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   The Louisiana National Guard has not been able to handle benefit enrollment requests for same-sex couples due to wording in the state constitution — despite a new federal law that allows same-sex couples to obtain benefits. Last week, a workaround was found: Some employees at state National Guard sites will now enjoy federal status when it comes to handling the paperwork ...

   Kenneth Polite Jr. was officially invested as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana at a Dec. 5 ceremony in New Orleans. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson handled the honors, while U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke beforehand. Sen. Mary Landrieu was also on hand; Sen. David Vitter, who did not support Polite's nomination but made no move to block it, did not attend ...

   State Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, announced his intention to join the race for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District, and did so with a bang. "I don't want Louisiana to become the focus of the national media because we have extremists running for a particular office," he told The Times-Picayune — taking a direct swipe at former state representative and current Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, who has said he's mulling the race. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, who is challenging Sen. Mary Landrieu in next year's U.S. Senate race.

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