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Marionneaux noodling a run against Louisiana Gov. Jindal

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Written By :

Mike Hasten –

mhasten@gannett.com 

 

BATON ROUGE — Will Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal have opposition in his bid for re-election this fall?

Sure, there’s Haynesville schoolteacher Tara Hollis, who some people thought Jindal was trying to buy off when his campaign donated $5,000 to improve her classroom. But unless a miracle happens, she’s not likely to be a formidable challenger.

And there are sure to be many also-rans who perennially show up and throw away $750 if they do not belong to a political party or $1,125 if they belong to a party and have to pay the additional $375 state central committee fee.

Democratic Party Chairman Buddy Leach has been trying to convince Democrats with name recognition to run for governor.

No. 1 on the list is state Sen. Rob Marionneaux of Livonia.

“The party is very interested in finding a candidate,” said Marionneaux, whose statewide recognition rose during the spring legislative session with his push to repeal state income taxes.

He predicts that whomever the candidate is, it would take up to $5 million to mount a credible campaign.

Jindal has about $10 million in his campaign account.

Marionneaux says he is considering it, but he has to be convinced there’s a good chance of winning. Right now, “it’s 50-50” whether he would do it.

“I have not ever run a race to run a race to get name recognition for another race,” he said. “They’re not fun enough to do just for the sake of doing it. A challenge to Bobby Jindal is not anything anyone would take lightly.”

Marionneaux said three factors go into making a decision: “The belief Bobby Jindal could be beaten; that my family is secure in my doing this; the belief I could change the state.”

Polls will be conducted.

Not so toxic

It was nice this week to receive a list of states with bad things going on and find that Louisiana wasn’t in the Top 10. In fact, it wasn’t even on the Natural Resources Defense Council list of the Top 20 Most Toxic States.

Ohio, Pennsylvania Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Iowa — and in that order — make up the deadly dozen, plus eight.

So, with chemical plants, refineries and some not-so-good other polluters in Louisiana, how did we not make the list?

The report is called “Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States.” It’s based on a federal air emissions report.

The target was coal-fired power plants, something that Louisiana has only a handful of, and oil-fueled power plants, something you can’t find here.

 

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Written by demon53

July 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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