C’EST BON The turning tide on gay marriage in these United States is becoming a tsunami. That wave swamped Louisiana’s shore in late June when U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman decided to turn a limited test of the issue into what could be a major ruling. Charged with deciding whether Louisiana can legally ignore same-sex marriages performed in states where it is legal, Feldman instead decided he didn’t want a piecemeal approach and said that he would consider the broader issue of whether gay and lesbian couples should enjoy the constitutional right to marriage in Louisiana. You know where we stand on this.
PAS BON Gov. Bobby Jindal’s flip-flop on Common Core — he was for it before he was against it — has devolved into an unseemly rift with his hand-picked golden boy of education, state Superintendent John White. In an interview with Politico — a favorite mouthpiece of the governor — White said Jindal “breached a constitutional line and broke the law in suspending assessments in Louisiana for reasons that defy the civil rights of our state’s citizens.” As of this writing the two are at an impasse, but we can imagine, based on the governor’s penchant for firing those who disagree with him, that White would be spit-shining his résumé if not for the support he maintains on BESE.
COUILLON State Rep. Lenar Whitney, R-Houma, found a way to elbow her way up toward the front of an already crowded pack in the race for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District seat: double down on stupid. A businesswoman widely considered one of the most conservative members of the Legislature, Whitney recently produced a nearly five-minute campaign video titled “GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX” (all caps hers; see it on YouTube) in which she calls overwhelming scientific consensus on man-made global warming “the greatest deception in the history of mankind” and “proves” it’s a hoax with all the debunked “science” of the deniers. The photogenic 55-year-old has chutzpah — we’ll give her that — even pinning on “progressives” the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs. (The law she’s referring to, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, was signed by George W. Bush.)
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OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
OCT 31 Given the things Bobby Jindal has said and done since he's been governor, it's a pretty safe bet he thinks we're a bunch of dummies. Apparently, he's sure President Obama is one, too. This story on Huff Post quotes Jindal as saying the president - a graduate of Harvard Law - should sue to get his money back. (What should a Brown biology grad who doesn't believe in evolution do?)
OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
OCT 31 And you thought the Senate race was dirty. This post on the Forward Now blog tells the story of a Shreveport mayoral campaign worker who was paid to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" an opponent's campaign. Karma's a beeotch, though, because turns out the guy really liked the "enemy," and now he's supporting her. For real.
OCT 30 The National Journal offers this analysis of Bobby Jindal's willingness to stump in any Senate campaign that's not in Louisiana. Why is that? The Journal asks some GOPers and finds that the answer is one we already know: he's so unpopular here, because he's been so busy running for President, that his support might be "toxic."
OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
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