February 19, 2015 7:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - It's been whirlwind few months for new U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy. At the end of 2014, the then-representative defeated incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu to earn a spot in the Senate. Now that he's been sworn in, he's in the think of debates over immigration, healthcare and energy.... more »
December 11, 2014 3:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says she's not "the least bit sad or the least bit afraid" of ending her 18-year career in the Senate, after an overwhelming defeat in her re-election bid. Landrieu gave her farewell speech Thursday to her Senate colleagues. She said while her departure... more »
December 6, 2014 8:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - Republican Bill Cassidy has defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, giving the GOP another victory in the final election of the 2014 midterms. Cassidy's win in Louisiana's Saturday runoff pushes the Republican's new Senate majority to 54 seats in January and costs Democrats their last Senate seat in... more »
December 5, 2014 5:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - Voters head to the polls Saturday to select Louisiana's next U.S. senator, choosing between Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republican Bill Cassidy. As the two candidates made their final campaign arguments to voters Friday, their approaches were strikingly different. Growing hoarse from non-stop campaign appearances over the... more »
December 5, 2014 11:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - With hours to go before Saturday's runoff election in Louisiana, underdog Sen. Mary Landrieu is running through her talking points. Seniority and clout. Energy committee leadership. The Keystone XL pipeline. Her opponent's timesheets. And a slap at the national Democrats who abandoned her bid for reelection. She's... more »
December 4, 2014 11:37 AM
WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is heading toward her Saturday runoff against Republican congressman Bill Cassidy with almost no financial help from outside allies. How disparate is their support? In all, 97 cents of every political dollar spent outside the two campaigns since Nov. 5 has been... more »
December 3, 2014 3:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Democrats have filed ethics complaints against Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy, alleging he misrepresented his medical work for the LSU hospital system. Complaints were filed Wednesday by the Louisiana Democratic Party, through a University of New Orleans faculty member, and by the American Democracy Legal Fund. Cassidy... more »
December 2, 2014 2:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu questioned her Republican challenger Bill Cassidy's fitness for office in the last Senate race debate, as she struggled to overcome long odds in her re-election bid. Landrieu accused the GOP congressman Monday night of bilking taxpayers in his medical teaching work at the... more »
December 1, 2014 7:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - An LSU spokesperson said Monday they will investigate Rep. Bill Cassidy's employment with the university following allegations he was paid for work he never did.
Senator Mary Landrieu used the reports as she presses toward election day this Saturday in a tough runoff challenge by Cassidy.... more »
November 26, 2014 3:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has $1.3 million to spend in the final days of his front-runner campaign to oust Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. Cassidy's campaign released its latest fundraising report Wednesday, outlining donations and spending through Nov. 16. The report was due to the Federal Election... more »
November 25, 2014 11:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has cast his ballot early, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen away from people's minds as they focus on the holidays. Cassidy is the front-runner in the race against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. He's hoping to maintain... more »
November 20, 2014 3:09 AM
BATON ROUGE - Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry's name to the list of possible Republican presidential candidates flooding the campaign trail for GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy. Perry is scheduled to attend three early voting rallies with Cassidy next week, on Tuesday in Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Covington. He'll be... more »
November 18, 2014 4:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will campaign with Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy on Saturday, as early voting opens for the Dec. 6 runoff. Cassidy's campaign announced Tuesday that Rubio will attend two rallies this weekend, in Gonzales and Kenner, to urge people to vote early and to... more »
November 18, 2014 12:28 PM
WASHINGTON - The Mary Landrieu-backed bill to fast-track approval on the Keystone XL pipeline failed to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster threat and pass out of the Senate Tuesday night.
Sen. Landrieu had the support of 14 Senate Democrats, and all 45 Senate Republicans voted... more »
November 17, 2014 10:20 PM
WASHINGTON - Maine independent Sen. Angus King is leaving open the possibility that he might support legislation to approve the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, which appears to be just shy of the 60 votes needed to advance. King told reporters on the eve of a Senate vote that he is... more »
November 10, 2014 2:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy is getting an assist from a political newcomer who could give him a decided edge in his ongoing bid to oust Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. Tea partyer Rob Maness is urging the more than 200,000 people who voted for him... more »
November 6, 2014 4:29 PM
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats' campaign committee is canceling planned television ads to help Sen. Mary Landrieu in her runoff campaign against Republican Bill Cassidy. But Democratic officials say they still support the endangered incumbent. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had booked nearly $2 million in TV ads to run after... more »
November 6, 2014 12:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy announced Thursday he will engage Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu in a Dec. 1 debate.
Landrieu challenged Cassidy to a total of six debates in the period leading up to the Dec. 6 runoff between the two candidates on election night.... more »
November 5, 2014 4:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- Political analysts who lean to the right and the left believe Mary Landrieu needs to change her strategy in order for her to have a chance in the December runoff.
Tuesday night, Congressman Bill Cassidy fell right behind Landrieu, who is fighting for another term in office.... more »
November 4, 2014 2:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mary Landrieu and Bill Cassidy both vowed to gear up for their runoff challenge as results continued to come in Tuesday night in the Louisiana midterm Senate race.
Landrieu pulled 42 percent of the vote while Cassidy picked up about 40 percent.
Tea party-backed retired... more »
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 »
October 30, 2014 1:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - Trying to combat the national undertones of Louisiana's Senate race, Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu is traveling the state this week on a sort of pork celebration tour. She's telling voters about the projects and aid she's delivered to Louisiana. The retail style of politicking has been Landrieu's... more »
October 28, 2014 11:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - Even as another poll shows the federal health care law remains highly unpopular in Louisiana, Sen. Mary Landrieu has doubled down on her support for the revamp. In the latest Senate race debate, the Democratic incumbent said while the signature initiative of President Barack Obama's administration needs... more »
October 27, 2014 12:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - After he cast his ballot in early voting, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy wouldn't say who he chose to replace him in Congress. Cassidy, a Republican, is running for the U.S. Senate, leaving his Baton Rouge-based 6th District seat up for grabs. Eleven candidates are vying for the... more »
October 21, 2014 2:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Republicans are intentionally drumming up fear about Ebola. GOP officials say the Democratic senator isn't putting enough pressure on the Obama administration to address the public health concerns. Landrieu said Tuesday that while Ebola is a very serious situation, Republicans are using... more »
October 20, 2014 10:46 AM
BATON ROUGE - Former President Bill Clinton described U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu as one of the most bipartisan and effective lawmakers in the Senate, offering a high-profile campaign boost ahead of the start of Louisiana's early voting period. Clinton sought to combat GOP claims that Landrieu was too closely tied... more »
October 17, 2014 10:55 AM
BATON ROUGE - Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. Landrieu's campaign hopes Clinton's visit to Baton Rouge on Monday will boost support for the three-term Democratic incumbent heading... more »
October 15, 2014 10:16 AM
SHREVEPORT - Aligned with the party of an unpopular president, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu sought to keep her distance from the Obama administration in the first TV debate featuring all three major contenders in Louisiana's Senate race. But she faced repeated claims Tuesday from her chief Republican challenger Bill Cassidy... more »
October 14, 2014 3:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - The LSU Manship School of Mass Communication will host the final televised debate for candidates in Louisiana's Senate race on Wednesday, Oct. 29, according to a university spokesperson on Tuesday afternoon.
Incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu will debate Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy in the Holliday Forum... more »
October 14, 2014 12:05 PM
SHREVEPORT - The three main contenders in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race are squaring off in a TV debate for the first time, with only three weeks to go until Election Day. Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy and Republican retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness will take... more »
October 13, 2014 10:18 AM
BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain is campaigning across Louisiana at veterans rallies in support of GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy. In Baton Rouge on Monday, McCain described the Republican congressman as someone who will help improve veterans care and fight Obama administration policies. Cassidy is locked in... more »
October 8, 2014 3:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy says President Barack Obama has mishandled the U.S. effort to defeat the Islamic State group. Cassidy, a GOP congressman, said Wednesday that the president initially ignored the build-up of the extremist group and misjudged its strength. He repeated Republican criticism that Obama... more »
October 6, 2014 11:46 AM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is criticizing a teacher union for filing a lawsuit that could strip money for some charter schools from Louisiana's public school financing formula. Cassidy is the leading Republican candidate in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race. He called on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is... more »
September 25, 2014 4:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu traveled to the Citgo refinery near Lake Charles to highlight her successful stalling of a bill to impose sanctions against human-rights abusers in Venezuela's government. While the Democratic senator has been criticized as siding with Venezuelan leaders who have committed horrible abuses, she... more »
September 15, 2014 2:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - Republicans say U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu fell short of her pledge to review all her taxpayer-funded private charter flights to make sure they complied with the law. The Democratic senator, seeking re-election on the November ballot, released a review of flights dating back to February 2002. Republicans,... more »
September 10, 2014 4:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has agreed to two statewide TV debates against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu in advance of the Nov. 4 election, fewer than the senator sought. The GOP congressman's spokesman John Cummins said Wednesday that Cassidy will face off with Landrieu and tea... more »
September 9, 2014 2:45 PM
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he wants an apology from a GOP House member and Senate candidate who says that Reid runs the Senate, quote, "like a plantation." Reid says the comment by congressman Bill Cassidy of Louisiana is very insensitive and asks if Cassidy's been taking... more »
September 9, 2014 1:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness is calling on his fellow GOP contender in the race, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, to apologize for saying that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "runs the Senate like a plantation." The quote was reported Tuesday by Environment & Energy Publishing. Maness,... more »
September 9, 2014 11:49 AM
BATON ROUGE - With two months before November's election, the three major candidates in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race have rarely appeared at the same events - and never in a head-to-head debate. How many of those will happen remains unclear. Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, seeking a fourth term in office,... more »
September 4, 2014 2:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Democratic group has filed charges that Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy has violated state and federal laws by filing conflicting personal income statements in 2008. The Advertiser reports The American Democracy Legal Fund filed the charges with the House Office of Congressional Ethics and the Louisiana... more »
September 2, 2014 12:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing increased pressure to stop blocking a bill that would impose sanctions against human rights abusers in Venezuela's government. Landrieu's main Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, co-wrote an opinion piece Tuesday with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio that criticizes Landrieu as siding with Venezuelan... more »
August 20, 2014 11:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her main Republican challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy, traded jabs over leadership and effectiveness as they signed up for the November election. Qualifying for the Nov. 4 ballot opened Wednesday and continues through Friday. Landrieu, a Democrat, talked of her 18 years of... more »
August 13, 2014 5:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - Senator Mary Landrieu found herself with some explaining to do regarding a chartered flight she took across the state last November that was paid for with taxpayer money. Her staff calls it a mistake but others are saying she should've known better.
Senator Landrieu mistakenly used... more »
August 1, 2014 12:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Sheriffs' Association is backing U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in the Senate race, choosing the Democratic incumbent over her closest Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. The association announced its endorsement Friday, after a vote was taken this week during the sheriffs' annual conference in Florida.... more »
July 28, 2014 11:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is making a campaign issue out of a congressional fight over a banking agency targeted for elimination by conservative Republicans. The Democratic incumbent supports the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies. Landrieu says it promotes trade, creates jobs and helps... more »
July 21, 2014 10:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy has picked up support for his U.S. Senate campaign from a former GOP competitor. Rep. Paul Hollis, the St. Tammany Parish state lawmaker who recently dropped out of the race, announced Monday that he is endorsing Cassidy in the Nov. 4 election,... more »
July 15, 2014 10:50 AM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu continues to outraise her chief Republican competitor, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, but she's spending more money as well. The Democratic incumbent is heading into the most heated portion of the Senate race with a narrowing advantage in her cash on hand. Landrieu's campaign... more »
July 3, 2014 8:57 PM
BATON ROUGE- Congressman Bill Cassidy's unmarried, 17-year-old daughter, is pregnant the doctor told media outlets Thursday.
Cassidy, a conservative Republican running for U.S. Senate against Democrat Mary Landrieu, is campaign on a traditional family values platform. He is considered the leading GOP candidate for the seat. CNN.com reported Landrieu... more »
June 26, 2014 11:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana state Senator Dan Claitor officially announced his candidacy for the 6th Congressional District seat Thursday.
Claitor first announced plans last year to seek the seat being vacated by Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is running against U. S. Senator Mary Landrieu.
Claitor currently represents the... more »
June 4, 2014 3:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is launching his first TV ad in Louisiana's Senate race next week, focusing on the Republican congressman's opposition to the federal health care law. The 30-second commercial, to run in the New Orleans area, was provided to The Associated Press by Cassidy's campaign.... more »
January 15, 2014 10:57 PM
WASHINGTON- The U.S. House approved a spending bill that also included relief for homeowners struggling to deal with increasing flood insurance rates.
Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) pushed the legislation through the House. The Senate is also expected to approve a four-year delay of rate hikes.
The amendment... more »
January 14, 2014 12:46 PM
WASHINGTON - Homeowners worried that new federal flood maps will send their flood insurance premiums skyrocketing would get some short-term relief under a provision tucked into a massive government-wide funding bill. But other changes to the federal flood insurance program, including higher premiums on vacation homes and frequently flooded properties... more »
January 3, 2014 9:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - A source close to former Louisiana governor and convicted felon Edwin Edwards tells WBRZ News 2 the 86-year-old is mulling a bid for the 6th Congressional House seat held by Bill Cassidy.
Instead of running for re-election, Cassidy is running against Mary Landrieu for the U.S.... more »
November 4, 2013 11:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - A state representative who was considering running for the U.S. Senate has decided against it. Republican State Rep. Alan Seabaugh of Shreveport is endorsing Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy in the 2014 race against Democrat Mary Landrieu. Seabaugh's decision helps clear the Republcian side of the race for... more »
October 28, 2013 4:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - A national conservative group has endorsed Republican candidate Rob Maness in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, choosing him over Congressman Bill Cassidy. In announcing the endorsement Monday, Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins says Maness offers the best choice to defeat Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu "because he's... more »
October 16, 2013 4:52 PM
WASHINGTON - Louisiana GOP Congressman Bill Cassidy and Senator David Vitter said today they both plan to oppose a Senate deal to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling.
Both Vitter and Cassidy said the deal didn't address long-term government debt and deficits, and didn't end a provision... more »
July 9, 2013 10:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has outpaced her Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, in the latest fundraising cycle for the 2014 Senate race. But both candidates raised more than $1 million in the fundraising period from April through June 30, according to information released Tuesday by... more »
April 3, 2013 7:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - Rep. Bill Cassidy officially announced his plans to run for the U.S. Senate this morning.
Cassidy made the announcement in a video posting to his website, along with his wife, Laura.
He will challenge Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who will be running for her fourth... more »
April 2, 2013 1:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is running for the Senate next year, seeking to keep Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu from a fourth term. Cassidy, a Baton Rouge doctor elected to Congress in 2008, will release a video Wednesday announcing his candidacy. The video was provided to... more »
February 20, 2013 5:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers, law enforcement and health professionals met today in Baton Rouge to discuss links between mental health issues and gun violence, and how to solve them.
People in Baton Rouge tell News 2 it's an issue they've had to struggle with for some time.
"Nobody... more »
February 20, 2013 10:39 AM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers held a public meeting today in Baton Rouge to discuss links between mental health and recent gun massacres.
The goal of the symposium is to find possible solutions to get mental health treatment for those who need it most.
The speakers include Congressman Bill... more »
January 2, 2013 5:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers reached a deal last night in Washington, averting the fiscal cliff, which included tax hikes for the middle class.
The deal did not include an extension of the payroll tax cut. Beginning January 1st, one tax went up for everyone. It's a two percent increase... more »
September 5, 2012 10:20 PM
FRENCH SETTLEMENT- People filled a room, looking for answers to their recovery from Hurricane Isaac.
Congressman Bill Cassidy joined FEMA reps for a town hall meeting.
"Most of my concern was about the MRE's and stuff," said Brandy Vance. "If there are MRE's...that will be a big help.... more »
July 16, 2012 10:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - Monday night there was an earful for congressman Bill Cassidy at his town hall meeting on health care reform.
The congressman called it an "open mic" meeting, and the audience had lots to say.
Congressman Bill Cassidy explained the national debt's connection with health care... more »
February 15, 2012 11:03 AM
BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Congressman Bill Cassidy has hired Gov. Bobby Jindal's top campaign strategist to work on his 2012 re-election effort. Cassidy's tapping of Timmy Teepell as a consultant is prompting speculation Cassidy may launch a 2014 challenge to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat. Cassidy is a Republican.... more »
March 22, 2010 5:07 PM
No congresspeople from Louisiana voted for health care reform, including Democrat Charlie Melancon. Monday, U.S. Representative Bill Cassidy discussed how Republicans plan to keep battling the reform. more »
November 12, 2009 4:57 PM
U.S. Representative Bill Cassidy, from Baton Rouge, answers News 2's questions about health care and the economy. more »
October 19, 2009 10:10 PM
The Baton Rouge Tea Party held another in a series of town hall meetings regarding health care reform. Congressman Bill Cassidy served as keynote speaker.
Turnout paled in comparison to this past summer's more lively events. But it was clear that people are still fired up over the issue,... more »
September 30, 2009 4:58 PM
The 2009 NCAA National Champion LSU Tigers baseball team was greeted by Vice President Joseph Biden at the White House today.
The team also posed for a photo with members of Louisiana's congressional delegation and their staff, while visiting the Capitol building and other national monuments on their victory... more »