— Godspeed to Rep. Chris Broadwater, who gave a heartwarming farewell speech on the House floor yesterday. In the words of House Speaker Taylor Barras, “We will miss you, dude.”

— The 67th Annual Gridiron Show, which will be staged March 23 and 24, is right around the corner! If you want your ticket to one of the hottest shows of the regular session, click here and pay very close attention to the ordering instructions.

— Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “Did you hear about the two silk worms who were in a race? It was a tie!”

— Jefferson Chamber PAC endorsements: Joseph Lopinto for sheriff, Ben Zahn for Kenner mayor and those getting the nod for Kenner City Council are Kristi McKinneyGregory CarrollGlenn Hayes Sr. and George Branigan.

— Here’s yesterday’s statement from the Legislative Black Caucus after their alleged ultimatum to compress income tax brackets stalled debate in the House: “If true reform is not the desire of the Legislature, it will not be because the Black Caucus did not attempt everything possible to ensure all the people of Louisiana are protected.”

— Rep. Reid Falconer’s take: "It's an old adage that politics is like herding cats. Apparently, the governor can't quite herd even his own, and now we sit, and wait...I called this Special Session a waste of time and money even before it started, and now we're on the verge of accomplishing literally nothing while we're here.”

— CABL’s take: “we still would like to see the Legislature address budget and tax reform in a thoughtful and meaningful way for the long-term. Yet, clearly, little of that can be done during this special session.”

— Rep. Paul Hollis is accepting contributions, and offering autographed copies of his book for donations of $250 or more.

— Doug Bourgeois has been appointed as Louisiana Office of Tourism Assistant Secretary.

— Louis Gurvich is the new chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party. Here’s the vote tally.

— New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is in Puerto Rico as part of a “Mayor Exchange Program.”

— Attorney Charlie Ponstein has been appointed to the board of commissioners of the Port of New Orleans.

— Retired insurance industry professional Donna Ewing has been appointed as the 5th Congressional District representative to the Louisiana Education Television Authority.

— Consultant and speech pathologist and audiologist Ramesh Arby Bettagere has been appointed to the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

— The Advocate Newspaper owner John Georges, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto and former Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere will be among the guests on talk radio host Jeff Crouere’s “Politics with a Punch” comedy show at the Eiffel Society on March 1.

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Alford: Looking for a Little Womentum

I was sitting inside Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge 11 years ago this week, holding my newborn daughter, Zoe, while watching then-Gov.

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— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has had a busy week. He sent several messages across federal agencies, including one asking for healthcare payment


— Tuesday 03/20: Rep. Sherman Mack, John Williams, Tony Perkins, late Gov. Oramel H. Simpson (1870) and Blake Corley — Wednesday 03/21:

LOWDOWN: Our Jailhouse Politicians

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POD: New Kids on the Block

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A Conversation With Wildlife & Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet

Jeremy Alford: I do want to talk fees with you, but I have to ask…  Do you miss it (serving in the Legislature) at all? Secretary Jack

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— The five managed care organizations (MCOs) that are contracted with the state to provide Medicaid benefits and services have created a new

Alford: The Pace Of Things To Come

What happens when you take a Louisiana Legislature that’s earning a reputation for disfunction and tell its members that they have just nine

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— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy is one of the lawmakers sponsoring a “school safety and mental health” bill that directs federal dollars for


— Tuesday 03/13: Former Congressman Joseph Cao, Rep. Valarie Hodges, Donald Hodge, Jessica Starns Debetaz and Phil Ranier — Wednesday

LOWDOWN: Louisiana’s Talented Politicians

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— Andrew Bautsch is the new executive director of the Louisiana Republican Party. He was most recently with Causeway Solutions. — Former

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— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has introduced the Stop Trafficking in Fentanyl Act, named after a synthetic drug found in heroin: “We are at war

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