Low Popahirum, March 18, 2015

NATIONAL

“I look at Barack Obama and I see the worst president of my lifetime, without question. I used to have significant criticism of Jimmy Carter, but compared to Barack Obama and the damage he is doing to the nation–it’s a tragedy.” – Dick Cheney/Playboy

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party scored a resounding victory in Israel’s election, final results showed Wednesday, a stunning turnaround after a tight race that had put his lengthy rule in jeopardy.” – AP

“A bipartisan investigation in the United States Senate is now uncovering evidence that Team Obama used federal tax dollars to try to influence the Israeli election against Benjamin Netanyahu. Team Obama went to the mats to defeat Bibi. Not only that, like with Battleground Texas, Battleground Israel also produced a media narrative that Netanyahu was in serious trouble.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

“So, obviously, the greatest villain in the world today is . . . Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.). He led the effort to get 46 other senators to sign a letter to the Iranian government explaining that any deal with Iran would require congressional approval.” – Jonah Goldberg/National Review

“Real estate mogul Donald Trump launched a presidential exploratory committee on Wednesday, coinciding with a visit to New Hampshire the following day. ‘I am the only one who can make America truly great again,’ the Republican businessman and reality television star declared in a statement announcing the move.” – Fox News

“I have said for over a decade now that we can’t win this war unless we fight it ideologically. That’s supposed to be what the State Department’s lavishly funded but characteristically ineffectual ‘Think Again, Turn Away’ campaign is supposed to be about. Instead, the Obama pajama boys put out a Tweet is objectively in support of our enemies. It’s the equivalent of promoting the German American Bund in 1939.” – Mark Steyn

“Sunday was March 15, known to the culturally literate as the Ides of March. On that day in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was infamously stabbed to death in the Roman Forum.” – The Federalist

“Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is about as partisan a Democrat as there is in this country. But to win a second term and avoid a humiliating defeat, he’ll need to win over and turn out the small number of Republicans in the city.” – National Journal

“With an eye on 2016, congressional Republicans are adopting a new strategy on repealing ObamaCare. For years, the effort to kill President Obama’s signature healthcare law has stalled in the GOP-led House. Now, Republicans have a new goal: getting a bill to his desk.” – The Hill

“Eleven months out from the Palmetto State’s first-in-the-South presidential primary, Walker, who is all but certain to run, finds himself in an enviable position, according to Clemson (S.C.) University political science professor David Woodard. ‘I’m thinking that Scott Walker may be beloved in Dixie,’ Woodard said.” – Madison.com

LOUISIANA

“‘We are interested in that piece of property, but we are strictly in the negotiation phase,’ St. Pierre said. While Baton Rouge is a priority market, a Drago’s wouldn’t open in the city before 2016. There have been rumors of a Drago’s coming to Baton Rouge over the past several years.” – BayouBuzz

“Accused murderer Robert Durst was deemed a suicide risk before he was transferred Tuesday night from Orleans Parish Prison to a state prison in St. Gabriel, according to sheriff’s office officials.” – NOLA.com

Gov. Bobby Jindal has called a press conference on Wednesday to unveil what he calls his plan to get the state out of Common Core.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana’s opening round of what promises to be 26 potentially contentious budget hearings began in the Capitol Tuesday with some jabs at Gov. Bobby Jindal, a threat to the existence of the inspector general’s office and a gaping $1.6 billion shortfall.” – Monroe News Star

“Perhaps nervous about how they are being asked to fill a $1.6 billion deficit — or be forced to make deeps cuts in services during an election year — legislators started their department-by-department review of the budget by grilling a Jindal staffer on whether the governor’s personal staff would suffer as much as the rest of state government.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“New Orleans City Councilman James Gray said Tuesday (March 17) that the Supreme Court’s decision to suspend his law license won’t damage his effectiveness as an elected lawmaker.” – NOLA.com

LSU could soon alter a little-known program that gives its president and members of the system Board of Supervisors the ability to grant coveted scholarships to students. State legislators started eyeing the Board of Supervisors scholarship program after an audit last year found inconsistencies and other lapses in how the tuition-covering grants were doled out.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Where are students boycotting the new Common Core test in Louisiana? Find out here in our updated map.” – NOLA.com

“Regulators say only 195 bids were placed on the 41 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico up for new oil and gas leasing off of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. That’s the lowest number since 1986 when 129 bids were offered, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. It says the low price of oil accounts for the lackluster interest.” – KATC

“NFL.com released its post-free agency power rankings on Wednesday. After one week of moves for the Saints, which included three trades, the pundits didn’t seem impressed. The website has the Saints ranked No. 22, one spot below the Falcons, although it is unclear if the ranking is based on their 7-9 season in 2014 or their recent transactions.” – NOLA.com

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