Low Popahirum, October 30, 2014

LOUISIANA

“For all his color, though, Mr. Edwards, the populist rogue who embodied Louisiana politics from the 1960s to the 1990s, charming one half of the state and mortifying the other, might as well be a ghost.” – New York Times

“Louisiana politics has moved from colorful to boring, The New York Times reported on its Thursday morning front page. “Politics is more nationalized now,” the newspaper quoted John Breaux saying. The article concluded with a 20-something car salesman saying he had heard of Breaux, but didn’t know much about him.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“In Louisiana, they’re called the Big Three: energy, military bases, and disaster relief. If three-term Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) is to win reelection, those are the issues that will save her.” – Yahoo! News

“The Legislature’s chief economist and Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration are at odds about what state employment data shows about Louisiana’s job growth.” – Houma Courier

“Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration may have improperly destroyed records in the state employee health insurance program, in the middle of a heavily-criticized rewrite of benefit plans.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Sen. Mary Landrieu, Rep. Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness met Wednesday night (Oct. 29) in Baton Rouge in the second and final debate to feature all three Louisiana Senate candidates. Here’s a look at what they said and why it matters:” – NOLA.com

Nerd or not, during the past eight years Cassidy has moved from a charity hospital physician to a state senator to a U.S. congressman and now could very well become a U.S. senator.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“You would think that a school whose teachers nearly all rank among the highest in the state would be a highly effective school. Not necessarily so.” – John White/Shreveport Times

“Friends of Lafitte Corridor have posted new aerial photos of the Lafitte Greenway, which is about 50 percent complete and scheduled to open in early 2015.” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is joining South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on her campaign bus tour.” – Monroe News Star

NATIONAL

“Could non-citizen voting be a problem in next week’s elections, and perhaps even swing some very close elections?” – John Fund/National Review

“An election integrity watchdog group is suing the state of Maryland, alleging that it has discovered massive and ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens in one county. But because of the way that the non-citizens are able to cast votes in elections, the fraud is likely happening in every single county and subdivision across the state. The group believes that the illegal voting has been happening for years.” – PJ Media

“Socially liberal white-collar and single white women look like the fragile last line of defense for Democrats hoping to avoid a Republican sweep in next week’s election, according to detailed results from a broad array of new polls.” – National Journal

“Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued a statement Wednesday calling for the resignation of the senior Obama administration official who called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a ‘chickenshit,’ as revealed in an article by the Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg on Tuesday.” – Washington Free Beacon

“The estranged wife and children of Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson have turned to government food stamps to support themselves, despite lawyers representing Grayson asserting that he provides them about $120,000 of assistance, WFTV 9 Orlando reports.” – Daily Caller

“A new high-powered ad spot—and hefty buy behind it—aims to finish off incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and help former Sen. Scott Brown across the finish line.” – Breitbart

Don’t expect the results of the Senate elections to change the policies of the federal government very much over the next two years. Overthrowing Harry Reid isn’t going to yield tax reform or rein in the EPA. It may not even mean a go-ahead for the Keystone pipeline.” – Ramesh Ponnuru/National Review

Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly confirmed he is gay in an opinion piece published Thursday, making him the highest-profile chief executive to come out.” – USA Today

That’s still better than Girls, however, which I switched off during the first two minutes of the pilot episode, when I was expected to find Dunham mewling at her parents TO GIVE ME MORE EVERYTHING AND LOVE ME BECAUSE I HATE YOU AND AM AWFUL. Everything I’ve since read about the show — and sadly there’s never a lack of things to read about Girls — confirms my initial impression of awful people being awful for the sake of awfulness.” – Stephen Green/PJ Media

“Wendy Russell Davis is on fire. And I don’t mean that in a good way.” – Michelle Malkin/National Review

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