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   Lisa Jackson, who headed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013, was hired by Apple last week to be the company's environmental director. Jackson, a Tulane University graduate, grew up in New Orleans ...

   State Sen. Elbert Guillory of Opelousas switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican last week, making him the first black state senator since Reconstruction and delighting conservatives. Stephen Handwerk, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party, called the conversion a "craven display of political opportunism" and demanded Guillory step down ...

   Former Times-Picayune political columnist (and recent Gambit contributor) Stephanie Grace is the latest familiar byline at The Advocate, following the defection of James Gill from The Times-Picayune earlier this month. The T-P, meanwhile, has hired Robert T. Mann Jr., former press secretary to Sens. Russell Long and John Breaux and a professor at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, as a new voice on that paper's op-ed page ...

   Chad Rogers of The Dead Pelican, a Baton Rouge-based political website, reported last week that state Sen. Norby Chabert, R-Houma, was being "heavily recruited by Republican leaders to run against Sen. Mary Landrieu" in 2014. "Local conservatives and national GOP donors are dissatisfied with the current crop of potential candidates," Rogers reported, without naming names. Also not mentioned: Chabert was a Democrat until two years ago ...

— KEVIN ALLMAN

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