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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NOV 21 Bobby Jindal is headed to Iowa again, the Des Moines Register reports here. The paper outlines what's going on with Bobby's non-campaign for president, and there's a lot of stuff here -- too bad none of it sounds like somebody running Louisiana. Hey, wasn't that the job he wanted?
NOV 21 The end of the term has come for the grand jury investigating a lucrative Medicaid contract and a former state health official's ties to the company that won it, the Advocate reports here, but that doesn't mean the investigation into this stinkiness is over. There are still some things to look into, the lead prosecutor says.
NOV 21 With the passage of two amendments to Louisiana's much-amended constitution (it has been amended almost 200 times now) higher education has an even bigger target on its collective back, columnist Jim Beam opines in this post. Higher ed used to share the spotlight with health care, but that has changed, he says.
NOV 21 Here's a weird one: The Louisiana Cannabis Industry Association has endorsed Bill Cassidy for the U.S. Senate. Apparently, Mary Landrieu said she wouldn't consider support of medical marijuana but Cassidy said he would, WWL reports here.
NOV 21 Solange Knowles, possibly best-known for assaulting her brother-in-law in an elevator while wearing an ugly dress after the Met Ball, got married in the Marigny Opera House this past weekend, the New York Times reports here. Knowles, who has a house in the Faubourg Marigny district and owns a boutique in the Quarter, married Alan Ferguson.
NOV 21 This post on the Fuel Fix blog outlines a $1.4 billion move announced this week by the Apache Corp. that includes the sale of assets in south Louisiana. The company's interests in more than 90,000 acres in south Louisiana are some of the assets being sold, the post reports.
NOV 21 One (possible) positive from Hurricane Katrina is a comprehensive zoning ordinance for New Orleans. Nine years later, we're getting closer to that being finalized, but the current version has some problems. Here's the latest in a series of posts on The Lens in which residents give their views of the draft; this one is more amusing than most.
NOV 21 The new NOLA smoking ordinance is going to harsh your (nicotine) buzz, man. This post on Gambit outlines the high (or low, as the case may be) points: it includes electronic cigarettes and hookahs in its bans; eliminates smoking within 25 feet of any building's public entrance and in any public space - or near any public space - operated by the city.
NOV 20 Politico reports here that Bobby Jindal won't be kept out of the presidential race by anyone else's candidacy. (If he's running, which he's not, 'cause he's not done prayin' on it) So he's not interested in who is running, or what the polls say, or how much money he's got? K.
NOV 20 NOLA Defender's Tiny Daiquiri has a little fun with Bobby Jindal's Meet the Press appearance in this post. Bobby is still prayin' on whether or not he'll run for the job he's been running for over the past three years, Tiny says.
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