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Bernette Johnson Becomes First African-American Chief Justice of Louisiana Supreme Court


The highest court in Louisiana has a new Big Chief. Justice Bernette Johnson was sworn in today as Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court on the steps of the courthouse in the French Quarter. After taking the oath of office, which was administered by her daughter, the New Orleans native officially became the first African American to lead the court.


Jindal on Sequester: 'It's Only 3 Percent!'


In a series of tweets responding to concerns over the coming "sequestering" deadline, Gov. Bobby Jindal has dismissed the fears, citing that the cuts from the federal budget is an insignificant amount.


John Bel Edwards Running for Governor in 2015


With Bobby Jindal looking toward the White House, it's already time to start thinking about who will replace him in Baton Rouge. One candidate already emerged from the field on Wendesday: State Rep. John Bel Edwards. The Amite Democrat made the announcement on this morning's edition of The Jim Engster Show, a radio show broadcast on Baton Rouge's WRKF. 


Trump Calls Jindal's 'Stupid' GOP Claim, Gov Raises Him a 'Get Your Head Examined'


Since dropping the tax axe plan after the new year, Bobby Jindal has yet to elaborate on his proposal to eliminate the state income tax. Those looking for reasons why are likely best served to look at today's episode of Fox and Friends, where the Louisiana gov has been upping the war of words.


La. GOP Goes After Mary Landrieu for Hosting 'Gun Grabbin' Joe Biden


by William Dilella

The Louisiana GOP is gunning for Mary Landrieu. Apparently looking to take an early snipe at the state's senior senator, State Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere, released a statement to the media Tuesday asking that senior Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu cancel a weekend fundraiser, which is to be hosted by (in Villere's own words) "Gun-grabbin" Vice President Joe Biden.


Jindal Sharpens Tax Axe

Watchdog: Eliminating Income, Corporate Taxes Could Cost More for Low-Income Workers



Following Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration intimations of a proposal to eliminate income and corporate taxes in the coming year, legislative watchdog groups have been abuzz with the potential aspects of the plan, and what they could signal for Louisiana's future.


Boustany, Landry Show Common Ground on Fiscal Cliff Ahead of Runoff


by William DiLella

Louisiana congressmen Jeff Landry (R - New Iberia) and Charles Boustany M.D. (R - Lafayette) find themselves in unfamiliar territory—as their two districts have become one united Acadiana apportionment. This is not uncommon in the current state of Louisiana politics, as the population shifts and dips became clear after the 2010 census. Now, in the 2012 elections, these two incumbents have been forced to battle it out for the last seat in town, and that battle has stretched out from November 6 to December 8, where the winner will really take it all.


'Budgie' Roemer Passes


Before there was Buddy, there was Budgie. Charles Elson "Budgie" Roemer Sr., a longtime state politico who helped Edwin Edwards kickstart his career and the father of former Governor Buddy Roemer, died Sunday in Bossier Parish of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 89.  A former state Commissioner of Administration under EWE, Budgie was described by family as a farmer at heart who owned helped LSU introduce a new cotton variety into Southern agriculture, and owned two cotton gins and several crop dusters. Read the full obituary here.


State Dems Bump Buddy for Karen Carter-Peterson


After the Louisiana Democratic Party left last fall's statewide elections for the Republicans to fight amongst themselves, there was a feeling that a change was gonna come. Today, the Democrats' governing committee made the most visible of those changes so far, ousting Chairman Claude "Buddy" Leach in favor of New Orleans state Senator Karen Carter-Peterson.


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