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La Politicos React to Scalia Passing

On Saturday, new of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death broke. Louisiana’s top elected leaders reacted to the judge’s passing with a mix of mourning and lots of the reverence that one would expect form the conservative delegation. Oh yeah, and Bobby Jindal weighed in with some political alarmism.

La Delegations Parts With Bipartisan

On Friday (12.18), Congress passed a 1.1 trillion dollar spending bill with broad bipartisan support. The rare across-the-aisle vote was seen as a victory for new Speaker Paul Ryan and the inclusion of a proviso allowing for American oil exports was seen as a win for Louisiana’s energy heavy economy. However, several prominent names from the Pelican State cast their ballots against the bill.

Muddy Water Coalition

Anti-Vitter PACs Attack (Videos)

David Vitter has his haters. While the man from Metaire has not been shy about tossing a few cowpies at his rivals, the nastiest return fire is coming from political action committees. These PACs are no run of the mill Citizens United. No, two groups have been formed specifically to push an “anyone but Vitter” agenda and they are dropping millions on ads. 

Governor's Ball

Honoré Abstains; Vitter, Angelle, Dardenne, Edwards Still In

The national political stage has been lit up by declarations of candidacy. In Louisiana, we do things a bit different. The big news this week is who is not running. Lt. General Russel Honoré (ret.) will not be tossing his hat in the rink. That leaves the heavily favored Senator David Vitter running against LA House Minority Leader John Bel Edwards, Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, and Scott Angelle.

Flood Insurance Refunds Start Today

After several years of fighting, and an uncharacteristic bipartisan push from the Louisiana congressional delegation, flood insurance reform passed last May. Now, the law is beginning to show results. Flood insurance refunds will be issued beginning today (10.1) to eligible policy holders and is expected to completed by the end of the calendar year. These refunds are expected to average $100. 

LASEN Lagniappe

Temperatures are dropping, but the Louisiana Senate Race is continuing to heat up as Election Day draws near. Colonel Rob Maness (ret.) is picking up some national names. Senator Mary Landrieu is acting Senatorial. Congressmen Cassidy is fighting flack for an attack ad. National groups are gearing up for the runoff, and even the silent senator from Metrie is getting involved.

House Flood Insurance Bill Passes

The US House of Represenatives passed flood insurance legislation designed to stave off rising premiums by a vote of 306-91. A different piece of legislation to diminish premium increases spelled out in the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012 already passed the U.S. Senate. In the Senate, U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter both stood behind the bill. In the House, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) offered up a bill -- with a couple changes.

Vitter Undecided on Governor's Race, Dems Attack Anyway

Up toward Baton Rouge, rumblings are beginning this week, and they aren't from the Bayou Corne sinkhole. With a NOLA mayoral election and a U.S. Senate race before it, thinking about the 2015 governor's race may seem a bit early. Nevertheless, the jockeying for position is already starting, albeit via e-mail. On the Republican side, U.S. Sen. David Vitter has been rumored to be angling for a seat. On Wednesday, the Metairie resident made the first public acknowledgement that he's thinking about tossing his hat in the ring, via e-mail.

Poll Position

Today was primary day, and most of the elections went as planned. Vitter and Melancon trounced their opposition and will face off for the Sneate Seat. Cedric Richmond easily won a position as Cao's executioner avoiding a runoff. (Sorry to NoDef favorite Juan LaFonta.) The BIG NEWS is Huner Downer's race against the Tea Party which appears to be heading for a runoff.

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