State Rep. Gene Reynolds’ early departure predictably sends an unwelcome signal to Louisiana Democrats but unexpectedly does the same for Republican Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.

Next week, Reynolds’ resignation from his legislative post takes effect. Only a couple of months ago he headed the entirety of House Democrats, and the same reason he left that job also likely applies to explain his exiting the Legislature entirely.

When Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards surprisingly captured the governorship in 2015, Reynolds may have thought he would have a significant increase in influence. Historically, governors have wielded great influence over the Legislature, so even if

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