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  • AP: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders win New Hampshire

    February 9, 2016 8:06 PM

    NEW HAMPSHIRE - Based on early returns, the Associated Press projects Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders as the winners of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. Trump and Sanders were considered the frontrunners for the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively. Only about 4% of the vote is in... more »
  • Trump, Sanders look to emerge from New Hampshire with wins

    February 9, 2016 4:08 AM

    MANCHESTER, N.H.- Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders hope to emerge from New Hampshire's primary Tuesday with their first wins of the 2016 presidential election, victories that would lend needed credibility to the unexpected contenders' pursuit of their parties' nomination. Trump leads a Republican field that has been in flux in... more »
  • Edwards calls special session to raise taxes Play Video

    February 5, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers will start debating a tax hike next week with Governor John Bel Edwards calling a special legislative session Friday to tackle Louisiana's budget crisis. Lawmakers will go into the special session on Sunday, Feb. 14 and will remain in session until Mar. 9. Edwards... more »
  • Early voting registration at EBR Registrar of Voters sees steady turnout Play Video

    February 3, 2016 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish turned out at the Registrar of Voters Offices throughout the day Wednesday as it was the last day for residents to register to vote in the state's upcoming presidential primary. Only registered Republicans and Democrats will be able to cast... more »
  • Sanders says Iowa gives campaign a kick-start

    February 2, 2016 8:37 AM

    MANCHESTER, N.H.- Bernie Sanders says his razor-thin contest against Hillary Clinton in Iowa is giving his campaign a "kick-start." The Democratic presidential candidate says it shows the American people that "this is a campaign that can win." Sanders tells reporters traveling aboard his flight to New Hampshire early Tuesday that... more »
  • Obama to meet with Bernie Sanders at the White House

    January 27, 2016 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will welcome Bernie Sanders to the White House, but he won't necessarily feel the Bern. The meeting between the sitting president and his sometime critic is a moment for the president to show his public neutrality in a heated and unexpectedly tight race to replace... more »
  • Clinton, Sanders shadowing each other across Iowa

    January 23, 2016 2:55 PM

    DES MOINES - Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are shadowing each other across eastern Iowa, eager to carve out an advantage in a race that's deadlocked with just over a week until the state's lead-off caucuses. The candidates' overlapping campaign schedules underscore the close eye the rivals are keeping... more »
  • Cruz offers his vision for election face-off with Clinton

    January 23, 2016 2:53 PM

    HOLLIS, N.H. - Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is dreaming of a face-off with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, even before the first primary votes are cast. He warns his supporters about what he thinks America will look like under a Clinton administration, predicting a nuclear-armed Iran, amnesty for millions of... more »
  • Sanders health plan would be more generous than Medicare

    January 21, 2016 11:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says his plan for a government-run health care system from cradle to grave is like Medicare for all. But with full coverage for long-term care, most dental care included, no deductibles and zero copays, the Sanders plan is considerably more generous. Think of... more »
  • Democratic candidates speak at King Day rally

    January 18, 2016 2:03 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - All three Democratic presidential candidates are in South Carolina speaking at the state NAACP's rally on the holiday to commemorate civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Hillary Clinton was the only candidate Monday to discuss at length the Confederate flag that was removed from the capitol grounds... more »
  • Clinton, Sanders clash over guns at debate

    January 17, 2016 9:42 PM

    CHARLESTON, S. C. - Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are clashing early on guns in a Democratic presidential debate blocks from where nine people were killed by a white gunman at a historic black church in June. Sanders says Clinton's assertion that he's a tool of the gun lobby is... more »
  • Sanders proposes tax hike to pay for universal health care

    January 17, 2016 7:37 PM

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is releasing a sweeping proposal to create a new single-payer health care system in the United States, just hours ahead of the final Democratic presidential debate before the leadoff Iowa caucuses. Sanders' "Medicare for all" plan released Sunday would be paid for by... more »
  • Sharp exchanges expected in fourth Democratic primary debate

    January 17, 2016 5:56 PM

    Charleston, S.C. - The Democratic primary field returns to the debate stage on Sunday night for the last matchup before the first round of voting next month. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining on longtime front-runner Hillary Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire, and the debate is likely to mark... more »
  • Edwards to meet Obama during La. visit, at least briefly

    January 13, 2016 8:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards, the rare Democratic statewide elected official in the Deep South, will be on the tarmac to greet President Barack Obama as he arrives in Louisiana this week. But whether the two men will have a sit-down meeting remains uncertain. Obama will land in Baton... more »
  • Obama summons Americans to compromise and change

    January 13, 2016 4:01 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- President Barack Obama is casting his seven divisive years as a time of positive change, implicitly asking voters to replace him with a Democrat who would continue his hard-won policies on health care, climate change and Iran. Obama used his final State of the Union address to summon... more »
  • House approves bill to sanction North Korea after nuke test

    January 12, 2016 5:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans and Democrats in the House joined to overwhelmingly approve legislation that aims to punish North Korea for conducting its latest nuclear test. Lawmakers voted 418-2 Tuesday to approve the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act. The bill proposes to deny Pyongyang the hard currency it needs for developing... more »
  • Edwards signs executive order to begin Medicaid expansion

    January 12, 2016 8:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Newly-minted Gov. John Bel Edwards signed his first executive order Tuesday, beginning the process to expand Medicaid in Louisiana. The signing comes two days before President Barack Obama's visit to Baton Rouge, where he'll champion his federal health care overhaul that allows for the Medicaid expansion.... more »
  • Thousands pack the State Capitol to welcome Edwards Play Video

    January 11, 2016 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite a chilly morning, there wasn't an empty seat available today at the State Capitol. Many of those who came to Baton Rouge travelled long distances to get here. James Stewart, a retired teacher, said he made a bucket list and attending an inauguration was... more »
  • Edwards sworn in as Louisiana's 56th governor

    January 11, 2016 6:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - John Bel Edwards has been sworn in as the 56th governor of the state of Louisiana. Edwards is promising that he will not be a "business-as-usual governor," as he takes office. Edwards said he planned to tackle healthcare and wage issues as governor. He said... more »
  • Planned Parenthood backing Clinton in primary race

    January 10, 2016 4:13 PM

    HOOKSETT, N.H. - Planned Parenthood says its endorsement of Hillary Clinton won't result in negative campaigning against her Democratic primary opponents. President Cecile Richards says the group's political arm is endorsing early so it can begin reminding voters about what she calls the Republican candidates' "extreme" positions on women's health.... more »
  • Benghazi Republican 'hopeful' that Clinton will be indicted

    January 8, 2016 12:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Republican member of the House Benghazi committee says he is "hopeful" that the Justice Department will indict Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for having classified information on her private email server. Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas says there is increasing evidence that "an enormous amount of information"... more »
  • Top Democrat says no evidence of NSA spying on lawmakers

    January 7, 2016 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - A key House Democrat says there's no evidence that the intelligence community was spying on members of Congress. That follows a report saying the National Security Agency swept up some conversations with members of Congress in the course of spying on Israel. Congressman Adam Schiff of California is... more »
  • Dem: CIA Director Petraeus again debunks Benghazi theories

    January 6, 2016 5:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - Former CIA Director David Petraeus's testimony to the House Benghazi committee Wednesday was consistent with what he told congressional investigators more than two years ago when he debunked several conspiracy theories about the deadly attacks, says a committee Democrat. Petraeus spent several hours behind closed doors Wednesday answering... more »
  • Sanders vowing to break up banks during first year in office

    January 5, 2016 12:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is pledging to break up the country's largest financial institutions within the first year of his administration if he is elected to the White House. In a fiery speech just a few subway stops from Wall Street, Sanders characterized the financial industry as... more »
  • Obama returns from Hawaii saying he's 'fired up' for 2016

    January 3, 2016 3:57 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama returns to the rancor of the nation's capital after two weeks of fun and sun in his native Hawaii, saying he's "fired up" for the year ahead and ready to tackle unfinished business. At the top of the list appears to be executive action that... more »
  • O'Malley fails to qualify for Ohio's ballot

    December 31, 2015 12:20 PM

    COLUMBUS - Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley has failed to qualify for Ohio's primary ballot, falling short of the signatures needed to appear before the state's voters. A spokesman for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) tells The Associated Press that O'Malley failed to get the 1,000 valid signatures... more »
  • Activists predict abortion will be a hot issue in campaigns

    December 27, 2015 2:22 PM

    NEW YORK - The divide between Republicans and Democrats over abortion is deeper than ever. Activists on both sides foresee a 2016 presidential campaign in which the nominees tackle the volatile topic more aggressively than in past elections. Friction over the issue also is likely to surface in key Senate... more »
  • On Muslims, Democrats find an unlikely ally: George W Bush

    December 25, 2015 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - In their fight against Republicans who call for a war on "radical Islamic terrorism," Democrats are turning to an unlikely ally: George W. Bush. President Barack Obama is citing his predecessor's refusal to demonize Muslims or play into the notion of a clash between Islam and the West.... more »
  • Democrats grapple with Trump effect as primary draws near

    December 23, 2015 11:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is turning her attention to her would-be GOP challengers, particularly Donald Trump, and leaving her chief rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, gasping for airtime six weeks before the first round of primary voting. Clinton plans to intensify her campaign schedule with a series... more »
  • Outside groups try to sway lawmakers on House speaker's race

    December 21, 2015 1:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Outside groups are trying to influence the decision of who will be Louisiana's next House speaker. It's an unusual public dispute with conservative organizations trying to keep a Democrat from getting the job. The Republican Party of Louisiana, anti-abortion group Louisiana Right to Life and the Christian... more »
  • Bernie Sanders struggles to gain edge in presidential bid

    December 20, 2015 3:08 PM

    MANCHESTER - The third Democratic presidential debate opened with an apology and ended with compliments. For months, the Democratic primary contest has been a relatively civil affair - which party leaders believe offers a much-needed contrast with the raucous Republican field. A day after a rancorous dispute over a breach... more »
  • For Congress in 2015, GOP upheaval overshadows legislating

    December 19, 2015 7:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - For Congress, 2015 was a year of ideological clashes, showdown votes and harsh words. And that was just among Republicans. It was the first year of Barack Obama's two terms when Republicans ran both the House and Senate. That meant a blend of compromise and confrontation - a... more »
  • Clinton must choose how to address data breach in Dem debate

    December 19, 2015 3:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - Revelations that four members of Bernie Sanders' campaign staff improperly accessed voter information compiled by Hillary Clinton's campaign have shaken up the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. It is a development that has the potential to transform a sleepy Saturday night debate into something far livelier. The... more »
  • Clinton vows to defeat Islamic State if elected

    December 11, 2015 4:12 PM

    TULSA - Hillary Clinton says her opponents "talk a lot" about defeating terrorists but that when it comes to defeating the Islamic State group, she's the lone candidate with a specific plan. Clinton says she's "been in the situation room" of the White House and knows what it will take... more »
  • Clinton makes new plea for tougher gun laws

    December 3, 2015 4:30 PM

    MANCHESTER - Hillary Clinton is issuing a fresh plea for stricter gun control after yesterday's mass shooting in California. She told a Women's Economic Opportunity Summit in New Hampshire that there's no way to "stop every incident of gun violence" -- but added that "we can stop a lot of... more »
  • Local free community college plans may be template for US

    November 27, 2015 12:08 PM

    CHICAGO - The concept of free community college has been touted by President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidates, and some Republicans. The idea is to curb student debt and boost employment by removing cost from the equation. However, some educators are concerned the push could divert students and scholarships away... more »
  • Republican hoping to defy polls in Louisiana governor's race

    November 20, 2015 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is trying to rally last-minute support from conservative voters in advance of Louisiana's Saturday runoff election for governor. The race remarkably shows Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards in the lead in a state that usually votes Republican. The competition has become... more »
  • Minnesota House candidate ends campaign after tweet about IS

    November 15, 2015 5:48 PM

    MINNEAPOLIS - A Democratic candidate for the Minnesota House has ended his campaign, hours after he sent out a tweet saying the Islamic State group "isn't necessarily evil." Dan Kimmel announced the end of his bid for office today on his campaign website and Twitter account. He said his tweet... more »
  • Democratic candidates won't use the term "radical Islam" at second debate

    November 14, 2015 10:10 PM

    DES MOINES - In the wake of the Paris attacks, French President Francois Hollande vows that his nation will wage "merciless" war on the Islamic State. At the Democratic debate, Hillary Rodham Clinton is deflecting a question of whether she would declare war on the militant group. The former... more »
  • Governor candidates share common aversion to Common Core

    November 6, 2015 7:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- They differ in many ways but the candidates for governor in Louisiana's Nov. 21 runoff election, Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter, share an aversion to the Common Core education standards. But, Common Core supporters helped elect a six-member majority to the state Board of Elementary... more »
  • Bernie Sanders calls for end of death penalty

    October 29, 2015 4:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says it's time the United States join nearly every industrialized nation in the West in saying no to capital punishment. Sen. Sanders' remarks on the Senate floor Thursday came a day after rival Hillary Rodham Clinton voiced support for taking a "hard look"... more »
  • Democrat Edwards advances to La. governor runoff

    October 24, 2015 10:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democrat John Bel Edwards has secured a spot in the Nov. 21 runoff to decide who will be Louisiana's next governor. The results are in. I’m headed into the runoff! I am ready to win. #PutLouisianaFirst #lagov — John Bel Edwards (@JohnBelforLA) October 25, 2015... more »
  • Clash over Clinton's comments after Benghazi

    October 22, 2015 10:02 AM

    WASHINGTON, D. C. - At the House Benghazi hearing, there's a tense back-and-forth between GOP Rep. Jim Jordan and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton over her public comments right after the 2012 attacks. Jordan says Clinton emailed her family that night of the attacks saying that al-Qaida was... more »
  • Ex-Republican Gov. Crist running for Congress as a Democrat

    October 20, 2015 10:55 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is running for Congress as a Democrat in an attempt to return to politics after losing a U.S. Senate bid in 2010 and the governor's race last year. Crist made the announcement Tuesday in his hometown of St. Petersburg. Crist served... more »
  • Democratic debate a break-out chance for O'Malley, others

    October 12, 2015 4:51 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Martin O'Malley needs a breakout moment in the first Democratic presidential debate, and he knows it. The former governor of Maryland is stuck far behind Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He says the Tuesday night debate in... more »
  • House GOP to vote for new speaker

    October 8, 2015 9:34 AM

    WASHINGTON- Divided House Republicans are meeting to vote on a new speaker as the front-runner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, faces a fresh challenge from the hard-line conservatives who forced outgoing Speaker John Boehner to resign. Thursday's closed-door, secret-ballot election will produce a GOP nominee for speaker, but it... more »
  • 5th US Circuit to hear appeal of ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

    October 5, 2015 8:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal appeals court will hear arguments in the case of Ray Nagin, the former New Orleans mayor now serving a 10-year prison sentence. Monday's hearing is set before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Nagin, a Democrat who served from 2001 to... more »
  • Democrat Edwards trying to break party slump in Louisiana

    October 2, 2015 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic candidate for governor John Bel Edwards has surged in recent polls, raising hopes among Democrats that they might be able to reclaim the Louisiana governor's mansion. Right now, Republicans hold every statewide elected job. And in the conservative state, Edwards remains a long-shot at becoming... more »
  • House, Senate to send Obama temporary spending bill

    September 30, 2015 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- A temporary government-wide funding measure that would keep the government open past a midnight deadline should make its way to President Barack Obama Wednesday with time to spare. The measure has already helped topple the top House GOP leader and exacerbated painful divisions between more pragmatic Republicans and... more »
  • Clerk Kim Davis switching parties to become a Republican

    September 25, 2015 4:01 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, a longtime Democrat, says she is switching to the Republican Party because she feels abandoned by Democrats. Davis' made the announcement while in Washington, D.C., to attend the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit, Liberty Counsel spokeswoman Charla Bansley said Friday. Liberty Counsel... more »
  • Vitter sitting on $4M for governor's race campaigning

    September 24, 2015 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The only major Democratic contender in the Louisiana governor's race, John Bel Edwards, had the largest haul in the latest fundraising period. But Republican David Vitter still has the heftiest campaign account. Fundraising reports were due Thursday. They offer a look at money available to the... more »
  • Clinton opposes construction of Keystone XL pipeline

    September 22, 2015 4:46 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton is breaking her longstanding silence over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying at a campaign stop in Iowa that she opposes the controversial project. Clinton says the project has been a distraction and she doesn't believe it's in the best... more »
  • Biden: change in attitudes will improve police relations

    September 21, 2015 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says relations between police and the community will improve when both sides truly see and value each other. Biden said community policing, along with a change in attitudes, can address crime and social problems. He spoke Monday at a White House event honoring "Champions... more »
  • Sanders gets grumpy, but voters like him that way

    September 21, 2015 1:43 PM

    WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa - Bernie Sanders doesn't kiss babies. He promises them a revolution. During a recent campaign stop in Iowa, the Democratic presidential candidate told 3-month-old Lily Landretti that he was doing this for her. By this, he meant his populist campaign. In an age of carefully... more »
  • GOP candidates for governor oppose removing confederate monuments

    August 17, 2015 6:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- All three Republicans in Louisiana's governor's race say they're against moving Confederate monuments in New Orleans. The one Democrat says the question should be left to city officials. A city commission has recommended moving four monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee atop a column in Lee... more »
  • Governor's race candidates differ on how to serve elderly

    August 6, 2015 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three contenders to be Louisiana's next governor say they'd elevate elderly affairs issues to a cabinet-level department, rather than a small agency inside the governor's office. But the candidates differed on the approach. Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said he would merge the oversight of services for... more »
  • Republicans draw in more money for top La. statewide races

    July 28, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republicans are out-raising Democrats in Louisiana's races for governor and lieutenant governor. The latest campaign finance reports were due Monday. In the governor's race, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter reported raising $1.3 million, while donors gave GOP Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne $408,000. Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle... more »
  • In Iowa, Clinton says climate plan will promote renewables

    July 26, 2015 7:10 PM

    AMES, Iowa - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is unveiling a plan aimed at combating climate change that includes revisions in the tax code to promote renewable energy. In Iowa, the nation's second-leading wind energy producer, Clinton says people are "just not paying attention" if they don't acknowledge... more »
  • Edwards: La. education leader: 'isn't qualified to be middle school principal'

    June 29, 2015 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's schools superintendent may want to stick around for another term, but at least one candidate running for governor has no interest in keeping him. Democratic contender John Bel Edwards, a state representative, said if he's elected governor in the fall he won't allow John White to... more »
  • Presidential candidates weigh in on gay marriage ruling

    June 26, 2015 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - There's division among several of the Republican candidates for president about the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has condemned the decision by what he calls "five unelected justices" who make up the ruling's 5-4 majority. Santorum is a... more »
  • Clinton to launch campaign on Sunday

    April 10, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - The guessing game is over -- and the launch date of the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign is known. According to people familiar with her plans, Clinton will make the announcement Sunday with an online video posted on social media. She will then make stops in some key... more »
  • Edwards gets Democratic support in governor's election

    March 28, 2015 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Rep. John Bel Edwards has won the endorsement of the Louisiana Democratic Party in the governor's election, a signal no other major Democrats are likely to jump into the race. Party backing came unanimously Saturday from the Democratic State Central Committee. Edwards, a Democratic leader in... more »
  • Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election

    March 27, 2015 8:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is announcing he will not seek re-election to another term. The 75-year-old Reid says in a statement issued by his office Friday that he wants to make sure Democrats regain control of the Senate next year and that it would be "inappropriate" for... more »
  • Democrats denounce GOP letter on Iran nuke talks

    March 10, 2015 2:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats in the White House and Congress are accusing 47 GOP senators of undercutting President Barack Obama in international talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that trying to upend diplomatic negotiations is tantamount to rushing into war with Tehran. In a letter Monday to the leaders... more »
  • House to debate GOP bill to fix No Child Left Behind

    February 25, 2015 2:44 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - No Child Left Behind is a widely criticized law, but a GOP bill the House is considering to fix it isn't winning popularity contests among Democrats. House Republicans say the measure, which will be debated Wednesday, would restore local control in schools and stop top-down education mandates.... more »
  • Obama's war power plan seeks its first supporter

    February 12, 2015 2:57 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - One day after sending Congress legislation backing the use of military force against Islamic State militants, President Barack Obama is still searching for his first outright supporter for the measure. Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate, senior lawmakers and newcomers to Congress, lawmakers across the congressional spectrum... more »
  • Republicans, Democrats jockey on changing 'No Child Left Behind'

    February 5, 2015 2:37 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Outnumbered by Republicans, Democratic lawmakers are jockeying to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead with plans to change the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law. House Democrats plan their own Capitol Hill forum on Thursday in protest of a Republican bill that would strip... more »
  • Obama to meet privately with Senate Democrats on strategy

    January 15, 2015 2:58 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is joining Senate Democrats during a private strategy retreat. The president's appearance before the senators at a Baltimore hotel Thursday afternoon is closed to reporters. The meeting comes as the party grapples with its new status in the Senate minority after losing seats in... more »
  • House poised to pass pipeline bill as Senate wrangles

    January 9, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are on track to easily pass legislation to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, moving the GOP-led Congress closer to a clash with President Barack Obama. The House will vote later Friday on a bill identical to one headed to the Senate... more »
  • AP: Bill Cassidy wins La. Senate seat

    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 »
  • Louisiana's Senate race to be settled today

    December 6, 2014 10:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana voters are deciding the political fate of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is struggling to win a fourth term against a wave of GOP gains across Southern states. Saturday's runoff is the last election of the 2014 midterms. Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is the front-runner.... more »
  • GOP promises Cassidy a committee seat

    November 12, 2014 2:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has been promised a seat on the Senate's energy committee if he defeats Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. The maneuver by incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercuts one of Landrieu's chief campaign arguments - that voters need to re-elect her to keep... more »
  • John Breaux on the road with Sen. Mary Landrieu

    October 31, 2014 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - He's been out of office for nearly a decade, but former U.S. Sen. John Breaux is back on the campaign trail, urging voters to support his one-time colleague, Democrat Mary Landrieu. Breaux, a Crowley native and now a Washington lobbyist, was traveling Friday to get-out-the-vote events around... more »
  • Many La. voters not registering with main parties

    October 23, 2014 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's voter rolls jumped by nearly 36,000 in the last two months of the registration period leading up to the Nov. 4 election, with more than half of the new voters opting for neither Democrat nor Republican designation. That's according to registration statistics released Wednesday. Secretary... more »
  • 5 hopefuls in 6th District at Baton Rouge forum

    October 20, 2014 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At a forum in Baton Rouge, four Republican candidates for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District seat stressed their opposition to President Barack Obama, while boasting of their conservative philosophies; one Democrat - former Gov. Edwin Edwards - emphasized what he called a moderate philosophy. Edwards, businessman Paul Dietzel,... more »
  • Bill Clinton to campaign with Sen. Mary Landrieu

    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 »
  • Obama's midterm campaign effort getting off to late start

    October 7, 2014 3:00 AM

    WASHINTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's campaign schedule is getting off to a late start, with midterm elections less than a month away. Obama is raising money for Democrats this week from coast to coast, but he is steering clear of any public campaign events with Democrats, which would hand... more »
  • Landrieu skips endorsement of Edwin Edwards

    September 23, 2014 3:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Democratic Party may have endorsed former Gov. Edwin Edwards for Congress, but the state's highest elected Democratic official won't be doing the same. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu dodged talk Monday of backing the convicted felon for an open Baton Rouge-based congressional seat. She said Edwards... more »
  • Landrieu orders review on all flights during office

    August 15, 2014 8:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, under scrutiny for billing private chartered planes to her Senate office when she used the flights to attend campaign fundraisers, has ordered a complete review of all such payments made over the course of her 18 years in the Senate. The issue has... more »
  • GOP, Democrats unite to seek fundraising changes

    July 26, 2014 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican and Democratic parties rarely agree on much, but they've found common ground on an issue that hits both of them in the pocketbooks. Leaders of the two state parties are aligned in their push to get fundraising rules changed. The parties want to compete with... more »
  • Democrats come out against school redistricting

    July 24, 2014 6:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The executive committee for the East Baton Rouge Parish Democratic Party has come out against proposals up for debate to reduce the size of the parish School Board. The Democratic Party's opposition to the school board redistricting follows on the heels of opposition by the local Republican... more »
  • House, Senate in stalemate over border crisis

    July 23, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. A Senate bill being unveiled Wednesday would allocate $2.7 billion for... more »
  • Obama heads off to raise money on the West Coast

    July 22, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is embarking on a mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats. Obama on Tuesday is starting a three-day West Coast trip, during which he is scheduled to attend fundraising events in Seattle, San Francisco and... more »
  • Edwards: If elected, state budget would be focus

    July 21, 2014 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The lone Democrat to announce he's running for governor, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, says Louisiana's next leader will need to focus on stabilizing the state's finances. Edwards criticized Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's budgeting tactics as "running the state like a big Ponzi scheme." He says Jindal's... more »
  • Openly gay governor candidate leads pride parade

    June 21, 2014 5:31 PM

    PORTLAND, Maine - A Democrat who reluctantly made public his homosexuality last year has served as the grand marshal of Maine's biggest gay pride parade. Mike Michaud would become the nation's first openly gay person to be elected governor if he unseats Republican Paul LePage in November. He was the... more »
  • Christie says he can beat Clinton

    June 13, 2014 2:13 AM

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Gov. Chris Christie appears confident in his presidential prospects despite the ongoing bridge scandal that has tarnished his national reputation. During an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" that aired late Thursday night, Christie was asked whether, "hypothetically," he thinks he could beat Democrat... more »
  • For White House, little joy in Cantor's defeat

    June 12, 2014 2:13 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - For years, the White House saw House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a chief driver of Republicans' staunch opposition to nearly all of President Barack Obama's agenda. Now, Cantor's stunning primary loss seems likely to make politics even more difficult for Obama. Rather than opening a pathway... more »
  • Senate Republicans block student loan bill

    June 11, 2014 9:33 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Republicans have blocked an election-year attempt by Democrats to let people refinance their student loan debt at lower rates. The 56-38 vote Wednesday fell short of the 60 votes needed to proceed to debate on the measure. The bill by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would... more »
  • House votes to create new Benghazi investigation

    May 8, 2014 5:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, with Republicans vowing to dig deeper in a search for truth. Democrats say the election-year inquiry is actually a political ploy to raise campaign cash and motivate GOP voters, and they're weighing... more »
  • Defense bill deals with sexual assault in the military

    December 13, 2013 6:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A defense policy bill that aims to deal with the epidemic of sexual assaults in the military is heading to the Senate, where it could get slowed by Republican outrage over majority Democrats' limits on GOP power. The House passed the legislation Thursday. The strong bipartisan vote... more »
  • Appropriations chairman switches to the GOP

    July 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the House budget-writing committee has become a Republican. Rep. Jim Fannin, of Jonesboro, says he switched to the GOP on Wednesday because he believes the Democratic Party no longer represents his political views or his constituents' views on issues like marriage, gun rights and... more »
  • Landrieu, Cassidy report latest fundraising number

    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 »
  • Senator draws attention with party switch video

    July 2, 2013 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - By jumping to the GOP, Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory made history, becoming Louisiana's first black Republican state senator since Reconstruction. With a four-minute video explaining why he left the Democratic Party, Guillory's become a darling of national conservatives. The YouTube video had attracted nearly 700,000 viewers by... more »

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