‘LaPolitics:’ Washington Mardi Gras, Gridiron are around the corner

    Two premier events of the new political year are creeping up on us fast, beginning with the annual Washington Mardi Gras festivities that kick off next week.

    Have a room in DC yet? Booked a flight? Got tickets and armbands for all of the parties? If you’re a last-minute planner, it’s probably best to visit https://mkofl.com/krewe-schedule right now.

    (Pro tip: If you can’t score tickets or have trouble getting access to an event but are still flying to DC, try the 65th Parish, which is what the Hilton bar gets renamed each year. Hang around long enough and make the right friends and you might find what you seek.)

    Wanna watch reporters do funny stuff on purpose? Then you need to make sure and catch the first Gridiron Show of the term. This year’s extravaganza is March 27-28 at the Nicholson Post American Legion Hall, 151 S. Wooddale in Baton Rouge.

    Doors will open at 6:30 each evening, with the show starting at 7:45. For those on Gridiron’s mailing list, you should receive a notice shortly before tickets go on sale at 9 am on Friday, March 6. If you’d like to be added to the group’s email list, please drop them a line at gridironshowbr@yahoo.com.

    About a half-dozen people are said to be considering a run next year for the state Supreme Court after Justice Marcus Clark announced recently that he will step down this summer. The northeast Louisiana district includes 20 parishes. So far, 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Shannon Gremillion and former Grant Parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley seem the most serious about the contest, but local politicos are also keeping tabs on 4th Judicial District Court Judge Danny Ellender, 4th Judicial District Court Judge Wendell Manning, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Jay McCallum and 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Jimbo Stephens.

    They said it: “I did not shed a tear.”—Gov. John Bel Edwards, on the exit of Education Superintendent John White, in the Associated Press. 

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