Low Popahirum, July 9, 2015

NATIONAL

“The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that immigration is a federal matter — so why, then, are certain cities allowed to get away with thumbing their noses at the law and declare themselves ‘sanctuaries?’ I think we all know the answer to that. Now comes freshman senator Tom Cotton with a modest proposal: become a ‘sanctuary city,’ lose your federal funds:” – Michael Walsh/PJ Media

“Last week’s shooting death on San Francisco’s Pier 14 should finally oblige officials from so-called sanctuary cities to seriously reflect on their reckless and irresponsible alien-harboring policies. It’s hoped they now appreciate that, yes, providing ‘sanctuary’ from federal immigration enforcement can have negative consequences. With major media now finally reporting on killings committed by illegal aliens, the pressure may be mounting on enablers like San Francisco mayor Edwin Lee to put an end to the immigration anarchy in their cities.” – National Review

He wasn’t asking full-time workers to spend more time at work. He was calling for more full-time jobs for the many millions who have been stuck working part-time in the Obama economy, thanks to the incentives ObamaCare creates for employers to reduce workers’ hours. That’s why he prefaced it by mentioning workforce participation. Part-time work is a miserable experience — odd hours, few benefits, often not enough pay to eke out a decent living. Get those people real jobs, Bush is saying, and their standard of living will rise while the extra cash they’re bringing home will stimulate growth.” – Hot Air

“The Obama administration unveiled new rules Wednesday to rid the country of racially segregated neighborhoods by directing cities and towns to set goals for reducing segregation, and then regularly report their progress to the feds.” – Daily Caller

“House GOP leaders canceled a vote Thursday on a spending bill for the Interior Department amid an intraparty split over the display of the Confederate flag. The vote was cancelled after the House moved to hold a vote later on Thursday on an amendment undoing a ban on displaying the Confederate flag in national cemeteries.” – The Hill

“The proposal by California Democrat Jared Huffman would block the Park Service from allowing private groups from decorating the graves of southern soldiers with Confederate flags in states that commemorate Confederate Memorial Day. The cemeteries affected are the Andersonville and Vicksburg cemeteries in Georgia and Mississippi.” – WAPT

“Most of the people here already live in ways that the left resents without even thinking about it. Organic Opposition is about finding new ways to oppose the power of the left in your life. This is not a complete checklist. It’s a set of general ideas and people are welcome to add to them in the comments.” – Sultan Knish

“Hillary Clinton tersely defended her use of a private email address and secret home server today during her first national interview of the 2016 presidential campaign, declaring, ‘Everything I did was permitted.'” – UK Daily Mail

“Greece requested a new three-year bailout from its skeptical eurozone creditors and pledged some economic overhauls on Wednesday, but the euphoria some Greeks felt after Sunday’s ‘no’ vote on the last deal was fading fast.” – WSJ

“RNC Chairman Reince Priebus apparently has called Trump asking him to ‘tone it down.’ (And who leaked that story?) It has gotten so bad that all the people who believed the Bush presidencies and moderate Republicanism were the savior of the GOP have now convinced themselves that leaving the White House defeated after one term (Bush 41) or leaving with a rating in the frigid 20s after two terms (Bush 43) was a serious high-water mark.” – Jeffrey Lord/American Spectator

LOUISIANA

“Mayor Mitch Landrieu has formally asked the city council to begin the legal process required to have four public monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee in Lee Circle, declared public ‘nuisances’ and taken down.” – NOLA.com

“LSU President F. King Alexander says LSU will try to fight a barge cleaning facility proposed for a 33-acre site on the Mississippi River near the university’s intramural fields and new tennis center, as well as BREC’s Farr Park Equestrian Center.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has tutored a fellow inmate, worked 11-hour days and cleaned bathrooms in prison, his attorney said in a new motion seeking to reduce Broussard’s corruption sentence. Broussard also endured weeks in an unheated Atlanta prison cell, given only a ‘stained sheet’ and a ‘thin blanket’ to protect him from freezing temperatures, said the motion attorney Arthur ‘Buddy’ Lemann III filed Monday (July 6).” – NOLA.com

“LSU is getting ahead of the Jindal administration in expanding its health insurance coverage to spouses in same-sex marriages. The state Office of Group Benefits is awaiting an IRS determination, but LSU First — the university’s insurance plan — has decided to move forward without it.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Developers competing for a pricey renovation of Charity Hospital are placing a huge bet on the new institutions that guaranteed the storied facility’s demise. University Medical Center, which is replacing Charity in the city’s health care system, and a Veterans Affairs hospital are nearly finished in a new $2 billion medical complex just blocks away from the vacant 1930s-era landmark.” – NOLA.com

“In what will be a noticeable change of pace, voters will only have to read through four proposed constitutional amendments on the Oct. 24 ballot, including two that would institute substantive changes to the way transportation projects are funded.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“An education professor fired from LSU for creating a ‘hostile learning environment’ by using explicit language told HuffPost Live on Wednesday that she did her job ‘well’ and never harassed any student.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“State Rep. John Bel Edwards — the state’s only Democratic candidate for governor — stopped in Lake Charles on Wednesday as part of a seven-day bus tour across the state.” – Lake Charles American Press

“Officials said a Baton Rouge firefighter arrested on rape charges is no longer an employee of the fire department, but remains a member of the city’s retirement system.” – WAFB

“The Miss USA pageant will now air locally on WBRZ’s sister station WBTR TV, a station available to viewers in the Baton Rouge metro area who get cable through Cox Communication and Eatel.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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