Low Popahirum, March 23, 2015

LOUISIANA

Gov. Bobby Jindal obviously wants to be president. But at age 43, Jindal is young enough, by far, to bide his time. He should do so, for multiple reasons.” – Quin Hillyer/Baton Rouge Advocate

“The lawmaker who introduced 2002 legislation that created the state’s tax credit for movies made in Louisiana says he’s open to changes as state lawmakers look for ways to reduce the state’s $1.6 billion deficit. But he says the program is successful, and should continue with modifications. U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, was a state lawmaker 13 years ago when he sponsored tax credit legislation. And he says there’s no doubt it helped convince producers to film movies in Louisiana.” – NOLA.com

“Gov. Bobby Jindal and his former education ally John White are offering radically different visions of what public school students should learn and how they should be tested. Jindal wants to toss out Common Core. ‘We will not accept this one-size-fits-all approach to our children’s education,’ he told reporters.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Blueprint Louisiana, the good government group backed by businessmen and civic activists from around the state, is unlikely to play any kind of leading role during the upcoming regular session, according to its chairman, Dr. Phillip Rozeman. But its membership doesn’t want the political class to take that the wrong way – the group will be active in supporting keys areas while lawmakers try to make sense of the budget mess, but it’s more focused on drafting an agenda for the fall elections.” – LAPolitics.com

“‘Be annoying.’ That’s the advice LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander has given to students who oppose what could become deep cuts to state higher education funding in the coming year. ‘Sometimes, you don’t have to be so polite. This is a time when you need to fight,’ Alexander said.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The LSU Board of Supervisors Friday approved two resolutions asking the state Legislature to grant the university tuition authority without legislative restrictions and more autonomy on its campuses.” – NOLA.com

Incredible aerial video shows hundreds of sharks returning to Louisiana waters. The video was shot from an oil platform about 30 miles off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana last week. Hundreds of sharks can be seen from the oil platform, which sits about 70 feet above the Gulf.” – Fox 8 Live

“Richard White, the Kenner man who was shot after he walked into New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport on Friday night and attacked security agents with a machete and wasp spray, died Saturday afternoon, about two hours after authorities revealed that he had Molotov cocktails with him in the airport and smoke bombs outside in his vehicle.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A nauseating 66-65 loss to North Carolina State in the NCAA tournament isn’t the way Jordan Mickey’s career at LSU should end.” – Jacques Doucet/WAFB

Drew Brees didn’t begin his career in New Orleans, but, at 36 and three years into a rich five-year deal, there seems to be a growing feeling that the Saints all-time leading passer won’t finish it here either.” – WWL-TV

NATIONAL

Ted Cruz ignited the crowd at Liberty University today as he announced his bid for President of the United States.” – Gateway Pundit

“Now that Ted Cruz is officially in the race (as Ed pointed out this morning) you may rest assured that some of the same people who considered it an insult of titanic proportions to even ask to see President Obama’s birth certificate will be kicking off a similar conversation regarding the Texas Senator. Because, you know… he’s a gosh darn foreigner.” – Hot Air

“Starbucks said the phase of the campaign that involved messages on drink cups was always scheduled to end Sunday.” – Reuters

Here’s my contribution to Starbucks’ obnoxious and condescending ‘Race Together’ effort to pour their ideas about race down our throats along with their coffee. If you think America hasn’t talked about race, you’re lying to yourself. The U.S. has talked about almost nothing but race for the last fifty years. Your real complaint is that we’re not saying what you want us to say and haven’t reached the conclusions you, in your self-righteousness, decree we should reach.” – Andrew Klavan/PJ Media

“After noting that the secretary may have misled the public about the nature of her casual disregard for the law, The Times made the bizarre observation that Clinton’s emails were composed in a notably circumspect fashion. ‘Strikingly, given that she has set off an uproar over her emails, Mrs. Clinton is not a verbose correspondent,’ The Times report observed. ‘At times, she sends her highly regarded foreign policy adviser, Jake Sullivan, an email containing a news article, with a simple instruction: Please print.'” – Hot Air

“In yet another Obama-administration Friday-afternoon news dump, the Bureau of Land Management announced that it is issuing broad and cumbrous new regulations on certain techniques of drilling for natural gas and oil — hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. ‘fracking’ — on land under its control.” – National Review

“Oil prices rose close to $56 a barrel on Monday as a weaker dollar offset concerns over global oversupply after Saudi Arabia said it was pumping around 10 million barrels per day, near a record high.” – Reuters

“Growing up, and even into my 20s, I supported and advocated for gay marriage. It’s only with some time and distance from my childhood that I’m able to reflect on my experiences and recognize the long-term consequences that same-sex parenting had on me. And it’s only now, as I watch my children loving and being loved by their father each day, that I can see the beauty and wisdom in traditional marriage and parenting.” – The Federalist

“‘Can I trust what the president says? That’s a yes-or-no question.’ So inquired U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in response to having been lied to by the Obama administration. The administration wants to use a presidential decree to enact an amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants; half of the states have rallied behind Texas in arguing that this is unconstitutional, that the president is arrogating to himself a legislative power that is properly Congress’s. Lawyers for the Justice Department, led by Kathleen Hartnett, assured the court that no action on DAPA — Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents — would be taken until Judge Hanen had made a ruling on whether to issue an injunction against it.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

“Anthony ‘Cat’ Barber was huge in NC State’s win over No. 1 Villanova. President Obama had picked Villanova in his March Madness bracket. So Cat had one question for his teammates after the game: ‘the f*** wrong with Barack Obama?‘” – SB Nation

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