"I've got to tie up some loose ends, but I'm 95 percent sure that I'm going to do this." — State Sen. John Alario, D-Westwego, assessing the odds that he soon will change party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Acting Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle and state Rep. Walker Hines of New Orleans have also switched to the GOP in recent weeks.
"We've done these things at the state level." — Gov. Bobby Jindal to Steve Doocy, co-host of Fox & Friends, discussing his support for a federal balanced budget amendment. Louisiana amended its constitution with the equivalent of a balanced budget amendment in 1974, when Jindal was 3.