Today's Louisiana political shorts: How Louisiana budget was lost--a scating review from PAR on how Louisiana got into its current budget mess, Jindal guns at NRA fab--the Louisiana governor will be speaking in Tennessee today in front of the NRA and some interesting thoughts on guns and religion; Also, Louisiana Congressman Boustany has been picked to address the nation, tomorrow
BOUSTANY FOR VITTER
The 2012 Louisiana election season for the most part is a ho-hum, but, there is one election that is humming.
It is a foregone conclusion that Republican Mitt Romney will capture Louisiana’s eight electoral votes. States get one electoral vote for each U.S. House District, plus two for the U.S. senators from the state.
I guess we can put the newspaper battles being raged between The Advocate and the Times Picayune into the area of politics since, in reality, to some extent, the futures of South Louisiana, New Orleans area and Baton Rouge could be shaped by the paper war.
As usual in these kinds of cases, the reason for the intensity of Louisiana’s Third House District contest between U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry is because they are so similar on the issues – which produces an opportunity actually to dissect and discuss the issues.
Trying for his fifth term, Boustany, from an old-line political family in Lafayette, got matched with freshman Landry, with a much newer political pedigree, because of redistricting brought about by Louisiana’s failure to grow much in population in the last decade. Both being Republicans in an area that has evolved into a solidly conservative national electoral district, one will win.