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Flood Insurance Refunds Start Today

After several years of fighting, and an uncharacteristic bipartisan push from the Louisiana congressional delegation, flood insurance reform passed last May. Now, the law is beginning to show results. Flood insurance refunds will be issued beginning today (10.1) to eligible policy holders and is expected to completed by the end of the calendar year. These refunds are expected to average $100. 

Joe Manchin Goes Shooting in Acadiana (Video)

Senator Joe Manchin(D) took a trip down to the bayou today. The West Virginia pol known for bipartisanship headed to Acadiana to shoot some clay pigeons. Aside from logging some time at the range, the trip is aimed at bolstering Senator Mary Landrieu's (D) reelection campaign.

NOLA Drag Queens Rally Against Facebook Policy

By Ashley Rouen

What’s in a name? For the Facebook, apparently a rose by any other name does not smell as sweet. Lately, the social media titan has been deactivating Drag Queens’ Facebook profiles for using their stage names instead of their legal names. The issues has incensed the drag queens of New Orleans and they are taking a stand. The queens are planning a virtual protest for tomorrow (10.1).

LASEN Candidates (sans Cassidy) to Debate Tonight

Tonight, undecided GNO voters can head over to Jefferson Parish to hear the candidates for Senator debate. Sort of. Incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu(D) will square off against Colonel Rob Maness(R) at 6:30p.m. at Kenner City Hall. Conspicuously absent will be challenger Representative Bill Cassidy.

Feds Grant NOPD $1.8 Mil.

Senator Landrieu fares pretty well with New Orleans voters. However, her numbers should get even better after today. Landrieu along with Representative Cedric Richmond and her brother, Mayor Mitch announced a $1,875,000 grant for the NOPD from the feds. According to her office, the money will be used for jobs on the force, community policing programs, and anti-violent crime initiatives.

LASEN Lagniappe

Temperatures are dropping, but the Louisiana Senate Race is continuing to heat up as Election Day draws near. Colonel Rob Maness (ret.) is picking up some national names. Senator Mary Landrieu is acting Senatorial. Congressmen Cassidy is fighting flack for an attack ad. National groups are gearing up for the runoff, and even the silent senator from Metrie is getting involved.

Brazile-an Facts: LSU to House Politico's Papers

Time to see how competitive James Carville is. Fellow local political strategist Donna Brazile just donated 32 boxes of political memorabilia documenting her involvement and career in Democratic politics to LSU libraries. A proud Kenner native and graduate of LSU, she was the first African American to campaign for the presidency and managed Al Gore’s presidential bid in 2000.

Something About Mary

The senior Senator from Louisiana is in the news a lot these days. Nationally, both parties have pegged the Boot as a critical state for the Republicans to wrest control of the Senate or the Democrats to cling onto said control. So, Mary Landrieu’s every move seems to be under the microscope. In the last few days, she has received some serious attention stemming from endorsements, and some lighter limelight from a keg stand.

Third Party in the Second District

Libertarian Candidate Samuel Davenport Talks with NoDef

Samuel Davenport(L) is challenging one of the Democratic Party’s rising stars, and, the Libertarian candidate is just fine with that. In Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, incumbent Cedric Richmond(D) has found himself in a three way battle with Davenport and Gary Landrieu(D). Davenport believes that the realities of representation and listening to the people will give him an edge over both. He took some time to explain the campaign to NoDef.

Russel Honoré Goes One on One With Al Gore (Video)

Russel Honoré is known to most New Orleanians for his role as the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina and the iconic "guns down" order. In the years since the storm, the Lieutenant General retired and shifted his focus to the environment. Going green led to some airtime with with America's most high profile eco-warrior, former Vice President Al Gore.

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