In a letter to the state, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said the attorney general “does not interpose any objection to the specified change” of the Congressional map — which is legalese for approval. Though Perez also notes in the letter that preclearance doesn’t preclude later litigation.
Louisiana lost a seat as a result of reapportionment. Despite substantial population loss in New Orleans between 2000 and 2010, the new map retains a majority-minority district. While the current 2nd district includes just New Orleans and its environs, the new 2nd district snakes from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D) represents the 2nd district and should have no trouble winning re-election under the new lines.
The hottest Congressional race in the state is likely to be a GOP “jungle” primary pitting Rep. Charles Boustany against Rep. Jeff Landry in the safely Republican 3rd district.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, right, and Annette Tilleman-Dick, left, wife for former Rep. Tom Lanots, D-Calif. Clinton was honored with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony last week at the Cannon House Office Building. Previous winners include the Dalai Lama and Elie Wiesel.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.