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   U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu picked up a musical endorsement last week in her bid to retain her Senate seat — that of New Orleans jazz legend Ellis Marsalis. Marsalis recorded an "I'm With Mary" ad, praising Landrieu and saying, "She doesn't have any problems working across the aisle." Meanwhile, less than a week after dropping out of the race for Landrieu's Senate seat, State Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Covington, announced he was endorsing Landrieu's main opponent, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge. "Together, we can end the Obama/Landrieu agenda that's destroying this country," Hollis wrote in his endorsement letter.

   Louisiana politicians can't get enough duck-related publicity. U.S. Sen. David Vitter appeared at the Ducks Unlimited State Convention in Baton Rouge July 18, where he was a guest judge for the group's "Roadkill Cookoff." It's a tailgating event where the main dish isn't really scraped off the side of the highway. The winning team received a stuffed armadillo.

   Mayor Mitch Landrieu's long shot bid to lure CBS' The Late Show to New Orleans when Stephen Colbert takes the reins from David Letterman next year was officially doused last week when CBS announced the show would stay in New York's Ed Sullivan Theater. The show will receive millions in tax credits from New York.


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