This year, Louisiana is facing raucous redistricting and statewide elections and while the results will likely be promising for the Louisiana GOP, there is a good chance that many in that dominant party will be longing for the ‘good ol days”—meaning today.
For today, we are hours away from the special session on redistricting, weeks away from the regular session and budget woes and months away from the statewide and local elections.
On Sunday, the Louisiana legislature opens with the hot issues being which current government officials will be squeezed and which districts will be denied, due to reapportionment.
For example, as the lawmakers divvy up the political turfs, in the highest office, one of the current Congressmen will lose out and it will be a Republican, not a Democrat.
Politicos close to the front are saying the confrontation between the regions could be a classic North vs. South civil war with both areas vying to keep their respective Congressmen and with those elective officials scratching and nailing to keep their seats in Washington.
Now that Republicans soundly control both houses, especially with the latest defection of a former Democratic Senator now becoming the Republican State Senator Amadee, you can expect battle royals to erupt during the special and regular sessions as republicans vie for turf and agenda hegemony and as the Grand Old Party takes charge in governing almost every aspect of the state controls.
In many respects, the legislative sessions could be the preliminaries. After the tug-of-war over remapping the districts, reworking the budget, reshaping higher education is over, the Fourth of July leads us smack into election season frenzy.
Although Governor Bobby Jindal could waltz into the mansion this year, the same won’t be said about other statewide offices and the more parochial elections.
Two seats that could definitely be in play are the Louisiana Secretary of State and the Lt. Governor’s offices.
TV-star, Billy Nungesser of the BP Oil spill fame and newly-minted Republican Scott Angelle are two GOP names being thrown around for the state’s second spot.
The Secretary of State office already is pitting republican vs. republican as young freshman Rep. Walker Hines of New Orleans has recently announced that he will run for Secretary of State. He is only one of the politicians wanting to take on current Secretary Tom Schedler.
Now that Republicans dominate Louisiana government it is even more likely that more members of the GOP will want to serve and are willing to take on their fellow party members--thus violating Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment--"Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican”.
Which means come November, as the GOP counts its many victories and nurses some deep stinging wounds after the many battle scars of infighting, party leaders and followers could look at those sweet calm and happy days of March before the ill winds began to speak.