Low Popahirum, September 19, 2014

NATIONAL

“Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday.” – Reuters

“Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence.” – BBC

“President Obama has wanted to arm Syria’s rebel groups all along. Now, thanks to the ISIS threat, he has his wish. Do we even know who many of the Syrian rebels are, and what their long-term goals are? Not really. But Congress has voted to arm them anyway.” – PJ Media

“Contrary to what you may have heard from media fact checkers, the overwhelming evidence points to McCain meeting with terrorists allied with ISIS.” – GotNews

“It’s not surprising that the members of this administration still regard the mere invocation of George W. Bush as a sufficient counterargument when they are criticized, but it is galling.” – Hot Air

“Throughout her political career, including during her current race against former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) has touted her experience as a small business owner. Shaheen’s small business ‘experience’ was co-running a store that once sold thousands of dollars-worth of stolen jewelry.” – Washington Free Beacon

“Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.” – POLITICO

“The NRSC and its establishment hacks, consultants, and outside groups have spent the better part of year attacking the ethics of outside conservative groups, attacking conservative activists as racists and bigots, attacking vendors who dare help conservative groups and anti-establishment candidates, and doing everything they can to defend their status quo in an incumbent protection racket. And now they find themselves short of funds in the general election. No kidding. Screw you all. I will not give you one damn penny.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

“There needs to be a mass layoff — of highly paid GOP consultants. Otherwise we risk a repeat of 2012, when overconfident Republicans in the middle of the worst economy since the 1970s became convinced that all they had to do to win was not be Obama. And they lost.” – Maggie Gallagher/National Review

“Today, Cecil and Bennet are reunited as the top strategist and chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. And together they are recycling the same abortion playbook they wrote in 2010—this time to rescue another vulnerable incumbent, Sen. Mark Udall, in a race Democrats must win if they stand any chance of holding the Senate.” – National Journal

“First Lady Michelle Obama proudly defended her husband’s record at a Washington, D.C. fundraiser, reminding the attendants how far the country had come since the Obamas entered the White House.” – Breitbart

LOUISIANA

“I’ve worked for over a year on bipartisan negotiations in good faith,” Vitter said. “In contrast, Senator Boxer has released my confidential proposal to the press without my consent. That speaks for itself — it’s not a good faith effort to reach consensus but a press stunt/temper tantrum. It’s an insult to Tom Udall and others who’ve worked hard at this, as well as to Frank Lautenberg’s legacy.” – NOLA.com

“All eight members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation say the Department of Veterans Affairs is hurting the credit of hundreds of Louisiana veterans by failing to pay on time for emergency health care at private facilities.” – KNOE

“Coming on the heels of published speculation that he was avoiding campaigning for the GOP in Louisiana’s US Senate race, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) told a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington that Landrieu ‘could lose in November,‘ but that if the race goes to a runoff, it ‘would be very bad’ for her. ‘She can’t hide [from her record], especially in a December runoff with the entire focus of the nation on her election,’ reports The Hill.” – Southern Political Report

“Perennial political candidate Raymond Brown is out of the running for Louisiana’s U.S. Senate seat, disqualified for failing to pay late fees on his campaign finance filings.” – NOLA.com

“California is boosting the amount of tax credits it will offer to film and television productions in an effort to compete with the incentive programs of Louisiana and other states. For the 2015-16 fiscal year, which begins July 1, California will offer $230 million in tax credits, more than double the current $100 million.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Louisiana has the nation’s largest gender pay gap, with women paid about two thirds of what men are paid, according to new census data.” – Washington Examiner

“The board has been secretive about who they are considering for higher education commissioner. It initially looked at 25 candidates, but has refused to disclose how many people they interviewed for in person the position.” – NOLA.com

“Baton Rouge’s crime-fighting initiative, BRAVE, officially is expanding into a second ZIP code area: 70802, the area north of LSU that has been the site of a disproportionate number of the city’s violent crimes.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The fat factor in Louisiana has been a problem for decades, but there has been a recent decline for the first time in 30 years. Louisiana is now ranked sixth instead of first.” – WAFB

“While the Coast Guard and the Centers for Disease Control were making decisions on how to respond to sick crew members aboard the New Orleans bound Marine Phoenix, Louisiana’s top emergency manager says the state was apparently kept in the dark and cut out of the discussion.” – WWL

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