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Louisiana ballot news

Gov. Jindal issues veto, avoids recall

Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a belated veto of the Louisiana legislature's recent massive pay hike on Monday, June 30, 2008, avoiding recall efforts that were already underway when it appeared that Jindal was going to reneige on his camopagin promise to veto such a hike.

The Governor made a campaign promise to prohibit the Louisiana Legislature from voting itself a pay raise, and then vowed to Legislature not to veto their recently passed massive pay raise bill.

Conservative talk radio and blogs, once staunch Jindal supporters, and even the vast majority of the state's media, turned on Jindal as a result of his deal cutting with the Legislature. A mass rally was planned (and since cancelled) for the steps of the Capitol for July 7, 2008, to urge Jindal to keep his word to the people and veto the bill.[1] [2]

Louisiana one of six states with photo ID

Louisiana is the only state bordering Mississippi with a photo ID provision, and its law is only a request. Voters may sign an affidavit if they present another kind of identification. Florida and Georgia are the only Deep South states requiring a photo ID.

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Louisiana and direct democracy

Louisiana enjoys just two of the available seven forms of direct democracy. If the General Assembly places a constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot, voters can ratify or reject it. Secondly, Louisiana is one of 18 states with the right of statewide recall.

The Louisiana political and legal structure has maintained several elements from the time of French governance. The first is the use of the term "parish" in place of "county" for an administrative subdivision. The second is the legal system. Louisiana is the only American state whose legal system is based on civil law, which is based on French and Spanish codes and ultimately Roman law, as opposed to English common law, which is based on precedent and custom. While the Louisiana Civil Code of 1870 has been continuously revised and updated since its enactment, it is still considered the controlling authority in the state.

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Louisiana parishes

Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Granth, Iberia, Iberville, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, La Salle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Terrebonne, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll, West Feliciana, Winn

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  1. Louisian Political News Wire, July 1, 2008
  2. Citizen Can web site, June 30, 2008