One difference is Scott Angelle, who learned his politics on the parish level in the rough and tumble police jury world of Acadiana. He once led the effort to turn wavering legislators towards Jindal.

Angelle has since joined the state Public Service Commission. He was replaced on the governor’s influence squad by young, pretty people from other states who learned about the Louisiana north of the Bonnet Carré when they arrived from some GOP campaign organization or national conservative advocacy group.

There’s no denying that Exxon Mobil’s Baton Rouge refinery is one of the largest and most troubled in the nation, with supposedly the highest accident rate in Louisiana – no small feat in the 107-mile stretch of 156 industrial refineries between Baton Rouge and New Orleans referred to often as “Cancer Alley.”

Louisiana higher education will have the least attractive benefits package in North America. I challenge any person to find a more paltry retirement plan at any legitimate university in the United States or Canada. This legislative failure will grossly limit recruitment of new faculty. Simply put, men and women with any intelligence will find another place to work — a place outside of the Bayou State.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...