Low Popahirum, November 11, 2014

LOUISIANA

“Louisiana Republicans packed into a small bar named after one of the state’s most notorious Democrats on Monday to rally around U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s effort to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“With the last Senate race of 2014 to be decided in Louisiana on Dec. 6, conservatives have begun to unite behind Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy with the goal of unseating Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu.” – Newsmax

“But since winning re-election in 2011, Jindal has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars from his state campaign account to travel around the country, including multiple visits to key presidential primary states, and to pay for staff, consultants, advertising and other expenses typical of an active campaign, according to a review of campaign records by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 News. While officially not running for anything, Jindal spent $1.8 million last year, the most of any Louisiana politician by far.” – NOLA.com

“When your main campaign sales pitch is based on your ‘clout,’ and you lose the basis of that clout, then your campaign is probably a goner. For that and other reasons, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has almost no remaining path to re-election.” – Quin Hillyer/Baton Rouge Advocate

“Northeastern Louisiana’s three universities pulled in more than $5 million from the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Council for plans to grow student enrollment and graduates in high demand workforce fields.” – Monroe News Star

“The Louisiana State Legislative Auditor releases a scathing report Monday on the Department of Public Safety, including thousands of dollars in payments to the Office of Motor Vehicles being ripped off.” – WAFB

“A three-judge federal appeals panel should decide by early 2015 whether to grant a government request to reverse the dismissal of its civil suit against Bollinger Shipyards.” – NOLA.com

“A fiscal clash between state Treasurer John Kennedy and the Jindal administration kicked up another notch Monday. In a new salvo, Kennedy warned that the administration continues to spend more revenues than are coming in. And he said it is worse than in past years.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Permitting is moving forward on a stretch of levees to tie storm protection in Terrebonne Parish to floodbanks that have protected Lafourche Parish for decades.” – Houma Courier

“With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas. Only a handful of Democrats hold statewide office in the rest of the Old Confederacy.” – Lake Charles American Press

NATIONAL

“On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of this year in the twenty-first century, we pause to honor our veterans on this Veterans Day and remember that first of the great world wars, which ended the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

“On the surface, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin were all niceties — a pat on the back here, a pleasantry there. But away from the cameras, the two leaders circled each other warily at a global summit in China, coming face to face while relations between their countries continue to deteriorate.” – AP

“What Ted Cruz accomplished last fall was drawing a very bright Reaganesque line that differentiated Republicans from Democrats. Political disaster was uniformly predicted. Instead? The exact opposite happened.” – Jeffrey Lord/American Spectator

The difference could not be more dramatic: The Democrats’ vision of an American woman’s life was best expressed in the Obama campaign’s insipid ‘Julia’ cartoons, in which a faceless, featureless woman at every crossroads in her life turns to the federal government, as personified by Barack Obama, for succor and support. From negotiating a salary to managing her pregnancy, Julia cannot do anything for herself — at every turn, she is reminded that she enjoys political patronage ‘under President Obama,’ in the campaign’s psychosexually fraught and insistently reiterated phrase. So much for the Democrats. And the Republican women of 2014? They helped fight wars and made new lives for themselves on foreign shores. They were women who ran for office on policy platforms, not on their uteruses.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

“But a look at where Loretta Lynch, the federal prosecutor out of Brooklyn, N.Y., has fallen on some of the more controversial issues dogging Holder for years suggests the confirmation process may be a bit bumpy. She and Holder seem to be eye-to-eye on many of the issues that made him such a lightning rod for Republican criticism.” – ABC News

“One way to look at Dubya’s claim that Jeb Bush is 50/50 about running is that that means Romney is 50/50, or close to 50/50, too. If Jeb says no, the door is open. And more importantly, even if it’s only open a crack now, Romney’s inner circle is working hard to kick it in.” – Hot Air

“Haley Barbour called President Barack Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’ on a post-election conference call for clients of his lobbying firm, two sources familiar with the call told POLITICO.” – POLITICO

“Last week, while Republicans popped open the champagne over the electorate’s emphatic rejection of the Obama left’s policies, Mr. Obama significantly advanced one he’s been pushing – against public opinion and with haltingly incremental success – since the first hours of his presidency. Lost amid Shellacking 2.0 – and between the sudden dump of over 60,000 previously withheld Fast & Furious documents and the president’s reaffirmation of his executive illegal-alien amnesty vow – was the administration’s further dismantling of the post-9/11 counterterrorism paradigm.” – Andrew McCarthy/PJ Media

“Has Walker promised sweeping changes and a utopia? Not exactly. But conservatives, let’s admit it, are prone to seeking a find the next Reagan, the savior who will rebuild a shining city on the hill and make conservatism anew. We shouldn’t do that. Even as it helps to have a candidate who can articulate a positive vision for the future, we shouldn’t forget that the plate has to have a steak on it in order to have sizzle.” – The Federalist

Signs of a serious division within the ruling Communist Party of China are emerging over a crackdown on corruption led by current leader Xi Jinping, according to a recent U.S. intelligence report on the division.” – Washington Free Beacon

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