2014 could shape up to be an interesting year in Louisiana politics. We're already getting ads in the upcoming New Orleans mayoral election, and then there's more to come down the road.
In the fall, we have now three Republicans trying to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. And then there's Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal -- University of Louisiana political science professor Joshua Stockley says if Jindal really aspires to be on the national scene in 2016, he needs to make 2014 count.
"This will be the year that determines whether Jindal leaves the state of Louisiana as being considered one of the more innovative governors," said Stockley, "or a political has-been."
Much of Jindal's recent reform push has either resulted in court challenges, like school vouchers; or outright rejection, like his plan to eliminate state income taxes that was dead before it hit the legislative floor.