National politicos are coming to New Orleans this summer. The 5th annual RedState Gathering, a major event on national conservatives' calendars, will be held at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place Aug. 2-3. Gov. Bobby Jindal will be the keynote speaker, and other confirmed speakers include Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Registration for the two days is $249.
Meanwhile, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will keynote the Louisiana Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Aug. 17. Crist became a Democrat only six months ago, and the party boasted Crist's appearance in New Orleans will be his first at any major Democratic event outside Florida. Tickets are $150. — Kevin Allman