Low Popahirum, September 23, 2014

NATIONAL

“Rove’s alarm about fundraising might be more self-serving than instructive. The money shortage is but a symptom of a larger disease. The Republican Party, in part thanks to Rove’s actions, lacks credibility and trust with voters and activists — both of which it must have.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

“The military effort against the Islamic State hinges on a successful threefold approach involving intelligence, homeland security, and diplomacy. Unfortunately, the Obama administration does not have much past history in these areas to warrant confidence.” –  Victor Davis Hanson/National Review

“Dr. Ben Carson told radio host Hugh Hewitt Monday night that the odds of seeing him on the presidential trail next year as a candidate for the GOP nomination are “reasonably good” and that he will make a decision to run no later than next May:” – Daily Caller

Allow me to introduce to you John Feehery, a consultant whose instincts are utterly tone deaf and as such is a serial loser in the game. But at least he appears to lack principles and be a student of revisionist history.” – American Thinker

“In fact, as others informed Lederman, three of the five Arab nations included in the coalition for last night’s strikes were part of the 2003 coalition, too. Also, Bush got a vote from Congress authorizing the action, something Obama has thus far not bothered to try. Lederman deleted the tweet rather than issuing a correction, and has not commented on this assertion since.” – Hot Air

“Yesterday, a man who I consider a friend told me that ‘there is no doubt President Obama will go down as the greatest president in America history’. This friend just so happens to be a Black American.” – Steve Deace

“I don’t mind that David Brooks is an elitist, exactly. It is common for people to stick to their own class. (And it is awkward as some old friends drop out of the class that a group belongs to.) What bothers me is David Brooks bien pensant peacocking. If David Brooks really wanted to strike up a friendship with someone far less wealthy and famous than he is, all he’d have to do is ask.” – Ace Of Spades 

“The U.S. launched eight airstrikes Monday night against a little-known, al-Qaida-affiliated militant group in Syria.” – National Journal

“If Western sanctions will only have an effect on Russia’s energy outlook in the long term, there is one factor that is likely to exact a more short-term cost. And Gazprom, the Russian state-owned gas company, is already feeling the pain.”

“Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released Tuesday, in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gave worst- and best-case estimates for Liberia and Sierra Leone based on computer modeling.” – NY Times

LOUISIANA

“This past spring, Abraham made a similarly bold choice when he decided to run for the 5th Congressional District seat, a job that if he won would require him to drastically reduce his time practicing medicine, be it on humans or animals.” – Alexandria Town Talk

“Cox Communications will double the speeds of its most popular Internet service packages in New Orleans Tuesday and in Baton Rouge and Acadiana Wednesday. The company said the higher speeds will be implemented without increasing customers’ bills.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A grand jury on Tuesday (Sept. 23) indicted the former head of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Bruce Greenstein, on perjury charges for alleged contact he had with his former employer, CNSI, before the company was awarded one of the biggest contracts in state history.” – NOLA.com

Tolls starting at 18 cents a mile could pay from one-quarter to one-half of the more than $3 billion price tag to complete Interstate 49 South from Lafayette to New Orleans, according to a state-funded feasibility study unveiled Monday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Republican candidate Norm Clark, a U.S. Navy Veteran and retired East Baton Rouge deputy sheriff, didn’t address in a press release precisely why he’s dropping his campaign, but said he will throw his support instead behind state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge.” – NOLA.com

“The Louisiana attorney general’s office says it’s asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a Lafayette Parish judge’s ruling that the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Judge Edward Rubin’s ruling affects only Lafayette Parish.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Obama administration is ‘bending over backwards to give Obamacare to illegal immigrants,’ Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter charged on Monday.” – Daily Caller

Louisiana hospitals employ more than 98,000 people and generate more than $29.9 billion in economic activity, according to a new report the Louisiana Hospital Association released Tuesday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Conventional wisdom — and Louisiana’s right-leaning bent — tells most political observers that this is the election that finally unseats Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.” – NOLA.com

“A political action committee with ties to the local business community has launched a media campaign for the upcoming school board elections in East Baton Rouge Parish. Better Schools for Better Futures, a PAC formed in August by Lane Grigsby and three veteran business lobbyists who work with him, has spent about $40,000 on TV and radio ads that began airing last week.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

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