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  • Another week, another Republican in the statehouse: State Sen. Rick Ward III of Port Allen became the third Democrat in recent weeks to flip to the GOP, following State Rep. Jim Fannin of Jonesboro and — most famously — State Sen. Elbert Guillory of Opelousas. Guillory, who is African-American, got the most national ink for his switch. Syndicated columnist Star Parker (also a Republican African-American) recently suggested the GOP should support Guillory as an alternative to Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in next year's Senate race ...

  • Deborah Cotton, the Gambit correspondent who was shot while covering a second line parade last spring, is home from the hospital and continues to recuperate. Friends of Cotton are holding a benefit at Gasa Gasa July 26, with entertainment by DJ Soul Sister. Tickets are $10 at the door and all proceeds will go to help Cotton with her ongoing medical expenses ...

  • Typo of the week: In a look at the odds in upcoming Senate races, The New York Times' FiveThirtyEight political blog examined Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's expected challenge by the GOP's Rep. Bill Cassidy (the paper called it a 50-50 tossup at this point). But it was an amusing typo that turned a routine item into a keeper. Wrote the Times: "Ms. Landrieu will need to maintain her distance from President Obama while at the same time getting a strong turnout in New Orleans, where her bother Mitch Landrieu is mayor ..." — Kevin Allman


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