Low Popahirum, November 6, 2014

NATIONAL

“The only thing Republicans can do now is use the power of the purse to constrain Obama’s executive power. They must pass an appropriations bill that specifically denies all funding for issuing work permits and other documents to any illegal alien seeking prosecutorial discretion. Or limit the number of permits issued to something in line with historical norms.” – Conn Carroll/Townhall

“If President Obama suffered a ‘shellacking’ in the 2010 elections, then what he endured Tuesday night was nothing short of a vicious gangland beatdown the likes of which have rarely been seen before in the history of electoral politics.” – Charles Hurt/Washington Times

“So when the left lectures us on compromise, laugh. When reporters insist this is no mandate, change the channel. And when nice Republicans say it’s impolite to gloat, ignore them.” – Jon Gabriel/Ricochet

“Republicans won 7 Democratic seats (so far!), lost none, and took control of the Senate. Harry Reid is history. Democrats thought for sure they’d add some governorships. Nope. They won one but lost 4, including the governor’s race in the bluest of blue states, Maryland. In the House, they lost at least 8 seats, probably more when the final results are in. Now there are more House Republicans on Capitol Hill than we’ve seen in many decades.” – Fred Barnes/Weekly Standard

Barack Obama is now a toxic brand. Arrogance and incompetence are a fatal brew. If once his problem was his failed policies, now it is also his persona, especially the blame-gaming and sense of boredom on the job that borders on public petulance, as if he came into the presidency to save us, and we did not appreciate his godhead.” – Victor Davis Hanson/National Review

Gov. Rick Perry is due in court Thursday for a pre-trial hearing in the felony case accusing him of abusing his power to try to force out Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.” – Houston Chronicle

“South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn (R-S.C.) expressed little joy at the thought that then-interim senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), an African American, is a member of the U.S. Senate.” – Rare.us

“The biggest takeaway in this second historic midterm shellacking of President Obama’s tenure is how much executive lawlessness, recklessness, and incompetence upset voters, across party lines. As I argued in Faithless Execution, although there is insufficient political support for impeaching the president, executive maladministration is a very powerful political issue. We saw that last night.” – Andrew McCarthy/National Review

“Iraqi security forces said they advanced to within 2 km (1.2 miles) of the city of Baiji on Wednesday in a new offensive to retake the country’s biggest oil refinery, besieged since June by Islamic State militants.” – Reuters

“While co-hosting the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood on Wednesday night, country music star Brad Paisley cracked a racial joke that some viewers are criticizing as ‘racist.'” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

About a possible run for president in 2016, Jindal said he will reflect on the possibilities with his wife. ‘Supriya and I will continue to pray about it over the holiday,’ Jindal said. ‘Could be Mardi Gras, Columbus Day; there are a lot of holidays in Louisiana,’ he said amid laughs. Then, continued seriously, ‘It will be sometime in the first half of the year and it won’t be any later than that,’ he said.” – WBRZ

“Louisiana’s National Guard sees a critical need for the Yellow Ribbon Program, but its future funding could be in doubt and that has a direct impact on the troops.” – WDSU

“The Uptown home of a local political operative was badly damaged Thursday in an early morning fire that appeared to have been ignited by the firebombing of the man’s vehicles.” – NOLA.com

“A federal appeals court panel has re-affirmed its ruling that BP is liable for federal Clean Water Act damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments that there were errors in its June 4 ruling.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Sen. Mary Landrieu began the runoff campaign by attacking opponent Bill Cassidy.” – WWL-TV

“National Democrats like U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who were accused of backing President Obama nearly 100 percent of the time, kept insisting during their election campaigns that the president wasn’t on the ballot. Maybe not, but he was the central reason Republicans were able to gain control of the U.S. Senate and pad their House numbers to near record levels.” – Jim Beam/American Press

Baton Rouge continues to top an index that measures how housing and economic activity in a city compares to normal historical levels. Baton Rouge was at 1.39 in the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index for the third quarter, meaning that the local market is 39 percent better than normal levels.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Jindal said while Election Day was a great GOP victory, voters across the country want more than incremental change from the party as it takes the leadership reins in the Senate and a stronger hold of the House.” – KLFY

“The man who seemed comfortable operating on the margins of the law sat at a table of four non-alliance members at the meeting. All owners of several short-term rental properties, they came to see which way the wind is blowing on future regulation of their businesses. The man and most of the others did not give their names, and they seemed skeptical of the alliance and Curtis in particular.” – NOLA.com

“A month ago, talk of LSU and bowls or titles in the same sentence seemed like some sort of cruel joke.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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