless waves eating away at the state’s coast.” – Lake Charles American Press

“Would you believe that Leonard Fournette parted the Mississippi on Monday and walked across its dry river bottom on the way to his first LSU football practice? Or that he leaped over linebackers at said practice in a single bound? Or even that he killed him a bear when he was only 3?” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson was assisted to an ambulance during the team’s practice Tuesday morning and transported to a local hospital to receive oxygen, according to Saints spokesman Greg Bensel.” – NOLA.com

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