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Louisiana’s favorite husband-and-wife comedy routine received a big shakeup on Thursday (5.06). Mary Matalin announced that she is no longer a member of the Republican Party, but did not commit to a position on presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Summer Reading: Jindal, Matalin, Roberts, Brazile

Beltway bulldog Politico took a look at what’s being read this summer by those with their hands on the handles of power. Louisiana was well represented in the survey. The article looked not just at names like Boehner, Emanuel, Rice, and Albright, but also at the Pelican State’s Bobby Jindal, Mary Matalin, Cokie Roberts, and Donna Brazile.

SB Wrap: Blackouts, Shoutouts, and Boots on the Ground

The Super Bowl is over, and officials decided to have one last press conference to congratulate each other on a (mostly) successful host city performance. Mayor Mitch cracked a few blackout jokes, announced some impressive figures, and thanked everyone who contributed in the last few months.

New Orleans Hosts Welcome Super Bowl, Gear Up for Another

On Sunday, the Ravens and 49ers will settle the championship of the NFL on the field. But, until then, we have press conferences, parties and of course music and food. To kick off the hype drive, the Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee gathered the gaggle for a little Monday morning quarterbacking on all of this week's events in New Orleans. Mayor Mitch, host committee chair-couple James Carville and Mary Matalin, Rita Benson LeBlanc and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation's Jay Cicero took a moment to set the tone for the week before the reporters hit the bars.

Festivals and Digestibles: Super Bowl Entertainment Details, Talking Points Revealed

If the increased frequency of road closures and likelihood of an Arctic Krewe du Vieux weren't reminder enough, Super Bowl XLVII is almost here. New Orleans' tenth time hosting the NFL's championship game and attendant kerfluffle will bring together two of the National Football League's premiere teams (that aren't the Saints), media mavens from around the world, a Bud Light hotel and, yes, more of those road closures. So what's really in it for locals? Well, you guessed it: a huge festival featuring music and food, quality time with local reality TV subjects and graciousness toward Roger Goodell. Wait, that last one can't be right...

Super Bowl 2 Months Out, Host Committee Promises Lagniappe for Locals

A Two Dat Bowl win is out of the question, but residents still need to gear up for this year’s Super Bowl XLVII. It’s New Orleans’ tenth time to host the event, and we’re 53 days out from the most expansive Bowl the City’s ever seen. We’ll have to deal with some road closures and traffic, but the Super Bowl Host Committee promises this year’s event will leave its mark with a mini Jazz Fest, Geaux Green initiatives, one million dollars of NORD facility improvements, and a light show on the river.

James Carville, Mary Matalin Tout the Cocktail Party (VIDEO)

NOLA locals and national political insiders James Carville and Mary Matalin finally found something to bridge their differences. Well, other love. The couple is featured in a new ad about Bourbon. Not the street, mind you, but the drink itself. Offering even more proof...that they're our savior...Maker's Mark has taken the high ground above the squabbling. The result is the Cocktail Party. No word on platform planks yet, but something tells us there will be tight limits on getting drunk or stoned.

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