Low Popahirum, August 18, 2015

NATIONAL

“This summer, Congress’s budget gimmick of choice appears to be selling oil from America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Senators of both parties, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), want to sell oil from America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to pay for new roads and bridges. Meanwhile, the House passed a bill to fund $5.4 billion in medical research by selling 64 million barrels.” – POLITICO

“Fox News Channel host Dana Perino slammed GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s immigration plan as ‘totally unworkable, and impractical’ on Monday’s broadcast of ‘The Five.'” – Breitbart

“The House Oversight Committee on Friday penned a letter to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards requesting seven documents or pieces of information be handed over by next week.” – The Blaze

“State Department officials have uncovered 17,855 emails sent between a former Hillary Clinton spokesman and reporters that the agency long claimed did not exist.” – Fox News

“While the American-led campaign against the Islamic State has focused on Syria and Iraq, the terror group’s burgeoning spread into North Africa is prompting increased unease among European and Arab powers wary of the extremists’ growing hold on territory in the political vacuum in Libya.” – Washington Times

“CNN has a new poll out of Republican and Republican-leaning independent registered voters and it’s mostly good news for Donald Trump:” – Twitchy

It’s sad watching a good culture go bad. It’s like that jug of milk you’ve left in the back of the fridge for a week or so too long. You don’t get around to noticing it until you do. Then it really detracts from your day. This pretty much describes where I’m at with a lot of American culture. We’ve gone badly wrong. Ann Coulter offers us another symptom thereof.” – RedState

“Look, if unions want to send people to disrupt a Scott Walker speech, they should have learned by now that this is not a one-person job. Walker faced down thousands of protesters in Madison four years ago to pass Act 10, and union organizers who tried to remove him as Governor in 2012 and 2014. At the Iowa State Fair today, one heckler tried to derail Walker’s speech, but Walker scoffed and reminded others of his track record in dealing with intimidation attempts:” – Hot Air

“As the situation surrounding Hillary Clinton’s possession of top secret, classified information on her personal email server continues to get worse, comparisons between the former Secretary of State and those prosecuted for improper handling of classified information are being made. Of course, the case of General David Petraeus has come up, but there are others in the military who have been prosecuted or severely punished for doing far less to damage national security in comparison to the Democrat presidential candidate.” – Townhall

“Derisive snorts, condescending snickers- these are the kind of reactions many conservatives have to the idea of a Joe Biden 2016 run, which is appropriate since it’s the same breezy haughtiness with which the vice president dismisses his opponents.” – Conservative Daily News

 

LOUISIANA

“When Angele Givens looks around her neighborhood in the Gentilly section of New Orleans, she is struck by the contrast with 10 years ago, when Hurricane Katrina triggered floods that filled her home and tens of thousands of others with water.    Today, more than 80 percent of the structures in her Vista Park neighborhood have been renovated or rebuilt, and work is underway on others.    But the area may never have staged its comeback without a rebuilding of confidence in local flood protection, said Givens, president of her neighborhood’s improvement association.” – One America News

“Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal hosted a town hall meeting at Sioux City’s Elk’s Lodge on Tri–View Avenue Monday evening.” – Siouxland News

“Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert’s state vehicle was stolen from his home in Baton Rouge Sunday night and was discovered early Monday morning after someone tried to set the vehicle on fire by placing a rag in the gas tank and lighting it.” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) is looking for a way to block attempts to remove historical statues–statues of Confederate leaders in this instance–from their current positions in New Orleans.” – Breitbart

“New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu officially signed a measure that requires some city contractors to pay their workers higher wages.” – Fox 8 Live

“The two black candidates in the lieutenant governor’s race are warring over the use of a racial epithet in a commercial that has run in the New Orleans area and is expected to go statewide.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The East Baton Rouge Parish Planning Commission voted 6-3 Monday (Aug. 17) to rezone property that would prevent the construction of a barge-cleaning facility near residential neighborhoods and LSU, the Advocate reports.” – NOLA.com

“Last month, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who is also running for governor, said taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaign travel. Now, State Treasurer John Kennedy says Jindal should use his campaign funds for security protection while he’s campaigning.” – WBRZ

Still craving Blue Bell’s homemade vanilla or Dutch chocolate ice cream?” – Lafayette Advertiser

Ed Orgeron’s first assignment after being introduced as LSU’s new defensive line coach on Jan. 14 was an important one.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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