Low Popahirum, May 22, 2015

LOUISIANA

“Opponents of the city of St. George released a follow-up report Wednesday disputing the findings of a financial study released last week that stated the proposed new city would not have to raise taxes.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Tony Clayton, a special prosecutor for the 18th Judicial District Court, is considering a run for governor as speculation grows about the impact a black Democrat would have on the early field.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“You all know where I stand on religious liberty and gay rights. I agree with my governor, Bobby Jindal, that this is a serious issue. But I find him impossible to take seriously on the issue.” – Rod Dreher/American Conservative

“Now that the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act (HB 707) has been stalled in the Legislature, and then converted by Governor Bobby Jindal into the form an Executive Order (EO), it is useful to summarize why the bill was so urgently needed, and why the EO is so important.” – Mike Johnson/Shreveport Times

“We’ve got one week left to make history, and it’s all hands on deck,” said St. George spokesman Lionel Rainey. “We’re doing everything we can to close the gap and achieve an adequate amount of additional signatures.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Sgt. Scott Bullitt, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent shot in Ouachita Parish Thursday, is being transferred to University Health Shreveport today, where he will be examined by a neurosurgeon.” – Monroe News Star

“A French Quarter restaurant said an employee who printed a racial slur on a customer’s receipt Thursday (May 21) afternoon has been fired.” – NOLA.com

“As we look forward to the Taylor Swift and Bayou Country Superfest concerts held in Tiger Stadium on May 22- May 24, LSU would like to notify students, faculty and staff of a few parking and traffic notes for Friday, May 22.” – WAFB

“Who needs starting pitching? Not LSU. Not here. The Tigers overcame a second sluggish starting pitching performance in 24 hours by flashing their big-hitting guns, and Russell Reynolds shined in relief as LSU beat Arkansas 10-5 to advance to the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A year ago, Cody Ducote stood in right field at the JUCO World Series and never felt smaller. He scanned the filled-to-capacity crowd at the 7,000-seat Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colorado, in search of the Delgado baseball cheering section.” – NOLA.com

NATIONAL

Fully three-quarters of Republicans want the leadership to challenge Obama more often. But McConnell and Boehner, eyeing those more equivocal independent numbers, won’t do that. And why should they? The genius of ‘failure theater’ is that, as the failures pile up, the argument for electing more Republicans perversely grows stronger among the base. You can’t expect McConnell to go to the mat on executive amnesty when he has “only” 54 votes in the Senate, not nearly enough to break a filibuster. Give him 57 or 58 votes, though, and who knows? Maybe he can shake loose a few Democrats and force an Obama veto.” – Hot Air

“GOP hacks like the loathsome Mitch McConnell and Weepy John Boehner seem to think the GOP needs to show it can ‘govern’ — by which they mean push various pieces of crappy legislation through their respective chambers — before voters will trust them with the keys to the White House. Meanwhile, the public keep screaming: STOP OBAMA!” – Michael Walsh/PJ Media

“Between June and August, regulators hope to fill out the Obama administration’s agenda with major rules on greenhouse gases, the oil and natural gas sectors, coal production, and other policy priorities, according to a rule-making schedule released by the White House late Thursday.” – The Hill

“If Hillary Clinton’s feeble performance in the 2008 campaign is any indication, she has a glass jaw as a candidate, which will manifest itself at some point—though perhaps too late for acredible candidate other than Joe Biden to have enough time to organize a serious campaign. People keep saying the Republicans might have a brokered convention, but maybe it will be the Democrats who revive the e-cigarette-filled-backroom.

“The awkward part came when Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin asked the room, ‘What did she accomplish that you consider significant as secretary of state?’” – Jonah Goldberg/National Review

“There it was—the classic Hillary charm. Close to a month had passed since the Democratic frontrunner answered questions from the press. So this week, when reporters were invited to gawk at the spectacle of Clinton sitting with “everyday Iowans,” Ed Henry of Fox wanted to know: Would the former secretary of state take a moment to respond to inquiries from non-stage-managed reporters?” – Matthew Continetti/Washington Free Beacon

“Assistant US Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, Thomas Countryman, recently visited Israel and held talks with senior Foreign Ministry officials, about the possibility of making the Middle East nuclear-free.” – Arutz Sheva

“House Republicans are playing hardball with Senate colleagues over legislation reining in the National Security Agency, demanding the chamber pass their bill or else surveillance programs will ‘go dark’ in a matter of days. ” – Fox News

“Senators are still struggling to reach an agreement to allow for more amendments to fast-track trade legislation, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Friday morning during comments on the floor.” – The Hill

“Columbia University recently held its commencement ceremonies, which gives us all another reason to talk about one of the worst people in America, Emma Sulkowicz. For those who are unfamiliar with this particular sordid tale, Emma Sulkowicz was a Columbia university student who claimed that she was brutally raped by a friend named Paul Nungesser. There was only one one problem with Sulkowicz’s tale – it was manifest and absolute bulls***, as detailed by a lengthy and thorough Daily Beast article which pointed out the numerous inconsistencies and implausibilities in Sulkowicz’s tale, along with Sulkowicz’ reticence to be forthcoming in response to Nungesser’s offers of proof that the rape never occurred.” – RedState



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