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  • Today Show Guest on Mayor Nagin: "Maybe a Colt 45 Isn't the Best Choice for Breakfast"

    02/11/2006 5:11:16 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 51 replies · 3,585+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein February 11, 2006 When's the last time you recall a famous elected official being called a drunk on live national TV? It happened this morning on the Today show. Today was surely looking for a light touch on New Orleans when co-host Campbell Brown interviewed New Orleans magician, comic and eccentric extraordinaire Harry Anderson in a pre-Mardi Gras piece on "Life after Katrina." But the NBC show surely got a bit more than it was bargaining for. When Anderson took some shots at FEMA and the federal response to Katrina, Brown, in an apparent bid for balance,...
  • Judicial Nominee Faces Intense Scrutiny from Dems Over Pro-life Views

    04/11/2018 3:14:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies ^ | April 11, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Trump judicial nominee Wendy Vitter’s personal pro-life views were under intense scrutiny from several Democratic senators at her confirmation hearing Wednesday. Vitter was repeatedly asked about her pro-life beliefs and whether they would interfere with her role as a judge. She was also grilled about statements made in past, pro-life speaking engagements. The main questions from Democratic senators centered around two appearances she made, that were recently cited by the abortion giant Planned Parenthood in an op-ed targeting Vitter prior to the hearing. One appearance was as the moderator of a 2013 Louisiana Right to Life panel where views...
  • Louisiana bill to raise age for assault weapon purchases dies

    04/10/2018 3:17:22 PM PDT · by BBell · 3 replies ^ | 4/10/18 | Julia O'Donoghue
    The National Rifle Association and other gun rights advocates opposed the bill. The groups said the legislation violated the rights of young people who can use an assault weapon as a member of the military, but would not be able to own one themselves. Efforts to restrict gun ownership and access in Louisiana have historically faced an uphill battle in the Capitol, so it came as a surprise that Carter's bill got out of committee last week. Over the past few days, gun rights advocates have targeted Sen. Fred Mills, R-Breaux Bridge, who voted with Democrats to get the legislation...
  • Louisiana roofer takes back roof, gets arrested

    04/10/2018 6:10:36 AM PDT · by BBell · 19 replies
    MONROE -- A Louisiana roofer faces misdemeanor charges after repossessing a roof because he hadn't been paid. Authorities arrested 66-year-old Andrew Jackson Higdon III, of West Monroe, Tuesday on charges of simple criminal damage to property and criminal trespass. The News-Star reports Higdon was freed after posting $4,500 bond.-snip-She said when she came home on Dec. 22, 2016, the roof and roofing paper were gone.She couldn't get someone to cover the roof with tarps before it rained, so she said her ceiling and furniture were damaged.
  • 4 anti-abortion bills approved by Louisiana House committee

    04/05/2018 3:26:18 PM PDT · by BBell · 3 replies ^ | 4/4/18 | Maria Clark
    A Louisiana House committee voted favorably on four anti-abortion bills Wednesday (April 4). Three of the bills (House bills 287, 273 and 338) are amended versions of three similar proposals that have been tied up in a federal court battle since they were first approved during the 2016 legislative session. House Bill 449, which proposes the Louisiana Department of Health offer information about adoption as an alternative to abortion on their website, was the only new legislation. Proponents of the bills speaking during Wednesday’s house committee on health and welfare meeting said they hoped the clarified language would make it...
  • Louisiana House passes bill to expand use of state prisoner labor

    04/02/2018 5:36:51 PM PDT · by BBell · 18 replies ^ | 4/2/18 | Julia O'Donoghue
    The Louisiana House of Representatives voted 75-7 to potentially expand the use of state inmate labor by the government Monday (April 2). The legislation generated no debate from lawmakers on the House floor, but all seven lawmakers who voted against the bill are African American Democrats. House Bill 84 would allow the governor to authorize prisoners to do work other than custodial duties at the Department of Corrections headquarters in Baton Rouge. Officials are currently using prisoners to build a fence around the building, among other things, and it's "unclear" if inmates can be used for those jobs. Gov. John...
  • Transgender Woman Shot Dead in Motel Is 7th Killed in U.S. This Year, Rights Advocates Say

    03/31/2018 9:13:05 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 91 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 30, 2018 | CHRISTINE HAUSER
    A young black transgender woman was shot dead in a Louisiana motel this week, becoming at least the seventh transgender woman known to have been killed in the United States this year, rights advocates said. The woman, Amia Tyrae, 28, was killed Monday at about 1:15 a.m. at a motel on Airline Highway, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department. Dr. William Clark, the East Baton Rouge Parish coroner, ruled Ms. Tyrae’s death a homicide, caused by a gunshot wound to the chest. The Police Department said Friday night that Dedrick Butler, 22, of Denham Springs, La., had been arrested...
  • ‘The speaker is not resigning:’ Ryan’s office dismisses GOP lawmaker’s rumor

    03/26/2018 7:02:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 61 replies
    Washungton Post ^ | March 26, 2018 | Paul Kane
    A backbench Republican sparked the latest round of speculation Monday about Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s future by suggesting other GOP lawmakers were bracing for the Wisconsin Republican to resign from office this spring. The suggestion, offered as “rumor mill” by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.), drew an immediate dismissal from Ryan’s office. “The speaker is not resigning,” AshLee Strong, Ryan’s spokeswoman, said in a statement.
  • 'Rumor mill' says Ryan headed for exit

    03/26/2018 4:18:42 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 84 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/26/18 | MELANIE ZANONA
    Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) told a local news station that there is a “rumor” that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will resign soon, stepping up speculation about the Speaker’s political future. “The rumor mill is that Paul Ryan is getting ready to resign in the next 30 to 60 days and that Steve Scalise will be the new Speaker,”
  • Nevada lawmaker: 'Rumor mill' says Ryan headed for exit

    03/26/2018 3:31:07 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 87 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/26/18 05:43 PM EDT | MELANIE ZANONA
    “The rumor mill is that Paul Ryan is getting ready to resign in the next 30 to 60 days and that Steve Scalise will be the new Speaker,” Amodei told Nevada Newsmakers, referring to the Majority Whip.
  • Nevada lawmaker: 'Rumor mill' says Ryan headed for exit

    03/26/2018 3:27:21 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/26/18 | Melanie Zanona
    Autoplay: On | Off Rep. Mark Amodei Mark Eugene Amodei Student suspended for telling lawmakers to 'get off their f---ing asses' and pass gun laws Depending on China and Russia for key minerals could lead to a national security crisis Interior agency delayed tribal casino approval after competitor’s lobbying: report MORE (R-Nev.) told a local news station that there is a “rumor” that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will resign soon, stepping up speculation about the Speaker’s political future. “The rumor mill is that Paul Ryan is getting ready to resign in the next 30 to 60 days and that Steve...
  • Transgender visitor at a prison files lawsuit after she was ordered by guards to remove her...

    03/14/2018 9:06:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Mar 15, 2018 | ap
    FULL TITLE: Transgender visitor at a prison files lawsuit after she was ordered by guards to remove her underwear because a screening machine detected 'unknown object' in her pants A transgender woman who tried to visit her incarcerated brother has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Louisiana prison officers ordered her to remove her underwear and show her genitals before she could leave the facility. Donald Nelson, a 48-year-old New Orleans resident who goes by the name 'China,' said in the complaint filed Tuesday that officers at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola insisted on searching her vehicle after she refused...
  • Judge Trudy White has 'blood on her hands' with Zachary police officer's death

    03/13/2018 3:35:30 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 10 replies
    Soft-on-crime Judge Trudy White is right in the middle of the tragic death of 41-year old Zachary police officer Christopher Lawton Monday night. Lawton’s alleged killer, 33-year-old Albert Franklin, has been the beneficiary of White’s well-established history of being lax with criminals. Franklin now sits in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, charged with first-degree murder of Lawton. Late Monday, East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said Lawton was killed while working undercover with another Zachary police officer searching for Franklin, who was wanted on active warrants for aggravated second-degree battery, felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated assault with...
  • More than 106 school threats made in Louisiana since Florida mass shooting

    03/13/2018 1:42:18 PM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies ^ | 3/12/18 | Laura McKnight
    A 14-year-old New Orleans student on Saturday (March 10) became one of the latest to face charges after police say the student posted several threats against ReNEW Dolores T. Aaron Academy on Curran Boulevard. The school shooting threat, discovered Friday, forms one of more than 106 such threats made toward Louisiana schools since the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., according to the FBI's New Orleans Field Office and the Louisiana State Police. New Orleans area schools have been the targets of a number of threats in the...
  • Officer identified, suspects charged in deadly hit-and-run

    03/13/2018 1:26:14 PM PDT · by BBell · 18 replies
    BAKER – A reserve Zachary Police officer was killed after being run over in a shopping center parking lot Monday evening. The officer has been identified as Christopher M. Lawton. According to Chief David McDavid, 33-year-old Albert Franklin had struck his girlfriend with an AR-15 last week; a warrant was later obtained. Monday night, Zachary Police received information on Franklin's whereabouts. Officers attempted to arrest Franklin and 30-year-old Ashley Chaney, who were in the Walmart parking lot sitting in a U-Haul truck. As the suspects tried to drive away, the reserve officer was pinned between the truck and grocery cart...
  • A restaurant is charging white customers more to highlight racial wealth inequality

    03/11/2018 2:10:01 PM PDT · by C19fan · 167 replies ^ | March 11, 2018 | Greg Evans
    SAARTJ is a pop-up restaurant in the Louisiana city run by local Nigerian chef Tunde Wey who will be charging white customers $18 (£13) extra for their meal. Much like the cafe in Melbourne, Australia which charged a 'man-tax' due to the gender pay gap, SAARTJ is charging an increase to highlight the racial pay gap in New Orleans. In 2013, a study found that the average household income of an African-American in the city was 54 per cent lower than that of a white person.
  • Trump Wants Joe Manchin’s Gun Control, Rejects Steve Scalise’s National Reciprocity Push

    02/28/2018 5:11:24 PM PST · by OneVike · 160 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/28/18 | AWR HAWKINS
    President Donald Trump embraced Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) gun control bill but rejected Rep. Steve Scalise’s (R-LA) push for national reciprocity during a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers Wednesday afternoon. After listening to Sen Chris Murphy (D-CT), Trump looked at toward the end of the table and asked Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) to detail their gun control bill. The Manchin/Toomey gun control bill is the same universal background check legislation supported by Barack Obama in the wake of the heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School. It the very bill that was defeated in the Democrat-controlled...
  • Sen. Kennedy: 'Idiot control,' not gun control, needed after Parkland

    02/27/2018 2:39:52 PM PST · by Innovative · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb. 27, 2018 | Veronica Stracqualursi
    A Republican senator is arguing that the country needs more "idiot control" rather than more gun control in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that has reignited a national debate about gun violence. "I don't think we need more gun control laws," Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana told CNN's John Berman Tuesday. "Not a single one?" Berman asked. "No. I think we need more idiot control," he said, referring to people who perpetrate mass shootings.
  • Louisiana student says math symbol looks like a gun, prompts police investigation

    02/26/2018 6:00:01 PM PST · by BBell · 20 replies ^ | 2/26/18 | Geoff Herbert
    A Louisiana student has been investigated by police after saying a math symbol looks like a gun.-snip-"The students were working together, and a student made a math symbol of a square root sign, which kind of looks like a pistol. And he was helping a weaker student, and the student says, 'Well, that looks like a pistol!' And he just made a comment [like] 'let's just get to work before I shoot you with a pistol," Doucet said. According to Doucet, the comment then spread throughout the school like gossip, and grew into a rumor that the student was planning...
  • Students in Louisiana thought this math symbol looked like a gun. Police were called

    02/23/2018 5:09:10 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 60 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | SCOTT BERSON
    A discussion among students at Oberlin High School in Oberlin, La., about a mathematical symbol led to a police investigation and a search of one of the student’s homes, according to the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office. On the afternoon of Feb. 20, detectives investigated a report of terroristic threats at the school, where they learned that a student had been completing a math problem that required drawing the square-root sign. Students in the group began commenting that the symbol, which represents a number that when multiplied by itself equals another number, looked like a gun. After several students made comments...