Underscoring why good-government groups have long called for using an appointed, non-political committee to undertake the state’s once-a-decade redistricting, the Legislature, with just three days (including Monday) remaining to complete its chore this special session, remains knotted in turf battles and House-versus-Senate bickering. It now appears likely that the daunting task of redrawing six congressional districts out of the current seven will be put off until 2012, and neither chamber of the Legislature as of this writing has approved its counterpart’s legislative redistricting plan.
In a sign of how much sway Gov. Bobby Jindal has over state politics, we learned over the weekend that five of the current members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation sent a letter to Jindal expressing their desire that lawmakers put off congressional redistricting until next year. (By law, Jindal has no legal control over redistricting; that role belongs respectively to the Senate president and House speaker.)
All the signees of the letter are Republicans including freshman Rep. Jeff Landry, who until very recently appeared to be headed toward having his base in southeastern Louisiana eviscerated and being forced to face veteran GOP Rep. Charles Boustany of Lafayette in a new district that largely resembles Boustany’s current 7th District. Boustany was the lone Republican rep not to sign the letter and, according to The Times-Picayune, is still urging the Legislature to complete its work by Wednesday. The other member of Congress not to sign onto the letter is Democrat Cedric Richmond, who will remain in a majority-black district regardless of how the other five districts are redrawn.
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NOV 21 Bobby Jindal is headed to Iowa again, the Des Moines Register reports here. The paper outlines what's going on with Bobby's non-campaign for president, and there's a lot of stuff here -- too bad none of it sounds like somebody running Louisiana. Hey, wasn't that the job he wanted?
NOV 21 The end of the term has come for the grand jury investigating a lucrative Medicaid contract and a former state health official's ties to the company that won it, the Advocate reports here, but that doesn't mean the investigation into this stinkiness is over. There are still some things to look into, the lead prosecutor says.
NOV 21 With the passage of two amendments to Louisiana's much-amended constitution (it has been amended almost 200 times now) higher education has an even bigger target on its collective back, columnist Jim Beam opines in this post. Higher ed used to share the spotlight with health care, but that has changed, he says.
NOV 21 Here's a weird one: The Louisiana Cannabis Industry Association has endorsed Bill Cassidy for the U.S. Senate. Apparently, Mary Landrieu said she wouldn't consider support of medical marijuana but Cassidy said he would, WWL reports here.
NOV 21 Solange Knowles, possibly best-known for assaulting her brother-in-law in an elevator while wearing an ugly dress after the Met Ball, got married in the Marigny Opera House this past weekend, the New York Times reports here. Knowles, who has a house in the Faubourg Marigny district and owns a boutique in the Quarter, married Alan Ferguson.
NOV 21 This post on the Fuel Fix blog outlines a $1.4 billion move announced this week by the Apache Corp. that includes the sale of assets in south Louisiana. The company's interests in more than 90,000 acres in south Louisiana are some of the assets being sold, the post reports.
NOV 21 One (possible) positive from Hurricane Katrina is a comprehensive zoning ordinance for New Orleans. Nine years later, we're getting closer to that being finalized, but the current version has some problems. Here's the latest in a series of posts on The Lens in which residents give their views of the draft; this one is more amusing than most.
NOV 21 The new NOLA smoking ordinance is going to harsh your (nicotine) buzz, man. This post on Gambit outlines the high (or low, as the case may be) points: it includes electronic cigarettes and hookahs in its bans; eliminates smoking within 25 feet of any building's public entrance and in any public space - or near any public space - operated by the city.
NOV 20 Politico reports here that Bobby Jindal won't be kept out of the presidential race by anyone else's candidacy. (If he's running, which he's not, 'cause he's not done prayin' on it) So he's not interested in who is running, or what the polls say, or how much money he's got? K.
NOV 20 NOLA Defender's Tiny Daiquiri has a little fun with Bobby Jindal's Meet the Press appearance in this post. Bobby is still prayin' on whether or not he'll run for the job he's been running for over the past three years, Tiny says.
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