Low Popahirum, January 26, 2015

LOUISIANA

“More than 12,000 people turned out for the second annual King Cake Fest at Champions Square on Sunday (Jan. 25) to enjoy the Mardi Gras classic in a variety of styles.” – NOLA.com

“Though she was once the apple of Tom Benson’s eye and the heir apparent to his sports franchises, Rita LeBlanc gave her grandfather plenty of reasons to worry about her ability to take over his empire upon his passing, according to some of the people who know both of them well.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy said a potential $380 million cut to the state’s universities ‘would gut them.'” – Lafayette Advertiser

“Among the dozens waiting at Reagan National Airport for a flight back to New Orleans on Sunday (January 25) after the conclusion of Washington Mardi Gras was former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who took advantage of the festivities to promote his candidacy for lieutenant governor in this fall’s elections.” – NOLA.com

“The first step in whether an $800 million ‘inner loop’ around Baton Rouge is doable is an economic feasibility study expected to be done by October.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana has the fifth highest black homicide victimization rate in the nation with a rate of 25.75 per 100,000, which is higher than the national black homicide victimization rate and more than six times the overall homicide rate nationwide, according to a new analysis by the Violence Policy Center.” – Alexandria Daily Town Talk

“Gov. Bobby Jindal continued to court Christian conservatives for a possible presidential campaign with a headlining appearance Saturday at an all-day prayer rally described as a ‘global prayer gathering for a nation in crisis.'” – NOLA.com

“The forecast adjustments planned today by the Revenue Estimating Conference are expected to worsen next year’s already $1.4 billion shortfall — and create another midyear deficit the state has to close before even addressing next year’s problems.” – New Orleans CityBusiness

“Edward Cohn, a key player in New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s controversial shakeup of city hiring rules, is resigning his position on the Civil Service Commission.” – NOLA.com

“I think we’ve identified the problems or the things that got us beat or the things that didn’t allow us to be as good as we know we can be, and we have the solution to fix it,” Brees said in the report. “It’s going to take a lot of work, but I know we can get it done.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

NATIONAL

“The Iowa Freedom Summit this weekend became a major event, with 1,500 voters and 200 journalists crammed into an old theater near downtown Des Moines. It showcased more than a dozen potential Republican presidential candidates, and even though big names such as Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Senator Rand Paul, and Governor Bobby Jindal didn’t make it, voters and journalists were able to size up most of the GOP field on the same stage for the first time.” – John Fund/National Review

“As I have previously written, this is the most substantive field of Republican contenders since 1980. The number of Governors, Senators, and others who are running gives the GOP a deeper bench than any the Democrats can or will muster. They also agree on most topics and are trying to nuance themselves into unique positions.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

“Late last week, a nasty little scuffle of the premature 2016 presidential campaign reminded us why both Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee should be kept miles away from the Republican presidential nomination. It also reminded us that Huckabee thinks he can sell snake oil even to water moccasins. Neither the moccasins nor Republican voters should buy what he’s selling.” – Quin Hillyer/National Review

“NBC News foreign correspondent Richard Engel dropped a rhetorical bomb on the Obama State Department this weekend when he revealed that late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud was no friend to President Barack Obama.” – Truth Revolt

“House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), in a 60 Minutes interview aired Sunday, dismissed the Tea Party movement to fire him from the top House spot as he argued his voting record ‘is as conservative as anybody here.’” – PJ Media

“The U.S., however, may no longer be quite so dependent on Saudi oil. In conversations on the way, I keep hearing the phenomenon of fracking, of drilling for oil and gas in shale deposits, is having a revolutionary effect on oil production in the U.S. and elsewhere. By now, we’re told, the U.S. is producing about as much oil as it did 40 or 50 years ago.” – Forbes

“A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece’s painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country’s international creditors that could shake the eurozone.” – Yahoo! News

“Our country today is in a crisis the likes of which we’ve never seen before: during a period of exceptional global instability, we’re being led by a president who has absolutely no grasp of the danger we’re in; who seems almost bemused by it.” – Ricochet

“In one of the most hypocritical moves yet — and that’s saying something — by a man who exhaled a lot of hot air in recent weeks, including during the State of the Union speech, talking about the importance of a college education, President Obama is now proposing to end tax-free withdrawals from 529 college savings accounts, diminishing (or perhaps even eliminating) their attractiveness as savings vehicles and thereby reducing incentives for millions of American families to create a college nest egg for their children.” – American Spectator

“Jokes are only funny when they’re built upon a kernel of truth. That’s why this snark from comedian Jim Gaffigan absolutely nails it with regard to American Sniper.” – Twitchy

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