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  • Landrieu Defends $2.5 Million D.C. Mansion To Louisianans

    10/20/2014 9:27:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    America rising ^ | October 20, 2014
    At an event in Bogalusa, Louisiana Saturday, Mary Landrieu took time out of her stump speech to get something “off my chest” about her $2.5 million D.C. mansion. ... Landrieu lives in a 7,316 square foot D.C. mansion with 5 bathrooms, 4 water heaters, 2 dishwashers, and 82 fire sprinkler heads. Meanwhile, Landrieu does not own any developed property in Louisiana and bunks with her parents on the occasions she visits the state.
  • Mary Landrieu is the best choice by far for Louisiana: Editorial (NOLA) (Barf alert)

    10/20/2014 7:45:08 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 23 replies
    Times Picayune, NOLA.com ^ | 10/17/2014 | Times Picayune Board
    When Mary Landrieu was elected to the U.S. Senate 18 years ago, Louisiana residents needed her to become a strong and effective advocate for the state. She did that, forging relationships across party lines, pushing three different presidents and her colleagues in Congress to treat us fairly and building the clout that comes not only with seniority but respect. The benefits to Louisiana have been enormous. At a time when the New Orleans area needed eloquent and powerful leadership after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the levee breaches, Sen. Landrieu provided it. She championed our community's right to be rebuilt,...
  • Why Mary Landrieu’s Vaunted ‘Charm’ Is Failing

    10/19/2014 1:35:34 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | October 15, 2014 | Ellen Carmichael
    Much has been made of the charisma deficit between Louisiana’s Democratic senator Mary Landrieu and her main Republican challenger, Representative Bill Cassidy. Beltway media have long suggested that her family ties and New Orleans accent could insulate Landrieu from attacks on her record. They’ve noted, too, that Cassidy, a public-health doctor who specializes in the treatment of liver diseases, appears robotic and rigid, unlike the vivacious Louisianans he’d like to represent in the U.S. Senate. Cassidy’s strong debate performance Tuesday evening surprised friends and foes alike who thought meeting Landrieu, a 34-year political veteran and member of a New Orleans...
  • 'Dancing with Duck Dynasty': Heiress gives God glory.

    10/17/2014 7:07:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    wnd.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Diana Anderson-Tyler
    Most of us would describe the runaway hit TV show “Duck Dynasty” with terms such as “redneck,” “duck hunting,” “bayou,” “backwoods” and, of course, “beards.” However, I would argue that the word the Robertson family would most like their viewers to associate them with is “faith.”
  • Louisiana Senate: Landrieu (D) 41%, Cassidy (R) 38%, Maness (R) 14%

    10/15/2014 3:11:38 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 39 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | October 15, 2014
    Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu has edged slightly ahead of Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy in Louisiana’s nail biter of a Senate race, but Cassidy holds a wide advantage if the race goes to a runoff. Landrieu now picks up 41% of the vote to Cassidy’s 38% in the latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Louisiana Voters. Another Republican, Tea Party favorite Rob Maness, earns 14% support, while two percent (2%) prefer one of the other candidates in the race.
  • I'm a feminist, and I converted to Islam

    10/15/2014 1:44:17 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 148 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/14/2014 | Theresa Corbin
    I am a Muslim, but I wasn't always. I converted to Islam in November 2001, two months after 9/11. I was 21 and living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was a bad time to be a Muslim. But after four years of studying, poking and prodding at world religions and their adherents, I decided to take the plunge. I am the product of a Creole Catholic and an Irish atheist. I grew up Catholic, then was agnostic, now I'm Muslim. My journey to Islam began when I was about 15 years old in Mass and had questions about my faith....
  • Mark Levin endorses Rob Maness for Senate (LA)

    10/14/2014 2:35:03 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 10/14/14
    Mark Levin endorses Rob Maness for Senate
  • Charter School Health Improves, Gives Hope to Parents and Students

    10/14/2014 9:14:00 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 11, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    At the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, several public charter school officials lauded the rising popularity of charter schools across the United States. Kenneth Campbell, president of Louisiana’s Black Alliance for Educational Options, Scott Pearson, executive director of the D.C. public charter school board, and Todd Ziebarth, senior vice president of state advocacy and support for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, spoke at the event. Ziebarth summarized findings from a recent study by his organization, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, on the health of public charter schools in the U.S. Their study, “The Health of the Public...
  • Judge blocks disposal of Ebola victim’s burned belongings in Louisiana

    10/13/2014 8:05:09 PM PDT · by bgill · 49 replies
    Dallas Morning News via LATimes ^ | Oct. 13, 2014 | Kurtis Lee
    District Judge Bob Downing issued the injunction Monday afternoon after state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell requested a temporary order to keep the incinerated items out of Louisiana. In a statement late Sunday, Caldwell cited reports that “six truckloads” of items from the Texas apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan was staying were set to be dumped at a Louisiana landfill after being burned at a Veolia Environmental Services plant in Port Arthur, Texas. Duncan fell ill with Ebola in Texas and died Wednesday.
  • Tulane researchers race to develop rapid Ebola finger-prick test

    10/13/2014 2:10:08 PM PDT · by BBell · 17 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 10/13/14 | Rebecca Catalanello
    It can take three minutes to know if you're pregnant, but hours or days to know if you've contracted Ebola. Scientists with Tulane University are working frantically to change that.Dr. Robert Garry, the Tulane professor of microbiology and immunology who helps lead the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium based in Sierra Leone, said that early detection and diagnosis should go a long way toward stemming the worst Ebola outbreak in history. In June, the National Institutes of Health awarded his team and Corgenix Medical Corp. $2.9 million to develop a rapid diagnostic test that would give health care workers a fast...
  • State (AG) wants to stop ashes of Ebola victim's belongings from being brought to Louisiana

    10/12/2014 7:53:38 PM PDT · by maggief · 64 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | October 12, 2014 | Diana Samuels
    Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said late Sunday that he will seek a temporary restraining order to stop the incinerated belongings of Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan from being brought to a Louisiana landfill. However, there is no evidence that this would spread the dreaded disease. The items include linens, carpets and bedding from Duncan's apartment. Six truckloads of the "potential Ebola-contaminated material" were burned at a facility in Port Arthur, Texas, on Friday, Caldwell said in a statement. The ashes are planned to be brought to a hazardous-waste landfill in Louisiana, but Caldwell is trying to stop that...
  • The ‘Maroon 6’: A Better Way To Look At The 2014 Senate Races

    10/11/2014 7:53:56 AM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 30 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 10/10/2014 | Nate Silver
    Fortunately for the GOP, there are six races that lean toward Republicans: Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky and Louisiana. We’ll refer to these states as the “Maroon 6” (because maroon is somewhere between red and purple). In each Maroon 6 state, the Republican candidate has a 65 percent to 75 percent chance of winning, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast.
  • Venezuela Ordered To Pay Exxon $1.6B For Nationalization

    10/10/2014 5:18:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | October 09, 2014 | Corina Pons & Alexandra Ulmer
    A World Bank arbitration tribunal on Thursday ordered Venezuela to pay Exxon Mobil Corp around $1.6 billion to compensate for the 2007 nationalization of its oil projects in the country. The amount is far below the up to $10 billion that Exxon had originally sought and the $6 billion at which the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) capped the case, excluding a tax claim. "The Tribunal has found that the expropriation was conducted in accordance with due process, that it was not carried out contrary to undertakings given to the claimants in this respect and...
  • Jonathan Capehart Hopes Mary Landrieu Can 'Wobble' to Re-Election

    10/10/2014 6:59:47 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 10, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Forget about voting record or positions on policy. What really counts for Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post is knowing how to properly perform a dance step. Or at least he hopes that will be the secret to electoral success for Senator Mary Landrieu whose voting record such as supporting Obamacare has made her unpopular in Louisiana. The dance step Capehart is referring to is called the "Wobble." Here is Capehart gushing over Landrieu's ability at performing a Wobble and hoping that it will help with her re-election:
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu feels so good about her reelection, she just fired her campaign manager

    10/09/2014 8:02:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Things are just humming right along: In what appears to be a significant October campaign shakeup, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is replacing her campaign manager and hiring her former chief of staff as a senior adviser.The Democrat has pushed Adam Sullivan out of the manager role and replaced him with Ryan Berni, who ran her brother MitchÂ’s reelection campaign as New Orleans mayor. Berni is a former aide to Clintonista and Louisianan James Carville.Polls show Landrieu falling short of the 50 percent she needs to avoid a December runoff, and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy has a slight lead in...
  • Mary Landrieu replaces campaign manager

    10/08/2014 7:32:31 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | Oct 8, 2014 | By JAMES HOHMANN |
    In what appears to be a significant October campaign shakeup, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is replacing her campaign manager and hiring her former chief of staff as a senior adviser. The Democrat has pushed Adam Sullivan out of the manager role and replaced him with Ryan Berni, who ran her brother Mitch’s reelection campaign as New Orleans mayor. Berni is a former aide to Clintonista and Louisianan James Carville. Polls show Landrieu falling short of the 50 percent she needs to avoid a December runoff, and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy has a slight lead in head-to-head matchups. The Times-Picayune of...
  • Landrieu On a Limb

    10/08/2014 3:23:42 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    NRO ^ | July 17, 2013 | Andrew Stiles
    It’s dark out. A grungy-looking band of (presumably Hispanic) immigrants enters through a hole in a chain-link fence, next to a lit-up “Enter Here” sign. The U.S. Border Patrol is there, but can only look on in frustration. The immigrants, to their profound surprise and delight, are greeted with balloons, fireworks, a marching band, a bilingual welcome banner, and a giant check made out to “All Illegal Aliens” for “A Lot of Taxpayer Money.” They are driven away in limousine, giant check in tow, as they high-five and fist-pump out the windows. “Charlie Melancon — thanks to him, we might...
  • Students, stomachs grumble over Michelle O’s menu

    10/08/2014 10:10:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | 10-08-2014 | Kyle Olson
    BURLEY, Idaho – Burley High School has seen a 25 percent decrease in participation since changes to the National School Lunch Program went into effect. Michelle Obama hand on student 337x244Those students now “bring sack lunches, dash off campus for fast food or skip the meal altogether,” according to the Times-News. “It was not edible. It was a greasy little hot pocket,” parent Steve Wells says. “When we were little, everything at school was homemade.” The school lunch “doesn’t taste as good,” student Ana Inzunza tells the paper. “It’s missing flavor and tastes plain.” “There are a lot of challenges,”...
  • Bobby Jindal: I agree with Ted Cruz on gay marriage

    10/08/2014 7:48:43 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 7, 2014 | 6:04 pm | T. Becket Adams
    Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., on Tuesday said that he agrees with potential 2016 presidential rival Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on the issue of gay marriage, which is back in the news because of the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to reject requests from five states aimed at keeping bans on same-sex marriage in place.“I certainly agree with the senator," Jindal said during a Tuesday conference call, in response to a question from the Washington Examiner. "I think he has proposed, he is already proposing some legislation on this, I certainly agree with the senator. I do believe marriage is between...
  • Rumble In The Jungle: Republicans Could Win Louisiana Outright… With A Tweak

    10/07/2014 1:09:50 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/06/2014 | Christopher Bedford
    A new, in-depth analysis of the closely-watched Louisiana Senate race shows that Republicans can cleanly defeat Sen. Mary Landrieu on Nov. 4 — saving millions of political dollars and putting the GOP one step closer to a Senate majority — but they need one thing to happen first: Third-place Republican candidate Rob Maness needs to bow out. In a study exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller, data and analytics firm 0ptimus conducted an opinion-read of 5,711 likely voters to find out if a Republican dropping out of the Louisiana “jungle primary” would make a difference on Nov. 4; if the...
  • In Arkansas, Bill Clinton tries to save Democrats from Barack Obama

    10/06/2014 5:51:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 6, 2014 | Byron York
    what is likely to become a theme of the last weeks of campaigning before the midterm elections, former President Bill Clinton all but begged voters here in Arkansas not to use their vote as an expression of disapproval for Barack Obama. The president is playing an outsized role in the race between Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. Obama is seriously unpopular here; a recent survey by the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling put his job approval rating at 31 percent, versus 62 percent disapproval. ... The Democratic effort to free Pryor and...
  • Ex-governor, ex-con Edwards makes colorful, controversial comeback bid in Louisiana

    10/06/2014 7:16:05 AM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 06, 2014 | Kyle Rothenberg
    From the big house to the U.S. House? At 87 years old and after serving nearly a decade in prison, former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards sees nothing unusual about mounting a return to public office.
  • Landrieu Votes to Advance DREAM Act

    10/04/2014 2:36:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies
    Senator Mary Landrieu ^ | December 18, 2010
    United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., issued the following statement today after her vote to invoke cloture on the DREAM Act. The cloture motion was defeated by a vote of 55-41. Sen. Landrieu said: "America is a land of enormous opportunity that is strengthened, not weakened, by the immeasurable contributions of people from different backgrounds. There are 2.1 million young people in this country who were brought to America by their parents as children. They are undocumented, yet they know no other home than the United States of America. I believe these young adults deserve a chance to earn...
  • GOP 2016: What about Bobby Jindal?

    10/03/2014 12:26:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/03/2014 | Byron York
    A few months ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal traveled to Washington to introduce a new national health care proposal. While there, he arranged to meet privately with a small group of conservative journalists and policy experts at the offices of the Ethics and Public Policy Center think tank. Some of the experts engaged Jindal in debate about one of the plan's more arcane provisions. The back-and-forth between Jindal and his questioners went deep into the proposal's details, and it was soon clear that Jindal could dive as far into the health care policy weeds as any of the wonkiest wonks....
  • LA Sen Candidate Cassidy Pledges Opposition to Amnesty

    10/01/2014 7:14:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Louisiana Senate candidate and current Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) expressed his opposition to increased guest workers, and support for securing the border before any further immigration reform was pursued in addition to repatriating the unaccompanied minors and family units that have recently crossed the border on Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “I sent a letter to the Speaker a year and a half ago saying we should pursue immigration reform in a stepwise process. First, secure the border, secure the border, secure the border [and] take care of visa overstays... We are on the record, you have to...
  • Louisiana VA hospital lacks pajamas and sheets, but spends millions on new furniture, TVs and solar

    10/01/2014 4:51:30 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 29 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 1, 2014 | Tori Richards
    Veterans at the Shreveport, La., Veterans Affairs hospital have been going without toothbrushes, toothpaste, pajamas, sheets and blankets while department officials spend money on new Canadian-made furniture, televisions to run public service announcements and solar panels, a Watchdog investigation has revealed. Sources inside the hospital told Watchdog.org that patients also have had to contend with substandard care, as many nurses spend less time on work than on cell phones, iPods or accessing personal data on hospital computers.
  • 2nd Destrehan High School teacher accused of sexual misconduct with student arrested

    10/01/2014 1:48:49 PM PDT · by BBell · 29 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 10/1/14 | Helen Freund
    A second Destrehan High School teacher has been in arrested in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct with a student. Rachel Respess, 24, of Kenner turned herself over to authorities Wednesday around 10:30 a.m., according to her attorney, Jeffrey Smith. Authorities say she and another teacher had a sexual encounter with a 16-year-old student. Respess was booked on one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, one count of indecent behavior, and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Smith said.Another teacher, Shelley Dufresne, 32, was arrested Tuesday. Dufresne, who lives in Montz, was booked with carnal...
  • Destrehan teacher arrested for reported sexual relationship with student [ Louisiana]

    10/01/2014 1:31:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    WDSU ^ | Oct 01, 2014 | Juan Sanchez
    DESTREHAN, La. —Authorities in St. Charles Parish arrested a 34-year-old teacher Tuesday afternoon on allegations of sexual misconduct with a student. Deputies placed Shelley Dufresne under arrest for one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. She is a teacher at Destrehan High School, located west of New Orleans. ... Officials with the St. Charles Parish Public School District reported the incident to the Sheriff's Office. Investigators were told that the student was bragging to other students that he was "having a sexual relationship with teachers." "An additional incident has allegedly occurred in another jurisdiction and that agency is participating...
  • Senator Mary Landrieu Claims Pro-Gun Stance Despite Voting Record

    10/01/2014 9:28:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/1/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) voted for Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) failed gun control bill in April 2013 and is endorsed by gun control proponent Michael Bloomberg, but she is claiming pro-gun status in her bid for a fourth term in the Senate. According to the Shreveport Times, Landrieu's campaign is trying to put distance between the Senator and her gun control vote by pointing to other votes she "cast favoring gun ownership."
  • Elbert Guillory: Mary Landrieu is Not Helping Blacks

    10/01/2014 4:51:58 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 27 replies
    FreeAtLast PAC ^ | 9/29/14 | Elbert Guillory
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEjqRLjP7Io "You are not Mary's cause and you are certainly not her charity. You are just a vote - nothing less, nothing more. You are just a means to an end, so that she remains in power."
  • Louisiana restaurant offers heat-packing incentive: Way to weed out gun-grabbers!

    09/29/2014 9:08:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | 9/28/2014 | Tom Tillison
    While a number of businesses are welcoming customers carrying firearms, a Louisiana restaurant has taken it a step further – offering an incentive to gun-toting diners. Bergeron’s Restaurant, located in Port Allen, is offering a 10 percent discount to any patron packing heat, according to local affiliate NBC33.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    09/29/2014 6:39:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 29, 2014 | Richard A. Baehr
    Republicans are scrambling to save a seat that they thought was in the bag. Republican chances to win control of the Senate in the 2014 midterms, requiring a pickup of six seats, have taken a blow. Kansas, a state no one considered anything other than a safe hold for the party a few months ago, now appears to be slipping away. After a contentious primary resulting in a victory for the 78-year incumbent Pat Roberts over tea party challenger Milton Wolf, things have gone steadily south for Roberts. Wolf refused to close ranks and endorse Roberts. A self-funded independent, 45-year-old...
  • Cruz, Jindal, Ryan urge midterm turnout

    09/28/2014 2:36:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 28, 2014, 01:17 pm | Timothy Cama
    Three Republicans rumored to be considering presidential runs for 2016 headed to an Iowa religious banquet to push conservatives to vote in this year’s midterm electionsAs they courted voters in the first state to hold a formal presidential electoral event every four years, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) made slightly different cases for voting, The Associated Press reported.The three spoke at a Saturday fundraiser for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.Cruz railed against ObamaCare and Democratic proposals to allow some undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally, promising that a Republican-controlled...
  • Sarah Palin holds an alligator during Rob Maness campaign event

    09/27/2014 4:50:54 PM PDT · by BBell · 38 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/27/14 | Cole Avery
    Sarah Palin has made a lot of stump speeches, but the wide-eyed look on her face showed Saturday's might have been her first to feature a live alligator. Palin attended an event for Senate candidate Rob Maness at Restaurant des Familles in Crown Point. Following the speech, Maness surprised the former Alaska governor with a three-foot gator. The visit from the scaly guest -- courtesy of Insta-Gator Ranch in Covington -- was met with zydeco music and a standing ovation from the 100-plus Maness supporters in attendance. "She just laughed about it," Maness said. "She's a warrior for American and...
  • Vitter on the campaign trail against Landrieu

    09/26/2014 9:05:31 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    WBRZ ^ | Hunter Robinson
    Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. National anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony List announced that Vitter will be door-knocking Saturday morning in Baton Rouge with its representatives.
  • Houma dodged a racial bullet: James Varney

    09/26/2014 1:57:12 PM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    http://www.nola.com ^ | 9/26/14 | James Varney
    If a white cop had shot and killed that 14-year-old kid in Houma last Tuesday, there's a good chance Houma would be a household word. The town dodged a racial bullet. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's deputies responded in force to reports armed "men" had entered an abandoned house. Houma is not some sprawling, crime-riddled metropolis; chances are good everyone knew or could see the house was abandoned. It wasn't quite 6 p.m. - plenty of light left. Cameron Tillman, a black 14-year-old freshman at Ellender Memorial High School answered the door when the cops knocked. He was shot and killed. Initial...
  • Public Pension Funds Face $2 Trillion Shortfall, Moodys Warns

    09/26/2014 11:53:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    zh ^ | 09/26/2014 | Tyler Durden
    the 25 biggest systems by assets averaged a 7.45% return from 2004 to 2013, but liabilities tripled over the same period leaving them facing a $2 trillion shortfall as investment returns can’t keep up with ballooning obligations. The top 25 funds account for 40% of the entire US public pension system with Illinois, Kentucky, Connecticut, and Louisiana at the top of the 'most underfunded' list. .... the New York-based credit rater’s calculation of liabilities tripled in the eight years through 2012, ... liabilities are crowding out spending for services, roads and schools.
  • Yes, You Should Support Rob Maness for US Senate

    09/26/2014 10:44:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 9/26/14 | Erick Erickson
    Look at how the NRSC races have gone. We may lose Kansas because the NRSC did not vet their candidate there. We may very well lose North Carolina too. But the NRSC told us their candidate there was the best candidate. Now, in Louisiana, the NRSC is telling us not to support Rob Maness for the Senate. “Trust us,” they tell us. Look at their track record. I am supporting Rob Maness and you should too. Both Cassidy and Landrieu are creatures of Washington, D.C. Hell, Landrieu is routinely cited as a Washington, D.C. resident. Cassidy too is a creature...
  • Slain delivery driver remembered: 'He was loved by so many people'

    09/25/2014 1:24:56 PM PDT · by BBell · 1 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/25/14 | Jonathan Bullington
    It was Wednesday, they all said, and Chris should have been there. On any other Wednesday, Richard Yeager - known as "Chris" by virtually everyone who knew him - would have been seated at the table by the small stage in the back of GrandPre's on North Rampart Street for the bar's popular karaoke night, which he co-hosted for the last few years. Regular visitors would have had their names placed in the queue upon entrance, and would get their turns to select from the seemingly unending catalog of karaoke songs at Yeager's disposal. But this Wednesday, despite a packed...
  • Teen killed by Terrebonne Parish deputy was holding BB gun, newspaper reports

    09/25/2014 12:54:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 39 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/25/14 | Ben Estes
    The teen shot and killed Tuesday (Sept. 23) by a Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's deputy was holding a BB gun, The Courier reported Wednesday. The deputy, who was investigating reports of armed individuals at an abandoned house in Houma, was met at the door by 14-year-old Cameron Tillman holding a BB gun, Terrebonne Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said. The deputy, thinking it was a real gun, "feared for his life," he said.
  • John Feehery: Fleeting gain, lasting worry (Scalise's buddy says pass amnesty)

    09/24/2014 3:59:33 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | John Feehery
    As the Senate wrapped up work before departing for the elections, Republicans forced a vote on the issue of immigration, wanting to put Democrats on record on the controversial issue of the president’s executive authority to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It’s obvious that, through the short-term lens of the coming election, this proved to be a smart political maneuver. In fact, four vulnerable Democrats sided with the Republicans and against the president because they were so worried about the political volatility of the vote. This follows a vote by House Republicans before the August recess that...
  • 2 teens arrested in slaying of Domino's driver

    09/23/2014 2:21:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 41 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 · 30 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 · 45 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 · 134 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...