Low Popahirum, July 1, 2015

LOUISIANA

“The first same-sex divorce in Louisiana was granted about two hours before the first legally sanctioned same-sex wedding took place.” – NOLA.com

“While a lot of justices of the peace across the state are wondering just what their obligations are under the high court ruling allowing same-sex marriages, one filed her paperwork and quit Tuesday rather than perform a wedding ceremony for a gay couple.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Lynne Spears has also apparently enlisted the help of her famous daughter in raising money for John Bel Edwards, according to a link Edwards posted in the tweet. The link goes to a fundraising page where donors are urged to contribute $50 for a shot at winning a trip to Las Vegas and seeing a Britney Spears show there.” – NOLA.com

“Tonight, St. George organizers are telling us they believe dozens of names were struck off the incorporation petition by the Registrar of Voters erroneously. Those against the proposed City of St. George say it’s yet another delay tactic.” – WBRZ

“Louisiana drivers only have to renew their licenses every six years beginning Wednesday, but they’ll have to pay more when they buy a car or seek a copy of their driving record.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Ahead of a long holiday weekend, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is warning boaters about operating vessels while intoxicated.” – Lake Charles American Press

It was a bad day for Miss USA on Tuesday. As contestants settled in to Baton Rouge for the July 12 pageant, Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments about Mexicans that led NBC and Univision to pull the pageant from their broadcast continued to have repercussions.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Construction of a new terminal at Louis Armstrong International Airport is expected to create 2,500-3,000 jobs, and officials have put together a plan they say will help make sure as many of those positions as possible go to local workers.” – NOLA.com

“Widner ‘Flow’ Degruy, 23, was arrested Tuesday in Baton Rouge. Degruy is a rapper signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment Label. Degruy and 18-year-old Jonathan Evans were named suspects in the May 25 shooting that left two brothers dead in New Orleans East.” – Fox 8 Live

“LSU coach Johnny Jones is back on the hunt for an assistant coach. That was an abrupt change from what the Tigers’ fourth-year coach was expecting as he returned to start preparing his team for a trip to Australia next month. Veteran coach and former LSU assistant John Treloar will not be part of Jones’ staff and will instead take a job with another NBA team.” – NOLA.com

NATIONAL

“A good rule is this — if you consider one of the Left’s cultural aggressions, and use your imagination to envision an extension of same into absurdity, you need only wait a while before the insane next step you thought up surfaces in a headline as the Left’s next cultural aggression.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

“Despite an express ban on his employment by the Obama White House, newly released e-mails show how Hillary Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal operated as a shadow State Department employee during the first year of her term as secretary of state, sending her a steady stream of diplomatic memos and media advice even as her staff fretted over his possible discovery.” – National Review

“I was wondering how this new found ‘right to dignity’ would play out. Turns out, Kennedy wasn’t satisfied with just rewriting the centuries old definition of marriage. No, he decided to unshackle judges entirety from the written Constitution. He accomplished this by overturning a precedent that laid out the ground rules for finding ‘new rights.'” – DrewM./Ace Of Spades

“The United States is not culpable for these attacks; full responsibility lies with the jihadists. But by washing aside the regime of noted fashion icon Moammar Gaddafi, we destroyed civil order in Libya and created an empty space that was quickly filled by ISIS. That intervention was pushed forward by both Democratic hawks like Hillary Clinton and Republican hawks like Marco Rubio—the same crowd that gets all disputatious when called out by Rand Paul.” – Matt Purple/Rare.us

“By no means are social-justice warriors always wrong. But they are untrustworthy, because they aren’t driven by a philosophy so much as an insatiable appetite that cannot take yes for an answer. No cookie will ever satisfy them. Our politics will only get uglier, as those who resist this agenda realize that compromise is just another word for appeasement.” – Jonah Goldberg/National Review

“On Tuesday the State Department released the first in a series of document-dumps comprising about 3,000 of the 55,000 pages Clinton turned over to State late last year. They describe the ordinary and the shocking – everything from ordinary meeting recaps to the involvement in the agency of Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton’s 2008 election hatchet-man who had officially been exiled from the administration.” – Daily Mail UK

“So the good news, if you’re worried about him, is that this isn’t the strongest Trump has looked in a GOP primary. The bad news is that he’s going to hang around for awhile this time and will almost certainly do more to help himself at the debates pushing populism at protest voters than he will to hurt himself. Where that leaves the race circa October, God only knows.” – Hot Air

“A coordinated attack by terrorists on multiple Egyptian military checkpoints in north Sinai has left dozens dead with fighting still ongoing in some areas, according to multiple reports.” – PJ Media

“Greek public sector employees are entitled not only to 14 monthly paychecks per annum during their ‘working’ lives, but also 14 monthly retirement checks per annum till death. Who’s going to be around to pay for that? So you can’t borrow against the future because, in the crudest sense, you don’t have one. Greeks in the public sector retire at 58, which sounds great. But, when ten grandparents have four grandchildren, who pays for you to spend the last third of your adult life loafing around?” – Mark Steyn

“The Democratic Party’s strategy to hold control of the White House and win congressional seats next year relies on America’s shifting demographics and on voter turnout. But ‘if the disparity in enthusiasm is not addressed, that strategy is at risk,’ Democracy Corps wrote in a synopsis of the findings that began, ‘Democrats need to give voters a reason to participate.’ The threat comes down to an enthusiasm gap of 19 points between the Democrats who say they are “extremely interested” in the congressional and local races in 2016, and the much more energized GOP voters.” – Real Clear Politics

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