Low Popahirum, June 12, 2015

LOUISIANA

“The Louisiana Legislature ended a two-month drama Thursday — the final day of the 2015 legislative session — by approving a $24 billion budget that takes effect July 1.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Faced with a seemingly impossible task — plugging a $1.6 billion hole in the state’s $24 billion budget without violating the ‘no-tax’ pledge of a governor with presidential aspirations — lawmakers waited until the final three hours of the Louisiana Legislature’s 60-day 2015 session to cast their most crucial votes.” – NOLA.com

“It wasn’t what anyone would call pretty, but the Louisiana Legislature adjourned for the year Thursday evening after frantically adopting a series of last-minutes bills that, taken as a whole, headed off the worst-case fiscal scenario.” – Stephanie Grace/Baton Rouge Advocate

“Republican donors are urging East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark to run for mayor, but they’re unlikely to sway the up-and-coming politician.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has signed an agreement with Louisiana officials allowing the state to mine 13.4 million cubic yards of sand from Ship Shoal, an underwater sand formation in federal waters. The sand will be used to rebuild the Caillou Lake Headlands – also known as Whiskey Island – on the southern edge of Terrebonne Parish.” – NOLA.com

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy toured Red River flooding at River Bluff earlier this morning. Cassidy was joined by Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington, State Rep. Mike Johnson and the media on a boat tour around the homes flooded there.” – Shreveport Times

“Heavy rains have caused major flooding in Texas over the past several weeks, but that flooding could have far reaching effects by expanding a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.” – WWL-TV

“The Stiletto’s Cabaret employee, who asked not to be named, said Wright previously spoke about fights she had with her boyfriend – one that ended with the boyfriend leaving her on the side of the road. State police troopers found Wright’s body on a canal overpass in the westbound lanes of I-10 near Veterans Memorial Boulevard around 5 a.m.” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to let law enforcement agencies automatically scan motorists’ license plates, to crack down on car thieves and insurance scofflaws.” – Lake Charles American Press

“LSU coach Paul Mainieri announced Friday he will start sophomore left-hander Jared Poche in the Tigers’ College World Series opener against TCU.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

NATIONAL

“The regulations would use grant money as an incentive for communities to build affordable housing in more affluent areas while also taking steps to upgrade poorer areas with better schools, parks, libraries, grocery stores and transportation routes as part of a gentrification of those communities.” – The Hill

“A major federal union says the cyber theft of employee information is more damaging than it first appeared, asserting that hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee. The Obama administration had acknowledged that up to 4 million current and former employees are affected by the December cyber breach of Office of Personnel Management data, but it had been vague about exactly what was taken.” – AP

“The trade fight in the House looks bad for the White House this morning, while no one still knows what the actual trade agreement will look like in its final form. Ted Cruz explained to Hugh Hewitt that support for the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) didn’t mean approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a point he wants to emphasize so much that Cruz put it on his website:” – Hot Air

“Pew Research Center reported this week that millennials are far more likely to get their news from social media than from local TV. Perhaps that’s because we’re carefully curating our news sources, sick of the traditional media constantly berating our generation as mooching, lazy, self-absorbed, dependent and unfocused.” – Jillian Kay Melchior/NY Post

“She’s risen from North Idaho civil rights champion to positions of power in Spokane as a self-described black woman. But what if Rachel Dolezal is really white?” – Coeur d’Alene Press

 

“This is a national story of epic proportions, but one that as of yet, NOT A SINGLE mainstream liberal site is covering. Every other legitimate news source has led with it.” – Stephen Crowder

“Well, friends I regret to inform you that the slippery slope does indeed exist, and her name is Rachel Dolezal – a white woman from Spokane who just decided she was really black and voila! Some tanning sessions, makeup and some mad voodoo hairdressing skills (seriously, is that a wig? Because if not that is one KILLER perm) and she’s heading up an NAACP Chapter and teaching African-American Studies to future unemployed college graduates.” – Kira Davis/Every Joe

“What happens when the factual case for expansive new federal legislation falls apart? Thanks to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), the answer is now clear: So long as the legislation advances a leftist narrative and helps leftist constituencies, you press on anyway, and bask in the continued, thunderous applause of media allies. In May, 2014, Senator Gillibrand — who’d already achieved considerable fame for her relentless efforts to publicize an alleged epidemic of sexual assault in the military — aimed both barrels at college campuses, making the case that America’s colleges and universities were uniquely dangerous for young women, and something had to be done.” – National Review

“It’s a small thing, to be sure. But telling. Because it shows that the same-sex marriage movement is interested in a great deal more than just the freedom to form marital unions. It is also interested, quite keenly, in punishing dissenters. But the ambitions of the movement go further than that, even. It’s about revisiting legal notions of freedom of speech and association, constitutional protections for religious freedom, and cultural norms concerning the family. And most Americans are only just realizing that these are the societal compacts that have been pried open for negotiation.” – Weekly Standard

Seventy-three known terror suspects managed to get jobs at US airports. I wonder how many would-be terrorists not known to the watch-list compilers are also gainfully employed at O’Hare and LAX and the rest.” – Mark Steyn



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