Low Popahirum, May 14, 2015

LOUISIANA

“This Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act is so clearly necessary and justified to prohibit unjust discrimination that its opponents should be asked to explain why they are indulging in such hysterical rhetoric. Are they so afraid of Louisianans who express and act on the view that marriage is the union of a man and woman?” – Adam McLeod/The Public Discourse

“Baton Rouge-based political consultant Trey Ourso confirmed to The Advocate on Tuesday that he is the chairman of Gumbo PAC. Ourso is a former executive director of the state Democratic Party. His firm worked on Charlie Melancon’s 2010 race for Senate against Vitter.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana State University is currently facing the prospect of a $55.5 million state funding cut, even as it’s building a large so-called lazy river in the shape of the school’s initials as part of an $84.75 million overhaul of its recreation facilities.” – Huffington Post

“Next month Congress has a choice to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, or let it expire. Supporters of the bank claim it is necessary to ensure American companies have access to the financing they need to compete with overseas markets. In reality, the Ex-Im Bank is a government-created entity that uses taxpayer dollars to provide corporate welfare. That’s why in June I support allowing the bank to expire.” – Rep. John Fleming/NOLA.com

Louisiana’s next governor will take office in less than eight months, and will jump into the abyss of a state with massive fiscal problems, an educational system that is dysfunctional, a healthcare system that needs a major overhauling, a highway system that has been neglected for years…get the picture?” – Jim Brown

“Inmates released from state prison would be tested for AIDS under a bill that cleared the Louisiana House on Thursday. The House voted 93-0 for the legislation which now moves to the Senate for debate.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana, on the other hand, is the 6th most expensive state in which to buy marijuana — $359 an ounce, according to the article. It costs at least $20 more to buy weed in Louisiana than it does in other southern states, including Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. An ounce of marijuana is cheapest in Oregon, where it costs $204; it’s the most expensive in North Dakota, where it costs $387.” – NOLA.com

“A $3.6 billion public school financing formula that would boost spending by $78 million next year started moving forward in the Legislature, gaining approval Wednesday from the House Education Committee.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Registered lobbyists in Louisiana reported a total $2.9 million in expenses in the six years analyzed, which included nearly 30,000 disclosures. Lobbyists are required to file monthly reports listing how much they spend on individuals, but they are free to pay for receptions and other group gatherings without disclosing the names of officials who attend. In some cases, those party tabs were in the tens of thousands of dollars.” – NOLA.com

“If a recent appellate court ruling stands, attorneys for two former Southern University marching band members will be able to argue to a jury that rampant hazing was occurring in the band and that the school knew about it but failed to properly address the situation.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

NATIONAL

“Before the dead were counted and the facts known, the craven, partisan ghouls in our mainstream media were already using a terrible domestic tragedy to call for more government spending.” – John Noltie/Breitbart

Why is funding Amtrak such a struggle?” the headline of a new Washington Post story by Philip Bump blares. “Because Republican districts don’t use it.” – Sean Davis/The Federalist

“A few minutes ago on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the show was interrupted by a press conference from the hospital where many of the injured passengers from last night’s hellacious Amtrak crash were taken. Once that was over, former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell came on to goose everyone into a spirited discussion of how America’s meager spending on infrastructure is to blame. I was disappointed to see Joe Scarborough, who’s increasingly a useful brake on this kind of groupthink, jump in with both feet. China spends so much more than us on infrastucture! So does Barbados! (I assume that was in percentage terms.)” – Jonah Goldberg/National Review

“Remember when Congress responded to the alleged malfunction of Toyota brakes by offering the company $1 billion and telling its heroic employees to keep up the good work? No, neither do we.” – Washington Examiner

“People who don’t want Christianity, don’t want almost-Christianity. Almost-Christianity looks in the mainline like something from Nelson Rockefeller to Che Guevara at prayer. Almost Christianity, in the Bible Belt, looks like a God-and-Country civil religion that prizes cultural conservatism more than theological fidelity. Either way, a Christianity that reflects its culture, whether that culture is Smith College or NASCAR, only lasts as long as it is useful to its host. That’s because it’s, at root, idolatry, and people turn from their idols when they stop sending rain.” – Russell Moore

“The talking heads on the television insist that the cartoon contest was irresponsible because there were bound to be ‘some crazies’ who would ‘take the bait.’ But if Islam is no more violent than any other religion, shouldn’t it be just as statistically likely that some Christian or Jewish crazies would attack one of the art exhibits, plays or musicals ridiculing and blaspheming against their religions?” – Sultan Knish

“There’s no telling what’s going to happen day to day here in Montgomery. As for passing a long list of taxes on everything from lubrication oils, business fees, car tax fees and rental car fees among other, it looks like its going to take a team of first responders to resuscitate that plan. That’s not to say it won’t happen. There’s a lot of bullying and strong arming happening from those who want everyone to fall in line.” – Alabama Today

“A new study of blacks and their voting patterns finds that nothing the Republican Party does, even nominating African-American GOP candidates, works to win them over.” – Washington Examiner

“Florida Congressman Alan Grayson‘s much ballyhooed run for the U.S. Senate might have crashed and burned Wednesday before it ever got off the ground.” – Biz PAC Review

“ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos has given $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, charitable contributions that he did not publicly disclose while reporting on the Clintons or their non-profit organization, the On Media blog has learned.” – POLITICO



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