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Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is congratulating President Barack Obama for his re-election victory, while saying that won't change his course in Louisiana.
Jindal issued a statement that said, "Here in Louisiana, we will continue to do what we have always done, and that means standing up for our people and doing what we think is right no matter who is president."
Louisiana's governor campaigned across the country for unsuccessful GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who Jindal also congratulated for running a "strong race."
As the nation shifts from election debates to governing discussions, the campaign season hasn't wrapped up in Louisiana.
Several races around the state are headed into a Dec. 8 runoff after this week's election.
At the top of the list is the 3rd Congressional District race, where the nasty fight between Republicans Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry will continue through the Thanksgiving holidays. The two men had largely ignored their opponents and acted like it was a two-man race since August.
Voters around Louisiana may be sharply divided on many issues, but not on term limits for local school boards.
With Tuesday's vote, school board members across all of Louisiana's public school districts will be limited to three consecutive four-year terms.
Proposals to enact term limits on the boards passed overwhelmingly, winning easily in all 67 school districts where they were on the ballot. The term limit provision passed with at least 70 percent support in each district.
Louisiana state troopers who volunteered to help New Jersey police after Hurricane Sandy were able to vote absentee, by fax.
A convoy of 25 troopers left Louisiana about 3 a.m. Sunday on the 1,300-mile drive to New Jersey.
Capt. Doug Cain, a state police spokesman, says state police commanders asked Secretary of State Tom Schedler to find a way the troopers could vote absentee. He talked to Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office and to voter registrars in the troopers' home parishes.
Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with congratulations to Lance Gilman. He's a newly elected member of the county commission in Storey County, Nevada. Mr. Gilman is a business owner, who won 62 percent of the vote. But as he takes office, Gilman is unlikely to be one of those people who disparages politics by, say, comparing it to a brothel, because Gilman runs a legal brothel, one of the most famous in the country: Nevada's Mustang Ranch. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
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House Speaker John Boehner says he's ready to work with President Obama on a looming fiscal problem. Republicans kept control of the House on Tuesday, though they also lost seats. Now they have weeks to negotiate over the scheduled higher tax rates and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff.