—There are already a couple of names to keep tabs on in the 2023 race for governor—and that does not even include Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, who is expected to run. House Ways and Means Chair Stuart Bishop says he is seriously considering the race. Given the Lafayette Republican’s position leading the House’s tax-writing committee and his reputation for being an aggressive fundraiser, Bishop is in a position to build an enviable war chest. Also keep an eye on Public Service Commissioner Craig Greene, a Baton Rouge Republican who is said to be sizing up the race and meeting with consultants.
—Qualifying ends today for the special election in Calcasieu Parish’s House District 35, and as of this morning only one candidate had signed up. That candidate, former GOP Rep. Brett Geymann, has been aggressively fundraising over the last month or so and has locked up the support of the business lobby. The special election was called after Stephen Dwight vacated the seat following his election as district attorney in the parish.
—A pair of Baton Rouge Democrats moved up the leadership ladder over the holiday break. Rep. Ted James has been elected chairman of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus and Rep. Barbara Carpenter will serve as vice chair.
They said it: “We are deeply divided and evenly divided in this country and there’s no easy fix.”—Ed Chervenak, political scientist at the University of New Orleans, on WWL-TV.