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Tuesday’s Blogs from the Bog

by Nick Pittman

A first: no Jindal, no Vitter, no Edwards. You're welcome.

Super PAC Heaven ... or Hell

Turns out that a lot of those campaign ads in the recent election season were not paid for by candidates but by outside Super Political Action Committees or PACS. In the governor's race alone, they paid for some 20,000 ads. Apparently, this is the way of the future as we can expect more now that the PACs have gained a foothold in Louisiana politics. Oh. Joy.

Sharpe: Cut Browner

Shannon Sharpe says the Saints should cut Brandon Browner, the flag magnet who got burnt multiple times in the loss to the Panthers. You know, the one commentators kept laughing about not being able to keep up with Panther receivers. Let's start this now: Sharpe for defensive coordinator. Sue, he's tight end but he's making more sense than our current coaching staff. Make calls now!

Apply or Die!

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education passed a new policy requiring high school seniors to apply for financial aid starting in 2018. If not, they will not be allowed to graduate. BESE says this measure would provide them funding for universities, community colleges and technical school. However, if a student does not wish to do so, they can sign a waiver saying they are opting out but did weigh the decision. BESE hopes this will encourage students to consider their options before graduation. Yeah, because no kid blindly signs forms in a rush to graduate. Check out the comments on this one: people are taking BESE to task over writing policies that impact students. Yeah, that's kinda what it does.

Hot Water Warden

Angola Warden Burl Cain is the focus of two probes. One looks at allegations that he sold land to two real estate developers - both of which were friends or family of two murderers who are "receiving favorable treatment at Angola." The price tag on the land sale had to be in the millions range, as Cain had invested $2 million in the properties. Which begs the question: where does a public servant like Cain get that kind of dough? You'd think he would spring for a window unit or two at death row with some of it.

Get Ready for Grammy

The Grammy nominations are in and The Revelers - a Lafayette Cajun band that also put out an impressive swamp pop record - has earned one in the Regional Roots field for their album Get Ready. A super group of sorts, they include former members of The Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys.