With the midterm congressional election in Louisiana in the rearview mirror, political watchers, campaign strategists and potential candidates can glean a few takeaways.

The added budget protections will mean Louisiana's public colleges are one of the largest areas vulnerable to cutting during tight budget times.

Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has agreed to one debate with Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu before the Dec. 6 runoff election.

Senate Democrats' campaign committee on Thursday began canceling plans for television ads in Louisiana's major markets to help Sen. Mary Landrieu's runoff campaign against Republican Bill Cassidy, making her re-election bid an even steeper challenge.

The Obama administration wants a federal judge to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit accusing it of illegally coercing states to adopt the Common Core education standards.

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