The Weekly Mini: Next Moves On Levee Suit

Gov. Bobby Jindal now has six nominees to choose from to replace Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East vice chairman John Barry, the most vocal proponent of the coastal damage lawsuit against 97 oil companies. There are also two other members whose terms have expired. While the new members Jindal is expected to appoint won’t change the balance of support for the suit on the nine-member board, it is one of several pending moves by the administration and the defendants to derail the suit.

A federal judge has before her a motion by Chevron to remove the suit from Civil District Court in New Orleans and transfer it to federal court. U.S. District Judge Nanette Brown, an Obama appointee, has scheduled a Nov. 13 hearing.

Before then, state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell could deal an indirect but lethal blow to the suit by ruling invalid the contract between the board and its attorneys. He has before him a request from the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association that, in effect, would rescind an earlier approval that the AG’s office said at the time was based on its limited oversight under statute.

GOP Legislator Pushes Back Senate Race Decision

Last month, Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, told LaPolitics he would decide by the end of September whether to get into the U.S. Senate race. This week, he pushed his decision date back to the first of the year in comments to the Shreveport Times.

But before he can compete with Congressman Bill Cassidy, whom he calls “not conservative enough” to beat incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, he has to contend with the current Republican alternative, newcomer Rob Maness. Seabaugh discounts the retired Army officer as “not a serious candidate.”

That got a rise out of Maness, who pointed out that Seabaugh has said he keeps hearing Maness’ name as an alternative to Cassidy.

They Said It

“I am old and grey headed and I have one eye. I haven’t been concerned about them for 20 years and I’m not worried about them now.” —Foster Campbell on opposition from oil companies, on the Jim Engster Show

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