The Low Popahirum, February 12, 2016

NATIONAL

His rivals are trying to paint him as weak on national defense, a charge his campaign calls ‘laughable.'” – Politico

“While Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred Thursday night over issues ranging from health care to police brutality to campaign finance — and even who liked Henry Kissinger – what was glaringly missing was any mention of the government’s investigations into Clinton’s email use or the Clinton Foundation.” – Fox News

“After finishing 4th in Iowa and 8th in New Hampshire (behind Carly Fiorina, who completely missed the last two debates), Ben Carson is currently polling 5th (out of 6 remaining candidates) in South Carolina. He further appears to be doing less campaigning in South Carolina than his rivals and has purchased less media.” – Red State

Republican George W. Bush on Monday will seek to give a fresh burst of enthusiasm to his brother Jeb Bush‘s White House bid in South Carolina, marking the former president’s first appearance on the 2016 campaign trail.” – Huffington Post

Donald Trump sits atop national polls for the Republican nomination, with supporters arguing he is precisely the person to fight special interests, return power to the people, and ‘make America great again.’ If he were alive today, James Madison would surely disagree. The writings of the nation’s fourth president offer several strong admonitions against rallying to the Trump banner.” – Weekly Standard

“The cars being built today are safer than ever, not only better able to withstand a crash but designed to avoid accidents in the first place. Roadways have been improved, and police have cracked down aggressively on drunk drivers, the leading cause of serious crashes. So why did highway fatalities go up last year?” – NBCNews.com

Bernie Sanders’ and Donald Trump’s smashing victories in New Hampshire have left the political world shaken, even afraid. But the pundits are ignoring one amazing consolation: If this thing keeps going, we’re going to see the most mind-blowing debates in the nation’s history this fall. Imagine what it would look like to see these two men on stage, battling each other before a national television audience to become the most powerful leader on earth. Here, purloined from the future, is a transcript:” – Politico

Senator Marco Rubio, opening a more aggressive phase of his campaign as he tries to reinvigorate his bid for the Republican nomination, suggested Thursday that Donald J. Trump may be too crude to be president and that Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, may be too inexperienced.” – NY Times

can’t bring myself to hate Donald Trump. Part of this is a quirk of biography. Like a lot of native New Yorkers around my age, I find his outer-borough accent so comfortingly familiar that I can’t help but smile whenever I hear his voice, even when he’s saying something outrageously offensive. To a certain kind of smart, scrappy, lower-middle-class New York youth in the ’80s and ’90s, Trump was the living embodiment of gaudy success—a kind of mash-up of Santa Claus, Scrooge McDuck, and Vito Corleone. When I was a kid, it was not at all uncommon to hear friends and classmates declare that they wanted to be Donald Trump when they grew up. They didn’t want to be real estate developers or casino magnates. They literally wanted to be Trump, which seems doubly strange in hindsight, as so few of the kids I have in mind were white.” – Slate.com

“After a pro-choice employee of Purdue University allegedly posted an ‘offer to rape’ a pro-lifer’s relatives in an online comment exchange, outrage has been spreading — but the school is taking no action against him.” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

“Treasurer John Kennedy said in the Republican response tonight that Gov. John Bel Edwards is proposing the ‘largest tax increase in Louisiana history.’” – LaPolitics

“LSU’s Ben Simmons on his choice for player of the year: ‘Myself … I don’t think anybody’s better than me’” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

“The controversy with the Vertex Refinery in Marrero expands across the river. Those in Uptown say it’s creating a major headache, in more ways than one.” – WWLTV.com

“Conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh says Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the best bet for returning Ronald Reagan’s principles to the White House.” – Yahoo.com

A dream comes true for 12-year-old Teddy Dean of Lake Charles, a boy who lived in an almost silent world until six months ago.” – KPLCTV.com

“Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards addressed the media on Thursday night and suggested that the ongoing budget crisis involving TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students) could put college football in jeopardy across the state of Louisiana. Per  TheAdvertiser.com” – Tiger Droppings

“In an unprecedented move, the state’s student financial aid office on Thursday notified Louisiana’s colleges and universities that it had stopped TOPS payments because of the uncertainty related to the state budget crisis.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

Tonight I speak to you as no other Louisiana governor has ever spoken to our state, because the challenges have never been so great, nor the impacts so severe for all of us who live, work or go to school here.” – Gov.Louisiana.Gov

“Congressman Steve Scalise has issued a response to the news about the White House plan to scrap drilling revenue sharing with gulf states:” – Chad Rogers/The Dead Pelican

 

“The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance told TOPS-eligible universities Thursday afternoon it would suspend all TOPS payments ‘immediately until further notice’ because of looming budget cuts to higher education.” – LSUNow.com

 

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