Republican U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister has changed his mind and says he intends to run for re-election despite the scandal caused by a video showing him kissing a married female aide.

Louisiana's veterans affairs secretary told state lawmakers Friday that he's heard complaints for years about problems with veterans having trouble getting treatment in the federal VA hospitals and clinics around the state.

"We do have a deficit this fiscal year. We clearly do. Now, it can be papered over through a payday loan. Even if they're right legally, it's not fiscally responsible."

A federal judge has set a mid-July deadline for filing briefs on multiple issues involving gay marriage in Louisiana.

Desperate to knock off GOP incumbents in this year's Republican primaries, the nation's tea party groups have spent millions only to fall short in election after election.

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