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   When former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu was defeated by then-Congressman Bill Cassidy last year, POLITICO reported that lobbying firms considered her "a top recruit from Capitol Hill." Last week, Landrieu announced she was going to be a senior policy advisor at Van Ness Feldman, a lobbying firm with many ties to the energy industry. During her last year in office, Landrieu served as chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources ...

   Lobbyist and former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted last week on federal charges of attempting to evade banking report requirements and lying to the FBI. Hastert, a Republican from Illinois, forever earned the enmity of New Orleanians when he opined — less than a week after Hurricane Katrina and the federal flood — that the city should be "bulldozed" ...

   Ed Anderson, who covered local and state politics for more than 30 years at The Times-Picayune, died last week at 67 after what the Associated Press said was a lengthy hospital stay due to cancer and blood clots. The New Orleans native, who received the Press Club of New Orleans' lifetime achievement award in 2005, was universally admired by his colleagues as well as the politicians he covered. Anderson was axed from the T-P during the "digital transition" in 2012 and went to work for Louisiana Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera. Both chambers of the state Legislature held a minute of silence for Anderson May 28.

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