The Low Popahirum, October 21, 2015

NATIONAL

“Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner has one swan song that’s guaranteed to be a hit among even his most bitter Republican critics: picking a fight with the president over private school vouchers.” – Politico

“Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan put his cards on the table Tuesday night, letting his Republican colleagues know that if he’s to become the next House speaker, he’ll do so on his own terms — or not at all.” – Fox News

“Wednesday’s ABC News/Washington Post poll made it official: billionaire businessman Donald Trump has been the Republican presidential frontrunner for 100 days. And because they are BubbleMorons completely out of touch with what is happening in the real world, no one in GOP Establishment or the DC Media thought this was possible. In fact, like a bunch of Thurston Howells, they openly laughed at the possibility.” – Breitbart

“The State Department initially approved a weapons shipment from a California company to Libyans seeking to oust Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 even though a United Nations arms ban was in place, according to memos recovered from the burned-out compound in Benghazi.” – Washington Times

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is one of my least-favorite industry lobby groups.  They claim to support issues like “Protecting the Rights of Journalists,” opposing “advertising restrictions,” and supporting a “competitive marketplace,” but in practice they’re purely a rent-seeking body, completely integrated with the regulatory-industrial complex.” – Red State

“Rumors continue to swirl that Vice President Biden will soon be (finally) making up his mind about whether to run for president. Why is this taking so long?” – Real Clear Politics

“The Obama administration has been bragging that nine million more Americans now have health insurance, thanks to Obamacare. But just like with most numbers cited to support the government takeover of health care in America, that “9 million” figure is deceptive.” – Hot Air

We’ve been critical of Republicans’ chronic inability to thrust political predicaments upon Senate Democrats and President Obama by forcefully spotlighting risky, unpopular filibusters, and forcing politically painful vetoes. Progress on these fronts has been maddeningly rare, though not nonexistent. With additional Democratic obstruction efforts afoot, the GOP now appears poised to require presidential vetoes on measures that would gut much of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, via a budget maneuver known as reconciliation.  But perhaps their best opportunity to draw political blood, or even win, is on a showdown involving the National Defense Authorization Act, which large bipartisan majorities have now sent to Obama’s desk, directly challenging a veto threat:” – Town Hall

“It’s official. Chris Rock will host the 2016 Academy Awards:” – Twitchy

LOUISIANA

A Saints coach tore his Achilles tendon and broke a wrist trying to stop a pair from burglarizing his car.” – Fox8Live

The state’s unemployment rate remained at 6 percent as Louisiana continued to lose oil and gas jobs in September, according to the most recent data released today.” – New Orleans City Business

“An attorney has disputed charges filed last month against a University of Kentucky law student who operated a drone that crashed inside Commonwealth Stadium before the Wildcats’ season-opening football game against Louisiana-Lafayette.” – WOWKTV.com

All four of Louisiana’s major gubernatorial candidates have said they would be open to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a move that would expand health care coverage to nearly 300,000 people, according to one estimate, many of them the working poor.” – NOLA.com

Welcome to the best governed state in America. Welcome to the state where our state government is serving us so well we feel no real need to change anything that is going on in Baton Rouge. If you believe actions speak louder than words then those words you’ve just read must be true.” – KPEL965.com

Who Should I Vote For?” – FBCCOV.com

A 15-year-old girl who was found bound and gagged in a wooded area Tuesday afternoon by a person walking in the area had been raped, according to Baton Rouge Police Department officials.” – WAFB.com

“An NOPD officer has pleaded guilty to charges that he tried to cover up sloppy police work during the investigation into the death of Officer Daryle Holloway this summer, according to the New Orleans Advocate.” – WWLTV.com

“Though he’s being rocked from both ends of the political spectrum, it’s the sharp attacks from a GOP conservative that most define Republican Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s bid for a third term.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

“With a runoff expected after the Oct. 24 primary, special interests that have been crossed by incumbent Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in recent years are finally rallying around challenger Jeff Landry, the former congressman and fellow Republican running to the right of the field.” – La. Politics



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