state politics http://wrkf.org en Republican Realignment: How Populism, Catholicism Affect LA, Then and Now http://wrkf.org/post/republican-realignment-how-populism-catholicism-affect-la-then-and-now <p>On Saturday, <a href="http://www.johnbelforlouisiana.com/">gubernatorial candidate Rep. John Bel Edwards</a> delivered<a href="http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/08/senate_louisiana_governor_elec.html"> what <em>The Times-Picayune</em> called</a> an animated speech at a Democratic&nbsp;rally, aiming to distance himself from Republican Governor Jindal's&nbsp;practices. Edwards doesn't have to try hard: he's opposed nearly every one, if not all, of the Governor's initiatives since they both assumed office in 2008.</p><p>Edwards is a leader of the minority party. Republicans have two-thirds supermajority control over the Senate (thanks to a few recent aisle-jumpers), a majority in the House, and every statewide office other than US Sen. Mary Landrieu's&nbsp;seat.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:29:18 +0000 Kelly Connelly 14973 at http://wrkf.org