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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.

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.

After Cassidy Abstains, Monroe Debate Cancelled

The national media is giving a lot of airtime to the Senate race in Louisiana. However, Monroe’s KNOE will be giving the election a little less attention. The CBS affiliate announced that they will cancel the first debate after Represenative Bill Cassidy(R) refused to join incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu(D) and fellow challenger Rob Maness(R) in the forum.

Vox of the (Silver) Fox

Edwin Edwards Talks Policy With NoDef

The race for Representative in Louisiana’s Sixth District has generated plenty of hoopla. Such is often the case when four time Governor Edwin Edwards steps into frame. However, after one disposes with the reality shows, comeback stories, and a very public marriage, the issues of governance remain. NoDef talked to the Silver Fox about the substance behind the circus.

Mail Bag: Rallying the Colonel's Troops

Reader J.W. Bryan is angry with politics as usual. He feels that Mary Landrieu is part of an entrenched power strucutre and Cassidy represents the "ruling clique of Republicans," both abandoning the Constitution. Bryan writes to NoDef to make the case for outside candidate Rob Maness.

GOP Targets Landrieu Over Residence

Following a WaPo story about her residence, Senator Mary Landrieu is fending off attacks from the right. Landrieu claims her parents' Broadmoor home on South Prieur Street as her residence in filings for ballot qualification. However, her critics are quick to point out that she lives in a "stately, $2.5 million manse" while in D.C. Republicans are crying foul.

Young Dems to Host Bridge Lounge Election Forums

Forums have been coming fast and furious as January's compressed election season tries to reveal as much about the candidates running in the city's Feb. 1 elections as possible. After letting TV studios and auditoriums play host to the political primers, the hopefuls are finally ready to move onto the night cap this week on Magazine Street.

Last-Minute Attack Mailer Looks to Tie Judicial Candidate, Mother's Day Shooting

The polls are open in New Orleans for today's runoff races for magistrate and traffic court judge. As is the case with many local elections, turnout is expected to be low. But one magistrate candidate's pre-election attack ad shows that the race remains firmly entrenched in the local tradition of no-holds-barred mudslinging. In a mailer that appeared in boxes on Friday, Harry Cantrell's campaign invoked the Mother's Day Shooting and "bleeding heart liberal" in an attempt to smear runoff rival Mark Vicknair.

Council Candidate Breakdown: District A's Drew Ward

November is traditionally known as, "Election Season," and there's a runoff election this weekend to prove it. But in February, 2014, the people of New Orleans will soon be making more decisions on who should represent them on several seats of the City Council, as well as in the mayor's office. These local races will choose the voice of the Council districts (or for the entire City in the case of mayor and at-Large candidates), and that carries a certain weight and importance that can sometimes be forgotten by voters.

Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson Endorses Congress Candidate (VIDEOS)

One political newcomer running for Congress in north Louisiana has sounded the duck call, and he's gotten a response. Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson thought about making his own run for Congress in north Louisiana, but instead he's gotten behind a fellow businessman. In the final run-up to Saturday's runoff, Robertson filmed a commercial for Vance McAllister.

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