…Did WaPo just defend Jindal’s voucher program?
WaPo is beside itself over the Department of Justice’s suit against Louisiana’s voucher program: The government’s argument that “the loss of students through the voucher program reversed much of the progress made toward integration” becomes even more absurd upon examination of the cases it cited in its petition. Consider the analysis from University of Arkansas professor of education reform Jay P. Greene of a school that lost | Read More »
The Bayou Corne Sinkhole, Part II: What Really Happened
In Part I: Ridiculing the Press, we looked at press coverage of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole, an ongoing environmental incident in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. That coverage has ranged from indifferent to uninformed to inflammatory. As a citizen and resident of the state, I decided to assess it for myself.
Department of Justice fighting… to keep poor kids in bad Louisiana schools.
Of course they are. The U.S. Justice Department is suing Louisiana in New Orleans federal court to block 2014-15 vouchers for students in public school systems that are under federal desegregation orders. The first year of private school vouchers “impeded the desegregation process,” the federal government says. Thirty-four school systems could be affected, including those of Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany | Read More »
The Bayou Corne Sinkhole, Part I: Ridiculing the Press
Scientifically illiterate and agenda-driven journalists can ruin what is actually a valid story. Today’s example is the coverage of the Bayou Corne sinkhole, an ongoing environmental situation of considerable concern at the Napoleonville Salt Dome in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. About 350 residents of the quiet community of Bayou Corne have been evacuated from their homes since the sinkhole’s sudden formation nearly a year ago. Local | Read More »
You aren’t supposed to know Mary Landrieu is in trouble
Mary Landrieu has a big problem right now. She’s now, on multiple occasions, doubled down on Obamacare and is actually saying she’d vote for it again. No one tell Landrieu she’s running for re-election in a red state with a very low favorability rating for the president, because I’m not sure she would know how to handle it. The doubling-down is not unexpected, but the | Read More »
Rob Maness at the RedState Gathering #RSG13
Rob Maness is running for the United States Senate in Louisiana. He’s in a very tough primary against Congressman Cassidy, a former Mary Landrieu donor. We invited Rob to address the RedState Gathering. (Apologies to Congressman Landry, who I was thinking I wish would run for Alexander’s seat as I wrote this post and then put his name in instead of Cassidy) Video streaming by | Read More »
Steve Scalise at the RedState Gathering #RSG13
Congressman Scalise, the Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, spoke to the RedState Gathering. Video streaming by UstreamLINK
Bobby Jindal at the RedState Gathering
Governor Bobby Jindal helped us host the RedState Gathering, throwing a welcome party Friday night. He stood in the New Orleans heat and shook every hand. He also gave a great speech. Video streaming by UstreamLINK
Landrieu will embrace Obamacare
U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is going all-in on Obamacare, it seems: “The Affordable Care Act is going to be better than the old system, which was that less and less people had insurance. Less and less people could buy insurance,” Landrieu said. “There were less and less companies offering insurance. People couldn’t get insurance because they had cancer or pre-existing conditions, pregnancy was deemed | Read More »
Duck Dynasty star to run for Congress in LA-5?
Is Willie Robertson going to make the move from duck calls to roll calls? http://washingtonexaminer.com/redneck-millionaire-and-duck-dynasty-star-eyed-for-la.-house-seat/article/2534155
Rodney Alexander (R-LA) to retire
A lot of the focus on RedState lately has been on the U.S. Senate race between Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness. However, on Tuesday, a liberal Republican by the name of Rodney Alexander announced he was going to retire instead of run again in 2014. “Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill,” Alexander said | Read More »
Charles Boustany wants Medicaid expansion in Louisiana
Last year, Charles Boustany beat Jeff Landry for a Congressional seat. The two were sitting representatives, but redistricting in Louisiana left us a seat short. Their districts were combined. The redistricting itself was particularly nasty, as Boustany had no qualms about hanging his own Republican allies out to dry: Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, on Thursday accused Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, of actively backing a redistricting | Read More »
US Rep. Charles Boustany (@RepBoustany) Wants Louisiana to Embrace Obamacare
Robert Costa at National Review has a report that Eric Cantor is yelling at House Committee Chairmen for doing the right thing and opposing the farm bill. The Committee Chairmen recognize just how terrible the legislation is and Cantor is upset with them.One would think the House Republican Majority Leader would be more upset with House Republicans who want states to embrace Obamacare.For example, Rep. | Read More »
Nonexistent Frogs and Endangered Private Property Rights
It’s not about common sense. It’s not even about saving the darn frog. This is about Federal bureaucrats, aided by environmental busybodies, stopping at nothing to make sure that private citizens know who’s boss.
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More on Mary Landrieu and the 2014 Race
Ah, Mary. You yield a fruitful harvest when you say words. Or, in this case, write them. [L]eaders in the Legislature shut down any chance to expand access to basic health care for 400,000 Louisiana citizens through Medicaid this year. What a shame. By saying no to the expansion, they said no to positive economic impacts to Louisiana’s economy and health care improvements for many | Read More »