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  • Romney bus – with two possible VP picks aboard – will be in Iowa this week

    07/25/2012 2:30:13 AM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Des Moines Register | July 24, 2012 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Gannett paper, link only: http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/07/24/romney-bus-with-two-possible-vp-picks-aboard-will-be-in-iowa-this-week/
  • Bobby Jindal blasts Obama, helps Romney

    07/17/2012 3:29:02 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | IANS
    Washington - Louisiana's Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal helped Mitt Romney raise two million dollars amid speculation that he could be presumptive Republican presidential nominee's running mate in the November poll. Appearing at a lunchtime fundraiser in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with Romney, Jindal called President Obama "incompetent," and described Obama's politics as too liberal for the American people, NBC reported. "This president, President Obama, he cannot run on his record, he can't run on his political philosophy so he has to attack and distort Governor Romney's record," Jindal said, referring to what he described as the Obama campaign's negative tactics. Last...
  • Hands Up:' 'Can't I'm holding gun weed in sagging pants' pockets

    07/17/2012 12:56:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    kaplantoday.com ^ | 17 July, 2012 | NA
    THIBODAUX – Maybe it was the weight of things in his pants that caused them to sag enough to get a policeman’s attention. A 16-year-old was walking in the middle of the road with his pants drooping below his underwear when an officer approached him. Police said the officer several times told the teen to take his hands out of his sagging pants and hold his hands up. He refused, so the officer did a pat down, allegedly finding a handgun and five bags of marijuana. That’s when the boy tried to run but pants falling down his legs made...
  • Millions spent on upkeep of empty Katrina lots

    07/16/2012 1:12:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT | CAIN BURDEAU
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- More than 3,000 lots flooded by Hurricane Katrina and bought with federal money in an emergency bailout sit idle across this city - a multimillion-dollar drain on federal, state and city coffers that lends itself to no easy solution. An Associated Press examination of the properties sold to the government by homeowners abandoning New Orleans after the catastrophic 2005 flood has found that about $86 million has been spent on 5,100 abandoned parcels. *** "Right now nobody on those 3,000-plus properties is contributing. It's costing the city and state government to maintain them. Police got to...
  • Veep Beat: Pawlenty Gets Second Look, Jindal Stock Rising

    07/16/2012 7:13:04 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 101 replies
    PAWLENTY GETS A SECOND LOOK: Mitt Romney has already made his decision on who he’ll pick as his running mate, an announcement which could come this week, according to a New York Times report, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who shares a close relationship with the Romney family and has become an energetic cheerleader for the GOP nominee, sits at the top of the list four years after he was passed over for the number two spot by John McCain. “After a short-lived presidential bid of his own last year, Mr. Pawlenty is again being considered for the Republican...
  • Louisiana cuts Medicaid program to the bone

    07/15/2012 10:27:14 AM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | Saturday, 14 July 2012 00:05
    Louisiana cuts Medicaid program to the bone Written by Media Sources Saturday, 14 July 2012 00:05 Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration announced widespread cuts to the Louisiana Medicaid program Friday, with the hospitals and clinics run by Louisiana State University taking the most severe blows. The LSU cuts total $329 million for the fiscal year, about a quarter of the health system's annual budget and an eyebrow-raising sum that raises the specter of reorganization, if not virtual elimination of the safety-net model as it has existed for decades. Gerald Herbert, The Associated Press archive Louisiana Health Secretary Bruce Greenstein maintained Friday...
  • Congressman asks University of Louisiana to remove new LGBT minor from curriculum

    07/12/2012 6:21:18 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 13 replies
    klfy.com news ^ | July 12 2012 | Tonya LaCoste
    A recently added minor at the University of Lafayette is causing quite a controversy. Last semester UL became the first university in Louisiana to offer a minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies. Today, Congressman Jeff Landry came out in opposition towards the program. In a letter addressed to UL's President, Dr. Joseph Savoie, Landry request that the university eliminate the new program. As a proud alumnus, Landry says he been so grateful of the education he received at UL, but he is concerned if future graduates will be able say the same.
  • Shell touts progress of Ho-Ho pipeline reversal

    07/12/2012 6:58:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 12, 2012 | Simone Sebastian
    Shell Pipeline Company’s Houma-to-Houston pipeline reversal project is getting the customers and federal approvals necessary to move forward, the company announced this week. Rising crude production in the region and new shipping contracts are meeting expectations to make the project viable, the company said. Shell plans to reverse the pipeline’s flow to carry up to 300,000 barrels of crude per day eastward from East Houston to Port Arthur to Houma, La. The project seeks to capture growing crude production from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas and the Permian Basin in West Texas to supply refiners along the Gulf...
  • Energy Department sneaks offshore moratorium past public

    07/10/2012 11:40:19 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2012 | Thomas J. Pyle
    While the Obama administration was taking a victory lap last week after the 5-4 Supreme Court decision to uphold the president’s signature legislative accomplishment, Obamacare, the Interior Department was using the media black hole to release a much-awaited five-year plan for offshore drilling. That plan reinstitutes a 30-year moratorium on offshore energy exploration that will keep our most promising resources locked away until long after President Obama begins plans for his presidential library. (snip) In the past three years, the government has collected more than 250 times less revenue from offshore lease sales than it did during the last year...
  • Celebrities Pack Theater in New Orleans for McDonald's 365Black Awards [McD & Sharpton]

    07/11/2012 8:22:40 AM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    Marketwatch (WSJ) ^ | July 6, 2012 | PRNewswire
    NEW ORLEANS, July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Entertainers, professional athletes, political figures and hundreds of citizens from across the nation packed the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans today for the 2012 McDonald's® 365Black® Awards, an annual event honoring outstanding African-Americans who are making positive contributions to the community.
  • Scott says Florida won't implement health care law [Govs Walker, Perry and Jindal concur)

    07/01/2012 11:59:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 116 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | July 1, 2012 | Tia Mitchell
    ....Under the health care law, by 2014, states must implement a health insurance exchange, or a Web-based marketplace where people can shop for insurance, or defer to a federal program. States need to submit plans to the federal government by Nov. 16 that demonstrate their readiness to launch health exchanges. ....."We care about having a health care safety net for the vulnerable Floridians," Scott said on Fox. "But this is an expansion that just doesn't make any sense." ....."Hopefully we won't have to worry about it because by November we're going to have a new president-elect who is going to...
  • Mysterious bubbles in Bayou Corne (Louisiana)

    06/30/2012 7:55:35 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 50 replies
    wafb ^ | 06/28/12 | Kiran Chawla
    ASSUMPTION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Mysterious bubbles are rising up out of an Assumption Parish bayou. Officials are trying to figure what's causing them. Take a ride down Bayou Corne, and there are bubbles of all sizes along the waterway. "We have reported on May 30th a pipeline leak, which started us coming out and investigating a bubbling in Bayou Corne," said Assumption Parish Homeland Security Director John Boudreaux. Since then though, pipeline officials have not ruled that out just yet, but said it's unlikely. So now, investigators are going through the process of elimination. By coincidence, since the bubbling...
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal refuses to implement Obamacare despite Supreme Court ruling

    06/30/2012 2:58:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 57 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/30/12 | Chris Moody
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal refuses to implement Obamacare despite Supreme Court rulingBy Chris Moody, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 18 hrs ago The Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's health care law on Thursday, but Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible Republican vice presidential contender who has refused to establish a federally mandated health care exchange in his state, said Friday that he will continue to ignore it. "We're not going to start implementing Obamacare," Jindal said during a conference call with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. "We're committed to working to elect Gov. Romney to repeal Obamacare." **SNIP** "Here...
  • Mayor Ray Nagin took $50,000 payoff, granite, consulting gig, businessman says

    06/27/2012 12:49:20 PM PDT · by abb · 10 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | June 27, 2012 | David Hammer and Gordon Russell
    While in office, Mayor Ray Nagin accepted a $50,000 payoff and shipments of free granite from city vendor Frank Fradella, and after leaving City Hall, he became a highly paid consultant to Fradella, according to court documents filed this morning. Fradella was in federal court to plead guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of conspiring to bribe Nagin, described in court documents as "Public Official A." The government's description of that public official, as well as other clues, make clear that it is Nagin. Nagin has not been charged. He has not responded to an email...
  • Louisiana Continues To Lead In Fight Against Sharia

    06/26/2012 12:50:19 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 16 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 26 June 12 | Christopher Holton
    Over the past two years no state in America has done more to prevent the infiltration of Shariah law into our legal system, culture and financial system than Louisiana. During this time period, Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law no fewer than 6 pieces of legislation that can be classified as attempting to guard against the Islamization of America. The flagship legislation in this regard was American Laws for American Courts legislation signed into law by Governor Jindal in 2010. Louisiana’s leadership to guard against the infiltration of Shariah continued in the 2012 legislative session with three more pieces...
  • Tropical Storm Debbie forms in Cental Gulf of Mexico

    06/23/2012 3:17:36 PM PDT · by varina davis · 54 replies
    National Hurricane Center ^ | 6/23/2012 | National Hurricane Center
    TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 200 PM EDT SAT JUN 23 2012 FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO... BUOY OBSERVATIONS...SATELLITE DATA...AND PRELIMINARY RECONNAISSANCE DATA INDICATE THAT A TROPICAL STORM MAY BE FORMING IN THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO ABOUT 250 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. IF THE PLANE IS ABLE TO IDENTIFY A WELL-DEFINED SURFACE WIND CIRCULATION...THEN ADVISORIES WILL BE INITIATED LATER THIS AFTERNOON. THIS SYSTEM HAS A HIGH CHANCE...90 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE AS IT MOVES SLOWLY NORTHWESTWARD DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. TROPICAL STORM WATCHES...
  • Illegal Immigrant arrested in St. Tammany (LA) after golf cart, trailer thefts

    06/23/2012 11:19:00 AM PDT · by kevcol · 5 replies
    FOX8 (New Orleans) ^ | June 22, 2012 | Meg Gatto
    Slidell, La. - St. Tammany deputies have arrested an illegal immigrant accused of stealing trailers and golf carts from homeowners' properties over the past year. Right now, 32-year-old Jorge Munguia-Martinez faces one count of theft over $1500. But more charges could be on the way. Investigators call it a brazen, midday heist. "He stole an entire trailer, which was full of merchandise. So he just backed his truck up, hooked the trailer up and took it away," Capt. George Bonnett with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office explained. That was just one of the items deputies say Munguia-Martinez stole....
  • Southern Baptists: Gay rights not civil rights

    06/21/2012 7:03:53 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 20 2012 | Travis Loller
    NEW ORLEANS—A day after electing their first African-American president in a historic move that strives to erase its legacy of racism, Southern Baptists passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue. Thousands of delegates at the denomination's annual meeting in New Orleans on Wednesday were nearly unanimous in their support for the resolution that affirms their belief that marriage is "the exclusive union of one man and one woman" and that "all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful." . . . The resolution acknowledges that gays and lesbians sometimes experience "unique struggles" but...
  • Melissa Harris-Perry’s Latest Nuggets Of Anti-American Wisdom

    06/20/2012 7:34:23 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 7 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 20 June 2012 | Oscar
    This is what passes for education at Tulane. Only costs $22,620 a year in tuition per semester to expose your kids to this kind of enlightenment. She’s wicked smaht. We’re paranoid as a country, dontcha know. We’ve got to have somebody dark to hate. But lefties like Melissa Harris Perry aren’t haters – they just think we need to soak the rich because they’re all bad. And that’s not the same thing at all. We declared war on Sikhs after 9/11. Did you know that? Some 83 percent of Sikhs live in India, and 72 percent of them live in...
  • US could outproduce Russia, Saudi Arabia in oil and gas

    06/13/2012 5:08:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    AFP - ^ | 13 June 2012
    The United States is seeing a dramatic surge in oil and gas production and could overtake the world's biggest producers, Russia and Saudi Arabia, in another decade, a US official said. "Some of the numbers are eye-popping," Daniel Sullivan, commissioner in Alaska's department of natural resources, told a panel of experts at the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal. In the last quarter the US produced six million barrels of conventional and unconventional oil a day, he said, adding: "We haven't done that in 15 years." Since 2008, the US added 1.6 million barrels of additional oil, and...
  • Feds to set critical habitat for endangered frog

    06/12/2012 5:21:40 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    WJTV.com ^ | 11 June 2012 | JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    NEW ORLEANS -- NEW ORLEANS (AP) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating nearly 6,500 acres in Mississippi and Louisiana as critical habitat for the endangered Mississippi gopher frog the only endangered or threatened frog in the Southeast. About 100 live in the wild, and nearly 900 in zoos. The land includes about 1,540 acres in St. Tammany Parish, La., and in Mississippi, about 3,500 acres of federal land, 264 acres owned by the state and the rest private. Edward Poitevent, whose family owns most of the Louisiana land, has been fighting the designation. He says he cannot comment...
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal signs 20-week abortion ban into law

    06/11/2012 7:29:36 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies
    BATON ROUGE -- Doctors will be barred from performing abortions 20 weeks after conception under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Bobby Jindal.Senate Bill 766 by Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, prohibits all abortions after 20 weeks, about 22 weeks on the typical 40-week gestational calendar. The previous state law prohibited the procedure after the fetus was viable.Alario's bill, which goes into effect Aug. 1, carries fines and imprisonment for any physician that performs an abortion after the cut-off. The bill does allow for abortions performed to protect the life of the pregnant woman.The bill joins two other...
  • Zombie Apocalypse Goes Cajun: Louisiana Face-Eating Incident Continues Trend

    06/09/2012 7:01:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    HULIQ.com ^ | June 9, 2012 | Norman Byrd
    The cannibalistic actions of several individuals in the last week of May that the media began calling the "zombie apocalypse" might have been a grisly sign of things to come. The rash of bloody, flesh-eating attacks seemed to have continued into the first week of June, despite a strange statement from the CDC that the they knew of no means by which a person could become reanimated after dying. But it isn't the undead that people have to worry about. The latest flesh-eating incident occurred in Lafayette, La., when Carl Jacquneaux got into an altercation with Todd Creduer, the boyfriend...
  • Louisiana Offers New Hunting Permit And Driver's License Combo

    06/09/2012 5:04:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    fieldandstream.com ^ | 8 June, 2012 | Chad Love
    The day I bought a lifetime Oklahoma hunting and fishing license, my life got exponentially simpler. No longer would I have to keep track of a yearly hunting license, a yearly fishing license, a state duck stamp and separate tags for deer gun, muzzleloader and archery seasons. No more thick wad of paper in my wallet, no more worrying that I was carrying the wrong license. Just one simple plastic card, sort of a redneck "One Ring to Rule Them All." It's a wonderful thing, but the state of Louisiana just did it one better. From this story on nola.com:...
  • Is Bobby Jindal being vetted by the Romney camp? He won’t say he is, won’t say he isn’t

    06/08/2012 8:12:04 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 64 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 8, 2012 | Chris Moody
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has enjoyed endorsements from influential conservatives who want to see him on the ballot with Mitt Romney in November, but he won't divulge if he's being considered. After a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Chicago Friday, Jindal declined to answer when asked specifically if Romney's campaign is vetting him for the job. "When it comes to the whole VP question, look, I've got the job that I want. I'm not going to speculate on what Gov. Romney's going to do," Jindal told reporters. "I'm not going to comment on his process the same...
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal Signs 2 Pro-Life Bills

    06/08/2012 2:01:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/08/2012 | By Michael Gryboski
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law on Thursday two bills that would further regulate and restrict the abortion procedure. "These new laws will help us foster a greater culture of life in Louisiana and ensure that we continue to protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us," said Jindal in a statement after signing SB 330 and SB 708 in Baton Rouge. Benjamin Clapper, director of the Louisiana Right to Life federation, told The Christian Post that he was happy to see the bills become law. "The legislation signed by Gov. Jindal further protects the lives of unborn children...
  • Congressmen, military chaplains denounce same-sex ceremony on La. base

    06/08/2012 3:06:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/07/2012 | Caroline May
    Two Republican congressmen and a military chaplains’ organization are crying foul after the U.S. Army confirmed that an Army chaplain officiated a same-sex wedding ceremony for two female soldiers last month in the base chapel at Fort Polk, La. “The liberal social experiment with our military continues. A same-sex marriage-like ceremony should not have occurred at Fort Polk, especially since the people of Louisiana have made it abundantly clear that our state does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions,” Louisiana Republican Rep. John Fleming said on Wednesday. “My frustration is compounded by the fact that a social agenda, which...
  • Gov. Jindal responds to teachers union lawsuit, sidesteps legal argument

    06/07/2012 1:12:21 PM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/7/12 | Bill Barrow
    Gov. Bobby Jindal has issued a written statement in response to two state lawsuits that public school teachers filed today challenging parts of the wide-ranging education reforms enacted in April. The suits ask the 19th Judicial District in Baton Rouge to strike down changes to teacher tenure and personnel law, along with the creation of a statewide private school voucher program that used the public school financing formula to pay private school tuition.The governor did not directly engage in any of the legal arguments the teachers presented in their petitions. Here is the governor's complete statement:"Forty-four percent of our public...
  • Bobby Jindal Rising as Romney’s VP Choice

    06/07/2012 9:30:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 06/07/2012 | By Ronald Kessler
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is rising as Mitt Romney’s possible pick for vice president, according to campaign sources. Last month, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist touted Jindal for the vice presidential slot in an opinion piece for Politico. Norquist tells me he wrote the piece knowing that “Jindal is a leading option.” Jindal is rarely mentioned in speculation about Romney’s possible choice. A rising star in the Republican Party, he suffered a setback when he bombed delivering the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s first speech to Congress on Feb. 24, 2009. Adding Jindal to the Republican presidential...
  • Concealed gun bill to come to vote Change may allow guns on campus(LA)

    06/07/2012 4:38:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    lsureveille.com ^ | 7 June, 2012 | Joshua Bergeron
    With the legislative session complete, a Nov. 6 vote is the only obstacle preventing Louisiana Senate Bill 303 from being passed. The Louisiana State House approved Sen. Neil Riser’s SB 303 on May 29 in a 77-22 vote after a 31-6 approval by the Senate in April. The proposal calls for an amendment that would change the wording pertaining to firearms in the Louisiana constitution. The Louisiana Constitution currently reads: “The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged, but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons...
  • LA Governor Bobby Jindal Veritably Giddy Over Pro-Gun Legislation

    06/06/2012 1:33:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    guns.com ^ | 5 June, 2012 | dabneybailey
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is getting pumped up as he prepares to vote on pivotal pro-gun legislation. Those of you who obsessively read every single Guns.com article will remember this piece a little while back about the Louisiana legislators’ attempt to solidify citizens’ Second Amendment rights. The bill cruised through the house with a 77-22 vote. For gun rights advocates, the bad news is that the bill will meet an untimely death if voters do not approve of it when they go to the polls on Nov. 6. On the bright side, though, the bill has been gaining steam. Gov....
  • Cops: Man Bit Off Large Chunk Of Victim's Face

    06/06/2012 1:21:37 PM PDT · by matt04 · 29 replies
    From the Zombie Apocalypse news desk comes word of the arrest of a Louisiana man who bit off a chunk of the face of a victim whom he allegedly battered during a bloody attack Saturday. According to cops, Carl Jacquneaux, 42, attacked Todd Credeur outside the victim’s home in Scott, a city in Lafayette Parish. After punching Credeur in the face, Jacquneaux bit the 48-year-old victim in the face, “removing a large amount of flesh,” police reported. An arrest warrant affidavit charges that Jacquneaux “began biting Mr. Credeur in the face, removing flesh the size of a quarter below the...
  • Ron Paul supporters arrested as La GOP Shreveport convention splits in two

    06/05/2012 1:17:51 AM PDT · by Casie · 91 replies
    examiner.com ^ | June 2, 2012 | James Plummer
    Chaos erupted in Shreveport today as police officers arrested state GOP delegates who support Ron Paul for the party's 2012 presidential nomination. The dispute arose after the state party's central committee issued "supplemental rules" earlier this week concerning the delegate selection process. A press release from the Ron Paul campaign this afternoon referred to the 11th hour changes as "illegal rules." After fights in the Rules Committee Friday, state party chairman opened the convention moving to pass the new rules, when the majority of delegates moved to elect a new convention chair. When Villere refused to yield the dais, the...
  • Louisiana House approves bill banning abortions after 20 weeks

    06/03/2012 5:02:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/01/12 | Kathy Finn
    Louisiana House approves bill banning abortions after 20 weeksBy Kathy Finn Fri Jun 1, 2012 7:50pm EDT NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The Louisiana state House of Representatives on Friday unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit abortion beyond 20 weeks after fertilization unless the mother's life is in danger. Georgia a month ago became the seventh state to ban most or all abortions after 20 weeks. Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska and North Carolina also have such restrictions. Under the Louisiana measure, doctors who violate the 20-week provision could face up to two years in prison.
  • Louisiana's bold bid to privatize schools

    06/01/2012 4:17:37 PM PDT · by redreno · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | By Stephanie Simon June 1 | Fri Jun 1, 2012 6:04pm EDT | By Stephanie Simon June 1 | Fri Jun 1, 2012 6:04pm EDT
    Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools. The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. The money can go to industry trade groups, businesses, online schools and tutors, among others. Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a chunk of state funding.
  • Shooting of 5 on Simon Bolivar came on day of family celebrations

    05/31/2012 4:09:19 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    New Orleans Times Picayune ^ | Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 10:15 PM | Danny Monteverde
    It was meant to be a day of joy. The Allens and Andersons had gathered Tuesday evening in the 1200 block of Simon Bolivar Avenue to celebrate a family member's 10th birthday. A few hours earlier, the Pierce family celebrated at a West Bank restaurant after one of its youngest members marched across the stage during graduation ceremonies for KIPP Central City Academy. RUSTY COSTANZA / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Payton Thompson holds a sign reading 'Thou Shalt Not Kill! Please Stop' during a vigil for five year old murder victim Briana Allen in New Orleans, Louisiana, Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Vigil...
  • Senator David Vitter: End Handouts for Illegals

    05/30/2012 1:49:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 30, 2012 | David Vitter
    The federal government is handing out $4.2 billion a year to illegal aliens.This isn’t some service benefit that illegal aliens are receiving, like taxpayer-subsidized health care or education. And it’s not a tax deduction or a non-refundable tax credit, which would require recipients to actually pay taxes in order to receive the benefit. It’s a refundable tax credit, a taxpayer-funded check from the federal government. And the government requires no proof that the recipient is actually eligible under the law, which illegals are not.Abuse of this tax benefit is one of the most ridiculous examples of fraud adding to...
  • Gun rights constitutional amendment clears Senate, headed for November ballot (LA)

    05/30/2012 11:03:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | May 29, 2012 | Bill Barrow
    BATON ROUGE -- Louisiana voters will decide this November whether to amend the state Constitution to limit ability of the Legislature and other arms of government to restrict the right to carry guns. The Senate gave a final 34-4 approval to language that will give Second Amendment rights the benefit of "strict scrutiny," a term used by the U.S. Supreme Court to require that government must have a compelling interest before regulating constitutional rights and that any limits must be narrowly tailored. File photoSen. Neil Riser With the backing of the influential National Rifle Association and Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen....
  • Louisiana Set to Pass Landmark Pro-Gun Constitution Changes

    05/30/2012 4:30:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    guns.com ^ | 29 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    The Louisiana House is backing a plan to rewrite the state constitutional protections in such a way that would give Louisiana the strongest pro-gun protection laws in the country. The objective of the plan is to protect the Second Amendment from judges who might want to tamper with Louisiana gun laws. Sen. Neil Riser received backing from the NRA as he pushed the bill through the House, earning a 77-22 vote. A supporter of the bill, Rep. Jay Morris, stated, "The right to bear arms is something that's fundamental. We just need to make sure it stays that way." So,...
  • Drunken driver [illegal alien] injures mother, daughter in Metairie hit-run [then released!]

    05/29/2012 8:56:37 PM PDT · by kevcol · 12 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | May 29, 2012 | Michelle Hunter
    Authorities say a drunken driver injured two women in a head-on collision in Metairie on Saturday, then fled the scene. Deputies later arrested Jesus Guzman-Gomez, 22, of Metairie, an arrest report said. . . Guzman-Gomez was headed westbound in a maroon Jeep Cherokee when he veered inexplicably into the eastbound lanes, an arrest report said. Guzman-Gomez's vehicle crashed head-on into a red Jeep Cherokee being driven by an unidentified 49-year-old woman, Fortunato said. He then drove off without stopping or identifying himself, the report said. The driver of the red Jeep Cherokee suffered head, neck and back injuries, the...
  • Gun owners in rural areas escape new penalties on errant shooting

    05/29/2012 5:48:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | May 29, 2012 | Bill Barrow
    BATON ROUGE -- Handing the gun rights lobby another victory, the Louisiana Senate overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to criminalize the reckless discharge of a firearm near residences in unincorporated areas. Earlier today, the Senate approved a constitutional amendment that would incorporate recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent limiting government's ability to restrict gun possession. While exempting any action intended to protect life or property, the negligent discharge bill would have made it a crime to fire a gun within 1,000 feet of a residence in an unincorporated area. The bill would have set a maximum fine of $250 for the first...
  • APNewsBreak: FEMA trailer litigation nears end

    05/28/2012 7:44:43 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/28/2012 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    A class-action settlement agreement has been reached to resolve nearly all the remaining court claims over allegations that government-issued trailers exposed Gulf Coast residents to hazardous fumes after Hurricane Katrina, a lead plaintiffs' attorney said Monday. In a court filing late Monday, plaintiffs' lawyers and several companies that manufactured FEMA trailers after the 2005 storm asked U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt to approve an expanded version of a multimillion-dollar deal initially announced in April. A separate agreement with four FEMA contractors that installed or refurbished trailers will be filed Tuesday, lead plaintiffs' attorney Gerald Meunier told The Associated Press. Nearly...
  • Times-Picayune to Cut Paper to 3 Days a Week

    05/24/2012 12:25:40 PM PDT · by John W · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 24, 2012 | Cain Burdeau
    The Times-Picayune, one of the nation's oldest newspapers, is dropping its daily circulation after 175 years and plans to issue three printed editions a week starting in the fall. With the change, the newspaper would become the largest metro newspaper in the nation to drop daily circulation in this digital age. The paper announced Thursday the formation of a new company, the NOLA Media Group, to oversee both The Times-Picayune and its affiliated website, NOLA.com. The cutback in publication days follows similar moves made by other newspapers as the industry has struggled through economic tough times, in part caused by...
  • Americans Elect, after qualifying for ballot in 29 states, won't nominate a third-party...

    05/22/2012 9:11:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | May 17, 2012 | Jeff Mapes
    Americans Elect, after qualifying for ballot in 29 states, won't nominate a third-party presidential candidateAmericans Elect qualified for the presidential ballot in Oregon and 28 other states, but the group on Thursday said it is abandoning its effort to field a third-party presidential candidate this year. The well-funded group developed an elaborate online process aimed at attracting millions of voters who would nominate a candidate for president.  But the group said that no candidate managed to get enough voter support to participate in an online convention in June. "We will not hold a June convention," Ileana Wachtel, the group's press...
  • Jefferson Parish school psychologist resigns after publicizing of racially hostile online comments

    05/22/2012 4:07:34 PM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | May 22, 2012 | Mark Waller
    A Jefferson Parish school psychologist criticized for posting hostile remarks about African-Americans online has left his job. Mark Traina, who worked in the Jefferson public school system, came under scrutiny when a civil rights organization complained about his inflammatory rhetoric.His resignation was effective Tuesday, said school system spokeswoman Beth Branley, who declined further comment. News of Traina's bellicose commentary on issues involving the black community initially spread on Monday.Traina, who described himself on Twitter as white, married, age 55, a Slidell resident and interested in "politics, the economy, reading and expressing my opinion," issued tweets saying "young black thugs" who...
  • Pro-Gun Constitutional Amendment Up for Final Vote in Louisiana House on May 24

    05/21/2012 7:09:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 May, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Last Thursday, May 24, the Louisiana House will vote on Senate Bill 303, a constitutional amendment protecting the right to keep and bear arms. SB 303 has already passed in the state Senate, two House Committees and has been endorsed by Governor Bobby Jindal. This legislation, which would provide for the country’s strongest “right to keep and bear arms” constitutional amendment, still faces an uphill battle on the House floor and needs your help and support. NRA-ILA Contact Please contact your state Representative TODAY and urge him or her to support SB 303 in its current form...
  • Pastor says off-duty Kenner cop violated his rights

    05/15/2012 4:29:06 PM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies
    http://www.fox8live.com/ ^ | 5/12/12 | Meg Gatto
    The Kenner Police Department is investigating a complaint that one of its officers violated a man's rights by pulling him over while the cop was off duty. Much of the incident was caught on tape. Pastor Thomas Tucker was on Irish Bend Road in Kenner Saturday, meeting with a prospective client for his landscaping business. Tucker says a man who lived on the street, and happened to be outside weed-whacking his yard, approached Tucker's truck to tell him that he ran a stop sign 20 minutes earlier.Tucker explains, "He said, 'You better not move.' And he didn't show me any...
  • New Orleans residents can trade guns for cash at church - NOLA.com

    05/12/2012 4:21:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    bayoubuzz.com ^ | 11 May, 2012 | Staff
    he New Orleans Police Department and community leaders will host a gun buyback Saturday morning in Gert Town. Citizens can trade in weapons starting at 9 a.m. at Little Zion Baptist Church, 4821 Earhart Blvd. People will receive $75 in cash for working handguns and $200 for assault rifles, no questions asked, said the Rev. Norwood Thompson of the Greater New Orleans/Jefferson Gun Buyback Committee. Sean Gardner, The Times-Picayune archive A New Orleans police officer checks a Smith and Wesson revolver during a gun-buyback event on St. Bernard Avenue on Aug. 27, 2005. The 12th annual buyback is returning this...
  • Jindal May Be the Answer to Romney's VP Question

    05/11/2012 4:00:02 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 60 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 11, 2012 | Scott Conroy
    As the counterweight to a presidential nominee blessed with wealth and privilege, Jindal’s stirring life story as the child of Indian immigrants -- who bestowed upon himself at the age of 4 the all-American name of the youngest son in “The Brady Bunch” -- could be especially appealing. A Rhodes scholar who helmed the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals -- the state’s largest agency -- at the almost absurd age of 24, Piyush “Bobby” Jindal’s aptitude and credentials for the nation’s second-highest office would be difficult for anyone to question seriously. Like Jindal, Romney was an academic overachiever who...
  • Carville: Wake Up Democrats; You Could Lose (Barf Alert)

    05/09/2012 5:31:37 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    http://www.cnn.com/ ^ | May 9, 2012 | James Carville
    (CNN) -- A long time ago a great three-time governor of Louisiana, Earl Long, said about Jimmie Davis, the two-time not very good governor of Louisiana, "You couldn't wake up Jimmie Davis with an earthquake." As I go around the country and see various Democrats and talk to them on the phone, honestly I'm beginning to think that we have become the party of Jimmie Davis.