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JP Prez John Young Running for Lt. Gov.


Next year's Lieutenant Governor's race picked up another Southeast Louisiana parish president on Tuesday. John Young, who currently serves as the top official in Jefferson Parish, announced his run for the state's no. 2 post.


Jindal Calls Common Core a Federal Takeover in New Filing


Bobby Jindal is going national with his lawsuit against Common Core. In a new filing issued Wednesday, the Louisiana governor takes his effort to get the education standards out of Louisiana a step further, asking a judge to ban the use of Common Core in the state. Instead of simply violating state procurement law, Jindal now argues that the state's contract to administer the exam that tests students on Common Core curriculum amounts to a federal takeover of education.


Lenar Whitney Goes Global


Congressman Steve Scalise has been handed the House Majority Whip and Edwin Edwards is featured in New York magazine. But at least for a moment this week, Lenar Whitney is the Louisiana pol drawing the most national attention. The conservative state Rep. from Terrebonne Parish hasn't won a national seat yet, but she already has the Beltway buzzing after bolting from an interview with one of D.C.'s most respected rags.


Bobby Jindal Dishes on Jimmie Davis' Dips


When he's been at the office, Gov. Bobby Jindal has been sticking to a steady diet of signing bills, bashing Obama and kicking out Common Core lately. But once he's home in the Governor's Mansion, he's free to turn to other topics like Jimmie Davis' sunshine. In a Buzzfeed profile published Monday, Jindal puts the politics aside for a fraction of an interview to give a stark Bayou State history lesson.


Bill Cassidy Gives GOP's Weekly Address (VIDEO)


While he had to share the podium with Mary Landrieu earlier this month on the topic of flood insurance, Bill Cassidy gets the megaphone to himself this weekend, delivering the Republicans' nationally syndicated weekly address. The Baton Rouge Congressman, who is challenging Landrieu for her Senate seat in this fall's election, focused on energy, calling the Keystone XL Pipeline an example of "common sense solutions to provide you opportunity."


Mary Landrieu Pulls in $100M to Fix FEMA Flood Maps


As part of the continuing flood insurance fight, Mary Landrieu's office said Tuesday that the state's senior U.S. Senator followed through on a promise to keep funding in place that would fix inaccurate flood insurance maps. As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's annual budget, FEMA will receive a total of $221 million for the flood map project.


Scalise Wins Whip Vote


3:15 p.m.: Congressional Republicans voted U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Metairie) in as House Majority Whip on Thursday afternoon, according to the Washington Post. Scalise won third-highest leadership spot in the House on the first ballot, continuing the conservative Republican's quick rise through party leadership posts. Scalise played "Eye of the Tiger" in a Congressional conference room to pump up supporters before the vote, the Post reports.


La. Legislature Votes to Move Up 2016 Presidential Primary


by Meg Barbor

The RLC and renewed Hillary chatter have minds turning to 2016 this week. Never to be left out of a political conversation, Louisiana is among those jockeying for primary position. The state House and Senate sent legislation to Governor Jindal which would enhance the Boot’s position on the 2016 presidential primary calendar. The bill passed the Senate and House with no opposition and will now head to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk.


Water Bill Puts La. Projects on Priority List


Louisiana's D.C. delegation praised their Senate colleagues Thursday following passage of a massive water bill. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act authorizes multiple Army Corps of Engineers projects in South Louisiana, including levees and a move to make the Mighty Mississippi even deeper.


Edwin Edwards Announces Run for Congress


Updated 7:15 p.m.

EWE is ready for the campaign trail once again. According to the AP, Louisiana's ex-con ex-gov officially announced his candidacy Monday for a Congressional seat that represents the Baton Rouge area. The 86-year-old is jumping into a crowded field for the 6th Congressional Dstirct seat, which is being vacated by current U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy as he runs for U.S. the Senate.


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