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  Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne told The Advocate last week that he "expects" to run for governor in 2015, but stopped short of declaring his candidacy. Others who are eyeing the race: Louisiana Agriculture & Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain and state Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, who formally declared his candidacy earlier this year and has been taking swipes at Gov. Bobby Jindal ever since ...

   The Public Affairs Research (PAR) Council of Louisiana, a nonprofit watchdog group, issued a report last week on Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax plan, which said, "The administration's tax swap plan could be $500 million to $650 million short of being revenue neutral." (For more on the plan, see Clancy DuBos' column, p. 17.) Timothy Barfield of the state Department of Revenue, a Jindal point man on the budget, disagreed strongly, saying PAR hadn't considered all the details the administration had used in its math. Not all was negative; PAR did say "The plan contains several strikingly useful reforms, and the Governor and his staff are to be congratulated for their political will and creativity" — citing as positive steps elimination of the corporate franchise tax, centralized sales tax collection and reconsidering Hollywood South tax breaks ...

   The Saenger Theater, closed since Hurricane Katrina and under construction for a year, is set to reopen in October, officials announced last week at a tour of the newly restored Italian Renaissance interior. The Broadway Across America series will return to the Saenger this fall after a post-Hurricane Katrina tenure at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. First up: the raunchy hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, by the creators of South Park. ... — KEVIN ALLMAN & LAUREN LABORDE

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