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To update my previous comment about the Louisiana political climate:

According to the Font of All Human Knowledge, there are currently five major-party candidates running in the 2015 Louisiana gubernatorial election: Republicans Scott Angelle, Jay Dardenne and David Vitter; and Democrats John Bel Edwards and Jeremy Odem.  Of these five candidates (keep in mind that Louisiana has a "jungle primary" for state elections, so all candidates for governor will be on the same ballot), only Republicans Jay Dardenne (the current lieutenant governor) and David Vitter (currently a US Senator) have won statewide elections.

The Wikipedia article to which I linked includes polling data that suggest that there will likely be a runoff election between Republican David Vitter and Democrat John Bel Edwards.  Unless things change drastically between now and 21 November 2015, I would expect David Vitter to become the next Louisiana governor.  Obviously, he (or, more precisely, his Quickverse counterpart) would be running for reelection in 2019.  Of course, in the Quickverse, having Louisiana's governor be someone who has repeatedly entered the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest might be dramatically appropriate.  8) Either way, Louisiana's governor at the time of The Event would probably be a Republican.  As such, he (so far, no women are running for the office) would be an obstacle that Millicent would like to see gone.

For the needs of the story, I still suggest that the Quickverse counterpart to Kip Holden should be Louisiana's lieutenant governor in 2019.

Since I assume that you need Millicent to pose at least some threat to President Kingsford, any GOP governor of Louisiana must, at some point around her exile from the Oval Office, cease being governor.  I can see several ways this could happen:

Option 1: The GOP governor was within the blast radius of the NOLA nuke, and his constituent atoms are part of the fallout downwind of the event.  That death would likely have been a major news item in the Quickverse at that point in the timeline, so it's probably best not to consider it.  It is, however, one way to remove a problem that stands in Millicent's way.

Option 2: Either due to bad luck, bad advice or an overdeveloped sense of responsibility, the GOP governor spends too much time breathing in the plutonium fog that enveloped NOLA.  That gives you two suboptions: He dies at some point, or he resigns due to health issues.  Given the national-level drama that the impeachment and trial of Millicent would receive, it's easy to understand why neither rated mention in Lightning Fall; by the time that Louisiana's governor would no longer be able to remain in office, the flow of fecal matter that would be hitting the national air-circulation device would be so heavy that the governor of one flyover state would be of little import to the nation as a whole.  According to The Font of All Human Knowledge, acute radiation syndrome can take around 4 weeks to kill someone who receives a whole-body absorbed dose in the upper range of the 2-6 Gy band, through the lower range of the 6-8 Gy band.  For "Governor Landry" (my name for him) to die about four weeks after the NOLA nuke event would be convenient for both Millicent and story plausibility.

Option 3: Millicent decides, perhaps based on Maisie's advice, to have the GOP governor assassinated.  If he isn't already dead (as per Options 1 or 2) or resigning (as per Option 2), that seems to fit Millicent's personality.  Kill the opposition, and make hay from the funeral floral arrangements.  If it's one of Alfreda's "pro-impeachment" goons who performs the deed, so much the better....

My personal choice would be Option 2, with "Governor Landry" dying within a few days of the impeachment and trial.  That leaves Millicent arriving in Baton Rouge just about when the Democrat lieutenant governor becomes governor, and can therefore appoint a new adjutant-general to replace the one who suffered some lethal combination of incineration, drowning and/or radiation poisoning when his headquarters was uncomfortably close to Ground Zero of a freighter-borne nuke.

Given the bit of prose you posted, I'd go with "Governor Landry" being on his deathbed when Millicent arrives.  When he dies a few hours (at most, a day or so) later, Maisie and Millicent see a window of opportunity, especially with a Democrat African-American lieutenant governor becoming the new Louisiana governor....
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Virginia - First Among States! / Re: One annoying thing about VA...
« Last post by Flight-ER-Doc on July 30, 2015, 07:14:19 PM »
Drive ~350 miles north to PDARK and pick them up. 
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Virginia - First Among States! / Re: One annoying thing about VA...
« Last post by AuricTech on July 30, 2015, 02:19:29 PM »
~tongue-in-cheek~

Perhaps it's to prevent people from carrying them across the Potomac and reenacting certain events from 1814....

~/tongue-in-cheek~
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Virginia - First Among States! / One annoying thing about VA...
« Last post by Langenator on July 30, 2015, 01:40:44 PM »
Apparently, military surplus 20L jerry cans (I'm thinking of the metal NATO ones; I haven't seen any of the plastic ones the U.S. military uses for sale for reasonable prices) aren't allowed here.  I assume for 'air quality' reasons.

I can't even buy them online, because retailers won't ship them here.

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Quote from: Flight-ER-Doc on July 27, 2015, 06:53:46 PM
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Its a different M4 these days...

T'anks for the reminder, Doc!  My car been givin' me some trouble recently, so I didn't catch your hint right off.  ;)
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Chatter / Re: Rolling on the Random Thought table
« Last post by Drang on July 29, 2015, 05:34:03 PM »
Ah, yea, the infamous Rhodesian/South African LALO* jump...



...IIRC, the idea was you pop your chute as soon as you clear the bird, and pray you aren't too low.




*Low Altitude, Low Opening. As opposed to the US practice of HALO, High Altitude, Low Opening.
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Like anyone but you and me are gonna get that... 8)
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Earthquakes / Re: The Coming Great Pacific Northwest Quake
« Last post by Flight-ER-Doc on July 29, 2015, 11:47:41 AM »
That is the worst part of it, aside from the loss of life and property destruction.  It would take years to rebuild to current levels.  And should when the New Madrid lets go, the ground won't be buildable for at least some time due to liquifaction, settling and aftershocks.


Then you have the human friction of every jackass in government, art lovers, architects and preservationists arguing that they should be the arbiters of how things get rebuilt; and unions and environmentalists bitching about how that actually will happen.
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Chatter / Re: Rolling on the Random Thought table
« Last post by Langenator on July 29, 2015, 11:20:23 AM »
Quote from: AuricTech on January 17, 2011, 08:45:36 PM
Minds are like parachutes.  If yours isn't fully functioning within about four seconds of encountering a developing emergency situation, you need to implement Plan B
immediately


Of course, for this to work, it is vitally important that you actually have a Plan B.

Unless you're so close to the ground at the start that Plan B would be superfluous in the event of Plan A failing.
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