The Low Popahirum, May 18, 2016

NATIONAL

“The celebrity billionaire is revamping everything about the GOP’s dog-and-pony show.” – Politico 

Bernie Sanders just won’t go away — and that’s a growing problem for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party as the front-runner once again failed Tuesday to score the decisive victory needed to put the Vermont senator in her rear-view mirror and turn her full attention to Donald Trump.” – Fox News

“This election really is a dumpster fire. Donald Trump is going to be the GOP nominee despite capturing what will be far less than 50% of the popular vote and Hillary Clinton is so bad as a candidate, she can’t put away an old coot Senator who’s an avowed socialist. Our enemies around the world are likely laughing at this spectacle. David Zucker wouldn’t have conceived of this kind of thing. Leslie Nielson surely is missed as he would have been a terrific caricature of Trump.” – Red State

It is a common misconception that socialism is about helping poor people. Actually, what socialism does is create poor people, and keep them poor. And that’s not by accident.” – USA Today

Four years ago tomorrow, James Young’s life changed for ever in a freak accident when he fell under a train.” – Daily Mail UK

“The Department of Motor Vehicles and secretary of the state have worked out previous differences and signed an agreement to implement a ‘streamlined motor voter system’ that will automatically register eligible citizens to vote when they go to DMV for a driver’s license or state-issued identification card.” – Courant.com

“The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would allow victims of the 9/11 terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, defying vocal opposition from the White House.” – The Hill

President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed to legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico on Tuesday, a move that would enshrine on a national level a Supreme Court ruling last year that it was unconstitutional for states to bar such couples from wedding.” – Yahoo.com

“China’s Foreign Ministry denounced the latest Pentagon report on Chinese military developments, claiming that it was full of untruths and based on an outdated ‘Cold War’ mentality. The report describes in detail the People’s Liberation Army’s advances in air, ground, sea, nuclear, and cyber warfare, as well as Chinese island building in the South China Sea.” – Yahoo.com

“Moments after the not guilty verdict was announced in his infamous murder trial, O.J. Simpson leaned over to whisper something in his attorney’s ear. Simpson’s first words following his acquittal has be the subject of some speculation over the years.” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

“Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the ‘Duck Dynasty’ TV reality show, is ‘happily volunteering’ to be Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser. The Louisiana celebrity told Fox News Wednesday morning (April 18) that he’ll ‘do everything I can to help’ Trump.” – Nola.com

Senate leaders and members of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration are voicing concerns about the state budget proposal that the House passed last week, as the upper chamber begins to tackle the state’s finances for the coming year.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

“It was the  late 60s and early 70s… when places like Stuckeys and other roadside stops started showing up on the new interstates crossing Louisiana. George Lechler, who spent his military years at Chennault Air Force Base in Lake Charles… was busy drawing historic maps that he wanted displayed across the state.” – KPLCTV.com

A House-approved proposal to ban abortions performed because the fetus is determined to have a genetic abnormality has stalled in the Senate amid concerns it’s unconstitutional.” – NOLA.com

An arrest has been made in connection with the woman who was found dead along I-10 in Ascension Parish, according to Louisiana State Police.” – WAFB.com

The man who crashed his Lamborghini into a flood wall, killing a 23-year-old passenger will be charged with vehicular homicide, according to a New Orleans Police Department spokesman Tyler Gamble.” – Fox8Live.com

The state’s budget crisis has some Louisiana lawmakers questioning whether film tax credits are a worthwhile investment.” – WAFB.com

Louisiana officials said there will be no hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday this year.” – WAFB.com

Two elementary school coaches and three elementary students have been arrested after participating in extreme disciplinary tactics. Major Eddie Thibodaux with St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office says coaches Keidrick Owens and Mona Wilson told three students at Plaisance Elementary School in Opelousas to discipline three other students.” – Louisiana Radio Network

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees drew a big crowd Shreveport Monday afternoon, visiting one of the 4 Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar locations he and his wife co-own in Louisiana.” – Fox8Live.com

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