Low Popahirum, July 3, 2015

LOUISIANA

“The most recent sampling of water off Louisiana’s coast has found enough bacteria to post advisories at almost every beach along the shoreline.” – WBRZ

“Same-sex couples living in Louisiana may be entitled to tax refunds from the past three years if they were legally married in another state during that time.” – NOLA.com

“Anti-St. George group Better Together is trying to break into the St. George lawsuit against the Registrar of Voters Office, so it can more directly try to help defeat the petition as the battle to create a new city moves into the courtroom.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Skrmetta sent letters to all Parish Council members and parish attorney Deborah Foshee, urging them to lift the cease-and-desist demand that Foshee issued to the ride-hailing company on Monday. ‘I think it’s important for the city. I think it’s important for the state and region,’ Skrmetta said. ‘I look at it as a real service for people who either choose not to or cannot drive anymore.'” – NOLA.com

“LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss will step down in August, the university announced in a news release Friday morning.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“This morning’s announcement by independent cable and satellite network Reelz that it has acquired the rights to broadcast the Miss USA pageant live from Baton Rouge was certainly welcomed by city-parish and state officials—who are providing the pageant $545,000—but it didn’t elicit the kind of celebratory statements that came with the initial news that the pageant was returning to Baton Rouge and would be broadcast globally by NBC.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“A day after the repeal of a 1987 state law that prohibited Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents from enforcing federal turtle-excluder device regulations, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch on Thursday (July 2) has removed Louisiana shrimp from its ‘avoid’ list.” – NOLA.com

“Entrepreneur Charlie Davis met MasteryPrep founder Craig Gehring at a child’s birthday party. Davis agreed to take a look at Gehring’s business idea and offer some advice about how to get started.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

Five barges broke loose after two tow boats collided on the Mississippi River on Thursday afternoon, with one loaded with hazardous caustic soda overturned, officials said.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“‘I think we’ll win the national championship,’ LSU freshman guard Antonio Blakeney of Orlando, Florida, said Wednesday during a press gathering for some of the Tigers’ new players.” – Lafayette Advertiser

NATIONAL

“The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous corruption of American power and influence.” – Charles Krauthammer/National Review

The main reason the revolution was a mistake is that the British Empire, in all likelihood, would have abolished slavery earlier than the US did, and with less bloodshed.” – Vox, as quoted by Hot Air

Greece is sliding into a full-blown national crisis as the final cash reserves of the banking system evaporate by the hour and swathes of industry start to shut down, precipitating the near disintegration of the ruling coalition.” – UK Telegraph

“The left does not care about social justice. It cares about power. That is why no truce is possible with the left. Not on social issues. Not on any issues.” – Sultan Knish

“Sen. Ted Cruz shut down Univision anchor and Fusion TV host Jorge Ramos on illegal immigration, by turning a gotcha question around into a gotcha answer, and giving the host a lesson on the rule of law.” – BizPAC Review

“Well, Mark Levin took it to the next level today, opening his show with a masterful takedown of Takei and it’s definitely something you should listen to below:” – The Right Scoop

Richard Trumka has a message for state and local AFL-CIO leaders tempted to endorse Bernie Sanders: Don’t.” – POLITICO

The case against Rick Perry is political: In a field that includes George W. Bush’s kid brother, Rick Perry still manages to be the man who will remind voters of what they remember least fondly about the last Republican president, the metaphorical DNA of Texas politics superseding the literal DNA in Jeb Bush’s mitochondria. The case for Rick Perry? Everything else.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

What makes a country like ours work? What cultural gears have to mesh so the United States’ engine – a liberty-based representative republic — survives and thrives long-term?” – Felix Veritas/QuinHillyer.com

“While the war against sex rages on college campuses, anti-sex forces are preparing for battle on the legal front.” – Legal Insurrection

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