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U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu busts a move at Southern University tailgate; see the video

First, it was the keg stand. Now, it’s the wobble.

If Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has demonstrated nothing else in her hard-fought campaign for re-election this fall, she’s shown that she get get down and get funky at football tailgating parties.

A Washington Post blog presents Landrieu on video busting a move at the Southern University tailgate Saturday in Baton Rouge. The dance, we are told, is called the wobble.

Last month, photos of Landrieu at an LSU tailgating party went viral. It showed her assisting at a keg stand performed by a 20something fan.

The keg stand drew criticism from the leading Republican challenger to Landrieu’s re-election, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge. No word yet from the Cassidy camp on the wobble.


Rush Limbaugh calls Bill Cassidy a “virtual candidate”

National radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh read from a Time Magazine blog that blasted the leading Republican candidate challenging the reelection of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Reading to his national audience, Limbaugh read the entry that called U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, a “virtual candidate,” because he has been so unavailable publicly.

Limbaugh said, the blogger, Joe Klein, was a liberal, then read :  ”In Louisiana, where Senator Landrieu’s facing a virtual candidate Bill Cassidy – local reporters claim they couldn’t find the guy, and I couldn’t either – the incumbent’s facing a real hurdle. The hurdle’s Obama, about whom the crazy rumors are still thick and the ads are constant. Each of the Democrat incumbents running in the Southern states I visited has voted with the president more than 90 percent of the time, and that’s one thing every voters who enter the polls will know.”

Rob Maness, who is backed by tea parties, sent out emails quoting Limbaugh without mentioning that the radio talk show host was quoting from a blog.


Gov Bobby Jindal’s son bets Florida governor on football game

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s son, Shaan, bet Florida Gov. Rick Scott on the outcome of this Saturday’s football game between LSU and the University of Florida, the governor tweeted Thursday afternoon.
If LSU wins, Scott will send a fishing pole. If Florida wins. Shaan will send Scott a “Duck Dynasty” duck call.

Cassie Felder to withdraw and support Dan Claitor

Cassie Felder, a Republican lawyer from Baton Rouge, will announce Thursday morning that she is withdrawing from the race to replace Congressman Bill Cassidy in Louisiana’s 6th congressional district, her campaign confirmed Wednesday.

Felder will endorse state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, in his bid. Eleven candidates remain in the Nov. 4 election.

Deal reached on aging Midla natural-gas pipeline to provide ongoing energy service for northeast Louisiana customers

Natural-gas customers from near Baton Rouge to Monroe won’t lose service because of the proposed shutdown of an aging pipeline, congressional offices said Wednesday in announcing a deal over the future of the Midla pipeline.

The agreement between government and industry negotiators calls for the pipeline’s owners to build a new, larger line from Winnsboro, in Franklin Parish, to Natchez, Mississippi. The larger line could boost industrial development in the area, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

The new line will provide gas to Jonesville, Sicily Island, Clayton, and Vidalia, the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Casssidy, R-La., said. The pipeline company will pay for the costs of switching to some other form of gas service or to propane for most of those existing Midla customers who will not be not served by the new line, Cassidy’s office said.

The Midla pipeline was built 90 years ago from the Monroe gas fields across southwest Mississippi to Baton Rouge.  In Louisiana, it provides gas to thousands of customers in Franklin, Catahoula, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Concordia, West Feliciana, East Feliciana and East Baton Rouge parishes.

The company that recently bought the pipeline says the line is leaky and dangerous. It asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permission to abandon it.

But Landrieu, Cassidy, and U.S. Sen. David Vitter and U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, both R-La., called on FERC to either reject the abandonment application or to closely investigate the company’s claims about the line’s condition and operating costs.



Bobby Jindal offers advice for CNN, speaks at The Citadel

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal apparently isn’t a fan of CNN.

During a call-in appearance on the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show Tuesday night, Jindal said the cable news network should hire a conservative “for sheer survival.”

“They’ve tried everything else, why not just for sheer survival, forget fairness, forget trying to be objective, at some point you try to give your customers what they want to see. Why not try a conservative voice?” Jindal said (as noted by The Daily Caller) .  ”Nothing seems to work, they lose more and more viewers every year.”

You can listen to the clip here.

Jindal, who is considering a run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, spoke to a crowd of about 60 cadets at The Citadel military college in South Carolina on Tuesday.

According to local reports, Jindal reiterated many of the points from his speech in Washington, D.C., earlier this week.

“I worry about the EPA regulations hurting our economy. I worry about Obamacare; I worry about $17 trillion of borrowing. Some can be undone with conservative leadership,” Jindal said, as reported by WCIV-TV/ABC News 4.

The Charleston Post and Courier reported that Jindal spoke for about an hour, including the question and answer session with cadets.

The paper also reported that some of the audience appeared receptive to Jindal’s speech.

U.S. education secretary plans New Orleans speech

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who has ignited controversy in Louisiana previously, will be the featured speaker at a meeting in New Orleans on Dec. 11.
Duncan will appear at the annual luncheon of the Bureau of Governmental Research, a nonprofit group that analyzes public policies.
In 2010 Duncan said Hurricane Katrina was the “best thing” that happened to the education system in New Orleans.
He said New Orleans public schools were a “disaster” and that it took the 2005 hurricane to wake up the community.
The comment sparked criticism from state education leaders, and ABC News reported that Duncan later apologized for his Katrina comments.
Earlier this year Duncan accused Gov. Bobby Jindal of doing a turnaround on Common Core — former supporter and current opponent — because of politics.
Jindal’s office countered that Louisiana would not be “bullied” by the federal government, a reference to federal assistance in promoting the new standards in reading, writing and math.
Duncan has been education secretary since 2009.
Individual tickets for the event are $100.
For more information contact Selva Riemann, Office Manager, 504-525-4152, Ext. 101 or

Bobby Jindal discusses stance against same-sex marriage in DC

While polls and some politicians appear to be shifting in favor of gay marriage, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told a crowd of reporters in Washington, D.C., this week that he remains a “supporter of traditional marriage” and supports Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages.

“I’m not a weather vane like President Obama or Hillary Clinton,” the Washington Post quoted Jindal as saying after a speech at the American Enterprise Institute. “I happen to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Politico reported that Jindal, a Republican, spent 30 minutes after the formal AEI event answering reporters questions on topics ranging from the gay marriage question to Ebola.

As he has been saying for months, Jindal again told the national flock of reporters that he is “hoping and praying” about whether he should run for president in 2016.

Jindal will be giving a foreign policy speech at The Citadel in South Carolina Tuesday.

Garret Graves endorsed by BIPAC

The influential Washington, D.C.-based Business-Industry Political Action Committee endorsed Garret Graves for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District, the campaign announced Monday.

“Graves’ background in the private and public sectors make him an invaluable addition to Congress,” said BIPAC’s Sr. Vice President of Political Affairs, Bo Harmon. “Graves understands the role of government and what businesses need to grow and create jobs, creating prosperity for all Americans.”

BIPAC’s action fund will make a contribution to Graves’ Congressional campaign as well as encourage support from its membership on his behalf. Additionally, BIPAC will provide local employers the tools to directly engage employees across the 6th District.

Geaux vote: Today is Louisiana’s voter registration deadline for Nov. 4 election

Today (Oct. 6) is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 congressional election in Louisiana.

Eligible Louisiana residents can register online through midnight tonight at or in person during normal business hours at local voter registrars offices or through local Offices of Motor Vehicles, public assistance agencies, public schools, colleges and libraries. For more information click here.

“Registration in Louisiana is robust with 85 percent of eligible citizens registered to vote,” Secretary of State Tom Schedler said in a news release. “I always encourage citizens to register, but I also want to stress the importance of checking your registration if you’re already registered to make sure your address is up to date and your status is active.”

Louisiana’s November ballot includes a heated U.S. Senate battle, as well as congressional district races.

“I am urging voters to view their sample ballot prior to voting due to the high number of races and candidates this year,” Schedler said. “There are more than 2,400 candidate races, 108 propositions and 14 constitutional amendments statewide, so studying your ballot ahead of election day will be critical.”

Early voting is scheduled for Oct. 21-28. Those who don’t make today’s cutoff have until Nov. 5 to register to vote in the Dec. 6 runoff election.