JJA: 6 Things That Captured My Attention Today

  1.) A Group Of Fine Fellows

I had the opportunity this morning to meet and chat with a group of 10 college students this morning from the governor’s new fellowship program. Participants are shadowing department heads, and a couple have been placed in the office of Gov. John Bel Edwards. They’re young, aggressive and bright. It’s a terrific program, too, one I would have enjoyed participating in when I was at that age — a zillion years ago.

Take some time today to learn about the program. Hopefully this will be the first of many years when young fellows will be dropped into the heart of state government and tasked with learning and sharing.

2.) Big Tease: The Rumor That Burns As Bright As Sunshine

There are whispers, growing more audible by the day, about a Big Name jumping unexpectedly into a statewide race next year. These aren’t vague suggestions, either, but rather specific…

To go into any greater detail would be a disservice…

Actually, just forget this item ever showed up in The Tracker. There’s nothing to see here. Move along.

3.) Drop The Mike

My homie down the hall, Melinda Deslatte of The AP, baked this tweet today for public consumption: “@RepMikeJohnson says he is a candidate to be chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, the GOP's conservative caucus in the chamber. Vote will be in mid-November.”

Johnson has been a politico on the move since he showed up to the Legislature in Baton Rouge, and this bid is another bold step. It’s a great gig to have, and one Majority Whip Steve Scalise leveraged into a leadership job oh-so many moons ago.

4.) Hilburn Visits Capitol

No, not that Hilburn, although Greg was south of north Looziana today, in Red Stick. I’m talking instead about Shutterbug Shyla Hilburn, a third generation journalist, or photojournalist in her case. She’s doing great work for the USA Today Network of Newspapers. Take a look at a few of her more recent shots.

(Shyla joined her father, Melinda, LSU’s Bob Mann and myself this morning for a media panel with the governor’s fellowship program.)

5.) Jeff & John Bel

They’re at it again… As you know.

But you probably need a break from it for a bit. We have an item about it below anyhow.

Instead, accept these actual UPI headlines in place of any actual related information:  

— Naked yoga man said he thought gym was 'judgment free zone'

— Bear breaks into New Hampshire home, eats bird seed

6.) Do You Even NFIP, Bro?

Will they or won’t they? Hold onto your flood policies, because the U.S. House may vote as soon as tomorrow on extending the nation's controversial insurance program. The deadline to do something, anything, expires in exactly one week.

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