POLITICAL CHATTER

— Special Assistant to the Governor Micah Cormier (@micahjcormier): “@LouisianaGov and @Coach_EdOrgeron spent the afternoon together in NOLA and a random person walked up and says “Hello Governor” and then looks over at Coach O and says “Hello Lt. Governor @BillyNungesser” Proves in LA, politics is a sport!”

— Sen. Beth Mizell has been elected chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. Sen. Sharon Hewitt and Rep. Beryl Amedée are vice chairs. Here’s the full list of new officers.

— Fifty-four GOP incumbents, none from Louisiana, are getting outraised by Democratic challengers. “That’s a high for the 2018 cycle,” tweeted National Journal reporter Ally Mutnick (@allymutnick). Here’s the full list.

— Congressman Ralph Abraham will qualify for re-election tomorrow.

— USA Today Network’s Greg Hilburn explored the secrets held in the Louisiana State Archives and lived to tell the tale.

The Advocate: Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco received an award from the New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Baton Rouge for “her work at racial reconciliation and her contributions to bettering the state.” Former Gov. Edwin Edwards attended and spoke at the ceremony.

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain are visiting a sugarcane farm in Plaquemine this Thursday.

— The LABI Free Enterprise Awards nomination process is open through Oct. 15.

Beau Evans for the Times-Pic: Two finalists for New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board executive director

— Congressional Aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “What kind of shorts do clouds wear? Thunderwear!”

Sarah Crawford for the Shreveport Times: “Vultures are hazard at Barksdale Air Force Base. Let the pyrotechnic screamers begin.”

— ICYMI from Chris Finch for Fox 8: Former Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson said Friday that he did not order his troopers to take the taxpayer-paid Las Vegas route on a trip for a San Diego police conference in 2016. But they did discuss it. News reports say Edmonson, who retired after the scandal, also said he thought the troopers driving was more cost effective.

Kevin Litten for the Times-Pic: New Orleans City Council has approved a $29 million proposal to “demolish the former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue to make way for a new Drive Shack golf-oriented entertainment facility.”

— Louisiana has handed over its title for highest sales tax in the country to Tennessee. Julia O'Donoghue writes for the Times-Pic that it’s thanks not only to last month’s state sales tax compromise that closed the session-palooza, but also the reduction in local sales tax rates.

— PAR recently welcomed its new development director, Stacey Emick Howell.

The Advocate: President Donald Trump has picked retired U.S. Marshals Service veteran Bill Brown Jr. for U.S. Marshal for the Baton Rouge-based Middle District of Louisiana.

Jim Brown’s latest column: “A Supreme Court nominee from Louisiana? Fat chance!”

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