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  • Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, is in a heated race with Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, for the newly redrawn 3rd Congressional District seat in southwest Louisiana. Landry has positioned himself as a good friend to Big Oil, but last week Boustany picked up a potentially significant oil patch endorsement from energy mogul T. Boone Pickens. Pickens called Boustany "Louisiana's leader in fighting for the oil and gas industry." Meanwhile, the two candidates were set to square off in a debate at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Monday, Oct. 15, but the event fell apart last week under circumstances that still aren't completely clear ...

  • Where was Gov. Bobby Jindal last week? Out on the hustings in Virginia with that state's Gov. Robert McDonnell, drumming up support for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Jindal also issued his endorsement of former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who is running for the U.S. Senate, and Thompson returned the compliment in a statement saying, "Governor Jindal has admirably served the taxpayers of Louisiana through cutting billions of dollars in taxes and investing in the state's future."

— Kevin Allman

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