Low Popahirum, November 12, 2014

NATIONAL

“Last night, though, a second video emerged from the same time period in which Gruber explained that the ACA passed ‘because the American people are too stupid’ to understand the law. Megyn Kelly wondered last night how this squared with Gruber’s mea culpa on that ‘little-watched MSNBC show’:” – Hot Air

A third controversial video of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber has surfaced. In this video, taken at a colloquium in 2012 at the University of Rhode Island, Gruber admits that he and fellow Obamacare proponents ‘exploited’ American voters when they passed the controversial law.” – PJ Media

“And yet, there seem to be two types of lies in our political discourse: Those that hurt ‘my party’ and ‘my policies’; and those that don’t. We condemn the former and forgive the latter—cheapening the bond of trust that enables a society to progress.” – Ron Fournier/National Journal

“Ron Fournier at National Journal – a self-professed ObamaCare supporter who is still struggling mightily to pretend the disastrous health-care law was something more than a monumental act of fraud against the American people – nevertheless says all these tapes of ObamaCare architect Jon Gruber gleefully admitting lie after lie are starting to wear him down:” – RedState

“The United States and China pledged Wednesday to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of make-or-break climate talks next year.” – NOLA.com

“Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is stepping up his advocacy for budget curbs that would block the president from awarding work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.” – Daily Caller

In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to believe the commissars were thinking. The closest we have to that in America is theNew York Times. Obviously, it’s not a state organ, and there are many fine journalists there, but it does play a similar role for the Democratic party, often reporting less on what Democrats actually think and more on what Democrats want readers to believe is the current state of Democratic thinking.” – Jonah Goldberg/National Review

“After the past week’s political upheavals in Washington and around the country, we are reminded that certain things remain constant in politics. Unfortunately, one of those things is the sexism leveled at any woman who rises to power in the White House — under presidents of either party . No sooner was the hunt on for a fall guy for the Democratic midterm losses than some in the press predictably went after a fall gal — President Barack Obama’s senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett.” – Donna Brazile/CNN

“Rosetta’s probe, Philae, has become the first craft in history to land on a comet.” – UK Daily Mail

“Way back in 2005, following George W. Bush’s win in the presidential election, I looked at the long-term trends and forecast the death of the Democratic Party.” – Robert Tracinski/The Federalist

LOUISIANA

It was a packed crowd at Huey’s, the downtown Baton Rouge watering hole named for the state’s most notable, if notorious, Democratic governor and senator, on Monday. But few in the crowd would have had much positive to say about the bar’s namesake. This was a Republican Unity Rally, and many of the state’s most prominent GOP politicians were gathered to show solidarity with Senate hopeful Bill Cassidy — who earned 41 percent of the vote in last week’s election, forcing Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu (42 percent) into a runoff.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

“Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu’s re-election race is truly running out of air: She’s responsible for a mere 4 percent of all TV spots in the week-old Louisiana runoff. Republican challenger Bill Cassidy and his friends paid for 96 percent of the spots that have run so far.” – Bloomberg

“In July 2013, the South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed suit against 97 energy companies. The suit singles out the oil and gas industry to pay for damage to Louisiana’s coast — damage that, even proponents of the lawsuit admit, has been caused by a variety of factors including the government’s own policies and actions.” – Kevin Kane/Baton Rouge Advocate

“State Treasurer John Kennedy says the state’s deficit was more than $100 million last fiscal year. Jindal at first denied that, saying the state actually was more than $200 million ahead. Later, the Jindal administration admitted to the deficit.” – Clancy Dubos/WWL-TV

“Louisiana voters passed three new constitutional amendments last week that will further constrain the state budget and leave higher education more vulnerable to funding cuts starting next year.” – NOLA.com

“State Sen. Elbert Guillory called a legislative colleague a Chihuahua and hung up in the middle of an interview on The Jim Engster Show when challenged about his views that the black community has received little benefit from voting monolithically for the Democratic Party in general and U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, in particular.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“If you haven’t felt it yet, colder temperatures are on the way this week, which means it’s a good time to make sure you’re preparing your vehicles for the change.” – WAFB

“Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne was also on hand to talk about the importance of completing the corridor, especially as the state works to finalize the I-49 North connection. On Monday, Gov. Bobby Jindal was in Shreveport to mark the opening of another 10 miles from I-49 North to the Arkansas state line.” – Shreveport Times

“Just as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee decided last week to scrap plans for its television ads for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s re-election bid, the Republican National Committee announced that it was sending an extra 200+ people to the state to help Bill Cassidy, following the Nov. 4 primary.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Carolyn Perry said even as she watched the company her father founded grow into the Fortune 150 CenturyLink, she sensed his legacy was fading.” – Monroe News Star

“Two Louisiana banks were among the fastest growing banks in the nation in the years following the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new report by SNL Financial.” – NOLA.com

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