From LSU: Even though the Republicans dominate Louisiana politics, only one Republican woman, Suzanne Terrell, has ever held statewide elected office, and her term as commissioner of elections ended nearly 15 years ago. Abbie Shull, an LSU student writing for the LSU Manship School New Service, wrote an investigative piece looking at why there are so few women in Louisiana’s GOP. Read the full story.
Oil lease sale: The U.S. Interior Department says an oil lease sale in August will offer about 78 million acres of Gulf of Mexico waterbottom. That’s about the same as for the sale offered last August and the one scheduled for next week. The three previous Gulf-wide sales have brought bids on 1% or less of the available acreage, and for more than 30 years, separate areas were offered in March and August. Read the full story.
Unvaccinated: U.S. immigration authorities say over 2,200 people exposed to a mumps outbreak in at least two detention facilities, including one in Louisiana, have been quarantined. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday that the 25-day quarantine began March 7 at facilities in Pine Prairie and Aurora, Colorado. Read the full story.