Low Popahirum, May 19, 2015

LOUISIANA

“A Louisiana House panel has effectively killed legislation that sought to carve out protections for people who oppose same-sex marriage.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A package of House-approved tax bills estimated to raise $615 million for next year’s budget sailed through its first stop in the Senate on Monday, as budget negotiations continue.” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana Senate President Pro Tem Sharon Broome, D-Baton Rouge, all but shelved her plan Monday to generally ban out-of-school suspensions for Louisiana’s youngest public school students.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“House lawmakers have started work on rebalancing this year’s budget, advancing a bill to plug health care and education gaps with money from an improved state income forecast.” – Lake Charles American Press

“With a new political ad airing this week in Iowa, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is informally kicking off his bid for the Republican presidential nomination by casting himself as the conservative movement’s leading voice in the culture war battle over religious freedom, reports Buzzfeed.com.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Principal photography began Monday on a film depicting the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, named simply ‘Deepwater Horizon’ and featuring a cast that includes Oscar nominees Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich and Kate Hudson.” – WWL-TV

New legislators like Bouie can expect questions designed to stump them. They endure bizarre questions about their district or the origin of their last name. There’s even a punchline when it comes time to vote: House members known to punch in a ‘nay’ vote, lighting up the House voting board in a sea of red-lit names, giving the bill the appearance it will fail, before suddenly switching their votes to ‘yeas.'” – NOLA.com

“At a recent event organized by Gary Rispone, co-host of the Paradise Louisiana television show, a group of Louisiana outdoor writers interviewed Louisiana’s four prominent gubernatorial candidates to get their positions on topics important to anglers and hunters in the Bayou State.” – NOLA.com

“Thomas J. Moran, the restaurateur and philanthropist who put the TJ in ribs, proudly displayed LSU memorabilia and paved the way to franchising for Ruth’s Chris Steak House, died Monday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari took to Twitter to deny interest in the Pelicans’ head coaching job.” – WWL-TV

NATIONAL

“Now, as Hillary Rodham Clinton embarks on her second presidential bid, Mr. Blumenthal’s service to the Clintons is again under the spotlight. Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a Republican who is leading the congressional committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, plans to subpoena Mr. Blumenthal, 66, for a private transcribed interview.” – NY Times

“Despite the redactions, some of the documents are bombshells. This one was sent to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the White House’s National Security Council on September 12, 2012, the day after the Benghazi attack. It says, among other things:” – Power Line

The attack was planned on Sept. 1, 2012, with the intent ‘to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge’ for the killing of a militant in Pakistan and to memorialize the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the report said.” – USA Today

“The more we see of Hillary Clinton’s private emails the more corrupt and inept she is revealed to be.” – RedState

“So it is with some delight to see this octogenarian grandee of liberalism get into all kinds of trouble for writing to the New York Times to criticize one of their post-Baltimore editorials. Here’s what he wrote to theTimes, in full:” – Power Line

“ABC has plenty of reasons to be freaking out over the George Stephanopoulos scandal — $105 million, to be exact.” – NY Post

“Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation.” – Yahoo! News

“Pamela Geller — the woman whose group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, organized the Muhammad-cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas — may be the most hated person in America right now. She is certainly the Left’s chief villain; and, sad to say, though few conservatives hate her, more than a few have condemned her.” – Dennis Prager/National Review

“Chelsea Clinton is so unpleasant to colleagues, she’s causing high turnover at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, sources say. Several top staffers have left the foundation since Chelsea came on board as vice chairman in 2011.” – NY Post

“Hillary Clinton’s tweets aren’t particularly edgy or provocative. But no matter what she says, they tend to generate a passionate response – much of it negative.” – POLITICO



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