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Polite Clears First Senate Hurdle

Kenneth Polite's Senate confirmation process is smooth sailing so far. A U.S. Senate committee signed off on the nominee to become the U.S. Attorney for the New Orleans area. Polite picked up a favorable report from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Now, the New Orleans native's nomination will head to the full U.S. Senate for a vote.

La. Reps Want Flood Insurance Changes in Federal Budget Bill

Louisiana's Congressional delegation wants to make sure that the flood map fight doesn't get lost in a deluge of budget bills. The Bayou State's Beltway buddies set a letter to U.S. House and Senate leaders to include language in any spend bill that would delay skyrocketing increases in flood insurance premiums for South Louisiana homeowners.

Local Leaders Reflect on 8th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

New Orleanians are known for living in the moment, but when the calendar turns to August 29 the city is given to a day of reflection. Though it is now eight years since the destruction brought by Hurricane Katrina, the levee breaches and the response crisis, the events of 2005 continue to shape the City. The anniversary of the hurricane making its second landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi brought an outpouring from local leaders.

Mary's Parry

Sen. Mary Landrieu Slams Vitter, Jindal in Exclusive Interview

Although her senate re-election campaign is in its infancy, Senator Mary Landrieu is coming out swinging. NoDef caught up with Landrieu at this weekend's Jefferson-Jackson dinner, and the Louisiana politico touched on flood rate hikes, education, and Obamacare trades in Congress.  

Landrieu, Vitter Call on POTUS to Help Pregnant Women Eat More Seafood

Mary Landrieu, David Vitter and 18 of their U.S. Senate colleagues have a message for pregnant women that anyone in South Louisiana could understand: Eat more seafood. In turn, the U.S. Senators from the Gulf seafood capital are urging President Barack Obama to update FDA standards that urge pregnant women to satisfy those cravings with more food that once swam.

New Orleans, SoLa Communities Get Disaster Debt Relief

Debt relief came to a handful of New Orleans agencies on the front lines of disaster response this week. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office announced that she and other lawmakers had cancelled nearly $36 million in Community Disaster Loans (CDL) and adjusted the CDL formula so that $286.7 million in debt was canceled for South Louisiana communities.

Fugate-aboudit!: Landrieu, Vitter Tell Obama to Keep FEMA Head

Louisiana's two U.S. Senators don't want to see the head of FEMA get a promotion, but it's not because of the usual complaints about the disaster management agency that came in for heavy criticism after the Federal Flood. U.S. Sens. David Vitter and Mary Landrieu sent a joint letter to the president Monday urging him not to give Craig Fugate a Cabinet post because his work on flood maps isn't done.

Flood Map Fight Moves to Senate Committee

The flap over flood insurance finally got some members of Congress waving their arms on Tuesday. A U.S. Senate subcommittee signed off on a provision contained in the Homeland Security appropriations bill offered by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu that would allow some home and business owners to grandfather in past rates instead of seeing skyrocketing premiums next year.

FEMA Could Put SoLa Levees on the Map

Sweeping changes to stave off skyrocketing flood insurance rates didn't make it into Congress' Farm Bill, but change in the flood maps is still likely coming to South Louisiana. FEMA is set to create a pilot program that will change the way flood insurance rates for areas that fall outside of federal levee protection. That means five South Louisiana parishes that have long faced higher flood insurance could soon get some relief.

Houma Tugboat Co. Captain Admits Making Illegal Campaign Contributions to Landrieu, Vitter

A Houma tugboat owner was giving a little too much grease to Louisiana's two U.S. Senators, according to the feds. Arlen "Benny" Cenac, Jr., 57, pled guilty Wednesday to making illegal campaign contributions to Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter, according to U.S. Attorney Dana Boente's office. The Cenac Towing Co. owner admitted to falsifying documents that allowed him to give more money to the candidates than they knew he was contributing, Boente's office said.

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