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US: Louisiana (News/Activism)

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  • Farm Bill deal reached without food stamp work requirement expansion

    12/12/2018 6:05:57 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    The News Star ^ | 12/12/18 | Greg Hilburn
    The Senate passed the bill Tuesday on an 87-13 vote, although Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy was a no, criticizing the "missed opportunity to reform" the food stamp program. Congress has reached a compromise deal on a new Farm Bill to set agriculture policy for five years, but it won't expand work requirements for food stamps, which had been a priority of U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham of Louisiana and President Donald Trump. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday on an 87-13 vote, although Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy was a no, criticizing the "missed opportunity to reform" the food stamp...
  • Supreme Court won't hear appeal over effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood

    12/10/2018 11:22:09 AM PST · by detective · 38 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 10, 2018
    The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices. The court's order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an accusation from Justice Clarence Thomas that his colleagues seemed to be ducking the case for political reasons. The two states were appealing lower court rulings that had blocked them from withholding money that is used for health services for low-income women. The money is not used for abortions. Abortion opponents have said Planned Parenthood should...
  • Supreme Court deal unanimous welcome blow to administrative (trunc)

    12/02/2018 8:47:10 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/2/18 | George Will
    Uncertain of rules on NR, but had to post this
  • Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality.

    11/30/2018 4:47:21 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | Erica L. Green and Katie Benner
    BREAUX BRIDGE, La. — Bryson Sassau’s application would inspire any college admissions officer. A founder of T.M. Landry College Preparatory School described him as a “bright, energetic, compassionate and genuinely well-rounded” student whose alcoholic father had beaten him and his mother and had denied them money for food and shelter. His transcript “speaks for itself,” the founder, Tracey Landry, wrote, but Mr. Sassau should also be lauded for founding a community service program, the Dry House, to help the children of abusive and alcoholic parents. He took four years of honors English, the application said, was a baseball M.V.P. and...
  • Jordan wins Oversight leading role for House GOP in surprise move

    11/29/2018 9:44:33 PM PST · by bitt · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/29/2018 | Olivia Beavers
    Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) abruptly stepped aside on Thursday to allow his House Freedom Caucus ally, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), to run uncontested for the ranking member role on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee -- a position that he won. Jordan, who won the race with no other competitors to challenge him, is expected to be a fierce defender of President Trump when Democrats take control of the panel next Congress. They are expected to become involved in a series of investigations into the Trump administration. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and two GOP lawmakers on the...
  • Historic Delta Queen Steamboat to Resume Overnight Voyages on Inland Waterways

    11/28/2018 9:45:24 AM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    BUSINESS WIRE ^ | November 27, 2018
    U.S. House of Representatives approves one-of-a-kind vessel’s return to America’s rivers The nation’s last authentic overnight steamboat may once again cruise the rivers of America’s Heartland and Deep South. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reinstate an exemption to allow the Delta Queen Steamboat to return to service after a decade-long retirement. “In addition, we must thank the many government officials in Jefferson County, Port Authority and Economic Development Corporation who have been steadfast in their dedication to the Delta Queen’s return to her home port.” “A remarkable piece of the nation’s maritime history is reborn,” said Leah...
  • Supreme Court reins in the feds' land grab for endangered species

    11/27/2018 9:42:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 73 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 27, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    The federal government can’t designate land as a habitat for an endangered species on the mere prospect that the species might eventually move there, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, delivering a victory to property owners. In a unanimous ruling the justices rejected the federal government’s attempt to designate roughly 1,500 acres in Louisiana as critical space for the dusky gopher frog.
  • Former New Orleans EMS driver targets Trump supporters in FB post: 'Ya'll will die in my ambulance'

    11/10/2018 6:08:51 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 67 replies
    WDSU ^ | Nov 9, 2018 | Travers Mackel
    A scathing social media post of hate, written by a former emergency medical services driver in New Orleans, is drawing a sharp rebuke from City Hall. "This is upsetting, as the medical director -- I'm completely disturbed," said New Orleans EMS Director Dr. Emily Nichols. The Facebook post centers on President Donald Trump, and the person writing it makes a threat that if anyone in his ambulance claims to be a Trump supporter, he'll let them die. Leaders at New Orleans EMS were quick to point out that that person making the post has not been employed since June of...
  • Bernie Sanders Unleashed: Trump Is the 'Most Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Bigoted President in...

    10/31/2018 6:31:12 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 90 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 31, 2018 5:00 PM | Lauretta Brown
    FULL TITLE: Bernie Sanders Unleashed: Trump Is the 'Most Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Bigoted President in History' Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) went after President Trump Tuesday while he was campaigning for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous (D). He called Trump “the most racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted president in history." Sanders told the crowd that Democratic campaign staffers across the country “are working to make certain that the agenda of the most racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted president in history will go nowhere because Democrats will control the House and the Senate.” Unlike former Vice President Joe Biden, Sanders said earlier this week...
  • Man arrested for trying to steal Magna Carta

    10/26/2018 7:14:40 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 26, 2018 | Staff and Agencies
    A man has been arrested on suspicion of trying to steal a Magna Carta from Salisbury Cathedral. Wiltshire police said the 45-year-old was arrested on Thursday after alarms were triggered by an attempt to smash the glass box in which the artefact was displayed. A man matching witnesses’ descriptions was arrested on suspicion of attempted theft, possession of an offensive weapon and criminal damage. Police said he remained in custody. The document was not damaged in the incident. Magna Carta, one of the most significant documents in British history, is a peace treaty that was sealed by King John in...
  • A bombastic 'Cajun John Wayne' in Louisiana, Clay Higgins keeps his head down in Washington

    10/23/2018 12:49:32 AM PDT · by topher · 2 replies
    The Advocate (Acadiana Edition) ^ | Feb 24, 2018 - 12:45 pm | BY BRYN STOLE
    WASHINGTON — When the tough-talking former St. Landry Parish sheriff's deputy and viral Crime Stoppers video star Clay Higgins declared his candidacy for Congress late in the 2016 race, he described campaigning for Congress as "descending into the belly of the beast." "I'm descending as a soldier by the will of the people, descending as a warrior armed with the Constitution," Higgins — with a cowboy hat on his head and a chrome-plated semi-automatic pistol strapped to his hip — declared to news cameras and a smattering of supporters.
  • Sen. Cassidy confronts anti-Kavanaugh protesters: 'I know your parents are using you as tools

    10/12/2018 5:01:37 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/12/2018 | Gregg Re
    An anti-Kavanaugh protester who brought her children to confront Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., this week on Capitol Hill ended up receiving a talking-to of her own from the senator. "Senator Cassidy, can you please apologize to my children for ruining their futures?" the protester called out to Cassidy in a video uploaded to Facebook on Tuesday. ---SNIP--- Cassidy immediately replied after removing his earphones and turning to two young children sitting in the Capitol hallway. "I know your parents are using you as tools. In the future, if somebody makes an allegation against you, and there's no proof for it,...
  • FEDS: KENNER POST OFFICE MANAGER STOLE $630,000 WORTH OF STAMPS, EMBEZZLED FROM CHURCH

    10/12/2018 4:46:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    WWLTV ^ | 10/12/18 | Danny Monteverde
    The manager of a Kenner post office stole $630,000 worth of stamps and sold them online after losing more than $667,000 while gambling in recent years, federal authorities said this week. Prosecutors also allege Ryan Cortez, 46, embezzled nearly $10,000 from a church in Des Allemands that listed him as its treasurer. The alleged theft was to fuel a gambling problem to which he confessed, the feds allege. And in the process of allegedly stealing stamps, authorities said, Cortez made history by committing one of the largest internal thefts the U.S. Postal Service has ever seen.
  • PROTESTER ASKS GOP SENATOR TO ‘APOLOGIZE’ TO HER CHILDREN — HIS RESPONSE MAKES HER ANGRY

    10/12/2018 1:32:08 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 134 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 12, 2018 | Benny Johnson
    Anti-Brett Kavanaugh protesters flooded Capitol Hill for weeks before his eventual confirmation to the Supreme Court, walking hallways in protest, holding loud demonstrations and confronting senators in their office buildings. One such protester named Alethea Torrellas Shapiro had been attempting to harass senators on the Hill for days and regularly used her school-aged children to do so. Shapiro is an activist who calls extremist feminist activist Linda Sarsour her hero and regularly goes on profanity-laced tirades against GOP senators like Chuck Grassley. After Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Shapiro wrote a public post on Facebook describing how she intended to use her four...
  • Justice Kavanaugh’s first test on abortion comes this week

    10/12/2018 2:43:18 AM PDT · by kevcol · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 12, 2018 | Rachel N. Busick
    The states in these two cases determined that giving Planned Parenthood state Medicaid funds was not a wise use of their limited resources, and that they could better serve their citizens by reallocating those funds to other comprehensive and preventive health organizations that are run more responsibly and offer a broader range of services. Without intervention by the Supreme Court, states like Kansas and Louisiana will be forced to continue to provide tax dollars to the nation’s largest abortion business.
  • As Storms Keep Coming, FEMA Spends Billions in ‘Cycle’ of Damage and Repair

    10/08/2018 4:16:45 PM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 Oct 2018 | Kevin Sack and John Schwartz
    In the exact spot where Hurricane Katrina demolished the Plaquemines Parish Detention Center, a new $105 million jail now hovers 19 feet above the marsh, perched atop towering concrete pillars. Described by a state official as the “Taj Mahal” of Louisiana corrections, it has so much space that one of every 27 parish residents could bunk there. But on an average day in the first half of this year, more than 40 percent of its 872 beds went unoccupied, making it one of the emptiest jails in the state, records show. And because of its isolated, flood-prone location, the jail...
  • Raw Story senior editor says Steve Scalise 'deserves a Darwin award' for being shot (ComDem Hate)

    10/08/2018 1:26:53 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 8, 2018 (Monday) | Jessica Chasmar
    A senior editor of the left-wing website The Raw Story is facing blowback from conservative Twitter after he said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise deserved a “Darwin Award” for continuing to oppose gun control policies despite almost dying from a mass shooting last summer.Martin Cizmar, a former Daily News-Record reporter who now covers politics for The Raw Story, started his rant against Mr. Scalise after the Republican congressman denounced the “vicious threats” sent to senators and their families after confirming Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday. Boo boo little baby https://t.co/HInJ6Yidh5 — 🎩Martin Cizmar (@martincizmar) October...
  • Sen. John Kennedy to Blasey Ford’s lawyers: ‘Hide your head in a bag for the rest of your lives’

    09/28/2018 12:15:40 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 41 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 9/28/18 | USA Features
    Shame: Sen. John Kennedy slammed Democrats and the lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual abuse 35-plus years ago, for leaking details of a letter she wrote and sent to Sen. Dianne Feinstein in confidence over the summer. Kennedy, R-La., said whoever leaked the letter to the press should hide their faces in shame for the rest of their lives in comments aimed at Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Left-wing hack attorneys they hired to ‘represent’ Ford.
  • Sen. Bill Cassidy challenges anti-Kavanaugh protester: 'You know it's unfair'

    10/03/2018 2:10:52 PM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 3, 2018 | Jessica Chasmar
    Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy pushed back against a protester this week after she confronted him about his unwavering support for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh. The Louisiana senator was walking down a Senate Office hallway Monday when a liberal activist and former Bernie Sanders staffer accused him of supporting a rapist. “Why wouldn’t I support Kavanaugh?” Mr. Cassidy asked, according to a video tweeted by The Daily Caller’s reporter-at-large Benny Johnson. “Because rapists are bad,” the protester responded.
  • Cost to widen Interstate 10 will exceed $360M earmarked for project

    09/28/2018 11:10:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Greater Baton Rouge Business Report ^ | September 26, 2018 | Stephanie Riegel
    While there’s been much discussion about the pending plan to widen Interstate 10 through Baton Rouge, the $360 million earmarked for the project is not expected to cover all four phases of the work. Following a speech to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club today, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson said state officials are confident the first two phases of the project—first widening and replacing the aging elevated portions of the highway from the I-10/I-110 merge to the City Park Lakes, then replacing the bridges over the lakes—can be completed within four years using federal Grant Anticipation...