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  • 10 apply for EBR superintendent post

    March 13, 2015 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ten people submitted their applications by Friday's deadline to be the next superintendent for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. The applicants are vying to replace Superintendent Bernard Taylor, whose contract ends this summer. Taylor and the system school board were often at odds with... more »
  • Wistful, humorous Romney looks back as he ponders '16

    January 29, 2015 3:25 AM

    STARKVILLE, MS - Mitt Romney still says he's thinking about running for president again in 2016. But he's doing his best not to tip his hand. At Mississippi State University on Wednesday, Romney acted like a candidate when he shook hands and posed for pictures at a local barbecue joint.... more »
  • 1st forum for gov. hopefuls focuses on roads, bridges check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 16, 2015 3:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The four announced candidates for governor, in their first campaign forum, were in agreement that the public has lost faith in the way Louisiana uses gasoline tax money that goes into a Transportation Trust Fund. A primary target in Friday's forum: $60 million in trust fund... more »
  • Glass shattering? Flournoy tops Pentagon shortlist

    November 24, 2014 3:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Michèle Flournoy, formerly the Pentagon's policy chief and among President Barack Obama's more hawkish advisers, could be in line to become the first woman to lead the U.S. military after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation. Passed over by Obama for the job 20 months ago, Flournoy heads a... more »
  • Campaigns bring ground game as elections near check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Maness files legal challenge against Sen. Landrieu

    August 29, 2014 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness filed a multiple compliants Friday against Sen. Mary Landrieu, continuing his claims that she should be disqualified for not living in Louisiana. Rob Maness submitted the complaints to four parish district attorneys including Orleans, East Baton Rouge, St. Tammy and Ouachita... more »
  • Perry sees link between alcoholism, homosexuality

    June 12, 2014 2:11 AM

    SAN FRANCSICO, CA - Texas Gov. Rick Perry drew a comparison between alcoholism and homosexuality, during a talk Wednesday night that focused mainly on the economy. Perry's comments to the Commonwealth Club of California came after Texas' Republican Convention on Saturday sanctioned platform language allowing Texans to seek voluntary counseling... more »
  • Port Allen mayoral candidate released from jail

    March 14, 2014 2:54 PM

    PORT ALLEN- A candidate in the upcoming race for mayor of Port Allen, is out of jail this afternoon. Larry Bell was arrested on an outstanding warrant, after being accused of mistreating animals. Bell is among five candidates for mayor including Deedy Slaughter, who is fighting to get... more »
  • Central councilman gets thumbs-up to run check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 25, 2014 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A judge decided that Ralph Washington is still eligible to run for Central City Council, despite a mistake on his candidacy form that claimed he didn't have any ethics fines. Washington did owe $700 to the Ethics Commission for previous late filings, but had requested a waiver... more »
  • Cassidy announces Senate bid in online video

    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 »
  • LSU rebuffs public records request from newspaper

    February 14, 2013 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU will continue to keep secret the names and qualifications of candidates in the running to become the university's next president after rejecting a public records request from The Advocate. The Advocate formally requested access last week to the applications, background materials and other information related to... more »
  • Watch tonight's VP debate LIVE here

    October 11, 2012 2:31 PM

    DANVILLE, Ky. - Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan pull up a couple of chairs tonight for a vice presidential debate that has mushroomed in importance since Mitt Romney's strong showing in the first presidential faceoff. This time, it's the Obama team looking to put the brakes on the... more »
  • Candidate for Zachary superintendent withdraws

    October 9, 2012 2:39 PM

    ZACHARY - One of three finalists for superintendent of the Zachary Community School District has withdrawn as a candidate for the post. School system spokeswoman Adonica Duggan says Michelle Clayton, who had been the district's curriculum and academic accountability director, gave the School Board written notice of her decision Monday.... more »
  • Ryan wants Romney to beat Obama 'by acclamation'

    September 27, 2012 4:24 PM

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says he wants the Republican campaign message to be so detailed and compelling that Mitt Romney will be elected "by acclamation." The Wisconsin congressman said at a $1,000-per-plate fundraiser at a Knoxville hotel on Thursday that the GOP message contrasts with what... more »
  • Romney criticizes Obama for 'bumps' comments

    September 24, 2012 4:22 PM

    DENVER - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he can't imagine calling the killing of a U.S. ambassador a "bump in the road." His comments Monday were veiled criticism of Obama for his comment in an interview broadcast Sunday. In an interview with "60 Minutes," Obama said "there are going... more »
  • Romney releases tax docs, paid $1.9m last year

    September 21, 2012 1:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney is releasing his 2011 tax returns. Romney aides on Friday said the Republican presidential nominee would give the public a look at his finished tax forms. Ahead of their release, expected at 3 p.m., aides said Romney earned almost $13.7 million last year and paid more... more »
  • New player in presidential politics to run ads

    September 21, 2012 10:50 AM

    NEW YORK - A new player in the presidential TV advertising campaign is set to go on the air next week in competitive states, according to several media trackers. The Republican-leaning Americans for Job Security will spend nearly $8.7 million across six states - Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio... more »
  • Jindal travels to New Hampshire for GOP event

    September 13, 2012 10:22 AM

    BEDFORD, N.H. - New Hampshire's Republican candidate for governor is getting a boost from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who also used his trip to the presidential battleground state to criticize President Barack Obama. Jindal spoke Thursday at the New Hampshire Republican Party's "Unity Breakfast," aimed at bringing together former rivals... more »
  • AP: Romney misstates facts on embassy attacks

    September 12, 2012 7:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The gunfire at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, had barely ceased when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney seriously mischaracterized what had happened in a statement accusing President Barack Obama of "disgraceful" handling of violence there and at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. "The Obama administration's first response... more »
  • Romney defends Afghanistan omission

    September 6, 2012 4:10 PM

    CONCORD, N.H. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is defending his decision not to discuss the Afghanistan war in his convention speech. And he says President Barack Obama should use his convention speech to "report on the promises he made." Romney on Thursday visited veterans in New Hampshire. Asked why... more »
  • Romney says America worse off now than in 2009

    September 5, 2012 3:59 PM

    WEST LEBANON, N.H. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is pointing the country's $16 trillion debt and the millions of people who rely on food stamps as proof that Americans aren't better off than they were four years ago. Stopping at a pizza shop Wednesday in West Lebanon, N.H., Romney... more »
  • Mo. GOP leaders call for Akin to quit Senate race

    August 21, 2012 1:19 PM

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Five patriarchs of the Missouri Republican Party have called on U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin to withdraw from the race after comments he made about rape. The joint statement was issued Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and four former senators from Missouri - John Ashcroft,... more »
  • Akin: GOP response to rape comments 'overreaction'

    August 21, 2012 1:12 PM

    ST. LOUIS - Rep. Todd Akin says his fellow Republicans have overreacted to his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in case of "legitimate rape." Akin told former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Huckabee's radio show Tuesday that he hasn't done anything morally or ethically wrong, but got... more »
  • Former Jindal cabinet secretary running for PSC

    August 9, 2012 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's former natural resources secretary, who resigned from his cabinet position this week, is running for the Public Service Commission, the state's utility regulatory board. Scott Angelle, a Republican from Breaux Bridge, announced his candidacy Thursday, a day after he left the Department of Natural... more »
  • Conroy ends bid for EBR mayor-president

    July 30, 2012 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Business owner John Conroy ended his run for East Baton Rouge mayor-president today. Conroy said the experience had been a "pleasure", and that he had sought to highlight issues he felt needed addressing with his campaign. "Crime is out of control, our District Attorney's office... more »
  • Obama, Romney go tit-for-tat on who's out of touch

    June 27, 2012 1:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - If you haven't heard anyone label President Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney out of touch today, consider it a momentary lapse. "Out of touch" is the go-to label of Campaign 2012. Both candidates are working overtime to firmly affix it to the other guy. And they're trying... more »
  • Romney offers congratulations after Santorum ends bid

    April 10, 2012 3:04 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney is congratulating Rick Santorum on his presidential campaign -- after Santorum's announcement today that he's suspending that campaign. Romney called Santorum "an able and worthy competitor." In a statement, Romney said Santorum has "proven himself to be an important voice" in the Republican Party and... more »
  • Bernard Taylor wants to be next EBR Superintendent

    March 21, 2012 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The search for the next Superintendent for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System continued today with a visit by Dr. Bernard Taylor, a superintendent in Grand Rapids, Mich. since 2006. Today, he met with community leaders in Baton Rouge and toured Westdale Middle School. "Much... more »
  • Candidate for EBR superintendent visits district check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 20, 2012 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- One of two candidates on a finalist list for East Baton Rouge Parish Schools superintendent spent Tuesday getting to know the district she's vying to lead. Maria Pitre-Martin, current Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, met with community, education... more »
  • EBR school superintendent candidate withdraws name

    March 16, 2012 2:30 PM

    A candidate for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position. Board members had selected three candidates to interview for the position of Superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. They included: Maria Pitre-Martin, Director of K-12... more »
  • Romney would rank among richest presidents ever

    January 28, 2012 4:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - Just how rich is Mitt Romney? Add up the wealth of the last eight presidents, from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama. Then double that number. Now you're in Romney territory. He would be among the richest presidents in American history if elected - probably in the top... more »
  • Romney casts Ron Paul as fringe candidate

    December 30, 2011 3:17 PM

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - The polls suggest that Ron Paul could be the only Republican who could cost Mitt Romney a victory in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses. And Romney is setting out to make sure that doesn't happen. During TV interviews today, Romney said he doesn't think that Paul "represents... more »
  • Cain reassessing, but is continuing campaign events

    November 29, 2011 2:50 PM

    ATLANTA - Herman Cain is acknowledging that the latest allegation he's facing -- from a woman who says they had a 13-year affair -- has created a "firestorm." And he's telling advisers that he is assessing whether it's cast "too much of a cloud" for his Republican presidential candidacy to... more »
  • Woman accuses Cain of bold sexual advance

    November 7, 2011 1:52 PM

    NEW YORK - Speaking in a halting voice, a Chicago-area woman accused Republican presidential contender Herman Cain on Monday of making an unwanted sexual advance against her more than a decade ago, saying she wanted to provide "a face and a voice" to support other accusers who have so far... more »
  • Lieutenant governor candidates jab at debate

    October 13, 2011 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lieutenant governor candidate Billy Nungesser was stumped when incumbent Jay Dardenne asked him to describe the flow of tourism funding in Louisiana's budget and what six agencies the lieutenant governor oversees. Nungesser replied that he doesn't have access to all the information Dardenne has running the... more »
  • Gov. Jindal passes on debate

    October 12, 2011 10:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Seven of the ten candidates running for governor made their case for the job today at LSU, the most noticeable no-show was Gov. Bobby Jindal. Organizers of the event say Gov. Jindal was invited but declined an opportunity to attend. "I said all along we'd be... more »
  • Inspector general looking into canceled seminar

    September 30, 2011 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's inspector general is looking into the cancellation of a training seminar involving one of Gov. Bobby Jindal's little-known opponents within two weeks of her entrance into the governor's race. Inspector General Stephen Street said Friday that his office was reviewing the matter at the request... more »
  • Nungesser backs out of two candidates forums

    September 23, 2011 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Billy Nungesser, a candidate for the lieutenant governor's office, is not appearing at two area candidates' forums. He was scheduled to appear with incumbent Jay Dardenne at a Pachyderms of Greater Baton Rouge event tonight, but canceled that appearance as well as one with the Baton Rouge... more »
  • 'Birther' bill scrapped in La. legislative session

    June 14, 2011 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to require presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before their names can be included on Louisiana's ballot has been shelved for this session, after running into opposition from lawmakers. Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, said Tuesday he didn't press for the measure because he... more »
  • Sarah Palin to promote new book in Baton Rouge

    November 17, 2010 1:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sarah Palin will be promoting her new book "America by Heart" in Baton Rouge at the end of the month. According to publisher Harper Collins, the former Republican vice-presidential candidate and governor of Alaska will be at the Towne Center Books-A-Million on Nov. 30 starting at... more »
  • Lt. Gov. race expected to be close

    November 2, 2010 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One race that is expected to be close is the Lieutenant Governor's race. Republican Jay Dardenne and Democrat Caroline Fayard want to fill the remaining 14 months of Mitch Landrieu’s term. Landrieu left office after being elected Mayor of New Orleans. News 2’s Mike Steele is live... more »
  • Obama makes pitch for Louisiana candidate

    October 4, 2010 10:30 AM

    President Barack Obama is telling New Orleans voters he needs them to vote for the Democrat running for Congress from their city. Obama tells voters in the ad that "New Orleans needs Cedric Richmond in Congress, and so do I." The state representative is running against Rep. Joseph Cao, a... more »
  • Chief candidate shoots 20-year-old during stop

    August 25, 2010 6:45 AM

    Authorities say a candidate for Leonville police chief allegedly shot a 20-year-old man during a traffic stop in Arnaudville, where he works as a part-time police officer. The shooting occurred Sunday following a routine traffic stop. During the stop, deputies say Officer Dallas Barron III discovered Marlon Rendell Eaglin had... more »
  • La. elections registration wraps up Friday

    July 9, 2010 5:28 AM

    Three of Louisiana's congressmen remain unopposed for their fall elections as the candidate sign-up period enters its final day. Candidates must file their paperwork and pay their registration fees by 5 p.m. Friday to run in the upcoming election. Republican U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise of Jefferson, Bill Cassidy of Baton... more »
  • Election sign-up period starts Wednesday

    July 6, 2010 11:25 AM

    Campaign season officially kicks off Wednesday, when the sign-up period for elections begins. Candidates will have to decide if they're in or out of a race by Friday at 5 p.m. On the ballot will be the state's seven congressional seats and the lieutenant governor's job. At the... more »

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