Low Popahirum, March 31, 2015


“The St. George incorporation petition is 2,694 signatures short, the head of the East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar’s Office unveiled Monday after announcing that staff had finished combing through and verifying the names on the more than 1,100 page petition.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana congressman and House Whip Steve Scalise says the GOP needs a true conservative as the party’s next presidential nominee.” – WRNO

“The St. George incorporation petition is 2,694 signatures short, the head of the East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar’s Office unveiled Monday after announcing that staff had finished combing through and verifying the names on the more than 1,100 page petition. Now the clock starts. St. George organizers have 60 days to collect enough signatures to cover the shortfall or the petition will be declared void.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The controversy might be a warning sign to Louisiana, which passed a similar law in 2010, and is regularly trying to attract major sporting events to the state. Louisiana’s law is not as far-reaching as the Indiana statute, but might still affect overall perceptions of the state, said some critics. ‘It is a huge problem for the Louisiana brand that this law exists,’ said state Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, who voted against the legislation.” – NOLA.com

“The story about Senate President John Alario’s ability to strike 11th-hour deals, forge unlikely alliances and turn a finger jab into a thumbs up has been written and rewritten repeatedly over the years by practically every publication in Louisiana. This time, however, the narrative is different thanks to an unprecedented revenue challenge, a governor running for president and the race to replace him underway. Through it all, Alario must also find a way to retain his own title and gavel in 2016.” – LAPolitics.com

Louisiana’s higher education institutions need to be more efficient with the research funds they spend in order to spur innovation in the state’s economy and bring more new ideas to the marketplace, the head of the Public Affairs Research Council said today.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“Louisiana adults seem to be getting their ‘facts’ about Common Core from partisan rhetoric and basing their opinion, for the most part, on their political persuasion, according to the most recent chapter of LSU’s 2015 Louisiana Survey that was released Tuesday morning.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Touting his work as a member of the St. Tammany Parish Council, Reid Falconer formally announced his candidacy Monday (March 30) for the state House of Representatives. Falconer, a Republican, is seeking the 89th District seat being vacated by Rep. Tim Burns due to term limits. The district includes the Mandeville and Lacombe areas.” – NOLA.com

“A lawsuit seeking to block Louisiana’s use of the Common Core education standards in public schools was dismissed Monday by a state district judge who said the legal challenge was filed too late.” – Alexandria Town Talk

They’re bigger and they’re cheaper this year. According to a farmer in Pointe Coupee Parish, that means you better make your order soon because, like every Holy Week leading up to Easter, demand is high and supply might not keep up.” – Fox 8 Live


“What’s quite unusual is for a party, at eleventh hour, to insist on a position it hasn’t previously taken. When this occurs, it means one of two things: either the party pulling the switch doesn’t want a deal or it realizes that the other side is so desperate for a deal that it can act in blatant bad faith with impunity.” – Power Line

“Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue talks in a new phase aimed at reaching a final agreement by the end of June to control Iran’s nuclear ambitions, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.” – AP

“And what form of protest did Takei threaten as Pence prepared to sign the accursed bill into law? Sit-ins? Bus boycotts? No, he threatened that a gaming convention would move out of Indianapolis. Our leader didn’t say, ‘I have a dream,’ he said, ‘If you sign this bill that we’re all pretending says something it doesn’t, a bunch of grown men who pretend to be fictional characters will pretend to be fictional characters in another state that we’re pretending won’t almost certainly have an identical law already on the books.’ How can any self-respecting person not explode in a ball of humiliation when comparing Selma with Gen Con, you ask? We don’t need self-respect anymore. We sacrificed it to keep the cause and our moral superiority.” – The Federalist

“This protest movement against Indiana’s Religious-Freedom Restoration Act has gotten completely out of hand. The outrage is based on lies, misinformation, and propaganda about things that are not even in the law.” – PJ Media

“To recap: Tim Cook and the left are happy to do business in countries that stone to death or otherwise jail gay people, but will not do business with Indiana, which merely passed a law insisting that the ‘free exercise’ clause of the first amendment be on the same legal footing in courts as the ‘free speech’ clause of the first amendment.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

“But for national freakouts, it’s tough to beat either the sky-is-falling rhetoric around the idea that a few Hobby Lobby employees would have to buy their own abortifacients or, more recently, the sheer nonsense of #boycottindiana, the movement to freeze an entire state out of the national economy for passing a religious freedom law similar to the national Religious Freedom Restoration ACT (RFRA) and RFRAs in 19 other states. While it’s hardly surprising to see legally ignorant sportswriters use the language of segregated lunch counters, it’s disturbing to see well-informed CEOs such as Apple’s Tim Cook conjuring up the specter of the Old South.” – David French/National Review

“If conservatives are serious about individual rights and limited goverment (as they claim to be), you’d think they would be at the forefront of striking down laws that treat marriages between two men or two women differently than, say, one man and one woman or one black person and one white person. Why should the same government that can’t educate your children or deliver your mail get to decide which couples can marry in a civil ceremony, right? Some conservatives are at the forefront of marriage equality, of course: Former Bush-era U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson is one. But the conservative case for state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Acts such as the one passed in Indiana is precisely that the state should not be able to compel people to contravene religious beliefs when it comes to certain activities; government should be limited in its ability to force people’s actions in matters of conscience.” – Nick Gillespie/Reason

Hillary is not going to run for president. Oh, she may put her name up. But run, as in the sense of actually campaigning, that’s another story altogether.” – American Thinker

Hillary Rodham Clinton e-mailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal e-mail address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.” – USA Today

“Harry Reid said he has no regrets for polarizing the Senate, attacking the Koch brothers, and falsely accusing Mitt Romney of not paying taxes.” – Washington Free Beacon



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