The Low Popahirum, May 25, 2016


“One of the great unknowns of the current presidential election cycle—a cycle without recent precedent in its unusual twists and turns—is whether the fall campaign will see a convergence of the populist Left and the populist Right. Could a chunk of Bernie Sanders’ anti-establishment base really vote for GOP outsider Donald Trump in November? Could it be enough to swing the election in Trump’s favor?” – Politico

Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed what he described as ‘thugs’ and ‘criminals’ who clashed with police outside an Albuquerque campaign event, just hours after police in riot gear and mounted patrol units faced off against the violent crowd.” – Fox News

Don’t think of the 2016 presidential election as a popularity contest. Think of it as a race to see who the American electorate detests slightly less.” – The Federalist 

Sanders and a true conservative could shake things up.” – National Review

Forty years ago, Congress approved the Education Amendments of 1972 by 88 percent in the Senate and 69 percent in the House, sending them to President Richard Nixon for his signature. The heart of that law is Title IX: ‘No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.'” – The Federalist

“I am part of the tiny fraction of the population that deals professionally in public policy from the right. In influence, we are all over the map, from talk-show hosts with audiences of millions (Limbaugh, Hannity) to politicians who directly shape policy (Ryan, McConnell) to academics who write technical papers read exclusively by their peers. We have been dubbed the “Republican Establishment” during this campaign season — bemusing to those like me who have trivial influence and are not even Republicans — but I’ll use Establishmentarians as a convenient label for who we are. This note is addressed to my fellow Establishmentarians, from the Hannities and Ryans to my fellow ink-stained wretches.” – National Review

Almost four months after promising $1 million of his own money to veterans’ causes, Donald Trump moved to fulfill that pledge Monday evening — promising the entire sum to a single charity as he came under intense media scrutiny.” – The Washington Post

Broad demographic shifts in marital status, educational attainment and employment have transformed the way young adults in the U.S. are living, and a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data highlights the implications of these changes for the most basic element of their lives – where they call home. In 2014, for the first time in more than 130 years, adults ages 18 to 34 were slightly more likely to be living in their parents’ home than they were to be living with a spouse or partner in their own household.” –

House Speaker Paul Ryan has begun telling confidants that he wants to end his standoff with Donald Trump in part because he’s worried the split has sharpened divisions in the Republican Party, according to two people close to the lawmaker.” –

A rambunctious group of Black Lives Matter protesters walked on stage Tuesday and interrupted a DePaul University event featuring conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos — and security failed to take any action to reinstate order into the room.” – The Blaze


Lafayette and Orleans parishes and New Orleans won’t be penalized for being identified as sanctuary cities after a bill proposing communities who institute policies perceived to protect illegal immigrants died in a Senate panel here Tuesday after fiery opposition from law enforcement.” –

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ legislative agenda has faced many hurdles during the session, with many bills that he wants to see made law failing to make it to his desk.” –

It’s a boy…and a girl!  No, I’m not pregnant with twins, so let me explain how the family of three we’ve enjoyed since welcoming Lila Rose in February 2015 is set to become a family of five by the end of the year.” –

“Lawmakers in the House have spurned a proposed program that would allow law enforcement agencies to automatically scan motorists’ license plates.” –

“A federal appeals court is refusing to disturb a jury’s finding that former state Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter was not harmed by his ex-administrative assistant who accused him of stalking and sexually harassing her.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

“To be honest most of us aren’t really sure what we are supposed to do when we see a school bus stopped with its stop sign out and flashing lights on. Okay, we know what to do if we are behind the bus or in front of the bus on a two lane road. What if it’s a four lane road? What if it’s a two lane road separated by a turn lane? What if it’s a four lane  road separated by a median? See it gets confusing and it’s been a while since most of us have read our Louisiana Driver’s manual.” –

Congressman Ralph Abraham has introduced legislation that seeks to combat what he says is executive overreach on the issue of transgender bathrooms in public schools. President Obama issued a decree that public schools must let transgender students use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity, or risk losing federal funding. Abraham says the President can’t threaten to withhold money that is appropriated by Congress.” – Louisiana Radio Network

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards plans to sign legislation making it a hate crime to kill a police officer or another first responder, bolstering penalties for an offense that already qualifies for the state’s death penalty, his office said on Tuesday.” – The Fiscal Times

After finishing second to Atlanta to host the Super Bowl in 2019, some are wondering if it’s time for a new stadium in order to attract another Super Bowl. This is the second straight time New Orleans has lost to a city that was in the process of building a new stadium. Former-governor Kathleen Blanco, who sits on the LSED board, which oversees the Dome, says Louisiana does not need to build a new stadium to host a Super Bowl.” –

Dr. Charles Boustany issued the following statement after media outlets reported that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald compared veterans’ wait times seeking much-needed healthcare to a trip to Disneyland.” – Cajun Conservatism

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