Low Popahirum, May 28, 2015

NATIONAL

“The CEO of one of the world’s largest oil companies downplayed the effects of climate change at his company’s annual meeting Wednesday, telling shareholders his firm hadn’t invested in renewable energy because ‘We choose not to lose money on purpose.’” – POLITICO

Speaking of gall, and a word of political advice, an aide might want to remind Senator Paul which party’s nomination he is seeking. Republicans who begin their campaigns assailing other Republicans rarely succeed—especially when the accusation is culpability for a would-be caliphate that uses executions, slavery, extortion, rape and general terror to enforce oppression in the Middle East and North Africa, and whose ideology inspires jihadists world-wide.” – WSJ

“Politico today led the way in a virtual tidal wave of outragey outrage stories across the leftosphere trashing Scott Walker as some kind of monster because he thinks that laws mandating ultrasounds before abortions are “cool” and gosh doesn’t he just love rape. Only that’s not rape. And, oh yeah, he didn’t even say that.” – RedState

“Now comes word that Harf is being promoted to Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications to Secretary of State John Kerry. Like a helium filled balloon, Harf ascends. In her new position Harf will focus on negotiations between the U.S. and Iran on nuclear weapons. It sounds like a joke, but FOX News reports it as fact.” – Power Line

“Bernie Sanders, the Brooklyn socialist who represents Vermont in the Senate, generated a great deal of mirth on Tuesday when he wondered aloud how it is that a society with 23 kinds of deodorant and 18 kinds of sneakers has hungry children.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

“Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have been hit with a racketeering lawsuit in Florida court.” – Washington Examiner

“More than 100 pages of previously classified Department of Defense and Department of State documents implicate the Obama administration in a cover-up to obscure the role Hillary Clinton and the State Department played in the rise of ISIS.” – WND

The GOP is falling apart. How else to explain the wide variance of positions within the Republican Party on basic issues ranging from same-sex marriage to immigration to tax policy? For years, GOP bigwigs have explained that the Republican Party can only succeed if it expands and evolves, embracing as many views as possible. There’s only one problem: that simply doesn’t work.” – Ben Shapiro/Breitbart

“In a sit-down interview on Tuesday, Fiorina was impressive even by the standards of Union Leader editorial interviews. Most candidates, seasoned or not, struggle to stay on message. The temptation to stray, to elaborate, to explain is too great. To overcome the impulse, they memorize talking points, after which they sound robotic… then they stray.” – Manchester Union Leader

“On Wednesday, MSNBC host Al Sharpton issued a tweet wondering if the severe storms and torrential flooding taking place in Texas is the result of divine punishment or something he called ‘climate control.’ His tweet sparked a great deal of mockery on Twitter.” – Examiner

LOUISIANA

“The petition needs 17,859 valid signatures to call an election. The organizers have already collected a historic number of signatures for petition drives in EBR, which indicates the intense and long-standing frustration by many with the parish’s public schools.” – Rolfe McCollister/Baton Rouge Business Report

“It seems unlikely that anything will stand in the way of the Common Core compromise barreling its way through the Louisiana Legislature now that Gov. Bobby Jindal has finally signed on to the agreement.” – NOLA.com

Louisiana Democrats are calling for an investigation into Gov. Bobby Jindal’s use of the Governor’s Office to take aim at Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign for president.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“During the address, the mayor will discuss several key items his administration is focusing on to improve the Crescent City — topics like crime and safety, blight, tourism and development.” – WDSU

“A proposal nearing final passage in the Louisiana Legislature to double littering fines might also encourage police to crack down on residents who fail to clean up after themselves. The Senate passed legislation (SB 33) Wednesday (May 27) that increases littering fines to twice the current amount for each type of offense and diverts the extra revenue to the retirement funds of the ticket-writer’s respective agency.” – NOLA.com

“With flooding imminent in Caddo and Bossier, preparations are underway to combat an intrusive Red River.” – Shreveport Times

Algiers took another step toward independence Wednesday when the state House approved the framework that would allow residents to decide whether to incorporate as a city. Representatives endorsed House Bill 744, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Arnold, D-Algiers, voting 82 to 18 to send the measure to the Senate.” – NOLA.com

“LSU’s Southeastern Conference home opener against Auburn will be played under the sun. The two teams will kick off at 2:30 p.m. on CBS, the network announced on Thursday. It will be the first day game in Tiger Stadium since November of 2013.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Well, if we learned anything from last year then we know it isn’t a good idea to get caught looking ahead and we should take it one game at a time, and don’t make any guarantees that we’re winning any game. So let’s take the teams in the Baton Rouge regional under the microscope.” – And The Valley Shook

“The No. 2 overall national seed, LSU’s chance at a rebound comes in the NCAA Baton Rouge regional opener at 3 p.m. Friday against Lehigh. The Tigers (48-10) have come out swinging following their handful of poor offensive games this season.” – Baton Rouge Advocate



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