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  • Bogalusa judge accused of running illegal 'modern-day debtors' prison'

    06/23/2016 4:36:26 PM PDT · by BBell · 7 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/23/16 | Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    When poor defendants guilty of minor crimes enter Bogalusa Judge Robert Black's courtroom, they are often met with no quarter, according to a federal lawsuit that accuses Black of running an illegal "modern-day debtors' prison." It's pay the fine or immediately begin jail time, with little room to negotiate for those who can't afford to pay. The Southern Poverty Law Center sued Black Tuesday (June 21) in federal court in New Orleans in an attempt to halt that policy, which its lawyers called unconstitutional. They're representing four impoverished defendants worried they'll run afoul of Black at their upcoming hearings."Our clients...
  • JPSO Deputy Shot Has Died; NOPD Chief Says

    06/22/2016 11:44:28 AM PDT · by Bogey78O · 25 replies
    Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputy who was shot Wednesday (June 22) during a pedestrian stop in Harvey has died, confirms NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. Harrison said the officer was pronounced dead at University Medical Center. JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato also confirmed the news. The officer was shot after noon near the intersection of Manhattan Boulevard and Ascot Road, Fortunato said. He said the shooting happened during a pedestrian stop.
  • Flashback: Democrat Calls Border Fence "Dumb" While Claiming South Dakota is a Border State

    07/09/2014 12:57:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/13/13 | Katie Pavlich
    Thursday during debate on the Senate floor about an amendment offered by Republican Senator John Thune requiring 350 miles of double-layer fencing along the southern border, Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu called the fence "dumb" and claimed South Dakota is a border state. Thune's amendment backs up the 2006 Secure Fence Act (which Landrieu voted for) requiring 700 miles of double layer fence along the southwest border with Mexico, of which only 36 miles have been completed. I’m going to speak about this amendment for just a minute, but I’ld like to respond to Senator Thune, and I wish that we...
  • Louisiana Re-brands Common Core in Attempt to Dupe Citizens

    06/14/2016 2:22:35 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 6/13/2016 | Alex Newman
    State officials in Louisiana tried to deceive citizens last week by approving what amounts to, essentially, a glorified name change for the deeply unpopular Common Core education standards pushed by the Obama administration. Basically, policymakers re-branded the scheme as “Louisiana Standards,” while pretending that there had been some “revisions” to the widely loathed education-nationalization effort. However, according to experts and activists involved in the process, the politically toxic national education standards imposed on state governments with federal funding and pressure remain almost entirely intact in Louisiana, despite the new name. Similar scams by government officials have taken place in states...
  • Texas man uses 400ft plastic dam he found on Internet to protect his house from record floods

    06/12/2016 9:09:35 AM PDT · by dennisw · 78 replies
    dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 11 June 2016 | Jessica Chia
    Texas man uses 400ft plastic dam he found on the Internet to protect his house from record 27-inch floods - and it worked! Randy Wagner of Rosharon, Texas, drove to Louisiana to buy an Aqua dam He filled 400-foot tube with water to act as giant sandbag around his house Despite odd looks from neighbors, it kept his house dry as families in the county faced mandatory evacuations He paid $8300 for dam, a small price compared to cost of potential damage It might not be the most obvious solution, but using water to fend off more water worked for...
  • Louisiana joins more than 20 states in 'banning the box'

    06/11/2016 11:27:53 AM PDT · by BBell · 39 replies
    BATON ROUGE — State employers will soon evaluate job applicants based on skills and interview conversations, not a checkmark. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the "ban the box" legislation into law Monday to block state employers from asking about job applicants' criminal histories before interviews.
  • Anti-Trump Rapper Busted After Police Spot Stolen Guns in Social Media Post

    06/11/2016 6:37:30 AM PDT · by detective · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Jun 2016 | Jerome Hudson
    Rapper Demarcus Davis was arrested last week after he was seen on YouTube and in social media posts sending death threats to presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump — while brandishing stolen guns. “I really want to go to war with Donald Trump because Donald Trump is tryin’ to take food stamps from my momma and that’s all the (expletive) she got,” the 22-year-old Baton Rouge-based rapper said in a YouTube video posted on May 22. “Let Donald Trump know it’s up over here. We want war; we’re going to declare war.”
  • Bogalusa car fire reflects improper national hate crime count

    06/06/2016 2:52:02 PM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    BOGALUSA, La. (AP) — The knock on the door, strong and quick, jolted Barbara Hicks Collins awake. It was the middle of the night. Someone must be in trouble, she thought. She flung open her front door to the shocking sight of her car engulfed in flames.
  • Louisiana House Takes Stand Against CAIR

    06/03/2016 2:01:54 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 7 replies
    Louisiana House of Representatives ^ | 3 June 16 | Rep. Barry Ivey
    The Louisiana House of Representatives just passed and adopted a resolution (HR170) calling on law enforcement and government agencies in Louisiana to avoid and suspend contacts and outreach activities with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). The vote was 63-18. Congratulations to Rep. Barry Ivey, the resolution's author and to Rep. Mike Johnson Rep. Valarie Hodges and Rep. Cameron Henry for their work in support of the resolution, the first of its kind in America...but certainly not the last.
  • Senate Candidate Bob Maness: Trump Critics Like Bill Kristol "Old School" (Shortened)

    06/01/2016 12:01:57 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 1, 2016 | Dan Riehl
    “America is weaker than it’s ever been” in over fifty years, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Rob Maness, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Louisiana, tells Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon.
  • Major SF earthquake could devastate housing, price out poor and elderly

    09/22/2005 12:49:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 34 replies · 660+ views
    AP ^ | 9/22/5 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    San Francisco -- Rebuilding San Francisco after a major earthquake would change its human face, hastening gentrification and driving out poor and elderly residents, experts and city officials warn. Experts say there's a 62 percent chance a quake with a magnitude of 6.7 or higher will hit the San Francisco Bay area within several decades — or tomorrow. Thousands of homes would be rendered uninhabitable, displacing up to 300,000 residents, almost half the city's population, according to some projections. A major issue would be creating replacement housing for the poor in one of the nation's most expensive markets. About 16,000...
  • Legally-armed citizen won't be prosecuted in fatal Mandeville shooting

    05/28/2016 12:38:08 PM PDT · by BBell · 49 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/28/16 | Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A legally-armed citizen who fatally shot an attacker at a Mandeville convenience store in April will not be prosecuted, St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Warren Montgomry said Friday (May 27). Mandeville police investigators concluded Shawn Breland, 42, of Folsom, was the aggressor at the Shell gasoline station and convenience store at 3959 Louisiana 22. "Although Mr. Breland's death is a tragedy, this office agrees that the shooting was legally justified under the circumstances and will not pursue criminal changes based on the evidence submitted to date," Montgomery said in a news release that included surveillance camera video of the incident....
  • State Representatives Attack Declaration of Independence on Louisiana House Floor

    05/28/2016 5:36:19 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 27 2016 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Democrat Louisiana state representatives launched an attack against the phrase “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence Wednesday in response to the state House’s consideration of an education bill. State Rep. Barbara Norton (D) led the charge against HB 1035, a measure that would require local school boards of education to have students in grades four to six recite a specified section of the Declaration of Independence after the current daily period of silent prayer or meditation and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Valarie Hodges (R), would require students...
  • Louisiana Democrat State Representative Attacks Declaration Of Independence On House Floor

    05/26/2016 4:12:40 PM PDT · by smith5460 · 34 replies
    The Hayride ^ | May 26, 2016 | Scott McKay (MacAoidh)
    HB 1035, a bill by Rep. Valarie Hodges that would have mandated that schoolchildren in Louisiana be taught the Declaration of Independence, sailed through the House Education Committee with a 6-2 vote. But Wednesday, when the bill reached the floor of the House, it had a different fate – amid a torrent of squabbling, Hodges returned the bill to the calendar and it’s likely finished for the session. The Louisiana House of Representatives has 61 Republican members out of 105, and yet it was apparent no consensus for a cornerstone of basic civics in the state’s public schools did not...
  • Louisiana Senate Committee Rejects Bill Protecting Pastors Who Decline to Officiate ‘Gay Weddings’

    05/25/2016 6:29:59 PM PDT · by Coronal · 17 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | May 25, 2016 | Heather Clark
    BATON ROUGE, La. — A Senate committee in Louisiana has rejected a bill that would protect pastors who decline to officiate same-sex “weddings,” asserting that the move would be discriminatory. “As sexual liberty is elevated, we don’t want religious liberty to take a back seat and be pushed off the cliff,” said Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, who introduced the legislation in March. “A legally recognized church or faith under state or federal tax law or regulation, or a religious organization … may not be required by the state to solemnize a marriage, nor provide access to facilities, services, accommodations,...
  • Louisiana Resolution calls for ban on contact with terror-linked CAIR

    05/25/2016 9:46:45 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    Louisiana legislature ^ | 2016 | Louisiana Rep. Barry Ivey
    2016 Regular Session HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 131 BY REPRESENTATIVE IVEY INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: Requests law enforcement and governmental agencies to avoid and suspend contacts and outreach activities with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION To urge and request law enforcement and governmental agencies in Louisiana to avoid and suspend all contacts and outreach activities with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). WHEREAS, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has suspended all formal contacts with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) due to evidence indicating a relationship between CAIR and Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization;...
  • Louisiana could be the first state where targeting police is a hate crime

    05/22/2016 1:16:44 PM PDT · by BBell · 19 replies
    In many states, extra punishment is meted out to those who commit crimes against others because of their race or religion. Such hate-crime laws elevate the heinousness of crimes in which people are targeted because of their identity, their belonging to a group. While hate-crime laws often refer to ethnicity or disability or gender, Louisiana is about to do something different. The state is poised to become the first in the nation where public-safety personnel will be a protected class under hate-crime law - a move that comes amid a simmering national debate about police shootings and whether that debate...
  • LaPlace 5-year-old accidentally shoots herself, dies: What we know Sunday morning

    05/22/2016 1:03:40 PM PDT · by BBell · 56 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/22/16 | Greg LaRose, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A 5-year-old LaPlace girl died Saturday (May 21) after she accidentally shot herself while playing with a handgun, the St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office said. Haley Moore was shot in the chest at the home of her father, Eric Moore, on Country Club Drive and brought to a local hospital where she died. Neighbor Joy Ursin spoke with Moore Sunday morning said he is devastated. "He's faulting himself," she said. Of Harley, Ursine said, "She was full of life, a very spunky little girl. She was just a firecracker." Police have not offered any additional information since Saturday, but...
  • Thug makes video threatening to kill Trump: He wants to take ‘mama’s food stamps’

    05/21/2016 9:05:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | May 20, 2016 | Carmine Sabia
    Louisiana rapper Maine Muzik wants to kill Donald Trump because he’s afraid the presumptive Republican presidential nominee wants to take his “momma’s food stamps.” On the same week Muzik was visited by police for posting a video to his Instagram account where he, and a gang of thugs, showed off a stockpile of weapons, he released the video threatening Trump. …
  • Counterterrorism Resolution in Louisiana House

    05/20/2016 11:59:25 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 3 replies
    Louisiana House of Representatives ^ | 20 May 16 | Barry Ivey
    An important resolution in the Louisiana House of Representatives has been authored by Rep. Barry Ivey. Actually, there are two identical resolutions, one a House resolution and one a House Concurrent Resolution, which would also go over to the Senate. These resolutions call on law enforcement agencies and government entities in the state of Louisiana to to avoid and suspend contacts and outreach activities with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). As the resolution language notes, CAIR has been identified as a Muslim Brotherhood front group and an un-indicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing prosecution in US history...
  • Judge to decide if death-row inmates need air conditioning [Angola LA]

    05/20/2016 10:53:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2016 1:50 PM EDT | Michael Kunzelman
    As summer approaches in Louisiana, prison officials insist that ice, fans and cold showers are enough to protect death-row inmates from dangerous heat and humidity. […] U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson questioned Friday why prison officials won’t spend roughly $1 million to install the air conditioning, since the state has already spent much more money fighting this issue in court. The judge already ruled it unconstitutional to keep inmates where the heat index exceeds 88 degrees. …
  • 'Sanctuary City' bill would penalize New Orleans

    05/17/2016 3:57:24 PM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    http://www.wwltv.com/ ^ | 5/6/16 | Paul Murphy, WWL
    New Orleans is one of two cities in Louisiana identified by some as a so called "Sanctuary City." The other is Lafayette.A Sanctuary City is defined as a city with policies or laws that limit the extent to which law enforcement and other government employees will go to assist the federal government on immigration matters.NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison says immigration is a federal matter and it should be enforced by federal authorities."Many chiefs around the country, I stand with them and they stand with us that immigration is not a local police department issue to enforce," Harrison said. " A...
  • 'The Wire' Actor Wendell Pierce Arrested After Alleged Attack on Sanders Supporter

    05/16/2016 5:57:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 5/15/2016 | unknown
    Police say actor Wendell Pierce has been arrested at an Atlanta hotel where he was a guest. Atlanta Police Department spokesman Donald Hannah says in a statement that Pierce was arrested early Saturday morning at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. New Orleans native Pierce is known for his television roles as Detective William "Bunk" Moreland on The Wire and Antoine Batiste on Treme. TMZ earlier reported that Pierce allegedly got into a physical altercation with a man and woman, reportedly a couple, at the hotel after a political dispute. Citing hotel sources, TMZ reports that Pierce, an avowed Hillary Clinton supporter,...
  • Wendell Pierce of ‘The Wire’ Arrested After Fight Over Bernie Sanders (assaulted Sanders Supporters)

    05/15/2016 11:04:15 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 15 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 05.15.16 7:11 PM ET | Goldie Taylor
    Wendell Pierce of ‘The Wire’ Arrested After Fight Over Bernie Sanders The bitter Democratic primary has now led to a Hollywood actor’s arrest: Hillary Clinton supporter Wendell Pierce was detained by Atlanta police early Sunday after an alleged assault on two Sanders supporters. Politics ain’t beanbag but, if press reports are to be believed, a well-known Hollywood actor and producer may have thrown more than a multi-colored children’s toy at a couple in Atlanta. Wendell Pierce, who turned in standout performances for HBO’s The Wire and Treme, was arrested after an altercation early Sunday morning at an Atlanta hotel. A...
  • Convention of States Resolution PASSES LA Senate!

    05/11/2016 3:12:25 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    cosaction.com ^ | 5/10/16
    Today, Louisiana moved one step closer to joining the call of other states to reign in Washington D.C. The Senate passed the Convention of States resolution, SCR52, by a final vote of 29-6. Here is the roll call vote. I want to personally thank ALL of the volunteers for doing YOUR PART. Today's vote is proof that your phone calls and emails the last few weeks worked. I also want to thank members of the Louisiana grassroots leadership for their outstanding effort on this. We have some of the best grassroots leaders in the country. Without them, this wouldn't have...
  • EXCLUSIVE: 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch Phil Robertson says he'll back Donald Trump...

    05/10/2016 5:34:18 PM PDT · by McGruff · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 10, 2016 | David Martosko
    The long-bearded eccentric told DailyMail.com that 'I'll definitely be there for him' since Trump will likely face Hillary Clinton in November 'I look at the other side and have watched the last eight years. And I just have to go with someone within the Republican Party,' he saidRobertson endorsed Ted Cruz in January, 'but now he's out. Trump's in. So I'll vote for him, no question'His son Willie was an early Trump fan and has appeared with the GOP front-runner at events including a post-election rally at Trump Tower
  • Stanford: Public Pension Debt Jumps 84%, to $4.8 trillion

    05/11/2016 6:54:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 May 2016 | Chriss W. Street
    the public pension debt for the 50 states and the District of Columbia jumped 84 percent in recent years, from $2.625 trillion in 2008 to $4.833 trillion in 2014. ... The highest pension debt/household is in Alaska, with an estimated $113,137 figure; Illinois and California are in the second and third highest rankings at more than $77,000 per household.” The lowest state pension debt per household is in Tennessee at $17,761. Illinois has the lowest “market funded ratio” (value of pension assets divided by market liability), at 23.3 percent. The other 49 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. have a market...
  • POLL: Trump Trounces Hillary In Louisiana With Independents, Democrats And Women (52% to 36%)

    Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is annihilating Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the state of Louisiana, not only with Republicans, but with key groups of Independents and Democrats too, new polling shows. In a head-to-head match-up against Trump and Clinton, Trump leads with 52 percent compared to Clinton’s 36 percent, according to JMC Analytics and Polling. Four percent said they would support a third party and just eight percent said they were undecided. Among white Independents in Louisiana, Trump is winning big, with 73 percent to Clinton’s 17 percent. And even with white Democrats, Trump leads Clinton 53 percent to...
  • How some national media called a Louisiana sheriff racist over incomplete information

    05/08/2016 12:38:45 PM PDT · by BBell · 30 replies
    On April 28, social commentator and New York Daily News senior justice writer Shaun King brought a small town crime story to national attention, setting flame to the gasoline of Internet outrage. Levar Allen of Bossier City, Louisiana, who was repeatedly written about by his local paper for success in various high school sports, from football to wrestling, made headlines for being arrested last month. On April 22, 17-year-old Allen was arrested by the Bossier Sheriff's Office and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and possession of child pornography. He had exchanged sexually explicit videos and photographs...
  • DOTD official to committee: Limit discussion to our proposals or resign

    05/06/2016 8:28:33 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    KATC.com ^ | May 4, 2016 | KATC
    A DOTD project manager has informed a citizen committee that they must limit their discussion to DOTD's selected proposals for the Interstate 49 extension or resign from the committee. The order, issued in an Tuesday email to the Community Working Group, came from Toby Picard, the engineer who is project manager for the proposed connection of Interstate 49 with U.S. 90 south. There currently are 14 versions of the connection, all of which include at least a partially elevated highway through the heart of Lafayette. These are the only options that are acceptable for discussion by the committee, Picard's email...
  • Jindal Calls For Party To Unite: Republicans Who Won't Support Trump Help Clinton

    05/04/2016 8:06:29 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 112 replies
    Former 2016 Republican presidential candidate speaks out on 'Hannity.'
  • Resettling the First American 'Climate Refugees'

    05/03/2016 4:42:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 2, 2016 | By CORAL DAVENPORT and CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
    ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES, La. - A $48 million grant for Isle de Jean Charles, La., is the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the effects of climate change. With a first-of-its-kind "climate resilience" grant to resettle the island's native residents, Washington is ready to help. "Yes, this is our grandpa's land," Ms. Bourg said. "But it's going under one way or another." In January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants totaling $1 billion in 13 states to help communities adapt to climate change, by building stronger levees, dams and...
  • Confrontation shows how quickly conflicts in New Orleans can turn deadly

    05/02/2016 10:38:43 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 50 replies
    Kwame Gates, who goes by the rapper name K-Gates, has produced a documentary about violence in New Orleans, called "Murda Capital." He is hoping to shed light on the problems facing this city and stop the cycle of murder and violent crime. Even though he is a rapper, he believes the rap culture has had a strong influence on young people, glorifying drugs, money and violence. He introduced us to Althea Phillips, whose four sons were all killed in gun violence. As we left her house, Gates introduced us to a couple of rappers who call themselves the 8-9 Boys....
  • Drew Brees says NFL can't be trusted, thought Deflategate was 'dead issue'

    04/26/2016 6:34:13 PM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | April 26, 2016 | Sean Wagner-McGough
    Tom Brady is suspended (again) for his role in Deflategate, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's guilty of what he's been accused of doing. What it means is that the Roger Goodell believes Brady is guilty and deserves a four-game suspension, and the judges who reinstated that suspension believe Goodell has the proper authority to do so. At least one player doesn't agree with that assessment. According to Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who spoke with Sports Illustrated's Maggie Gray, Goodell has too much power and the league shouldn't be trusted.
  • Tabloid says it has proof: Ted Cruz’s father is mystery man in Lee Harvey Oswald photo

    04/24/2016 2:15:08 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 198 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | April 22, 2016
    WASHINGTON -- The National Enquirer has published what it says is conclusive evidence that Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael B. Cruz, is the man photographed next to JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald distributing pro-Castro leaflets in 1963 in New Orleans. The Cruz presidential campaign fired back unequivocally. “This is another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage,” communications director Alice Stewart told McClatchy. “The story is false; that is not Rafael in the picture.” The explosive suggestion that Cruz’s father would have had any affiliation with Oswald is not corroborated in any other way. Cuban-born Rafael Cruz is now a...
  • Louisiana House Committee Passes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Company

    04/22/2016 11:40:25 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    A Louisiana state House committee has approved legislation that would further defund the Planned Parenthood abortion company in the state. last year, pro-life former Governor Bobby Jindal cut off a taxpayer-funded contract with Planned Parenthood after the abortion business was caught selling aborted babies and their body parts. In August, then-Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal canceled a state contract with Planned Parenthood that provides the abortion company with family planning funding through Medicaid. But Planned Parenthood went to court to block the move. Then, Jindal tried a different approach — one based on the fact that Planned Parenthood has been caught...
  • New Orleans City Council to consider 5 gun-control measures(DOH!)

    04/22/2016 8:55:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    nola.com ^ | 4/21/2016 | Ben Myers
    The gun-control proposals that Mayor Mitch Landrieu will publicly announce on Friday (April 22) include restrictions on who can carry guns, as well as the places and manner in which guns can be carried. The measures would also outlaw guns without serial numbers and require gun-theft victims to notify police within 48 hours, according to a draft ordinance.
  • Louisiana delegates lash out at media: We're not with Cruz

    04/15/2016 11:01:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 15, 2016 | Joanathan Easley
    Unbound delegates in Louisiana are fuming over media reports that they have decided to back Ted Cruz over Donald Trump in the presidential GOP primary, calling them untrue. Trump edged out Cruz in the Louisiana primary that was held March 5, though the margin was close enough that each candidate ended up taking 18 delegates.
  • Louisiana governor signs order protecting LGBT rights

    04/14/2016 8:02:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 13, 2016 | Staff
    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Wednesday signed an executive order providing protections for state employees and employees of state contractors against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and other criteria.
  • Whining College Students Petition Against Tulane Frat's Trump Wall, Claims It 'Threatens' Muslims

    04/14/2016 6:04:20 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    The Hayride ^ | April 13, 2016 | John Binder
    After a Tulane University fraternity built a wall with the Donald Trump slogan "Make America Great Again" written across it as satire, now a group of whining college students are petitioning the university, saying the wall is "overtly threatening" to Muslim and Hispanic students. The Hayride reported late yesterday how the Kappa Alpha fraternity erected their annual wall with a Donald Trump slogan to be satirical. But apparently a group of football players didn’t get the satire, prompting them to physically tear down the wall, which was on private property. Check out the video of that incident HERE. Now, a...
  • NFL Coach Sean Payton: ‘I Hate Guns,’ It’s ‘Madness’ We’re ‘Hanging Onto’(stick to fball coach)

    04/12/2016 7:31:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 80 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 4/11/2016 | Dylan Gwinn
    In the wake of the murder of his former player, defensive end Will Smith, this weekend, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton issued a challenge to Black Lives Matter, to stand-up and protest black-on-black violence, the same way they protest white-on-black violence. Actually, he’s not. That would be helpful. Instead, he’s calling for a gun ban. In a USA Today Sports article, Payton let fly:
  • Jindal: GOP may become useless, but will win in November

    04/11/2016 8:38:49 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 11, 2016 | Ryan Lovelace
    The former Louisiana governor told the Washington Examiner the danger facing the Republican Party is not a single candidate such as Donald Trump, but an identity crisis brought on by ignoring conservative principles. "It's certainly fair to describe the Republican Party as the worst political party out there except for all the alternatives," Jindal said. "I don't see at this point in time a viable alternative for conservatives to go out there and implement and present our principles, but I do think if the Republican Party continues to move away from our conservative principles, at some point it is fair...
  • Police look for motive beyond road rage in shooting death of Will Smith

    04/10/2016 2:02:46 PM PDT · by 5150 FREEPER · 36 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 4/10/16 | Cindy Boren
    Police are investigating whether the shooting death of Will Smith, a former defensive end who played on the New Orleans Saints‘ Super Bowl-winning team, was a random act that occurred when an argument erupted into road rage after an auto accident Saturday night in New Orleans’s Lower Garden District
  • Will Smith, former Saints player, shot and killed

    04/10/2016 2:33:37 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | April 10, 2016
    Former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was killed Saturday night, according to a team spokesman. He was 34. Hours before the shooting, Smith tweeted that he was "having a blast" Saturday night at the French Quarter Fest, an annual event in the famed New Orleans district.
  • New Orleans judge orders release of inmates charged with murder, rape, armed robbery, (tr)

    04/08/2016 12:55:16 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 15 replies
    In a blockbuster ruling Friday, an Orleans Parish judge ordered the release from jail of seven indigent inmates for lack of state money to represent them amid a squeeze on public defense funding in New Orleans and across Louisiana. Criminal District Judge Arthur Hunter stayed his order, which also included a suspension of their prosecutions, pending an appeal from Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office. Assistant District Attorney David Pipes told Hunter an appeal is coming, and Hunter gave him 10 days. The seven men will remain behind bars pending the outcome of those appeals. All of them face...
  • 72-hour waiting period overwhelmingly passes Louisiana House

    04/07/2016 4:47:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | April 7, 2016 | Calvin Freiburger
    On Wednesday, the Louisiana House voted 85-9 to pass legislation tripling the state’s waiting period for abortion from one to three days, and 87-0 to require abortionists to have board certification or be certifiable in obstetrics and gynecology or family medicine. The wait bill, introduced by Republican Representative Frank Hoffmann, makes an exception for women whose nearest abortion facility is 150 miles away, for whom the 24-hour wait would still be in effect. “It can certainly help prevent against later regret,” he said. “It’s the life of the unborn child that will be affected by the decision.” Under the second...
  • Bill to block removal of Confederate monuments rejected (Louisiana)

    04/06/2016 11:59:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2016 1:59 PM EDT | Megan Trimble
    A proposal to stop the teardown of Louisiana’s Confederate monuments and step into an ongoing fight in New Orleans has failed to win support in the state Senate, blocked by Democratic lawmakers. Sen. Beth Mizell, a Republican who lives 70 miles north of New Orleans, sought to create a state commission to sign off on monument removals. She told senators: “History is bigger than a single community or the mood of a moment.” The argument failed to sway Democrats on the committee, all of whom are black. …
  • 9-year-old with Taser picked up by NOPD; other boy with gun at large

    04/01/2016 2:59:22 PM PDT · by BBell · 3 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/29/16 | Jonathan Bullington, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A 9-year-old boy armed with a Taser was picked up by authorities Monday afternoon (March 28) after he and another young boy – seen pulling a handgun from his waistband – were spotted trying to break into cars near the Riverwalk outlet mall, New Orleans police said. Dawne Massey, NOPD spokeswoman, said the 9-year-old was apprehended by police near the Riverwalk and World Trade Center, but was released to his mother's custody because he is younger than 10 – the state's minimum age of culpability.-snip- Five months earlier, two brothers – ages 11 and 6 – were arrested after police...
  • NYT: Donald Trump, RNC leaders discuss Louisiana delegates

    04/01/2016 11:15:47 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 109 replies
    theadvocate.com ^ | Elizabeth Crisp
    GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump met with leaders from the Republican National Committee this week and reportedly hashed out his concerns over delegate distribution, particularly in Louisiana. Trump has spent the past week raising issue over Louisiana’s delegates because, while he won the state’s GOP primary March 5, he could get fewer GOP delegates from than second-place finisher U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz through political maneuvering. The New York Times reports that Trump and RNC leaders met Thursday to clear the air, with RNC chairman Reince Priebus explaining that each campaign had to fight for delegates at each state’s convention.
  • President Obama commutes 50-year sentence for leader of historic Baton Rouge cocaine

    03/31/2016 11:42:29 AM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    The Advocate ^ | March 30, 2016 | Joe Gyan jr
    Truncated title. Full title: President Obama commutes 50-year sentence for leader of historic Baton Rouge cocaine distribution ring. President Barack Obama on Wednesday commuted the 50-year federal prison sentence of a Baton Rouge man accused of being the ringleader of one of the city’s largest crack cocaine distribution rings. John E. “Boo” Milton III, 50, will be released on July 28 under the president’s order. He has served 19 years of that sentence and is being held at a federal prison in Alabama. A federal probation officer had estimated that Milton was responsible for bringing 210 pounds of powder and...