The Low Popahirum, February 24, 2016

NATIONAL

Sanders insists he isn’t giving up on the state but his schedule suggests otherwise.” – Politico

Donald Trump scored a convincing victory Tuesday night in the Nevada Republican Caucus — a third straight win that builds upon his momentum heading into next week’s Super Tuesday and delivers a sharp warning to his rivals and the party establishment that time may be running out to slow his march to the nomination.” – Fox News

Amanda Carpenter is about the best spokesman possible for Ted Cruz. She’s telegenic, intelligent, relentlessly on message, and committed to Cruz’s success. As a former employee, she’s able to talk intelligently about his thought processes and accurately project his campaign strategy. Carpenter on CNN has been maybe the best media weapon the Cruz campaign has had this campaign season.” – Red State

“Focus on Trump instead, they say, as attacks on Rubio have backfired.” – Politico

“While he wastes his energy going after Ted Cruz, Donald Trump is waltzing toward the nomination.” – Slate

“Fearful of counterattacks, rich conservatives and their allies are mostly holding their fire.” – Politico

Many things about this campaign have been unfair, but are no less real for being unfair. One is that the primary calendar is not evenly distributed.  As I have argued for months now, the front-loading of states favorable to Ted Cruz in the first week of March is both an opportunity and a challenge for Cruz. Now, the hour of peril is here. If ever there was a time for Cruz’s projections of millions of non-voting true conservatives to materialize, this is it. But if Cruz doesn’t have a very good showing on March 1 and 5 (more below on what that might look like), his plausible path to the nomination will go off to John Kasich-land, and he will be faced with the choice of staying on as a factional/vanity candidate or getting out for the good of the conservative movement. It may not be fair that Cruz faces this test earlier than Marco Rubio does, but it has been built into Cruz’s primary strategy and the nature of the calendar from the very beginning.” – Red State

Donald Trump notched a resounding win in the Nevada caucuses Tuesday, channeling the roiling anger of Republican voters against the establishment and sweeping almost every category of the electorate to build his dominance in the delegate count.” – CNN.com

Last night, the Nevada caucuses got off to a raucous start. Ballots ran out. Allegations of multiple voting arose. Partisans ran ballot collection and counting operations. Officials sported shirts proclaiming their candidate allegiance (and not just for Donald Trump). In one case, the caucus didn’t actually materialize where advertised:” – Hot Air

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) insisted Tuesday that he would hold strong.” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

Two people were killed and several people were injured Tuesday after severe weather roared through a Convent RV park, according to St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr.” – Fox8Live

“If awareness is a part of good law enforcement then nobody has made more people more aware of what kind of law enforcement has jurisdiction in St. Landry Parish than Captain Clay Higgins.” – KPEL965.com

“Alabama football coach Nick Saban already has his own signature Mercedes Benz van.” – NOLA.com

Two people have been confirmed dead and 30 people were injured at the scene of a trailer park in St. James Parish that was hit by a tornado Tuesday afternoon.” – WBRZ.com

A line of fierce thunderstorms moving across Texas was expected to raise the risk of tornadoes, hail and damaging winds across the Deep South on Tuesday.” – WMBFNews.com

“The average American has just a 1 percent risk of ever being infected with the AIDS virus, but gay and bisexual black men have a 50 percent risk, according to new federal data.” – NBCNews.com

“By now, it might appear that almost all Louisiana voters, are acquainted with the fact that Louisiana has a deep budget problem and that the new Governor, Jon Bel Edwards, who ran on a platform of not raising any taxes, has changed course.” – Bayou Buzz

“The controversial issue of what should be done with the Alfred J. Mouton statue in downtown Lafayette will be the subject of this evening’s Lafayette City – Parish Council meeting.” – KPEL965.com

“State- wide talk radio host Moon Griffon is asking a simple question about state senate president John Alario: in 44 years of public service, what has he accomplished?” – Chad Rogers/The Dead Pelican

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 9:28 – Severe storms tore across the U.S Southeast on Tuesday, with forecasters warning of more to come into the following day.” – The Weather Network

 

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