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  • 2 teens arrested in slaying of Domino's driver

    09/23/2014 2:21:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 40 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/23/14 | Ken Daley
    New Orleans police arrested two 16-year-old boys in Monday's slaying of Domino's delivery driver Richard Yeager in Mid-City. NOPD Interim Superintendent Michael Harrison announced the arrests at a Tuesday news conference but would not identify the suspects because of their ages. They are both facing a charge of first-degree murder, Harrison said. Yeager, 35, was found shot to death shortly after midnight early Monday morning, with his car stolen minutes after he delivered a pizza in the 2800 block of St. Louis Street.
  • [State] Judge rules state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

    09/22/2014 7:30:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    New Orleans Advocate ^ | 9/22/2014 | Richard Burgess
    A state judge in Lafayette on Monday declared Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a ruling that conflicts with a federal judge’s decision earlier this month upholding the state ban.Fifteenth Judicial District Judge Edward Rubin’s decision, made in an adoption case involving two women in Lafayette, will have no immediate impact on the status of same-sex marriages in Louisiana. Rubin’s strike at the ban is another salvo in a legal battle that soon could be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court. “This is a major win for Louisiana families, but it’s the first step in a long road,” said Chris...
  • Slaying of Domino's delivery driver appears to be random carjacking, employer says

    09/22/2014 6:04:46 PM PDT · by BBell · 34 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | September 22, 2014 | Ken Daley
    The overnight slaying of a Domino's Pizza delivery driver in an apparent Mid-City carjacking left the victim's co-workers devastated and his employer furious about the level of violence on New Orleans' streets. "It just doesn't make any sense to me," said Glenn Mueller, CEO of local Domino's franchisee RPM Pizza LLC. "We, as the citizens of New Orleans, need to take back our city. This could have happened to anybody. We really need to make our community safer." New Orleans police said the 35-year-old employee had just delivered a pizza to a regular customer at an apartment building in the...
  • US Senate Panel Advances Bill To Force Keystone Pipeline Approval

    06/19/2014 5:04:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 16 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | June 18, 2014 | Ros Krasny
    The U.S. Senate Energy Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would force congressional approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project, but the measure seems unlikely to be taken up by the full Senate. The bill, the latest effort by lawmakers to breathe life into the long-delayed pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, will languish without a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it to a vote. The measure, from Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Republican Senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, would take a decision...
  • Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries

    09/20/2014 2:59:46 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 21 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition." The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting. But there were not enough Republican members to pass the bill without...
  • A Cassidy Lead in Louisiana (Fox News Senate poll 51% to 38% over Landrieu)

    09/20/2014 12:49:09 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 50 replies
    wsj ^ | Sept. 19, 2014 5:03 p.m. ET | James Freeman
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.), an ObamaCare voter running for re-election in a conservative state, has to this point shown remarkable political resilience. But a new Fox News poll suggests that her days in the Senate may be drawing to a close. The survey of 617 likely voters in Louisiana shows Rep. Bill Cassidy (R., La.) leading Ms. Landrieu by 13 percentage points. The telephone poll, conducted Sept. 14-16, finds that 51% of Louisiana voters prefer Mr. Cassidy as their next senator, versus 38% who favor the incumbent. This may be the result of blistering recent television ads showing the...
  • UPDATE: Chief of Staff for Congressman Vance McAllister Arrested for DWI

    09/18/2014 2:05:26 PM PDT · by abb · 44 replies
    KTVE-TV10 - Monroe, LA ^ | September 18, 2014 | Staff
    UPDATE: Statement from Congressman McAllister in regards to Adam Terry’s DWI arrest: “I’m disappointed in Adam. I do not condone his behavior, but I know he’s a good person and he’s worked hard for the people of Louisiana. Right now, he is at home with his family in the district and we want to make sure he gets the help he needs.” UPDATE: According to the arrest affidavit, Trooper Nicholas Gee said he smelled a 'very strong' odor commonly associated with an alcoholic beverage emitting from Terry. According to the affidavit, Terry told Trooper Gee he had not been drinking,...
  • Jindal predicts a runoff for Landrieu, payoff for Brownback

    09/17/2014 6:43:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | Alexandra Jaffe
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) predicted on Tuesday a loss for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and a win for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) this fall, two of their respective parties’ most vulnerable incumbents. Speaking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Tuesday, Jindal said of Landrieu’s defeat, “I think that that is going to happen this year.” But he added while “she could lose in November ... I think a runoff is possible.” (SNIP) Some have speculated his decision to sit out the race was informed by long-standing bad blood between the governor and Sen. David Vitter...
  • African ship carrying sick crewmen to dock in New Orleans

    09/17/2014 3:36:21 PM PDT · by Heartlander2 · 132 replies
    WGNO (New Orleans) ^ | 9/17/2014 | TANYA SINKOVITS
    NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - A ship with three sick crewmen is scheduled to dock in New Orleans, the Center for Disease Control confirms. CDC officials said they received word earlier today that a ship which had traveled near where the Ebola outbreak is will dock at the New Orleans port. A CDC staff member, emergency workers and members of the U.S. Coast Guard will board the boat and transport one ill crewman to a local hospital for evaluation. No word on which hospital the crewman will be transported to. The CDC said they are taking extra precaution because of the...
  • Mary Landrieu: Louisiana’s Long-Lasting Liberal -- Why's She's Tough to Beat.

    09/15/2014 8:39:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/15/2014 | Quin Hillyer
    I canÂ’t help it: I sorta like Mary Landrieu. In that admission lies a clue as to why LouisianaÂ’s fairly liberal Democratic senator has been so hard for Republicans to defeat, and why she still has a chance to survive a Republican challenge in one of the most important races of this political year. Landrieu possesses a high degree of a particularly Louisianan style of political pugnacity that makes even many Republicans in the state pay her a grudging respect bordering on a form of fondness. Political prognosticators can list manifold reasons why Landrieu should lose her reelection bid to...
  • Anti-Democratic sentiment in Lousiana proves problem for moderate Landrieu

    09/15/2014 5:59:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 9/14/14 | Luke Rosiak
    Sen. Mary Landrieu's best hope for re-election? Change the letter behind her name from a "D" to an "R," says a Louisiana newspaper. Landrieu is one of the senators in one of the tightest rates this year — and if she loses, her loss could potentially flip the Senate to Republican control. An article in the Baton Rouge Advocate says Landrieu essentially acts like a Republican anyway but that the party label is a scarlet letter. “She has a letter behind her name, D, and it’s toxic,” Joshua Stockley, a political science professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe,...
  • Landrieu internal review reveals 43 trips inappropriately funded

    09/13/2014 10:15:59 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) found that over $33,700 in campaign flights were inappropriately charged to her official account in an internal review of her finances released Friday. The report is sure to draw added scrutiny to her use of charter planes just as her main opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), is set to introduce a resolution meant to highlight such spending, which he calls a "waste of Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars." The review, which was released four days after her self-imposed deadline of Sept. 8, found that the senator took 43 trips, which amounted to 136 campaign functions, that were...
  • Polling avalanche: GOP leads in eight races for Democrat-held Senate seats

    09/08/2014 11:48:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Guy Benson
    Jim Geragthy, acclaimed author and National Review’s chief campaign analyst, has been grousing about the lack of quality polling in key Senate races this year. His frustration is well-founded. So yesterday must have felt like Christmas in September for Jim and political junkies everywhere, as two pollsters released a deluge of surveys covering the most contested races in the country. In light of the results, I’d expect that national Republicans are kicking off the week with an extra spring in their step, as well. We were leaked an advance copy of last week’s much-anticipated Politico/GWU Battleground poll, which was packed...
  • Landrieu internal review reveals 43 trips inappropriately funded

    09/12/2014 2:59:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) found that over $33,700 in campaign flights were inappropriately charged to her official account in an internal review of her finances released Friday. The report is sure to draw added scrutiny to her use of charter planes just as her main opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), is set to introduce a resolution meant to highlight such spending, which he calls a "waste of Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars." The review , which was released four days after her self-imposed deadline of Sept. 8, found that the senator took 43 trips, which amounted to 136 campaign functions, that...
  • Born-again amnesty hawk Mary Landrieu attacks opponent over border fence she called “dumb” last year

    09/11/2014 12:34:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/11/2014 | Guy Benson
    Mary Landrieu, one of the Senate’s most endangered Democrats, thinks it’s very important for voters in her ostensible home state to know that her top Republican opponent is soft on border security. She’s running an attack ad in which the narrator scoffs at a short clip of Rep. Bill Cassidy expressing doubts about the efficacy of a border fence back in 2010. The spot goes on to tout Landrieu’s votes in favor of “triple layer fencing” along the Mexican border, and her “nine votes” against amnesty. Because if there’s one thing Mary Landrieu is against, it’s amnesty. And if...
  • Bobby Jindal's federal Common Core lawsuit to be heard Nov. 20

    09/09/2014 8:04:14 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 1 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 09/09/2014 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit against the Obama administration over the Common Core academic standards will be considered in a Baton Rouge federal court Nov. 20. Judge Shelly D. Dick will preside over the preliminary hearing to determine whether Jindal has enough evidence to bring a legal case against U.S. Department of Education. According to Jindal, the Obama administration forced Louisiana and other states to adopt a national Common Core curriculum when they tailored the requirements for federal education grant money and waivers to the Common Core academic standards. Education policy is typically the domain of states -- not the federal...
  • Ex-New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin heads off to prison for corruption

    09/08/2014 10:09:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    The Washington Times. ^ | September 8, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Video at link: The former mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, shuffled off Monday to serve a 10-year federal prison term on corruption convictions stemming from the city’s years-long recovery of Hurricane Katrina devastations. Mr. Nagin is serving out his sentence in Texarkana, Texas, Reuters reported.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Dems in Key House Races

    09/04/2014 2:38:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 4 Sep 2014, | Caroline May
    The business group that has been pushing for amnesty but that has often backed Republican candidates is throwing its support behind Democrats in several key House races this cycle... the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will have endorsed four Democratic candidates in the House races by the end of the week. Wednesday the Chamber endorsed California Democratic Rep. Scott Peters, a vulnerable freshman facing reelection against Republican challenger Carl DeMaio. ... Georgia Democratic Rep. John Barrow is also slated to receive the Chamber’s official endorsement at an event on Friday... Other Democratic House members receiving the Chamber’s endorsement this year to...
  • Excerpts from Judge Feldman's Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

    09/04/2014 3:33:57 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 7 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 4 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Here are six excerpts from Judge Martin L. C. Feldman's landmark ruling against same-sex civil marriage in Robicheaux, et al. v. Caldwell. "The Court first takes up the most hefty constitutional issue: Equal Protection. The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution commands that no state shall 'deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.' ... 'The Equal Protection Clause...essentially directs that all persons similarly situated be treated alike.' [Stoneburner v. Sec'y of the Army] However, 'if a law neither burdens a fundamental right nor targets a suspect class,' the Supreme Court has held, 'the legislative classification...
  • Louisiana ruling breaks pro-gay marriage streak

    09/03/2014 10:43:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 3, 2014 5:15 PM EDT | Kevin McGill
    A federal judge upheld Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages on Wednesday, a rare loss for gay marriage supporters who had won more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning bans in other states. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman also upheld the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. His ruling was the first to uphold a state ban since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year. Feldman himself acknowledged that his won’t be the final word. …
  • Former New Orleans mayor to have public defender (Ray Nagin)

    09/03/2014 9:27:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 3, 2014 10:33 PM EDT
    A public defender will handle a former New Orleans mayor’s appeal of his conviction on bribery and money laundering charges. […] According to a questionnaire filed with the court, (Ray) Nagin has just $23.65 in the bank. He said he, his wife and daughter live each month off of $360 in food stamps and about $500 in gifts and donations. …
  • Hypocrisy: Black Louisiana Judge Threatened With Jail For Lying About Residency..

    09/03/2014 2:38:10 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    Got News ^ | 9/2/14 | Charles C. Johnson
    ... While Elite Mary Landrieu Gets A Pass Is Louisiana racist? A black woman judge lied about her address but a white woman U.S. senator can apparently continue lying about hers. The white woman senator’s brother, who is mayor, repeatedly tried to jail the black woman judge for doing the exact same thing as his sister. U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu has come under fire for lying about living in Louisiana while her brother, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, targets black judge Yolanda King for lying about hers. On March 20, 2014, Nola.com ran the following: Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge Yolanda King,...
  • Federal judge upholds La. same-sex marriage ban

    09/03/2014 10:09:12 AM PDT · by xzins · 82 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 03, 2014 | AP
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages, as well as the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling Wednesday ...said gay marriage supporters failed to prove that the ban violates equal protection or due process provisions of the Constitution. Feldman agreed ...that states have the right to define marriage.
  • The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

    09/02/2014 3:53:23 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 58 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 1, 2014 | Kyle Trygstad and Alexis Levinson
    There is a new chart-topper in Roll Call’s latest monthly ranking of the 10 most vulnerable senators. Montana’s appointed Sen. John Walsh was by far the most endangered incumbent in the chamber at the time of the previous installment in early August, but his decision last month to not seek a full term opened the top slot to a couple other worthy contenders. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is still in a perilous political position, but Louisiana Sen. Mary L. Landrieu has leapfrogged him on the list to become the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbent. The Democrat is pushing hard to eclipse...
  • The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators(Landrieu #1)

    09/02/2014 3:14:16 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    Rollcall ^ | September 1, 2014
    With the elections just two months away, Democratic incumbents overall have run strong-enough campaigns to ensure the fight for the Senate majority remains a tossup — despite a playing field tilted heavily in the GOP’s direction. Republicans, who need a net gain of six seats to take control of the chamber, are expected to get halfway there by picking up the open seats in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia. Its open-seat opportunities don’t stop there, but the GOP will likely need to defeat at least two sitting senators to win the majority.
  • Louisiana Republican Party files complaint asking for investigation into Mary Landrieu's travel

    09/02/2014 7:31:46 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | September 02, 2014 at 7:00 AM | Cole Avery
    The Louisiana Republican Party has filed a formal complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics asking it investigate Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., over campaign flights paid for with Senate funds. [....] "Considering that Sen. Landrieu admitted to breaking the law on two occasions, and there is strong evidence of other occurrences, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics should undertake a full review of the Sen. Landrieu's travel expenditures from her official account to ensure that Louisiana taxpayers have not been unwittingly and illegally subsidizing her re-election campaign by funding her campaign travel," Dore wrote.
  • Louisiana Democrat Sen. Landrieu faces more questions about her residency

    09/02/2014 6:24:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | August 30, 2014 | FoxNews
    A Louisiana Republican challenging Democrat Mary Landrieu for her Senate seat is expanding his efforts to prove the three-term lawmaker doesn’t live in her home state, instead using her parents’ address to qualify for the November ballot. GOP Senate candidate Rob Maness on Friday submitted a written compliant to district attorneys in four Louisiana parishes calling on them to object to Landrieu’s residency qualifications.
  • Judge Limits Pro-Life Louisiana Law That Could Have Closed Abortion Clinics

    09/01/2014 9:30:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A judge has blocked a pro-life Louisiana law that protects women’s health and could have resulted in closing three of the state’s five abortion clinics because they are unable to properly protect the health and safety interests of women. The three abortion clinics that could be forced to close their doors filed suit earlier this month to block the legislation. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed HB 388, the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, that the Planned Parenthood abortion business and abortion advocates strenuously opposed. judgepic10“This bill will give women the health and safety protections they deserve,” Jindal said. The pro-life law,...
  • US Judge Blocks Enforcement of New La Abortion Law [Government by Judiciary!]

    08/31/2014 8:25:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | August 31, 2014 | JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    US Judge Blocks Enforcement of New La Abortion Law August 31 2014 JANET McCONNAUGHEY ABATON ROUGE, La. A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of Louisiana's restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers disagree about whether his order covers doctors at all five of the state's clinics or only two doctors and three clinics. District Judge John deGravelles says the law can still take effect Monday. But he says officials cannot penalize the doctors and clinics that sued for breaking it until after a hearing on a broader pretrial order
  • Mary Landrieu And Her House Of Cards

    08/31/2014 2:38:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Jeff Crouere
    This election has been most difficult for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) with one mistake after another taking her off message. First it was discovered that she was charging taxpayers for at least four campaign flights. Her embarrassing mistakes were not something Louisiana voters should expect from a Senator with so much experience. Mary Landrieu has been in political office since 1979 and has served in the U.S. Senate since 1997. It is inexcusable for Landrieu not to know that taxpayers should not be charged for campaign air travel. Her latest stumble involves residency. When qualifying for re-election, Landrieu used...
  • The Koch Brothers Turn On Chris Christie and Warn Him About Setting Up Obamacare

    11/11/2012 11:48:12 AM PST · by drewh · 28 replies
    Politics USA ^ | November 11th, 2012
    The Koch Brothers think-tank, Americans for Prosperity, handed down a warning to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for not rejecting provisions in the ACA to submit health insurance exchange plans ahead of the health law’s full implementation. Republicans were already furious with Christie for praising President Obama’s rapid response to the super-storm Sandy that ravaged parts of the East Coast last week, and now the Koch Brothers are pressuring him to reject a New Jersey exchange bill to rebuff the ACA’s requirement before a November 16 cutoff date for states to set up health insurance exchanges. If states fail to...
  • Louisiana lawmaker: Opposition to border bill is 'insurmountable'

    07/31/2014 4:00:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 31, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    Republican opposition to a border-relief package is “insurmountable,” a Tea Party conservative predicted Thursday. House GOP leaders have delayed their August vacation in an attempt to hash out the Republican differences over an emergency response to the child migrant crisis at the southern border. But Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said there are no changes GOP leaders could make to their $659 million package that would win the support of 218 Republicans. “I think it's insurmountable. I don't care who the whips and who the leadership are,” said Fleming. “Number one, we are a completely wide spectrum. We've got some members...
  • Fleming on Not Reading 10,535 Pages of Obamacare Regs: “They’re Incomprehensible”

    10/15/2013 9:59:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 15, 2013 - 3:14 PM | Penny Starr
    When CNSNews.com asked Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) if he had read all of the 10,535 pages of final regulations published by the administration to implement Obamacare in the Federal Register, he said he had not and described them as “incomprehensible.” “Well, of course, I voted against [Obamacare], and I have not read all the rules and regulations,” Fleming told CNSNews.com earlier this month at the Capitol. “They’re extremely complex. An average person even with a law degree or a medical degree like me can’t understand them,” Fleming said. “They’re incomprehensible.” When asked if he was surprised by the large number...
  • GOP Rep.: We might find Bigfoot before an Obamacare enrollee

    10/15/2013 2:44:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | October 15, 2013 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Rep. John Fleming said Tuesday that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should step down because her agency had three years to prepare for the debut of online insurance markets that have been plagued by computer glitches. Mr. Fleming, Louisiana Republican, said the new health care law is a “ship in search of an iceberg” that will harm the nation once it’s fully implemented, a claim that diverges from the White House’s insistence that online markets tied to the law will improve during a six-month open enrollment period that began Oct. 1. “The rest of it is going to...
  • Support Rep. Fleming's Amendment (require Congress to sign-up for healthcare plan they force on us)

    10/28/2009 9:06:05 AM PDT · by PrivateIdaho · 9 replies · 1,024+ views
    Congressman John Fleming's Website ^ | 10/28/2009 | John Fleming
    This morning, I received the following email, which is currently being circulated around the internet: Congressman John Fleming (Louisiana physician) has proposed an amendment that would require congressmen and senators to take the same healthcare plan they force on us (under proposed legislation they are curiously exempt). Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go on his Website and sign his petition at: http://fleming.house.gov/index.html. Please urge as many people as you can to do the same! If Congress forces this on the American people, the Congressmen should have to accept the same level of health care for themselves and their families.
  • Politicians, Heal Thyselves!

    07/24/2009 5:44:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1,023+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | July 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSENISS DAILY Staff
    Health Reform: If Democrats in Washington think their health care reform with a public option is a good thing, why have they exempted themselves from it? Why isn't what's good for their constituents good for them?During ABC's June 24 infomercial for government-run health care broadcast from the White House, President Obama was asked if he and his family would abide by the restrictions and limitations that came with his proposed reforms. In what Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com called "Obama's Michael Dukakis moment," President Obama refused to make such a pledge and confessed that if "it's my family member, if it's...
  • Obama’s Request to Cover Christian Symbol Reveals Country’s Move toward Socialism, Secularism

    04/29/2009 5:54:24 AM PDT · by kellynla · 21 replies · 1,217+ views
    cnsnews.com ^ | April 28, 2009 | Penny Starr
    Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said he was “disturbed” by President Barack Obama’s request to have the symbolic name for Jesus Christ – IHS – covered from a pediment that was visible behind him when he spoke at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall on April 14. “I join many Christians in expressing my outrage at this request,” Fleming said after requesting one minute to speak on the House floor. “This administration has no problem spending money imprinted with the phrase, ‘In God We Trust,’ but won’t have our president speak with any symbol of Christ in public view,” Fleming said. “We begin...
  • Sons of Guns' Will Hayden was arrested for rape; show cancelled. [Vanity]

    08/30/2014 2:32:55 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 21 replies
    Several sources | bjřrn14
    Will Hayden, the star of Discovery Channel's Sons of Guns TV show was arrested for aggravated rape of an 11-year old girl in East Baton Rouge, LA. Discovery has cancelled the show and Red Jacket Firearms has severed all business ties with Hayden. Sorry, I cannot post a link.
  • Tea Party candidate files residency challenge against Landrieu

    08/29/2014 2:42:43 PM PDT · by maggief · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 29, 2014 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    Louisiana GOP Senate candidate Rob Maness filed legal complaints against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu on Friday, saying questions about her residency should disqualify her from the ballot. A week ago, Maness, a Tea Party-backed retired Air Force colonel, informed the Louisiana secretary of state of inconsistencies in Landrieu’s residency status. The Washington Post looked into the issue and found she listed her parents’ home in New Orleans to qualify for the ballot, but listed her home on Capitol Hill in Washington as her home address. "The Constitution, Louisiana law and common sense say candidates for Senate have to live...
  • Uh Oh: Mary Landrieu Doesn't Own a Home in Louisiana

    08/29/2014 9:30:48 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 77 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Guy Benson
    This is…not what embattled "Louisiana" Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu wanted to read in the Washington Post -- which, as it turns out, is her hometown paper: In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill. Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. On...
  • Why Republicans Will Take the Senate

    08/28/2014 8:16:57 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 44 replies
    Realclearpolitics ^ | August 28, 2014
    Netting six Senate seats is a challenge, especially since part of that equation would require Republicans to retain their own competitive seats in places like Georgia and Kentucky. But Republicans believe that the stars, moons, and planets are all aligning for just such a changing tide this November.
  • Brain-eating amoeba found in St. John Parish water system

    08/28/2014 4:36:46 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 28 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 8/28/14 | Littice Bacon-Blood
    The water system in Reserve, Garyville and Mount Airy has tested positive for a potentially deadly brain-eating bacteria, the state Department of Health and Hospitals said Wednesday. Officials say the Naegleria fowleri amoeba was found in samples taken from St. John the Baptist Parish's Water District No. 1, which serves 12,577 people in those east bank communities. There are no known cases of illness from the bacteria. But officials warned residents to take precautions against getting water in their nasal passages, which is how the amoeba can move to the brain. "Families can take simple steps to protect themselves from...
  • Landrieu claims parents’ home as her own, raising questions of Louisiana residency

    08/28/2014 4:27:33 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Washingon Post ^ | 8-28-14 | Philip Rucker
    NEW ORLEANS — In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill. Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. On a statement of candidacy Landrieu filed with the Federal Election Commission in January, she listed her Capitol Hill home as her address. But...
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to sue Obama Administration on Common Core

    08/27/2014 7:24:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-27-14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he was filing a lawsuit on Wednesday against the Obama administration over alleged manipulation of grant money to force states to accept Common Core as their school standards. Mr. Jindal is also accusing the White House of manipulating the regulatory process to compel states to take the much-disputed educational program, The Associated Press reported. The U.S. Department of Education used its $4.3 billion grant program and waiver policy to press states into accepting the same educational testing and standards program. Mr. Jindal said that action “effectively forces states down a path toward a national curriculum,”...
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal to sue feds over Common Core

    08/27/2014 6:52:27 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 7 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 08/27/2014 | Associated Press
    Gov. Bobby Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. The U.S. Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and federal policy waivers to encourage states to adopt uniform education standards and testing. The Republican governor says that "effectively forces states down a path toward a national curriculum" in violation of the state sovereignty clause in the Constitution and federal laws that prohibit national control of education content. A draft copy of the lawsuit...
  • The Case for the Louisiana System: Republicans lose to Democrats thanks to third-party spoilers

    08/25/2014 8:01:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 142 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/25/2014 | Bruce Walker
    Fox News recently had a political story noting that in several close Senate races in red states, Libertarian candidates might keep the Republican nominee from winning seats held by Democrats today. In the last three election cycles, liberal Democrats in Senate races have won races with less than half the vote, and with the majority of the vote going to the Republican nominee and candidates more conservative than that nominee. In 2008, Mark Begich won in Alaska with 47.8% of the vote, while Republican Ted Stevens earned 46.6% and Bob Bird of the Alaska Independence Party, endorsed by Ron Paul,...
  • Rob Maness Qualifies for Senate Race, Questions Sen. Landrieu's Eligibility

    08/22/2014 9:37:31 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 26 replies
    My ArkLaMiss.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Nick Lawton
    On the final day of qualifying, another Republican candidate for U.S. Senate signed on the dotted line and qualified for the race. Republican candidate and retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness qualified at the Secretary of State's Office just before 11 a.m. on Friday. A crowd of supporters gathered at the office to cheer Maness on as he qualified. Maness told KTVE/KARD he will be a candidate who upholds the Constitution in office. He promises to protect local veterans by fighting to dismantle the Department of Veterans Affairs and absorbing it into the Department of Defense, abolishing the VA medical...
  • Rob Maness Qualifies for Senate Race, Questions Sen. Landrieu's Eligibility

    08/22/2014 9:00:05 PM PDT · by chemicalman
    KTVE/KARD ^ | 08/22/2014 | Nick Lawton
    BATON ROUGE, LA (KTVE/KARD) -- On the final day of qualifying, another Republican candidate for U.S. Senate signed on the dotted line and qualified for the race. Republican candidate and retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness qualified at the Secretary of State's Office just before 11 a.m. on Friday. A crowd of supporters gathered at the office to cheer Maness on as he qualified. Maness told KTVE/KARD he will be a candidate who upholds the Constitution in office. He promises to protect local veterans by fighting to dismantle the Department of Veterans Affairs and absorbing it into the Department of...
  • frightening number:

    08/22/2014 5:32:40 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 30 replies
    NRCC email | Majority Whip Steve Scalise
    Friend, We have a fight on our hands—and the future of our country is on the line. Obama, Pelosi, and the Democrats have outraised us by $27 MILLION this cycle. That’s a frightening number. We have only 75 days to cut that gap before Election Day in order to beat the Democrats. Friend, this is why I’m reaching out to you personally. Your name is on my list as someone who has not yet contributed to our winning cause this year. I am counting on you to help out by midnight tonight. (SNIP) Friend, every day that passes without your...
  • 6900 haven't sent papers needed for insurance [In LA, 310,000 in US]

    08/22/2014 2:57:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    AP ^ | 8/22/2014
    Federal officials say about 6,900 Louisiana residents could lose insurance under the Affordable Care Act unless they send copies of citizenship or immigration papers to prove they're eligible. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services says they're among nearly 1 million people nationwide whose citizenship or immigration details don't match government records. It says most sent in the paperwork but 310,000 have not, in spite of many reminders. Those people are getting letters saying coverage will be cancelled unless they send the paperwork by Sept. 5.