Low Popahirum, January 6, 2015

NATIONAL

“Representative Steve King (R., Iowa) wants conservative lawmakers to rally around Florida representative Daniel Webster in a last-minute bid to oust House speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio).” – National Review

“A bloc of at least 15 conservative lawmakers will vote Tuesday to deny John Boehner a third term as Speaker, more than the dozen who organized a botched coup attempt against the veteran Ohio Republican two years ago.” – The Hill

Boehner’s opposition grew Tuesday morning just a few hours before the vote. Michigan Rep. Justin Amash wrote on Facebook that he would ‘vote for a new speaker’ after eight years of Boehner as leader. In 2013, Amash voted for Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador for speaker. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), who originally signaled he would vote for Boehner, will oppose him, he announced — he voted for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) in 2013. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) joined the “no” list on Tuesday morning. And Texas Rep. Randy Weber, who voted for Boehner in 2013, said he would throw his support behind his fellow Texan, Rep. Louie Gohmert.” – POLITICO

“The now-consumed 2014 has been perfectly described by some commentators as the year when facts died.” – Tammy Bruce/Fox News

“Despite its status among progressives as a veritable model for health care reformers and proponents of egalitarianism, the joint announcement by President Barack Obama and Cuban dictator Raul Castro of the normalization of bilateral relations has resulted in a sharp uptick in the number of Cubans desperately fleeing the island in makeshift dinghies. Who could have possibly seen this coming?” – Hot Air

“A panel that advises the US Agriculture Department appears set to recommend that Americans be told not only what foods are better for their health, but also for the environment.” – Boston Globe

U.S. stocks dropped sharply on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 falling below 2,000 for the first time in nearly four weeks, as investors fretted the implications of crude’s failure to find a floor.” – CNBC

“As a test of wills between OPEC nations and U.S. shale drillers fuels a global oil market slump, a brewing battle between Canadian and Saudi Arabia heavy crudes for America’s Gulf Coast refinery market threatens to drive prices even lower.” – Reuters

“Buckingham Palace is said to have conceded the furore ‘isn’t going to go away’ as Prince Andrew is expected to hold crisis talks with the Queen today as he returned to Britain after a luxury holiday with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and daughter Eugenie.” – UK Daily Mail

“Bill Clinton’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, who served time in 2008 for his illegal sexual partners, included up multiple trips to the onetime billionaire’s private island in the Caribbean where underage girls were allegedly kept as sex slaves.” – UK Daily Mail

LOUISIANA

“While we’re all certainly interested in who will be a candidate for governor this fall, the more important question may be who isn’t running. We won’t have a definitive answer until Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m., when qualifying closes, which means we have another eight months to speculate, hedge bets and have a little fun until Louisiana’s political class starts twisting screws.” – Jeremy Alford/NOLA.com

“The White House on Monday waded into a controversy over revelations that the House’s No. 3 Republican spoke to a white nationalist group 12 years ago, saying who the GOP has in leadership ‘says a lot about who they are.’” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) declined Tuesday to weigh in on the controversy surrounding Majority Whip Steve Scalise, saying he first wants to learn more about what the Louisiana Republican told a white supremacist group more than a decade ago.” – The Hill

Here are the numbers on the Louisiana congressional delegation that will be sworn in Tuesday:” – NOLA.com

Burl Cain isn’t ready to say whether he will run for governor this year, but the longtime warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola on Monday downplayed complaints over the heat on Louisiana’s death row, touted budget cutbacks that have been made at the prison while the inmate population has grown and shied away from opining on recent controversies over the drugs used in lethal injections.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A Shreveport elementary school principal has been named to Louisiana’s top school board to temporarily fill the unexpired term of Walter Lee, who resigned amid legal problems.” – Shreveport Times

“Sunday morning, over two dozen people woke up to find their cars had been ransacked in the Jefferson Park and Azalea Lakes neighborhoods! People say they lost wallets, money, credit cards, guns and even bikes.” – WVLA

“The countdown to Mardi Gras is getting underway in New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu planned to note the beginning of the Carnival season with a news conference Tuesday at a riverside warehouse where many of the huge, colorful floats for Carnival parades are on display.” – Fox 8 Live

“After what everyone from coaches, players, fans, etc. classified as a disappointing season, Saints General Manager/Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis finally addressed the media today. Loomis hit on a variety of topics during his 31 minute press conference. Loomis did not have an opening statement and went right into fielding questions from the packed Saints media room.” – WWL-AM

“Defensive end Danielle Hunter plans to bypass his senior season and enter the NFL draft, one report says, but several players have said Hunter hasn’t made a decision.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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