Low Popahirum, July 8, 2015


“It’s still early in the campaign season, but Edwards — the only Democrat in the gubernatorial race — and his campaign’s decision to take a bus tour of Louisiana is the surest signal yet that the governor’s race will soon heat up. Yes, candidates have already begun touring — Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne did a four-day swing through the state in April when he announced his candidacy — but Edwards’ seven-day, 18-stop tour is the first sustained gubernatorial tour of Louisiana this summer.” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana operates under the odd ‘jungle primary’ rule, where if no candidate gets 50 percent, the top two finishers go on to a runoff, regardless of party. Sen. David Vitter is leading the most recent polls, and Democrat State Rep. John Bel Edwards is in second place, currently comfortably ahead of two other Republicans, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle. No poll of any potential runoff combination has shown a Democratic victory so far this year.” – National Review

“According to the Public Interest Research Group, at least $13.2 billion in the settlement is not defined as a penalty, meaning BP could potentially get tax breaks on that chunk of money. This includes payments to restore natural resources the spill damaged. The settlement announced last week could wind up costing BP only around $14 billion after taxes assuming all those costs are written-off at the top 35 percent corporate tax rate.” – NOLA.com

Louisiana does not have to air-condition the entire death row facility at the State Penitentiary at Angola but does need to provide some relief to three condemned killers with medical conditions who complained that extremely hot conditions on death row subject them to heat-related injury, a federal appellate court ruled Wednesday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The U.S. Army is expected to announce as early as today, its troop restructuring plan, which could mean the loss of several thousand soldiers and civilian workers from Fort Polk.” – Lake Charles American Press

“The Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday passed on issuing a full opinion in a same-sex couple’s case seeking marriage and adoption rights, noting the matter has already been settled by the U.S. Supreme Court. But several justices still took an opportunity to denounce the high court’s recent ruling.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“However, instead of using the freedom those vouchers provided to spread across the city and stake their claim in safer and more prosperous communities, the majority of former public housing residents ended up in high-poverty areas.” – NOLA.com

“U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ruled Tuesday that a trial is necessary to determine whether several plaintiffs led by the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance have a right to sue Taylor Energy Company.” – Lake Charles American Press

“’Is it appropriate to have industrial right next to education, recreational and residential areas?’ asked Wilma Subra, chemist and adviser to LEAN. Local residents at the meeting voiced a number of concerns, including whether people will be informed of what’s being processed at the site, how emissions will be estimated, what happens to the company if it goes over its permit limits and why the facility is being located so near homes and parks when none of that exists further downriver.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“With each passing year our elections more closely resemble beauty pageants than democratic exercises, as party labels replace sashes and fundraising becomes the talent portion of the competition. So it was only fitting recently when the Miss USA pageant, to be held in Baton Rouge on July 12, ensnared four Louisiana politicians running for president, governor, lieutenant governor and mayor.” – Jeremy Alford/LA Politics


“But if Obama is the epitome of the Left’s political dreams, we now know America is no better at socialism than is Greece or Venezuela. In nearly every way imaginable, our society is in deep decline — and in nearly each of those ways the decline has come thanks to bad leftist policy and persistent leftist cultural aggression.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

“Obama’s most notable change legacies at home are debt, indifference to the law, and racial polarization. He is on schedule to have borrowed more money than all previous presidents combined. Debt can trump the gift of record U.S. oil production, which came about despite, not because of, Obama. Debt can hamper even natural recoveries from recessions. Debt can nullify the stimulus of endless near-zero interest rates.” – Victor Davis Hanson/National Review

Trading in all symbols was halted on the New York Stock Exchange floor Wednesday due to an apparent technical issue. The NYSE tweeted that there was no sign of a cyberattack.” – CNBC

“CNN reporter Brianna Keilar appeared on the cable-news network after her interview with Hillary Clinton and sharply criticized the Democratic presidential contender’s performance. ‘I did not hear a more open or transparent Hillary Clinton,’ Keilar said. – The Blaze

“There was only one reason this interview was important: scarcity value. Hillary Clinton, despite running for president for months now, with two, count them, two launches, has not sat down for an interview until yesterday. So averse to answering questions is she that reporters were actually roped off from her in an Independence Day parade in New Hampshire, to almost universal derision.” – American Thinker

“Mrs. Clinton joined CNN Tuesday night for an interview that was stranger than fiction. In fact, I’m honestly not sure if the awkward conversation was meant to be self-parody or an earnest attempt at a prime time interview. The pants suit, the seemingly botoxed brow and resultant crazy eyes, and the passionate dedication to fibbery made for fascinating television.” – Legal Insurrection

China stocks plunged again on Wednesday, even as regulators worked to contain a crisis that has wiped trillions of dollars off the country’s stock markets.” – CNN Money

“In most countries, no one thinks there is a link between a leader’s birthday and the market. That such a theory prevails in China reflects the widespread belief that Beijing’s authoritarian government can produce any economic outcome it wants. Now trust in China’s ability to command and control the economy is faltering. If trust collapses, the global repercussions could be more severe than those from the Greek debt crisis.” – WSJ

“Given the fetid swamp of sanctioned corruption that passes for commerce in New York, it’s no wonder he sees nothing wrong with greasing the skids by funding liberal politicians. But one might expect a person who claims to be a conservative to at least pay some rhetorical tribute to virtue while admitting his vice. Alas, it is axiomatic that the shameless are incapable of exhibiting shame.” – Jonah Goldberg/National Review

“According to the Austin American-Statesman, this is one of the latest cases of people claiming to have found or seen a mythical, blood-sucking creature known as a chupacabra. State biologists though maintain that it’s still just that — a myth.” – The Blaze



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