The Low Popahirum, February 4, 2016

NATIONAL

“Perhaps the most astonishing aspect of the 2016 presidential race is that Bernie Sanders, somehow, has made ‘socialism’ a safe word in American politics. Nearly 100 years ago Socialist presidential candidate Eugene Debs had to campaign from prison; today, Sanders campaigns on socialism in broad daylight. For eight years, Democrats winced when Republicans hurled the ‘socialist’ slur at President Barack Obama; now, 43 percent of likely Iowa Democratic caucus participants, many inspired by Sanders, embrace the label.” – Politico

“The chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee demanded Wednesday that Secretary of State John Kerry explain a $1.7 billion settlement paid to Iran that some Republicans have described as a ‘ransom’ tied to last month’s release of five American prisoners.” – Fox News

Up until this week, pretty much everyone would have said that they liked Ben Carson, and that he was clearly a nice, decent man – regardless of whether they thought voting for him for President was a good idea or not. His response to the “going to Florida” controversy has revealed a completely different side of Ben Carson that we never really knew existed before.” – Red State

“Ben Carson, the famed neurosurgeon whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination has struggled to keep pace with rivals, will cut more than 50 staff positions Thursday as part of an overhaul and downsizing of his campaign.” – The Washington Post

RIP, Rand Paul, presidential candidate. This morning, the senator from Kentucky suspended his campaign, ending 10 months of voters shouting ‘Rand! Rand! Rand!’ at rallies and presidential debates.” – FiveThirtyEight.com

“Frustrated and flailing as his candidacy threatens to slip away, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is embarking on a scalding effort over the next week to discredit Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, the man he blames for undermining his campaign and whose ascendancy he deeply resents.”- NY Times

“Former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday he would take Donald Trump over Ted Cruz to occupy the White House were he forced to choose.” – Washington Examiner

Marco Rubio finished in third in Iowa — a ‘strong third’ in which he outperformed his polls, but third nevertheless. And yet, his chances of winning the Republican nomination nearly doubled according to the bookmaker Betfair, from about 30 percent before the Iowa caucuses to 55 percent now. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, who finished ahead of Rubio although behind Ted Cruz, saw his chances halved from 50 percent to 25 percent.” –FiveThirtyEight.com

Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza faced off with retired liberal professor Bill Ayers Wednesday evening at the University of Michigan — and appeared to briefly get the better of him during a back-and-forth on the criminal justice system.” – The Blaze

Veteran pollster Pat Caddell’s Armada group has spent the past several years charting the alienation of the American electorate, constructing a fascinating model of what most Americans desire in the ideal political candidate – the great statesman, or stateswoman, voters want for our time.” – Breitbart

LOUISIANA

“A 26-member panel of Louisiana educators approved a package Tuesday of revisions to the Common Core education standards used in the state.” – KPLCTV.com

“LSU coach Les Miles spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon after LSU reeled in a top 5 recruiting class on national Signing Day.” – NOLA.com

A football emblazoned with a red ‘Z’ sits between two plants on a mantel in Lindsey Scott Sr.’s luxury Zachary apartment. He takes the ball and begins to toss it from hand to hand, walking around the apartment with headphones in his ear and a splintered iPhone in his hand.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

“There is now no water pressure after a main water line broke at Gallet Elementary School this morning.” – KPEL965.com

“The ringleader of an interstate sex-trafficking ring pleaded guilty Wednesday (Feb. 3) to multiple counts after admitting he enslaved more than 10 women at the former Riviera Hotel on Chef Menteur Highway from 2012 to 2014.” – NOLA.com

At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, a flurry of students took to Twitter, using the hashtag ‘#BeingBlackatLSU’ in response to a controversial Facebook post made the night before. The hashtag created a forum for minority students to reveal the daily struggles they face at a predominately white university.”  –LSUNow.com

“The annual induction ceremony for the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame is always marked, for those closer to the coast, by a long drive up to Winnfield.” – TheIND.com

Peter Landry’s trip to Big Lake yesterday was almost canceled because of the cold front scheduled to roll through.” – Louisiana Sportsman

“The all-female, Krewe of Muses is one of Carnival’s most popular parades and krewes.  Their throws including the high heel shoes are one of the most desired in all of Mardi Gras.” – WGNO.com

“Gov. John Bel Edwards has had a busy public schedule lately, speaking to groups about the state’s financial crisis and his suggested solutions ahead of the release of his first state budget proposal next week.” – NOLA.com



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