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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.

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.

Judge Dismisses Landrieu Residency Case

Louisiana's Senators both live in Louisiana after all. Today, a judge rejected the claim that Mary Landrieu actually lives in Washington D.C. making her ineligible to represent the state in Senate. 

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.

LASEN: Debate Dates Lined Up

As it winds toward Election Day, the Louisiana Senate race may be moving from 30-second attack ads to face-to-face combat. Mary Landrieu's campaign announced Tuesday that the New Orleans-based incumbent has agreed to participate in four debates. Two of the televised showdowns will be in New Orleans.

#LASEN Update: Sheriffs Pick Sides, Border Battle Brewing

Congress loosened up their Beltway and went home for summer recess this week. But that doesn't mean the Sens and Reps are off, it just means they can focus more on their fall re-election campaigns. In Louisiana's Senate race, the state's sheriffs picked sides, and a border battle is brewing between the top two candidates.

Nunn Ya Business: Landrieu, Cassidy Jockey Over Outside Forces

With attack ads beginning to choke off every commercial break, Louisiana's U.S. Senate race is heading from the backstretch into the final turn Polls continue to show U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-New Orleans) and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) in a tight race, meaning the campaigns are also seeking help from outside forces to get an edge. This week, a leak showed how national Democrats viewed the race, and a New York Times columnist suggested Landrieu could pick up an unlikely endorsement.

Bollinger Shipyards Wins Coast Guard Cutter Contract

Tales of local shipyard demise continue to fall on deaf ears around Bollinger's facilities. The local boat building behemoth was awarded a $255 million contract this week to build six new cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard, according to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office.

Hollis Drops Out of U.S. Senate Race

Before it rounds the corner into the fall finale, the race for one of Louisiana's two U.S. Senate seats is shedding some conservative weight. State Rep. Paul Hollis announced his withdrawal from the race to challenge U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu on Monday morning.

Sportsmen's Bill, Red Snapper Amendments Die in U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate killed a Sportsmen's Bill that included amendments designed to give Louisiana officials more control over the state's red snapper season in federal waters. According to Politico, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan's bill failed on a 56-41 procedural vote. Sixty "yay" votes would have been required to keep debate going.

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