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All the news that doesn't fit

  • The Washington D.C. political newspaper Roll Call handicapped the 2014 Senate races last week and put U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's seat into the category of toss-up. Noting that Landrieu has more than $1.6 million in her campaign kitty, Roll Call wrote, "Despite voting in favor of the health care overhaul, which is almost certain to haunt her on the campaign trail, Landrieu can reasonably argue that she fights for her state, even if it means bucking the White House or the Democratic Party." The paper ranked Rep. Bill Cassidy as her most likely GOP opponent, but called Rep. Jeff Landry "an X factor" and "a possible contender" ...

  • As Gambit reported last month, former state Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, has moved to Central, a city just outside the city limits of Baton Rouge but inside East Baton Rouge Parish. In a Dec. 3 article, The Advocate wrote that LaBruzzo and his family had moved to Central "for professional and personal reasons," noting LaBruzzo's wife Brandi is now working at a Red Stick law firm. Unmentioned in The Advocate's story was the fact that Central's GOP state representative, Clif Richardson, will be stepping down next month, and a special election will be held in March to fill his seat. LaBruzzo is rumored to be considering the race, but he faces a certain residency challenge if he tries to run ...

  • Last week's debate over Sewerage and Water Board rate hikes once again pitted Mayor Mitch Landrieu against City Council President Stacy Head (he was for the proposal; she wanted more time to discuss it). The two rarely snipe at each other in public, but WVUE-TV reported that the day before the vote, the mayor said, "This ought to be a no-brainer and a 7-0 vote is what it ought to be." The final vote was 5-2, with Head and District E Councilman Ernest Charbonnet against ...

  • Former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten enjoyed one of the highest popularity ratings among area voters, according to UNO pollster and political science professor Ed Chervenak, who conducts the biennial UNO Quality of Life survey. In the 2012 survey, Chervenak said 60 percent of respondents were familiar with Letten's name — "a rather lofty figure for a U.S. attorney." Chervenak added that Letten had an 85 percent approval rating, with 55 percent strongly approving of him. — Kevin Allman & Clancy DuBos


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