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While the push to derail Common Core is often attributed to Republicans and conservatives, Louisiana teacher unions that are mostly aligned with Democrats are nearly as vocal in blasting the overhaul. Both the Louisiana Federation of Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Educators backed legislation earlier this year that would have scrapped the standards in favor of others.
One of the dumbest points of contention in modern politics is the Big Government vs. Small Government one. It's a fake debate, only meaningful to the privileged: investors, business executives and their cronies.
As so many Villagers love to do, Chuck Todd appeared with right winger Hugh Hewitt the other day. They chit-chatted about this and that, but I thought this conclusion was particularly fascinating HH: ... I want to ask you the Politico question.
Baton Rouge-based biologist G. Paul Kemp is an expert in coastal wetlands restoration and river management. Among other accomplishments in his four-decade career, he served on Team Louisiana -- the group of scientists who did the forensic research on the levee failures in Hurricane Katrina.
Cassidy: Is Landrieu still a Louisianian? Congressman says senator has abandoned Louisiana voters and their values. Check out this story on thetowntalk.com: http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/local/2014/09/14/cassidy-landrieu-still-louisianian/15615545/ U.S. Rep. and Louisiana Senate candidate Bill Cassidy saays Mary Landrieu has become "progressively more liberal" during her 18 years in the Senate.
It has been an intriguing journey since legislative leaders quietly cut a special retirement deal for the powerful head of the Louisiana State Police. Clearly the Jindal administration had hoped the story would lose traction after State Police Col.
Gov. Bobby Jindal and LetterFAB LLC executive Patrick Daigle say the company will spend nearly $1.8 million on a factory in Gretna. Daigle says a Louisiana factory will make it easier for his company to reach markets in the South and along the East Coast.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie campaigned with Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Friday and did what Florida Republicans have been doing for more than two years. They said Scott's opponent - Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist - is a political opportunist who can't be trusted.
PHILANTHROPY AT WORK: The Walmart logo would be a fitting addition to the display of the UA Education Reform Department, heavily financed by and attuned to the education agenda of Walton billionaires. The billionaire Koch brothers' effort to buy influence through the political system is well-known.
An growing roster of Republican candidates across the country are embracing Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to make birth control pills available for adult women over-the-counter, without a prescription. This trend is tossing a wrench into the Left's paint-by-numbers attack strategy of painting the GOP as obsessed with "restricting access" to birth control - which nobody was advocating anyway.* The idea is to bombard young women with multimillion-dollar ad campaigns in order to scare them with this fiction, thus shoring up Democrats' wide advantage within the key demographic.
Amid the backdrop of marching bands, pep rallies, and photo ops, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's 2014 back-to-school bus tour crystallized the Education Department's intention to recast its role from one of a disruptor that prods states to take on difficult education policy overhauls to one of supportive partner in implementation. The theme of partnership was center stage in all of Mr. Duncan's stops on his seven-city, three-day trip that crisscrossed Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.
In what on the surface seems like a remarkable turnaround, a number of conservative Republican Senate candidates this year are supporting a proposal to expand access to birth control by making it available without a prescription as an over-the-counter medication. Wider access to birth control traditionally has been a Democratic issue, so Republicans ' sudden embrace of it seems almost too good to be true.
When taking to national media outlets, Gov. Bobby Jindal has said over and over again that his current top priority is helping Republicans in the November elections. The Louisiana governor has said he won't be making any decision about his own 2016 presidential campaign until 2015, in part to concentrate on getting Republicans elected in this year's congressional and gubernatorial campaigns.
Hard evidence has arrived of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed helping Democrat Jason Carter's gubernatorial campaign. Our AJC colleague Katie Leslie passes along the invite for the fundraiser at the Buckhead penthouse of Peter Conlon, of Music Midtown fame.
Add a new name to the mix of potential candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination: Ohio Senator Rob Portman. The 58-year-old lawmaker's name actually came up prominently when 2012 nominee Mitt Romney was trying to decide on a running mate.
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 02:54 am
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