Low Popahirum, November 18, 2014

LOUISIANA

“With the clock ticking, supporters of a Senate bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline are still scrambling to find the last vote. With 59 Senators publicly voicing support, the hunt was on for the 60th vote before a critical vote Tuesday to advance the measure.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The frenzy over the Keystone pipeline has come down to Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu’s furious search for a 60th ‘yes’ vote in the Senate — the culmination of a desperate week of arm-twisting by a lawmaker whose political career is on the line in the lame-duck Congress.” – POLITICO

“The Obama administration is threatening to veto a bill by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson that the congressman says would ‘jump start a broken permitting system.’ The bill, which deals with permits under the federal Clean Air Act, is slated for a House vote on Thursday.” – NOLA.com

“Since the runoff was projected, Ali Akbar, senior adviser to the Black Conservatives Fund’s board, said the organization has prepared for its ground invasion. Now, members of the Black Conservatives Fund are phone banking and door knocking, reaching out to the African-American community.” – LSU Reveille

“The legal roller-coaster ride that Tony, the 550-pound Grosse Tete truck stop tiger, has been on the past several years continued to roll Monday with no foreseeable end in sight.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Republican Governors Association is holding its annual conference in Florida this week, and it’s an especially important one for Louisiana.” – NOLA.com

“A recent study indicated that crime will rise as more people move to Southwest Louisiana to work on the multi-billion-dollar industrial expansion projects. But Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said his office’s research suggests that most new crimes will likely be committed by ‘the same hometown criminals,’ instead of new residents.” – Lake Charles American Press

“Rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks had successful surgery on Monday to repair a broken thumb he sustained Sunday and could return in 4-6 weeks, according to his agent Jeff Sperbeck.” – WWL-TV

“Kendric Lentrell Cloud, 25, of 7140 Juno Drive in Baker, allegedly shot Juan Joseph, a West St. John High School assistant football coach, to death outside a Baton Rouge nightclub early Sunday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The state should consider trimming the requirement that links 50 percent of annual teacher evaluations to student test scores. That’s according to a panel studying the issue.” – NOLA.com

NATIONAL

With one sob story too many, one whine too great, one more PBS special, special report about the plight of the oppressed and episode of Donahue, the country changed. The oppressors still had the democratic refuge of elections where they could by sheer numbers vote to retain their civil rights, but most of the other mechanisms of governance had ceased to be democratic and instead became victimocratic.” – Sultan Knish

“A new video featuring Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, uncovered by White House Dossier today, shows Gruber concurring that some states refusing to expand Medicaid as part of Obamacare do so out of racist motives and asserting that the refusal is “almost awesome in its evilness” and an effort to ‘punish poor people.’” – White House Dossier

“As the nation waits to hear whether a Missouri police officer will face charges for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the FBI is warning law enforcement agencies across the country that the decision ‘will likely’ lead some extremist protesters to threaten and even attack police officers or federal agents.” – ABC News

“Supporters of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson successfully crowd-sourced the funds to put up a #PantsUPDontLOOT billboard in Ferguson.” – CBS St. Louis

“I think there is going be a risk for white folks out there too. People are going to be angry about the power structure and white people are part of that power structure, so there is that certain risk attached to that. But I think it’s important to keep in mind that there’s gong to be more risk for black and brown folks out in the protest because there’s more risk for them every day of their lives walking through the streets. And I also think we’re not going to get change in this society unless white people are just a little bit afraid. Again, it’s okay to be a little bit afraid but just don’t be paralyzed in that fear.” – Breitbart

Four rabbis — three Americans and a Briton — were killed Tuesday when Palestinian terrorists stormed a Jerusalem synagogue with meat cleavers and slaughtered worshipers during morning prayers.” – NY Daily News

Kaci Hickox is not the Ebola Nurse, says Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox. She is now insisting that the nickname must observe a voluntary quarantine, or else she will keep complaining about it.” – Daily Caller

Somebody needs to work on their talking points a bit more. Congressman Peter Welch (D – Vermont) made an appearance on MSNBC to talk to Lawrence O’Donnell this week to discuss the President’s immigration plan. In a rather startling turn of events, Matthews completely failed to stick to the normal script and asked him why a particular section of the plan was even permissible under the law. The results are instructive.” – Hot Air

“Now, thanks to the American Enterprise Institute and the Congressional Budget Office’s latest report on income and taxes, we know whom is paying what. And the picture painted by reality is very different than what one would expect.” – IJ Review

“Yes, yes, yes, let us concede up front that the GOP will always get blamed for a government shutdown.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

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