Low Popahirum, July 2, 2015

LOUISIANA

BP has agreed to pay $18.7 billion to Louisiana, four other states, and the federal government to settle lawsuits filed in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 and unleashed one of the largest oil spills ever in 2010. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced Thursday (July 2) that the state will receive more than $6.8 billion from the settlement, including $5 billion for natural resource damages and $1 billion for state economic damage.” – NOLA.com

“‘This agreement will not only restore the damage inflicted on our coastal resources by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it will also allow Louisiana to continue aggressively fighting coastal erosion,’ Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a prepared statement released by his press office.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said the agreement ends litigation that could have dragged on for years, delaying the state’s ability to repair and rebuild its coast and wetlands.” – ABC News

“The East Coast has New York. The West Coast has San Francisco. In 20 years, Tim Williamson predicts the world will know New Orleans as the gateway to a thriving Gulf Coast. Williamson, a New Orleans native and co-founder of Idea Village, a 15-year-old incubator for local startups, used his laptop to underscore his vision for the future of the city. A map of the continental U.S. faded into view on the screen. Red lines connected New York, New Orleans and San Francisco in a lopsided triangle. He grinned.” – NOLA.com

“Residents Against The Breakaway have filed a petition for intervention in a lawsuit filed last week by organizers of the City of St. George incorporation effort against the East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters, which determined in June their petition drive had fallen 71 signatures short of the number required to bring a public vote on the matter.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“Gov. Bobby Jindal delayed — for the second time — the recognition of same-sex marriage by the Louisiana state government on Wednesday evening.” – NOLA.com

“A Federal appeals court, unsurprisingly, ruled Wednesday that Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi must allow and recognize same-sex marriages in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Friday legalizing the practice nationwide. But while Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration previously had said it was waiting on that 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling before recognizing same-sex marriages, top state officials dug in their heels Wednesday and said they wouldn’t change course until a district court orders them to do so.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“LSU’s 2016 recruiting class is mesmerizing even to those who are a part of it.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“In the hours after Anthony Davis agreed to stick around following the offer of a maximum money contract, the Pelicans locked up centers Alexis Ajinca and Omer Asik, leaving only Norris Cole as the last member of the team’s “core” group to come to terms on an extension.” – NOLA.com

NATIONAL

“It is as though the Muses came to an agreement: In the here and now, mankind is subject to rhetoric, but mathematics gets the final say. In Athens, in San Juan, in Detroit, in Sacramento, in Springfield, and, soon enough, in Washington, Mathematics is arousing herself from her torpor, and she is cranky as hell.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

“As the 2016 campaign enters its first full summer, the Acela Republican, that rare but widely heralded species of candidate, is increasingly apparent on the national stage. With Tuesday’s entry of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie into the presidential contest, I thought it might be valuable to provide you a field guide to Acela Republicans: their behavior, habits, and peculiarities as a species.” – Rick Wilson/The Federalist

“Bernie Sanders has been running for president for two months, but Wednesday night in Madison, Wisconsin, his long-shot campaign got real. When Sanders walked on stage at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, he was greeted by a raucous, howling crowd of 9,600 people, according to Sanders’ campaign aides and arena staff.” – CNN

“Librarians at the University of Vermont’s special collections say interest is spiking in the ‘Bernard Sanders papers’ — 30 boxes of meticulously organized material documenting Sanders’ eight years as mayor of Burlington.” – Seven Days VT

“A record 93,626,000 Americans 16 or older did not participate in the nation’s labor force in June, as the labor force participation rate dropped to 62.6 percent, a 38-year low, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” – CNS News

“A critical bloc of House conservatives has been invigorated by its victory over GOP leaders, who caved in a high-profile fight over a punished subcommittee chairman. The reinstatement of Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) is a small win for the months-old Freedom Caucus. But it could have broader implications when House Republicans pick a new leadership team after the 2016 elections.

“Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential effort in waiting has made yet another questionable and anti-conservative hire, as former National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) communications director Brad Dayspring joins the pro-Walker Super PAC Unintimidated PAC.” – Breitbart

“Given the nature of the discussion following the gay marriage ruling last week, one thing that’s clear to me as a Christian who opposes gay marriage is that very few secular people – and sadly, by no means all Christians – really understand why Christians take the position we do.” – CainTV

Donald Trump isn’t a serious candidate for President. Sure, he has the notoriety and the money to prop himself up and pretend to be a credible candidate, much as Ross Perot bought his way to a lot of noise but no electoral votes. But the only reason people pay attention is to enjoy the spectacle.” – RedState

“At first, former CNN Headline News anchor Lynne Russell says, she didn’t think she or her husband Chuck de Caro would need to use the handguns they routinely carry for self-protection from the robber they encountered at a Motel 6 in Albuquerque. Her husband had come out of the shower when the armed robber pushed Russell into the room and on the bed, and despite his wild talk only seemed interested in taking their belongings. Still, de Caro managed to get to his weapon, and it’s a good thing the former CNN reporter did:” – Hot Air

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