The count: proposed age at which a child may hold a fully automatic gun in Louisiana

No child under the age of 13 may be given or hold, let alone shoot, a fully automatic gun, however short the time, under a bill that made it out of the House Criminal Justice Committee last week. House Bill 67, which made it to the full House chamber for debate on a 7-6 vote, criminalizes "giving, selling, donating, providing, lending, delivering or otherwise transferring" a fully automatic gun to any child 12 years old or younger.

The count: Attendance at Jazz Fest 2017

Despite some heavy rains during its two-week run, the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival brought roughly 425,000 people to the Fair Grounds Race Course. That number is on par with 2016's attendance, when the fest canceled or cut short headlining performances on its second Saturday because of rough weather.

The count: Louisiana members of Congress who voted for the American Health Care Act

Five of six Louisiana members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in support of the American Health Care Act on May 4, which rolls back Medicaid benefits by nearly $900 billion over the next decade, allows companies to raise premiums for people with "pre-existing conditions" and ditch certain essential health benefits, blocks funding for Planned Parenthood and generally guts most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   All 193 House Democrats voted against the latest bill, including New Orleans Rep. Cedric Richmond, the only Louisiana Democrat in the House.

The count: what you'll pay to cross the Causeway beginning May 6

If you frequently cross Lake Pontchartrain by way of the Causeway and keep putting off purchasing a toll tag, now's the time. Starting May 6, tolls at the north end of the Causeway at Mandeville will jump from $3 to $5 per crossing, while toll tag prices will have a more modest hike — from $2 to $3 per crossing.

The count: homeless young people who are victims of trafficking

19 percent
SOURCE: Loyola University New Orleans' Modern Slavery Research Project. Nearly one in five young people experiencing homelessness were the victims of human trafficking, according to a report from Loyola University New Orleans' Modern Slavery Research Project.

The count: percentage of Louisianans who approve Medicaid expansion

72 percent
Source: 2017 Louisiana Survey, Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Louisiana residents may love Medicaid dollars — but they don't like "Obamacare."

The count: Trump's approval rating in Lousiana

58 percent
SOURCE: University of New Orleans Survey Research Center. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP GOT 58 PERCENT OF LOUISIANA'S VOTE in last year's presidential election — and while his national approval rating is 35 percent (according to a Quinnipiac survey last week), people in the Pelican State think he's doing a good job.

The count: New Orleans' position on list of cities where drivers spend the most time on their phones

No. 1
SOURCE: Life360, a tech company that tracks automobile safety. HEY, NEW ORLEANS: HANG UP THE PHONE.

The count: tourists who came to New Orleans in 2016

10.45 million
SOURCE: The University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center IF YOU THINK THE CITY WAS PARTICULARLY TOURIST-THRONGED last year, you're right; the number was the highest since 2004 (before Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods) and a 6.9 percent increase over 2015, according to a study released last week by the University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center.

The count: American voters who support the GOP's "American Health Care Act"

24 percent

The count: number of days U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite will have served since taking office in 2013

Update: After Gambit went to press, it was announced President Donald Trump asked all remaining United States attorneys to resign, including U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite in New Orleans, who already gave notice.

The count: The low temperature on Fat Tuesday, which broke the old record of 69 degrees

Source: National Weather Service New Orleans. New orleans just experienced its warmest february on record, and the temperatures on Mardi Gras were no exception.


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