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  • WSJ: Say, Bobby Jindal’s education reform works pretty well, huh?

    01/31/2012 3:00:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    What a great time for the Wall Street Journal to bring up this topic. After all, the Republican candidates in the nomination battle have focused their arguments on actual competition-based reform and results, right? Oh, wait … we’ve been too busy discussing 1997, 2003, and the finer points of class-warfare attacks on private enterprise and consulting. That may be the reason for the WSJ’s attention: Louisiana is already one of 12 states (including Washington, D.C.) that offer school vouchers, but its program benefits fewer than 2,000 students in New Orleans. Governor Jindal would extend eligibility to any low-income student whose...
  • And Now, The Perp Walk

    01/20/2012 6:55:26 AM PST · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 19 January 2012 | Oscar
    ’Bama fan in video accused of sexual battery now in NOPD custody The Crimson Tide fan accused of committing sexual battery on a passed out LSU fan is now in the custody of the New Orleans Police Department...
  • New Records Obtained by Judicial Watch Show Obama White House Coordination with Department of Jus...

    01/19/2012 11:02:26 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 19, 2012
    Complete title: New Records Obtained by Judicial Watch Show Obama White House Coordination with Department of Justice on Voting Rights Enforcement ACORN Partner Project Vote Working with Officials from White House and DOJ to Use National Voting Rights Act to Increase Registration of Voters on Public Assistance Interest Group Urges Justice Official to “make some headway” with Attorney General Holder (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has received additional documents about meetings held between Estelle Rogers, Director of Advocacy for the ACORN-affiliated organization Project Vote, and officials from the...
  • Judicial Watch Files Amicus Curiae Brief with Supreme Court Challenging U.S. Census Policy of...

    01/17/2012 3:20:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 17, 2012
    Complete title: Judicial Watch Files Amicus Curiae Brief with Supreme Court Challenging U.S. Census Policy of Counting Illegal Aliens When Apportioning Seats in Congress Judicial Watch Brief Supports Lawsuit Filed by State of Louisiana which Lost a Seat in the House of Representatives due to Census Bureau’s Unlawful Policy (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the State of Louisiana challenging a current federal policy in which “unlawfully present aliens” were counted in the 2010 Census (...
  • Medicare fraud strike force nabs La. company

    01/17/2012 6:16:33 AM PST · by Miami Vice · 5 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 1-16-12 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) says an investigation by the Medicare Strike Force involving the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the FBI and the Louisiana State Attorney General's Office, resulted in two Baton Rouge residents pleading guilty for their role in a $21 million Medicare fraud plot. Henry Jones, the owner of four durable medical equipment (DME) companies, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge James J. Brady in the Middle District of Louisiana ...
  • Gulf Coast working to fill a fuel void in Northeast

    01/09/2012 6:08:47 AM PST · by thackney · 27 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 9, 2012 | Simone Sebastian
    Northeastern states are slated to lose half of their regional capacity for fuel production by midyear as financial woes push refineries there to idle, a trend likely to increase the region’s dependency on Gulf Coast supply. A Houston-to-New York pipeline is making major expansions to accommodate growing demand to transport gasoline and other fuels up north from the Gulf Coast to fill the potential supply void. The Gulf already supplies about half of the Northeast’s demand for petroleum products, said Mindi Farber-Deanda, head of the liquid fuels market team for the U.S. Energy Information Administration. But the shutdown of production...
  • Lafayette moving toward natural gas

    12/27/2011 4:56:54 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 27, 2011 | Associated Press
    Two public fueling stations for natural gas-powered vehicles are set to open next year as part of initiatives that include new buses and converting at least 40 city-parish vehicles to run on the fuel. The efforts come in a wider push by government and industry to develop natural gas as an alternative vehicle fuel that is touted as a cleaner burning and cheaper than gasoline. The city-parish is planning to open one fueling station at the public works facility on East University Avenue by next fall. The Advocate reports a second station is under construction by Apache Corporation, a Houston-based...
  • Girl Scouts troops disband after chapter says it will allow transgendered 7-year-old

    12/23/2011 5:30:26 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 73 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Dec. 22, 2011 | Rheana Murray
    Leaders of three troops of Girl Scouts quit their posts and disbanded the troops after the organization’s Colorado chapter said it would allow a transgendered 7-year-old to join. The troop leaders, all affiliated with a Christian school in Louisiana, resigned in protest of the Colorado chapter’s decision to allow participation from any child who identifies as a girl, The Christian Post reported. Controversy erupted when Felisha Archuleta tried to enroll her son, Bobby Montoya, who identifies as a girl, in a Girl Scouts troop in Denver. When a local troop leader refused, saying Bobby wasn’t allowed to join because he...
  • Handicap Scooter Bumper Car Competition At Walmart Ends In 2:30 AM Arrest Of Drunken Louisiana Guy

    12/22/2011 9:43:33 AM PST · by Gamecock · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | December 19, 2011
    An early morning game of drunken bumper cars--using Walmart handicap scooters--was broken up Saturday morning by Louisiana cops who arrested a 22-year-old man who copped to driving to the store while intoxicated. Officers with the West Monroe Police Department arrived at the Walmart around 2:30 AM in response to a call about a disturbance. Store management told cops that a group of intoxicated suspects were “playing ‘bumper cars’ with the handicap scooters in the store,” according to a probable cause affidavit. A police sergeant contacted Christopher Butler, who appeared “very intoxicated.” Butler, pictured at right, admitted driving his 2004 Ford...
  • Texas oil company fined $12M for violations in Louisiana

    12/21/2011 5:18:15 AM PST · by Miami Vice · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Legal News Line ^ | 12-20-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Houston-based Pelican Refining Co. has been fined $12 million for felony violations of the Clean Air Act at its Louisiana refinery. A federal judge in Lafayette, La., imposed the fine - the largest ever in Louisiana for violations of the act - after the company pleaded guilty in October. The violations were ...
  • Lawmaker wants military patrols after child's murder

    12/20/2011 3:22:44 PM PST · by Just4Him · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/19/2011 | Antoinette Campbell
    (CNN) -- A Louisiana lawmaker wants the National Guard to patrol the streets of New Orleans after a toddler who was four days shy of her second birthday was shot and killed in a drive-by. "She was out here as a innocent bystander. She's dead now," said Rufus Ruck, the child's cousin. Keira Holmes Gordon was gunned down in a double shooting at the B. W. Cooper Housing development on Sunday. She was one of two people hit when gunmen from two separate cars opened fire on a man who was standing nearby. According to police, the man ran into...
  • Dem (aka 'bipartisan') Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, Obama

    12/16/2011 9:20:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/16/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Dem Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, ObamaBy Alexander Bolton - 12/16/11 04:08 PM ET Republicans want to jam Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on the Keystone oil sands pipeline and the Democratic leader will have a tough time resisting, given support within his caucus for the project. GOP leaders have made clear to Reid that they will not approve an extension of the payroll tax holiday unless it includes language to speed up construction of the pipeline. Senate Republicans estimate as many as 14 Senate Democrats support the project. Labor unions have also voiced strong backing, complicating...
  • Jon Huntsman jumps into 3d in New Hampshire; Gingrich gains some on Romney

    12/15/2011 4:43:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | December 15, 2011 | Andrew Malcom
    These days if you don't like the polls, wait a few minutes. Another will be along shortly. Speaking of which, here's a new one this morning that could presage the start of a significant move by one candidate (or not), as well as some fresh insights into the thinking of those New Hampshire voters who'll hold the nation's first Republican primary early next month. Suffolk University is out with a new survey showing Newt Gingrich gaining and Mitt Romney slipping there, which we already knew. What it also shows though is Jon Huntsman making a push into third place with...
  • Protesters head to Mayor Landrieu's house (Occupy NOLA's List of Demands)

    12/12/2011 7:35:25 PM PST · by chemicalman · 5 replies
    Fox 8 ^ | 12/11 6:08 pm | Allison Braxton
    The Occupy Nola movement left their camp at Duncan Plaza Sunday, but only for a brief moment. Protesters brought their fight to the home of the city's top man, Mayor Mitch Landrieu. This comes after the New Orleans Police Department cleared out their camp earlier in the week. Today, they stood outside of Mayor Landrieu's home with a list of demands. They want charges of a Delgado College student who was arrested at the camp dropped immediately. Plus, protesters want their rights to be respected by Chief Ronal Serpas. But the demands don't end there. The movement is fighting to...
  • Occupy NOLA sweep a success, Mayor Mitch Landrieu says

    12/06/2011 11:23:50 AM PST · by BBell · 15 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | December 06, 2011 | Brendan McCarthy
    Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city leaders deemed the sweep of Duncan Plaza and eviction of protestors a success Tuesday morning, just hours after New Orleans police disbanded the high-profile encampment. In a move that had been forecast for days, dozens of officers fanned out across the public square in an early morning operation, forcing out more than a hundred people, some of whom were homeless, and others who identified with the "Occupy NOLA" movement.Landrieu, speaking at a City Hall news conference, said he thought the police sweep was "well-timed and well-organized." One person was arrested, while dozens of others...
  • How About A Special Tribute To Aaron Broussard Today?

    12/06/2011 9:23:04 AM PST · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 6 Dec 11 | MacAoidh
    Late last week we were preoccupied with LSU and other things, so we didn’t get an opportunity to be more timely in showing our appreciation for disgraced former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard, whose trail of tears likely leads to the federal pen after getting indicted on 33 counts of payroll fraud Thursday. It’s satisfying to see, as Broussard’s time in office made him almost surely the single most disgustingly corrupt public official in the state. He first showed up as a bright green blob on our radar after Katrina, when he concocted a flamingly dishonest story about dead old...
  • BP says Halliburton destroyed critical cement test results

    12/05/2011 6:42:19 PM PST · by trumandogz · 29 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12.5.11 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy i
    BP on Monday accused Halliburton of destroying potentially damaging internal test results that showed that the cement it used to secure the Macondo well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico last year was unstable.
  • Landrieu tells Occupy NOLA protesters:'Now would be a great time to go ahead and get on up and go'

    12/02/2011 8:25:30 PM PST · by BBell · 18 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | December 02, 2011 | Danny Monteverde
    New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Friday afternoon said Occupy NOLA protestors who have camped out in Duncan Plaza across from City Hall for the last two months must immediately begin to clear the park. "I am asking them to leave right now," Landrieu said. "Any time after this may see enforcement."While acknowledging the protestors' rights to freedom of speech, Landrieu said it is against the law to be in the park between 10:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. and to have tents, kitchen equipment and electrical utilities in the park. "I am giving notice on behalf of the city of...
  • ConocoPhillips Seeking to Sell Louisiana Refinery (COP)

    12/01/2011 5:21:28 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Finacial News Network ^ | 11/30/2011 | FNNO Staff
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) is looking to sell its Alliance refinery in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, according to Bloomberg, which cited two unnamed sources. The plant may be sold for $700 million-$1 billion excluding inventory, Sam Margolin, a refining analyst for Global Hunter Securities LLC, said. ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) has potential upside of 9.9% based on a current price of $70.81 and an average consensus analyst price target of $77.8. ConocoPhillips is currently below its 200-day moving average (MA) of $72.03 and should find support at its 50-day MA of $68.05. In the last five trading sessions, the 50-day MA has remained constant while...
  • 8 years for rapper Lil Boosie in drug smuggle plot

    11/29/2011 2:56:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 11/29/11 | The Associated Press
    BATON ROUGE, La.—A Baton Rouge rapper known as "Lil Boosie" has been sentenced to eight years in prison following his guilty plea to drug charges. The 29-year-old rapper's real name is Torrence Hatch. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to smuggle codeine, marijuana and ecstasy into two state prisons. They were the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, La. Assistant District Attorney Dana Cummings says Hatch was serving a prison term for a separate conviction for marijuana possession when he smuggled the drugs with help from a prison guard.
  • Man shoots alleged burglar on property(LA)

    11/23/2011 7:35:02 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 22 November, 2011 | Kelsey Scram
    SPRINGFIELD, La (NBC33) — A Springfield man says he pulled a gun on an alleged burglar to protect his property, and his life, Tuesday morning. Tom Casey says the house he’s been fixing up for his son has been broken into five times. This past weekend, he set up a deer alarm inside to stop the robberies. He never believed he’d actually catch someone in the act. When the little alarm went off in his house down the street, Casey decided to go investigate. “I didn’t think it was anything. I had just drove past there, and I didn’t see...
  • Why Do I Have A Problem With Ron Paul?

    11/23/2011 9:34:55 AM PST · by LSUfan · 38 replies · 2+ views
    The Hayride ^ | 22 November 2011 | MacAoidh
    There are lots of reasons. But here’s one. Ron Paul isn’t serious about the most basic requisite of a national government, which is defense. Paul’s position just isn’t one reflective of serious leadership. The idea that the federal government doesn’t have an obligation to PREVENT a Timothy McVeigh or a Mohammed Atta or a Major Hasan from doing evil to innocent Americans is one which can’t be found in the head of anybody who understands what it means to be president.
  • Sen. David Vitter pushes for caps on food stamps

    11/19/2011 7:27:23 PM PST · by BBell · 37 replies ^ | November 19, 2011, 9:00 PM
    Sen. David Vitter, R-La., joined last week with three other conservative GOP senators to propose caps on means-tested federal social welfare programs. It would require that funding for food stamps and 76 other federal welfare programs be capped at pre-2007 levels by 2015 or when unemployment falls below 7.5 percent, whichever comes sooner. It would require that food stamps be limited to essential foods such as milk and bread, as the senators said the program was originally envisioned, not, as it is in four states -- California, Florida, Arizona and Michigan -- for purchases at fast-food restaurants. "One of the...
  • ‘Occupy’ movement pops up in Lafayette (La.)

    11/18/2011 11:31:04 AM PST · by BerniesFriend · 10 replies
    ‘Occupy’ movement pops up in Lafayette On a crisp, clear afternoon in downtown Lafayette Thursday, fewer than a dozen residents gathered at the edge of Parc Putnam on Lafayette Street across from the federal courthouse to show their solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement — a protest movement targeting corporate excess that erupted in New York City early this fall and has spread to dozens of cities across the country and the world. Thursday’s action was organized via social media by Lafayette resident Molly Baumgartner, a local representative of the liberal activist group MoveOn. Group members ranged in age...
  • 15 Hurt in Miss. as Storm System Hits Southeast

    11/16/2011 11:39:51 AM PST · by LibertyRocks · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 16, 2011 | Associated Press
    A strong storm system that produced several suspected tornadoes hit the Southeast on Wednesday, damaging dozens of homes and buildings. At least 15 people were injured in Mississippi. Suspected tornadoes were reported in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Four homes were damaged in western Alabama, about 60 miles southwest of Tuscaloosa. It was the worst bout of weather for that state since about 250 people were killed during a tornado outbreak in April. < SNIP >
  • BHP Billiton to Spend $4.5B On US Shale This Year

    11/14/2011 7:37:15 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Dow Jones via Rig Zone ^ | November 14, 2011 | Robb M. Stewart
    BHP Billiton plans to invest roughly US $4.5 billion developing the shale oil and gas assets it bought in the U.S. this financial year as it ramps up production, the head of the mining company's petroleum division said Monday. BHP expects capital spending to jump to almost US $6 billion in the 2015 fiscal year and roughly US $6.5 billion by 2020 as the company ramps up the number of rigs on its four project areas, Michael Yeager said in a conference call from Melbourne. BHP spent almost US $17 billion this year buying Petrohawk Energy Corp. along with its...
  • Death at Occupy NOLA Campsite Attributed To Alcohol Abuse

    11/11/2011 7:52:17 AM PST · by chemicalman · 10 replies
    99.5 WRNO ^ | Friday, November 11, 2011 | The Associated Press
    The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office says a man found dead in a tent at the Occupy New Orleans camp in Duncan Plaza across from City Hall was homeless and died of complications from prolonged alcohol use. While others in the campground knew him only by nicknames like "Old School" and "Curley," coroner's investigator John Gagliano identified the man as Ronald Howell, a 53-year-old homeless man from Kansas. A town in Kansas had not yet been determined. Detectives suspect Howell's body may have been in the tent for two days before it was discovered Tuesday.
  • "Independent minded" Roemer camp mulls third-party run

    11/10/2011 7:51:41 AM PST · by martosko · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/10/2011 | Alexis Levinson
    As his path to the Republican nomination for president looks increasingly impossible, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer’s campaign is starting to mull a third-party run. Last week, Roemer campaign manager Carlos Sierra told The Daily Caller that while he had been exploring other possible options for his candidate, Roemer himself was still focused on the Republican primary. But on Wednesday Sierra suggested that Roemer is aware of his actions and was beginning to consider the idea. “The whole South Carolina and Florida thing — it’s definitely getting him thinking a little more about other options,” Sierra said.
  • Election day 2011 LIVE THREAD

    11/08/2011 3:26:40 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 154 replies · 1+ views
    Free Republic | 11-8-11 | Me, myself, and I
    It's election day in NJ, MS, LA, the Northern Marianas Islands and.... VIRGINIA!!!!! In the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Senate is currently controlled by the democrats by two seats. It'll be an interesting night.
  • Jindal cuts La. budget 25% and sky doesn't fall

    is a contributing editor at National Review, who frequently appears on CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC One gubernatorial election ended early this fall, when Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal won the state's blanket primary Oct. 22. Under Louisiana's system, all candidates of all parties are listed on the ballot, and if no one gets 50 percent, the top two finishers go to a runoff. Jindal blew past the threshold with 66 percent. Jindal's reelection was unusual in several respects. The only previous time the state has not had a runoff was his election in 2007. He is only the fourth...
  • Halloween in the French Quarter-15 Shot 2 Dead

    11/01/2011 9:00:38 AM PDT · by ClearBlueSky · 45 replies · 1+ views
    The Times Picayune ^ | 11-01-11 | Clear Blue Sky
    A shooting on Bourbon, at St. Louis Street, in the French Quarter about 12:30 a.m. injured seven people and killed a 25-year-old man. All of the victims were caught in the crossfire when two people began to shoot at each other in a crowd of costumed revelers celebrating Halloween, police said.
  • Governor Jindal Stirring Unrest among Louisiana Conservatives

    11/01/2011 6:47:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 11/01/2011 | Pat Austin
    Even though Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal just won re-election in a landslide victory, there is a growing rumbling of discontent statewide among conservatives. While Jindal is being touted nationwide as the next great hope for the Republican Party, there are folks in Louisiana who would beg to differ. How can that be with such an overwhelming mandate? In last week's election, Jindal carried all 64 of Louisiana's parishes. What could be wrong? Conservative discontent with Jindal centers around several issues including his bungled handling of a legislative pay raise in 2008; his sham ethics reform; and now his alignment with...
  • James Carville: Why Rick Perry's Presidential Bid is Toast

    10/30/2011 12:30:33 PM PDT · by drewh · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | October 29, 2011
    When Rick Perry announced he was running for president back on August 13, to tell you the truth I got a little excited. Now I know what you're thinking -- James you are a big Democrat, why on earth would you be excited about Perry running for president? This was my thinking: Perry would get in and he would be a major force. He was the bona fide conservative complete with a pedigree to take on Romney. With the way things are shaping up now, the convention planners might be more inclined to take a motivational speaker. Hey Rick --...
  • Jindal's Louisiana miracle

    10/27/2011 2:19:58 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 59 replies · 3+ views
    Journal Sentinel Online ^ | Oct. 26, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    Republican Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana last weekend won re-election with a staggering 65.8% of the vote in a state that remains heavily Democratic. It is, the governor's office contends, the highest percentage achieved by a candidate since the state's open primary was created. Jindal won all of the state's 64 parishes, increasing by four the number of parishes he won in 2007. One might expect this to be big news beyond the state, but most newspapers and TV media outside Louisiana either buried Jindal's win on inside pages and deep into their newscasts, or ignored it. In a telephone...
  • Bobby Jindal's Triumph

    10/27/2011 7:25:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | October 27, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    Republican Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana last weekend won re-election with a staggering 65.8 percent of the vote in a state that remains heavily Democratic. It is, the governor's office contends, the highest percentage achieved by a candidate since the state's open primary was created. Jindal won all of the state's 64 parishes, increasing by four the number of parishes he won in 2007. One might expect this to be big news beyond the state, but most newspapers and TV media outside Louisiana either buried Jindal's win on inside pages and deep into their newscasts, or ignored it. In a...
  • The Storm-Calmer (No one in the Bayou State wants to challenge Bobby Jindal's record)

    10/24/2011 6:59:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/24/2011 | Jim Geraghty
    Baton Rouge, La. — The Louisiana Democratic party has effectively conceded this year’s gubernatorial race. This does not mean merely that the party could not find a big-name challenger — though they couldn’t — or that they could not even find a token state legislator to be the sacrificial lamb, though they could not do that, either. Technically, four candidates ran as Democrats in the state’s nonpartisan “jungle primary”; the best-known among them was a Haynesville, La., middle-school teacher. No, what really stands out is that the Democratic State Central Committee declined to endorse any of them. Such is Louisiana...

    10/23/2011 5:59:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/23/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    Say, did you hear about the big election yesterday? Well, if you’re like the majority of the country, you probably weren’t even aware anyone was voting on Saturday. But for the politically addicted, you might have known that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was up for another term. So… how did that work out for him? Not too shabby. Bobby Jindal, a Republican who championed stronger ethics laws in his first term as Louisiana governor, won re-election against nine other candidates in an open primary, according to the Associated Press.Jindal earned 65.8 percent of the vote in yesterday’s ballot, negating the...
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal shows strength across Louisiana in re-election landslide

    10/23/2011 1:53:32 PM PDT · by BBell · 7 replies
    Times Picayune ^ | October 23, 2011
    Gov. Bobby Jindal rolled to an easy re-election Saturday, defeating nine little-known and under-financed candidates in a record-setting landslide. Based on incomplete returns, Jindal had about 66 percent of the vote, eclipsing the 62.31 percent open-primary era victory margin Democrat Edwin Edwards tallied to oust then-Gov. David Treen in the 1983. It also came on a day when turnout was considerably lighter than the 46.6 percent who voted in the 2007 statewide race, then the smallest turnout in the open gubernatorial primary system that began in 1975.His margin was so overwhelming that Jindal was able to deliver his victory speech...
  • Jindal declares victory in Louisiana governor's race

    10/22/2011 8:47:18 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 22, 2011 | Kathy Finn
    "You've chosen to give me another four years as your governor," he told supporters from a stage at his Baton Rouge campaign headquarters less than an hour after polls closed. "We've got a lot more work to do over these next four years."
  • Ex-teachers union boss gets $242,000 state pension

    10/22/2011 11:04:19 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 23, 2011 | Ray Long
    SPRINGFIELD —— Reg Weaver receives a state pension of $242,657 a year, not because it's based on his last salary as a teacher, but because he gets to count the $300,000-plus check he made as president of the National Education Association.It's one of the highest pensions paid by the heavily indebted Illinois Teachers' Retirement System.Weaver, whose last salary as a south suburban teacher was $60,000, is one of 116 active and inactive members of the Teachers' Retirement System who can base their retirement income on their salaries and service in the National Education Association, the Illinois Education Association, the Illinois...
  • How Louisiana's Poor-Hating Politicians Are Cash-Bashing Lindsay Lohan

    10/21/2011 7:46:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 21, 2011 | Ken Fisher
    The political geniuses in Louisiana have decided they hate poor people so much, they passed House Bill 195—near unanimously! (One nay in the senate.) It bans cash on all second-hand transactions. Now, when a good Louisianian holds a garage sale after a bout of spring cleaning, if they accept cash for their old vinyl collection, they’ve broken the law. Swap meets. Church bazaar sales. Antique stores. Buying used skis off Craigslist. You can’t use cash in the Pelican State. Their stated reasoning is to prevent the sale of stolen goods—their view is cash transactions make it easy for criminals to...
  • Federal judge again finds St. Bernard Parish in contempt for racial discrimination

    10/20/2011 5:26:09 PM PDT · by BBell · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | October 19, 2011 | Benjamin Alexander-Bloch
    A federal judge once again has declared St. Bernard Parish in contempt and subject to monetary damages because it has "doggedly attempted to preserve the pre-Katrina demographics" of its parish by intentionally discriminating against African Americans. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan this week ruled the parish's continuing attempts to prevent the four Provident Realty Advisors apartments in Chalmette violates the federal Fair Housing Act. Berrigan has referred the decision on amount of damages, reasonable attorneys' fees and costs to a magistrate judge. For six years, St. Bernard has remained in the spotlight over housing restrictions that violate federal civil rights...
  • Law Bans Cash for Second Hand Transactions

    10/20/2011 2:52:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 166 replies
    KLFY10 ^ | 10-19-11 | Doug MacDiarmid
    Cold hard cash. It's good everywhere you go, right? You can use it to pay for anything. But that's not the case here in Louisiana now. It's a law that was passed during this year's busy legislative session. House bill 195 basically says those who buy and sell second hand goods cannot use cash to make those transactions, and it flew so far under the radar most businesses don't even know about it. "We're gonna lose a lot of business," says Danny Guidry, who owns the Pioneer Trading Post in Lafayette. He deals in buying and selling unique second hand...
  • Optometrist killing likely captured on French Quarter camera

    10/18/2011 7:59:29 PM PDT · by BBell · 5 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | October 18, 2011 | Katy Reckdahl
    While the New Orleans Police Department has no suspects and little information about the Sunday-morning murder of Slidell optometrist Brent Hachfeld, detectives believe that a security camera in the 900 block of Dauphine Street may have recorded Hachfeld and his assailant.Hachfeld was still alive, with a faint heartbeat and pulse, on Sunday just before 4:30 a.m. when a passer-by found him lying on the sidewalk in a pool of blood and called 911. A short time later, Hachfeld died at University Hospital. An autopsy revealed that he had been struck in the back of his head, and the coroner's office...
  • Michelle Obama to raise cash for husband's campaign in New Orleans

    10/17/2011 3:34:54 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 18 replies · 1+ views ^ | Monday, October 17, 2011, 3:04 PM | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON -- Michelle Obama will be raising campaign cash for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign at a $5,000-a-plate New Orleans fund-raiser on Nov. 1. The luncheon, hosted by actor Wendell Pierce, star on HBO's "Treme," will be held at the New Orleans Audubon Place home of Jill and Avie Glazer. Avie Glazer is part of a family that owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Manchester United soccer team in England. Jill Glazer is on the board of Tulane University.
  • Anadarko to Pay BP $4 Billion for Deepwater

    10/17/2011 12:50:40 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 17 Oct 2011 | Guy Chazan
    LONDON—Anadarko Petroleum Co. agreed to pay BP PLC $4 billion to settle all claims between the two companies arising from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a development that reduced uncertainty about the British oil giant's ultimate liability for last year's disaster. Anadarko also will drop its allegations of gross negligence against the oil giant, a move which could increase the pressure on contractors Halliburton Co. and Transocean Ltd. to come to terms with BP. Legal observers say Anadarko's move was seen as likely after a final report by U.S. investigators last month into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon...
  • ‘Kill the cops!’ shout reported during ‘Occupy New Orleans’ protest

    10/07/2011 9:55:24 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 56 replies
    ‘Kill the cops!’ shout reported during ‘Occupy New Orleans’ protest By James Plummer - The Daily Caller 12:42 AM 10/07/2011 ADVERTISEMENT NEW ORLEANS – The “Occupy Wall Street” movement came to the Big Easy on Thursday, but its expression of varied and often clashing political messages quickly turned difficult. As about 500 New Orleans protesters marched, complete with a small brass band, from Orleans Parish Prison to the Federal Reserve and then inside City Hall, one activist told The Daily Caller she heard shouts of “Kill the cops!” With tensions running high between police and protesters outside the prison, marcher...
  • Republicans Unveil Their ‘Buffett Rule’ Allowing Americans to Pay More to Uncle Sam

    10/15/2011 9:05:33 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/15/2011 | fox news
    President Obama’s proposed “Buffett Rule”-- which would force the wealthiest Americans to pay higher taxes to help cut the nation’s deficits -- has met its Republican match. Republican lawmakers have introduced their own “Buffett Rule” that would allow billionaire investors like Warren Buffett who say they’re not paying enough taxes to voluntarily give more money to the federal government. Under the legislation, authored by Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and Rep. John Scalise of Louisiana, taxpayers can donate at least a $1 to the Treasury fund for deficit reduction when they file their federal income tax returns starting next...
  • Obama's approval low in La. [Rick Perry tops GOP top tier candidates]

    10/15/2011 2:35:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 101 replies
    New Orleans City Business ^ | October 14, 2011 | AP
    BATON ROUGE — President Barack Obama is supported by slightly more than one-third of Louisiana voters and would be easily beaten in the state by Republican contenders Rick Perry or Mitt Romney, according to a new poll released Thursday.Obama's approval ratings in Louisiana are below his favorability ratings nationally. But Louisiana's backing of the tea party political movement also is strong. The Clarus poll shows 46 percent of voters surveyed support the tea party, while 30 percent opposed it. ……..When Republican voters were questioned about who they supported for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, Perry, the Texas governor, was in...
  • More Republican Racists Support Cain (Title Barf Alert!!!)

    10/14/2011 6:51:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | October 14, 2011 | Jeff Carter
    I am in New Orleans the next couple of days. The weather is great. Around 80, sunny, not a lot of humidity. Going to meet a friend for lunch, then a guy for a drink and dinner at Herbsaint tonight. The weather here is pretty rough from late May to September. But this time of year, and when its bitter cold up north you should book a trip here. New Orleans isn’t just Bourbon Street although that’s what it’s famous for. The reason the town is so funky is because of the history of it.I have found a lot of...