SEP 29 Here's another national media story on Edwin W. Edwards, this one from National Public Radio - despite the fact that, he says, "people who listen to public radio don't vote for candidates like me." His story, with the young lovely wife, new baby, political backstory and criminal history, seems to be irresistible to the media, especially after they've met him and experienced the full force of the Edwards charm.
SEP 29 Here's more speculation on what's next in the Bruce Greenstein situation from the fourth estate. James Gill calls it "the Greenstein problem." What's the problem? If Greenstein lied about the process of awarding a huge contract to his former employer during an investigation, as is alleged in his indictiment, what's the truth? And who else was involved?
SEP 29 To be fair, this story was posted on Business Insider before Sunday's game (and the wailing and gnashing of teeth that followed it). It's about a study that looked at the communities in which NFL teams are based, and what kind of support those teams have there. No team has stronger community support than the Saints, the study found. (But again, that was before Sunday.)
SEP 29 Bobby Jindal is stumping in Iowa, hoping to bring up his dismal poll numbers, but apparently to know him is not to love him. This post on Bloomberg reports that Ted Cruz kicked his rear in terms of "captivating" the crowd. However, the post tells us, both men have poll numbers in the basement in Iowa, trailing behind MIke Huckabee, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.
SEP 29 Here's a post on Slate magazine about the exams that victims of sexual assualt undergo at the hospital. These exams, which are conducted no only to gather evidence but also to determine what type of injuries the victim sustained, can cost thousands of dollars - and are supposed to be free to the victim under the federal Violence Against Women Act. But Louisiana, apparently not satisfied with the existing level of violence against its women, has been adding insult to injury by allowing hospitals to charge for the exams, the post reports.
SEP 29 Jim Brown blogs about privilege this week, as it applies in the case of football players and judges accused of domestic abuse. The focus mostly has been on football players lately, but judges, including federal judges, also have been accused, he writes.
SEP 29 Blogger Dayne Sherman guest posts on Louisiana Voice here with a horror story about his family's experience with the state employee health care plan. He's been shocked by recent changes, which he attributes to the privatization of the plan by Bobby Jindal. He had to "fight tooth and nail" just to get a routine medication approved for his son, he writes.
SEP 29 Blogger Manny Schewitz posts this entry in his continuing look at conservative memes on the interwebs. These items, which you sometimes see on your cranky Aunt Mabel's Facebook feed, are often unbelievable (with good reason) and, it turns out, completely inaccurate. Manny has some fun with some of the dumber ones, filling in the facts as well as his own opinions.
SEP 29 Jeremy Alford gives us a preview of some of the higher-profile races coming up in the state Legislature over the next year or so. As often happens, politicians are shifting around, playing musical chairs as some move into different offices and others move in to take their place.
SEP 26 Here's a little something blogger Lamar White Jr. posted Thursday. It's a side-by-side of a recent image of Bobby Jindal and the portrait of him that hangs in the Capitol Building. As Lamar says, a picture is worth a thousand words.
SEP 26 The most recent attack ad running in the Senate race features Congressman Bill Cassidy wearing a dark suit and a creepy smile while he accuses Mary Landrieu of kicking veterans and helping illegal immigrants. Politifact, the Pulitzer-winning fact-checking site operated by the Tampa Bay Times, examined Cassidy's claims and called them "ridiculous," giving the ad the (not) coveted "Pants on Fire" label.
SEP 26 Blogger Tom Aswell is writing about three of the state's enforcement agencies: State Police, alcohol control and the fire marshal. He's got some horror stories about each, which he says demonstrate the "swaggering attitude of smugness" of these agencies.