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  • St. Tammany Parish lawmaker enters the La. treasurer's race

    January 9, 2017 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The race to fill Louisiana's open state treasurer's seat is underway, with a state lawmaker from St. Tammany Parish saying he'll be a candidate on the Oct. 14 ballot. Republican Rep. John Schroder announced his campaign Monday in a statement saying he'd work to spend and invest... more »
  • Proposed tax on Dec. ballot could allow for mental health facility in BR Play Video

    November 29, 2016 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – As voters head to the polls, one item they will be asked to approve is a property tax that would generate nearly $6 million for a mental health facility in Baton Rouge. People suffering from behavioral health issues in need of treatment are behind bars. Only one... more »
  • La. early voting opens Saturday, with Senate seat on ballot

    November 25, 2016 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The weeklong period for voters to cast early ballots in the Dec. 10 election opens Saturday, with a U.S. Senate seat, two U.S. House seats and dozens of municipal races remaining to be settled. Secretary of State Tom Schedler, Louisiana's top elections official, said lines should be... more »
  • Public fear of voter fraud high this year Play Video

    October 31, 2016 11:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It seems like the phones at the Secretary of State's Office have been ringing with greater ferocity this election season. The agency reports public concern about voter fraud is through the roof, probably thanks to Donald Trump insisting the election is rigged. "It's been extremely busy especially... more »
  • Pointe Coupee residents learn more about possible government change Play Video

    October 26, 2016 9:49 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - A change in government could be coming, as voters decide whether to keep their police jury or switch to a parish council. In a packed meeting, residents listened to arguments on both sides of the coin, before they get a chance to vote on the Novermber 8... more »
  • Effort to strip Confederate emblem off Mississippi flag is failing

    October 14, 2016 11:31 AM

    JACKSON - An effort to erase the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi's flag is failing because sponsors haven't collected enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot. The petition drive started in response to the June 2015 slayings of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South... more »
  • Voters kick off early voting in presidential primary

    February 22, 2016 7:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Thousands of Louisiana residents headed to the polls on Saturday - the first day of early voting in the presidential primary. Early voting continues in Louisiana through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Primary election day is March 5. According to data from the Secretary of State's... more »
  • East Baton Rouge school system seeks tax renewals on Oct. 24

    October 19, 2015 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Voters throughout East Baton Rouge Parish will be asked on Saturday to renew for 10 more years three separate property taxes dedicated to education. These taxes were last renewed on April 29, 2006, by margins of 62-to-38 percent. The taxes fund I Care, a 35-year-old alcohol- and drug-abuse... more »
  • Early voting starts Saturday

    October 9, 2015 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Early voting begins Saturday for Louisiana's Oct. 24 election. Candidates are urging supporters to cast their ballots in advance as the various statewide and local races are expected to compete for attention on Election Day with college football games and hunting plans. Top of the ballot is the... more »
  • New move to scrub Confederate emblem from Mississippi flag

    October 2, 2015 4:39 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A new proposal seeks a statewide election on removing the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi's flag. But it could be years before the issue reaches a ballot, and there's no guarantee voters would accept it. Mississippi officials said Friday that a Jackson resident filed paperwork for a... more »
  • Village may shake up police department structure Play Video

    September 15, 2015 6:36 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - The Village of French Settlement in Livingston Parish may ask voters to decide whether to continue electing a chief of police or to let the mayor and aldermen appoint one instead. French Settlement Mayor Toni Guitrau feels the time is right to put the issue on the... more »
  • E. Feliciana tax renewal to be on upcoming ballot Play Video

    August 6, 2015 5:59 PM

    CLINTON - This week the East Feliciana Parish School Board voted to put three tax renewals on the ballot. The taxes up for renewal are a 17 mill property tax and two 1 cent sales taxes. Most of the money gotten from the taxes will go toward salaries and... more »
  • Baton Rouge Library tax on Oct. 24 ballot

    June 11, 2015 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Library System will hold a property tax increase election this fall. The Baton Rouge Metro Council approved holding the election Wednesday night. Residents with $150,000 properties would see their bills rise from $80.85 a year to $83.25 a year, and residents with... more »
  • East Baton Rouge council delay vote on library tax

    May 28, 2015 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council has delayed voting on how high of a property tax the library system will put on ballots next fall. Four council members were absent. The Metro Council will now vote on the library's proposed property tax at its June 10 meeting.... more »
  • West Baton Rouge residents rejoice in sales tax increase failure

    March 29, 2015 6:53 PM

    WEST BATON ROUGE - Voters made sure they cast their vote in Saturday's election to turn down a half cent sales tax increase. "The taxes were never as high as it is right now," said Wendell Hamilton, a resident in the parish for over four decades. Hamilton said... more »
  • Election results for four La. parishes

    March 29, 2015 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Results are in after voters went to the polls Saturday in four parishes. Here are the results. East Baton Rouge Former Metro Councilman, Darrell Ourso narrowly defeated current Metro Councilman, Buddy Amoroso for the District 66 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives. The... more »
  • Taxes placed on Livingston May ballot

    February 12, 2015 11:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders approved putting two tax measures on the May ballot Thursday night. One is the second attempt for the fire department covering the Holden area. A tax renewal failed in December. The department believes low voter turnout and knowledge about the renewal caused the defeat. ... more »
  • Kentucky unanimous No. 1 in AP poll, Duke No. 2

    December 8, 2014 1:01 PM

    Kentucky is still No. 1, and this time on top of every ballot. The Wildcats (9-0) became a unanimous No. 1 team in the new AP poll Monday, getting the first-place votes on all 64 ballots cast. Syracuse spent two weeks as a unanimous No. 1 last season. Wisconsin had... more »
  • Satsuma group frustrated with governor's office Play Video

    November 17, 2014 4:13 PM

    SATSUMA - People who want to incorporate Satsuma into a town are frustrated that their petition has not been acted on despite being certified in August. The group "Save Satsuma" wanted to put the incorporation to a vote on the December 6 ballot, but that won't happen. The petition... more »
  • Campaigns bring ground game as elections near Play Video

    November 3, 2014 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It's an all-out rush to the polls as the final hours before the elections wane and volunteers go into overdrive to get the vote out. Some campaign volunteers are using apps to go door-to-door and speak with people they know support their candidate, encouraging them to get... more »
  • US Senate race at top of Louisiana ballot Tuesday

    November 3, 2014 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After an attack-heavy campaign season, Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and her chief Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy were trying to wrangle last-minute votes in advance of Tuesday's election. Landrieu had rallies Monday in Alexandria and Baton Rouge, while Cassidy knocked on doors in the Baton Rouge neighborhood... more »
  • St. George Organizers: We've got the signatures Play Video

    August 25, 2014 8:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - St. George organizers say they've got the nearly 18,000 signatures needed for the issue to appear on the ballot in December. This is good news for supporters who had hoped to vote on the breakaway city in November but fell short. The group is expected to... more »

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