- Guest Blogger: Jim Fitzmorris
Jim Fitzmorris has been writing plays about New Orleans politics for over a decade. He holds a PhD from the University of Washington and teaches theatre at Tulane University. He describes his process as “infuriating scoundrels by barely changing them into fictional characters.” He’ll be helping us figure Katrina out for a bit.
Louisiana has possibly the stupidest and simultaneously most entertaining form of election primaries in America. For those of you who do not know, it is called the open primary system. Basically, everyone runs in the same primary. If anyone gets fifty-one percent first time around, they win. If not, the top two vote getters, regardless of party, make the runoff. So, when someone asks how a twice-indicted former governor can end up in a runoff against the previous head of the KKK, you can tell them… the open primary system. I believe it is one of the myriad of reasons that Louisiana continues to be the best evidence against the concept of states’ rights.