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“Sepulvado’s attorneys and the Jindal administration have been battling in court over the details of the execution. Sepulvado wants to know what drugs will be used and from whom they will be purchased. Louisiana — like most states — is struggling to find execution drugs after manufacturers put a chokehold on orders destined for death penalty chambers.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The greater image problem for Vitter, which his enemies are bound to play up, is that many perceive him as an upright, uptight moralist and hard-edged conservative ideologue with a take-no-prisoners style. That profile, acceptable in partisan Washington, could be a lodestone in a bid to be the father-figure leader of all the people, who, in this state, are a diverse, complex and often unruly lot.” – John Maginnis/NOLA.com

“People experiencing the wintry weather, especially those in the South, are seeing the downside of driving on icy, wet roads.” – WAFB

“Let’s start with the fact that Nagin goes to trial the same week Landrieu hopes to solidify his hold on city politics — and let’s not forget that Nagin beat Landrieu in the racially polarized election of 2006, the first after Katrina. Assuming the feds’ case against Nagin is as airtight as their 21-count indictment against him appears to be, and assuming Landrieu’s encouraging poll numbers hold up on Election Day, Landrieu could have the last laugh.” – Clancy DuBos/Gambit

“While not disclosing the results, pollster Verne Kennedy has confirmed for LaPolitics that he conducted the survey on behalf of several friends of Edwards, including former aide Bob d’Hemecourt.” – LAPolitics.com

Louisiana’s job numbers were up 18,900 as unemployment decreased in December, compared to statistics for a year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana opened debate on a flood insurance bill on Tuesday by threatening to get action on the legislation this week — ‘the easy way or the hard way.’’’ – Shreveport Times

“As the mayor’s race entered the home stretch, some department heads at City Hall received text messages requesting that they attend a campaign debate and canvas neighborhoods for Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s re-election effort.” – The Lens

“U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, said Tuesday that ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Willie Robertson will be his special guest at Tuesday night’s (January 28) State of the Union address.” – NOLA.com

“Honoré said the Green Army package will probably come in at around eight bills that target aquifer regulations, with a focus on Baton Rouge and north Louisiana; the Assumption Parish sink hole; new procedures at the departments of natural resources and environmental quality; rolling back tax exemptions for fracking; and updated disclosure rules for certain industry donations.” – Lafayette Independent

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