POLITICAL CHATTER

The Advocate: “Animal welfare advocates aren't happy about the Tiger Truck Stop's recent acquisition of a camel and baby coati, but state lawmakers, Iberville Parish officials and the village's mayor say they are staying out of the fight.” (The coati is a member of the raccoon family. This particular coati, pictured above, is named Cody.)

The News-Star: “Another guard has been been arrested at Louisiana's most notorious prison in Angola, this time accused of smuggling drugs hidden in a Subway sandwich.”

— Gov. John Bel Edwards is in Shreveport today for a roundtable with local business leaders to talk about the outcomes of the session-palooza and the state economy.

— The U.S. Senate will vote today on another four-month reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, which expires today.

— Congressional Aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “Why don't teddy bears get hungry? Because they are stuffed!”

— LABI President Stephen Waguespack’s latest: “Voters want to believe in something, but spin and sound bites won’t cut it anymore. They want a plan. They want a promise. They want a contract. It’s time to give them one.”

AP: “In small Louisiana village, no one wants to be police chief”

AP again: “Louisiana health and legal officials have failed to properly manage a fund that pays for investigations and prosecutions of health care providers accused of bilking the state Medicaid program, according to an audit released Monday, the latest of several reports criticizing Medicaid oversight.”

POLITICO: “House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who is planning on moving up in the House GOP leadership if possible, is also very busy in August, despite the fact that he is still recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound last year. Scalise will be holding more than 30 fundraisers and political events during the recess. The Louisiana Republican will be traveling throughout the Southeast, in addition to events in Michigan, Ohio, Kansas, New York and Colorado.”

— ICYMI in NYTimes: “BP has effectively declared that it has recovered from the Gulf of Mexico disaster. The London-based energy giant said late Thursday that it would buy an enormous portfolio covering 470,000 acres of shale oil and gas properties in Texas and Louisiana from BHP Billiton of Australia.”

WalletHub: Louisiana’s school systems rank second worst in the nation, trouncing only New Mexico.

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