Kelly Connelly http://wwno.org en State, Federal Education Philosophies Mismatch http://wwno.org/post/state-federal-education-philosophies-mismatch Opposing opinions surfaced from state education leaders this week on whether the state should move forward on implementing national education standards called Common Core.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;The ongoing struggle to fund higher education continued at</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;a meeting of higher</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;</span>education<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;officials Wednesday.</span><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/09/092713_CapitolAnalysisfinal.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:33:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 44799 at http://wwno.org Republican Realignment: What Happens to the LAGOP http://wwno.org/post/republican-realignment-what-happens-lagop Republicans have reason to be wary of their newfound power in the state Senate, having recently gained a two-thirds supermajority. Some political analysts say too much power can backfire.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/08/super1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 42291 at http://wwno.org Republican Realignment: Why Politicians Switch Parties http://wwno.org/post/republican-realignment-why-politicians-switch-parties State Sen. Rick Ward is dropping out of the race for Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District. According to <em>The Times-Picayune,</em> Ward's changed his mind because the position would require too much time away from his children. This decision comes three weeks after announcing his candidacy, and a month after switching to the Republican party in mid-July.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/08/super2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Many accused Ward of switching parties because he wanted to run for the higher seat. Ward said he switched because the "R" behind his name would better represent his views.<p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:22:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 42227 at http://wwno.org Republican Realignment: How Populism, Catholicism Affect LA, Then and Now http://wwno.org/post/republican-realignment-how-populism-catholicism-affect-la-then-and-now On Saturday, <a href="http://www.johnbelforlouisiana.com/">gubernatorial candidate Rep. John Bel Edwards</a> delivered<a href="http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/08/senate_louisiana_governor_elec.html"> what <em>The Times-Picayune</em> called</a> an animated speech at a Democratic&#160;rally, aiming to distance himself from Republican Governor Jindal's&#160;practices. Edwards doesn't have to try hard: he's opposed nearly every one, if not all, of the Governor's initiatives since they both assumed office in 2008.<p>Edwards is a leader of the minority party. Republicans have two-thirds supermajority control over the Senate (thanks to a few recent aisle-jumpers), a majority in the House, and every statewide office other than US Sen. Mary Landrieu's&#160;seat.&#160;<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/08/Untitled.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:29:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 42141 at http://wwno.org Lawmakers Poke Holes in Flood Protection Board Lawsuit http://wwno.org/post/lawmakers-poke-holes-flood-protection-board-lawsuit-6 Taxpayers may be on the line for hundreds of thousands of dollars if the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East has to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies.<p>SLFPA-E met opposition from the legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee Wednesday, as the committee gathered information from the authority on the suit, also hearing opposing testimony from Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority head Garret Graves.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the contract with </span>SLFPA-E<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> lawyers, if the authority loses the suit Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 41795 at http://wwno.org Lawmakers Poke Holes in Flood Protection Board Lawsuit http://wwno.org/post/lawmakers-poke-holes-flood-protection-board-lawsuit Taxpayers may be on the line for hundreds of thousands of dollars if the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East has to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies.<p>SLFPA-E met opposition from the legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee Wednesday, as the committee gathered information from the authority on the suit, also hearing opposing testimony from Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority head Garret Graves.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the contract with </span>SLFPA-E<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> lawyers, if the authority loses the suit Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 41788 at http://wwno.org Lawmakers Poke Holes in Flood Protection Board Lawsuit http://wwno.org/post/lawmakers-poke-holes-flood-protection-board-lawsuit-0 Taxpayers may be on the line for hundreds of thousands of dollars if the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East has to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies.<p>SLFPA-E met opposition from the legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee Wednesday, as the committee gathered information from the authority on the suit, also hearing opposing testimony from Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority head Garret Graves.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the contract with </span>SLFPA-E<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> lawyers, if the authority loses the suit Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 41789 at http://wwno.org Lawmakers Poke Holes in Flood Protection Board Lawsuit http://wwno.org/post/lawmakers-poke-holes-flood-protection-board-lawsuit-1 Taxpayers may be on the line for hundreds of thousands of dollars if the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East has to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies.<p>SLFPA-E met opposition from the legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee Wednesday, as the committee gathered information from the authority on the suit, also hearing opposing testimony from Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority head Garret Graves.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the contract with </span>SLFPA-E<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> lawyers, if the authority loses the suit Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 41790 at http://wwno.org Lawmakers Poke Holes in Flood Protection Board Lawsuit http://wwno.org/post/lawmakers-poke-holes-flood-protection-board-lawsuit-2 Taxpayers may be on the line for hundreds of thousands of dollars if the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East has to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies.<p>SLFPA-E met opposition from the legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee Wednesday, as the committee gathered information from the authority on the suit, also hearing opposing testimony from Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority head Garret Graves.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the contract with </span>SLFPA-E<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> lawyers, if the authority loses the suit Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 41791 at http://wwno.org Lawmakers Poke Holes in Flood Protection Board Lawsuit http://wwno.org/post/lawmakers-poke-holes-flood-protection-board-lawsuit-3 Taxpayers may be on the line for hundreds of thousands of dollars if the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East has to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies.<p>SLFPA-E met opposition from the legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee Wednesday, as the committee gathered information from the authority on the suit, also hearing opposing testimony from Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority head Garret Graves.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the contract with </span>SLFPA-E<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> lawyers, if the authority loses the suit Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 41792 at http://wwno.org