Low Popahirum, February 10, 2015

LOUISIANA

“Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson must undergo evaluations by three different doctors to decide whether the 87-year-old billionaire remains competent to control his business empire, a New Orleans judge ordered Tuesday (Feb. 10).” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took his presidential campaign-in-waiting to Washington on Monday trailed by an unwelcome, unsavory and downright unpleasant companion: his record.” – Dana Milbank/Washington Post

“A family of four living off a pay rate of less than $15 an hour would be right up against the U.S. poverty line. So why is Louisiana rewarding some businesses for paying that salary?” – Fox 8 Live

“NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison will get to hire and hand pick a high-paid civilian aide, despite the objections of public-employment watchdogs.” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today to talk 2016, Common Core and the state budget crisis. But the two-term governor seemed to be a bit stumped by one question from host Joe Scarborough: How much it costs to attend LSU?” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Common Core is more than the issue du jour for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. His evolving opposition to the national education standards has become his signature cause and one that may help differentiate him in a potentially crowded Republican presidential field.” – NBC News

“When they return for their next legislative session, state lawmakers will again debate whether to allow medical marijuana to be dispensed in Louisiana. Baton Rouge Rep. Dalton Honore, a Democrat, has pre-filed the legislation for consideration in the regular session that begins April 13.” – Fox 8 Live

“The Baton Rouge Police Department is increasing its presence downtown, adding officers and looking to open a precinct in the basement of City Hall. The goal is to have 20 to 22 officers assigned to downtown, about double its force there now.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The House of Representatives seat held by Representative Hunter Greene is up for grabs this month All four candidates appeared at Monday’s Baton Rouge Press Club meeting to discuss issues in both the capital city and the state.” – NBC33

“Preseason college football ratings are already coming out for the 2015 season and one released by ESPN will get Tiger fans excited about the future. In its Preseason FPI, ESPN has LSU at No. 3 in the country behind Ohio State and Alabama at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.” – Geaux 247

NATIONAL

“The parents of Kayla Mueller, the Arizona woman who was taken hostage by ISIS in August 2013, confirmed Tuesday their daughter died while in the hands of the terror group.” – Fox News

“But at this year’s event last week, Obama didn’t need a prominent conservative to upstage him. He was perfectly capable of creating a man-caused disaster on his own by delivering a speech so tone-deaf and condescending to the American people, Christians the world over, and even Western civilization in general as to put an exclamation point behind the speeches of Metaxas and Carson.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

“In our time, major religious violence is in fact ‘unique to some other place,’ namely the Islamic world. What other religious group is engaged in mass murder, systematic rape, slavery, beheading innocents, bombing public events, shooting up school children, wiping out whole religious communities, and other such atrocities?” – Dennis Prager/National Review

“President Barack Obama will soon give Congress his proposal for a new authorization for the use of military force against Islamic State fighters, and it will place strict limits on the types of U.S. ground forces that can be deployed.” – Bloomberg

These are dangerous times, made more dangerous by the President of the United States abdicating his responsibility as leader of the free world. By the time it is over, fewer will be free, more will dead, and the left will, as they have time and time again, rewrite history to absolve and protect their precious.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

President Barack Obama lied about his position on same-sex marriage in order to win votes in the 2008 election, his former chief campaign adviser political David Axelrod writes in a new book, ‘Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.’” – Daily Caller

“Of all the college towns fixed in the American mind as bastions of elite leftism, a Big Four stand out: Cambridge, Madison, Berkeley, and Boulder. It was no wonder, then, that the University of Colorado at Boulder received national attention, and raised many eyebrows, when it announced a couple of years back that it wanted to hire an identified conservative as a visiting faculty member — the beginning of a privately funded pilot program to bring conservative perspectives to its storied campus. I ended up being the guinea pig for this unorthodox experiment.” – Steven Hayward/National Review

“Bruce Rauner (R.), Illinois’ newly elected governor, signed an executive order ending mandatory public sector union dues on Monday.” – Washington Free Beacon

“At a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel President Obama addressed the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran. According to the Supreme Leader of Iran, said Obama, ‘it would be contrary to their faith to obtain a nuclear weapon.'” – Real Clear Politics

“At this point I’m starting to wonder if this speech is even going to happen. One thing is for sure, though… the Democrats are lining up to turn this into the biggest political football possible, even as they decry the injecting of politics into America’s relationship to events in Israel. We already saw Joe Biden send back his RSVP with regrets, and now several more of the President’s allies are bailing out.” – Hot Air

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