Low Popahirum, December 1, 2014

LOUISIANA

“The number of people who cast their ballots early in Louisiana dropped off from the Nov. 4 primary election to the Dec. 6 runoff election in every statewide category except one: registered Republican voters.” – NOLA.com

Early voting didn’t bring good news for Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D) hopes of surviving her Dec. 6 runoff against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R).” – The Hill

“This is Congressman Cedric Richmond. Have you heard the crazy stuff Bill Cassidy, Bobby Jindal, and the Republicans are always saying about President Obama? They have shown our president so much disrespect. They said he wasn’t a U.S. citizen, they even sued him – and if Cassidy wins, they will impeach him.” – BuzzFeed

“Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy will meet in their only debate of the runoff at 7 p.m. on Monday night in Baton Rouge.” – NOLA.com

“The state Department of Revenue overpaid $22.6 million in refunds to two companies, and the only reason the mistake was caught was because the businesses returned the money, according to an audit released Monday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Hillary Clinton has been dinged by both liberals and conservatives for declining to take a position on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. But on Monday, her Keystone dilemma will be on full display as she helps raise money for people on both sides of the issue within hours of each other in New York City.” – MSNBC

Landrieu held a press conference in Baton Rouge on Monday to highlight the allegations and is seeking to make it a primary focus in their debate on Monday night. She’s demanding Cassidy bring records from his time at the school to the debate, and she’ll meet with the media afterwards to further discuss.” – The Hill

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is headed to Iowa on Dec. 16 for his fourth trip this year, but he still trails four other presidential hopefuls in the amount of visits to and events held in the battleground state since the 2012 elections, according to the Des Moines Register.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“President Barack Obama may not be on Louisiana’s Senate runoff ballot, but it’s clear his widespread unpopularity in the state stands as Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s biggest hurdle to a fourth term.” – Alexandria Town Talk

“Still, coach Sean Payton admitted Monday he is as perplexed as the fans with his team’s inconsistency. Prior to Sunday’s 35-32 win, the Saints were coming off a three-game stretch in which they lost three consecutive home games, which was uncharacteristic of the team the past two seasons.” – NOLA.com

NATIONAL

“President Barack Obama will meet with controversial black pastor and MSNBC host Al Sharpton on Monday at the White House, and plans to demand 263 million from Congress to put 50,000 body-worn cameras in U.S. police departments in response to the August police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.” – UK Daily Mail

“Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.) has called for a special session of the Missouri General Assembly to deal with paying for the Missouri Highway Patrol and National Guard to continue patrolling the streets and protecting the police department in Ferguson, Mo.” – PJ Media

“In the view of America’s race-hustling professionals, there is no principled disagreement with them — there is only gross racism, either hidden or open.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review 

“In the eleven regular season games since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis Rams have done little to show solidarity with the people who live a mere 20 minutes from the stadium. That changed Sunday when some players burst onto the field in the ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ position – a position adopted from protesters who have recently rioted, looted and burned down businesses in Ferguson.” – IJ Review

“And now, the old-line civil rights establishment is attempting to channel Selma into Ferguson. We have the marches, the demonstrations….the attempt to cast the police as the villains, oppressing the black citizens.” – RedState

“Conservative leaders who had a hand in key Republican victories including Ronald Reagan’s presidency, the Contract with America and the birth of the Tea Party, are ganging up to oppose a Jeb Bush presidential bid, declaring him easier to beat than Bob Dole or John McCain.” – Washington Examiner

“Among the promises of ObamaCare made by Democrats and especially the White House, the most evocative may have been the pledge that economic circumstances should not impact choices about care. Why that should be the case is anyone’s guess; economic circumstances impact choices on housing, food, clothing, and everything else in our economy, but somehow ObamaCare would rescue Americans from having to make tough choices when it came to their health. That promise struck deep at our self-conception of equality, and certainly provided plenty of rhetorical ammunition for the class warfare that accompanied the ObamaCare debate.” – Hot Air

“Instead, the next two weeks have morphed into a minefield. Government funding is suddenly in peril, as conservatives fume over President Barack Obama’s decision to end the deportation threat for millions of undocumented immigrants. Republicans and Democrats and the White House are locked in battle over extending lapsed tax provisions popular with corporate America. Congress had already punted a few issues into the new year, such as a broader debate about the president’s war powers and voting on important executive-branch nominees.” – POLITICO

The Supreme Court doesn’t care whether you think the latest Obamacare case is ridiculous. For the second time, there’s a very real chance that the Court could tear the Affordable Care Act apart. And, also for the second time, some liberals are making the mistake of treating that existential threat like it’s a joke.” – National Journal

“Minnesotans are currently facing a fast and furious onslaught by the transgender lobby, which seems to be dictating policy to the Minnesota State High School League. The MSHSL decides policy for all extracurricular activities in public, private, religious, and home schools. It’s currently in the process of outlawing all sex distinctions in high-school sports. On December 4, it plans to install an athletic policy granting transgender students the choice to play on either boys’ or girls’ teams.” – The Federalist

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