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  • Poll: Trump leads GOP field in Iowa, Clinton tops Sanders

    January 30, 2016 8:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - It's the last major preference poll before the Iowa caucuses on Monday. The Iowa Poll, published today by The Des Moines Register and Bloomberg, says Republican Donald Trump has the support of 28 perfect of likely caucus-goers, with Ted Cruz at 23 percent and Marco Rubio at 15... more »
  • Biden calls GOP candidates "gift" for Democrats

    January 28, 2016 3:05 PM

    BALTIMORE - Vice President Joe Biden says Democrats may have "been given a gift from the Lord" in the form of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Biden is riffing on the 2016 race as he addresses House Democrats at their annual retreat in Baltimore. Biden says between Cruz and Trump,... more »
  • Democrats chosen to lead Senate's budget and tax committees

    January 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate President John Alario has selected Democrats to lead the Senate committees dealing with taxes and the budget. Sen. Eric LaFleur, of Ville Platte, will work as chairman of the Finance Committee, which helps to craft the state's annual budget and will grapple with closing... more »
  • Sign-up ends for Louisiana's March 5 presidential primary

    December 4, 2015 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fourteen Republicans and 10 Democrats have signed up to compete for Louisiana's eight electoral votes in the March 5 presidential primary. Qualifying for the primary ballot ended Friday. Candidates either sent a representative to qualify them by proxy or mailed their paperwork into the Secretary of... more »
  • Senate votes down gun curbs in wake of CA attacks

    December 3, 2015 5:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted anew against expanding background checks for more gun purchases, rejecting the proposal a day after the latest U.S. mass shooting left 14 people dead in California. Thursday's 50-47 vote underscored that political gridlock over curbing firearms remains formidable in Washington, amid a rash of... more »
  • Democrats celebrate victory in Louisiana governor's race

    November 22, 2015 12:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Democrats in Louisiana rejoiced as they reclaimed the governor's mansion for the first time in eight years, while the state's GOP leader insisted "our Republican brand is strong" even amid the defeat of a one-time political powerhouse, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter. John Bel Edwards' victory in... more »
  • GOP attorney general candidates fight over Democratic votes

    November 18, 2015 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - For the two Republican candidates in the Louisiana attorney general's race, it's all about the Democrats. Incumbent Buddy Caldwell and challenger Jeff Landry have been touting Democratic endorsements from lawyers, lawmakers and others as both GOP contenders try to cobble together the votes needed in Saturday's... more »
  • House forms special panel to probe Planned Parenthood

    October 7, 2015 5:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House has voted to create a special panel to investigate Planned Parenthood and its procurement of fetal tissue for research. Wednesday's near party-line vote was 242-184. The roll call underscored how the GOP is pressing an issue that has galvanized conservatives. Republicans say the committee is... more »
  • House Dem leader: Shut down GOP-led Benghazi committee

    October 1, 2015 12:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Democratic leader in the House says the committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya is "unethical" and called on Republicans to shut down the panel. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California made the comments on Thursday amid the fallout from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's suggestion that... more »
  • Senate Dems block GOP bill curbing late abortions

    September 22, 2015 11:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats have blocked a Senate Republican bid to ban most late-term abortions. Two days before Pope Francis was to deliver an unprecedented papal speech to Congress, a GOP effort to begin debating the legislation failed. Tuesday's vote was 54-42 to move ahead on the bill, but that... more »
  • Senate Dems get 34th vote to hand Obama victory on Iran deal

    September 2, 2015 11:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats have rallied the 34 votes they need to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in Congress, handing President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote Wednesday morning, declaring the agreement is the best way to curb... more »
  • Key Democrat: Senate will uphold Obama on Iran nuke deal

    September 1, 2015 11:27 AM

    BALTIMORE - A key Democrat is predicting there will be enough votes in the Senate by week's end to uphold President Barack Obama's veto of a resolution disapproving the Iran nuclear deal. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, tells students at Johns Hopkins... more »
  • House moves to ban Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

    July 8, 2015 1:02 PM

    COLUMBIA - The South Carolina House is taking a lunch break, in part so Republicans can meet behind closed doors again to talk about whether to take down the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. In three hours of debate, the House took up just four amendments, rejecting them... more »
  • House to vote as early as Thursday on trade bill

    June 17, 2015 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional officials say the House will attempt as early as Thursday to revive trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama and blocked last week in a revolt by union-backed Democrats. The officials say the vote would come on a stand-alone measure that would allow Congress to approve or... more »
  • GOP candidates for governor outraise Democratic candidate

    February 19, 2015 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The lone Democratic candidate in the Louisiana governor's race lagged behind the Republican contenders in fundraising last year. State Rep. John Bel Edwards filed his campaign finance report with the state ethics board late Wednesday. He reported raising $360,000 in 2014, coupled with a $25,000 personal loan.... more »
  • Vaccine skeptics find unexpected allies in conservative GOP

    February 6, 2015 2:01 AM

    DENVER, CO - As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans. The stereotype of a vaccine skeptic is a coastal, back-to-the-land type, but it's generally been Democratic-controlled states that have tightened vaccination laws. This week, Democrats... more »
  • Democratic lawmakers visit Cuba amid changes in US relations

    January 17, 2015 7:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - A delegation of congressional Democrats is visiting Cuba to discuss expectations for the normalization of relations between the United States and the island nation. The delegation's leader, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, says in a statement Saturday that the lawmakers want to explore opportunities for greater cooperation and... more »
  • Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges

    December 16, 2014 2:29 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year now that they are no longer impeded by Republican blocking tactics. That total would be the highest for any president in two decades. Last year, Democrats... more »
  • CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report

    December 11, 2014 2:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - The CIA and several of its past leaders are stepping up a campaign to discredit a Senate investigation into the CIA's harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that history may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to legal prosecution worldwide. The Senate Intelligence Committee's... more »
  • Obama, GOP-led Congress prepare for veto showdowns

    December 7, 2014 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - Veto brinkmanship between congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama is about to unleash itself on Washington. Until now, controversial Republican-backed legislation rarely reached the president's desk. That's because Senate Democrats blocked it. But Republicans will control both chambers of Congress come January, and that mean Obama finding himself... more »
  • Ethics complaints lodged against Bill Cassidy

    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 »
  • President's plan for illegals met with criticism in La. Play Video

    November 20, 2014 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama's unprecedented executive order protecting five million illegal immigrants from deportation is being met with harsh criticism. "This is an issue of the president going above and beyond the powers that he has granted to him by the constitution," Louisiana Republican Party spokesman Ben... more »
  • Black Democrats bemoan decision to run from Obama

    November 12, 2014 3:03 PM

    ATLANTA - Some black political leaders are unhappy that Democrats kept their distance from President Barack Obama during the midterm election campaigns. They say it caused a lack of enthusiasm among African-Americans in states where they anchor the party's base of voters. They point to losses in Senate races in... more »
  • Reid to remain as Dem leader in GOP takeover

    November 5, 2014 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will seek to lead the Democrats in the next Congress as they hand over the majority to Republicans. Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Reid, said Wednesday that the five-term Nevada Democrat plans to remain leader and other Democrats indicated that he is unlikely... more »
  • More people voting early in 10 states than in 2010

    November 3, 2014 10:23 AM

    ATLANTA - More people have voted early in 10 states than in 2010, and Republicans and Democrats alike say the numbers show they have the advantage in key races for Senate and governor races heading into Election Day. Registered Democrats have out-voted registered Republicans by 16 percentage points in North... more »
  • Hillary Clinton rallies with Sen. Mary Landrieu

    November 1, 2014 5:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Trying to fire up her Democratic base, Sen. Mary Landrieu is getting some big name help from Hillary Rodham Clinton with only days remaining before Election Day. The former secretary of state and likely 2016 presidential candidate was the draw Saturday at a rally for Landrieu in... more »
  • Democrats look for hope in votes cast early

    October 27, 2014 3:51 PM

    ATLANTA - Democrats hold early voting leads in a handful of states that will help determine who controls the U.S. Senate in January. But Republicans have narrowed their historical gap in Iowa, where Joni Ernst is vying for a Democratic-held Senate seat. The GOP also maintains that its overall strength... more »
  • GOP candidates in La. not embracing Bobby Jindal

    October 22, 2014 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While Democrats in Louisiana are largely dodging ties to President Barack Obama this election season, Republicans aren't necessarily embracing Gov. Bobby Jindal. Asked to grade the Republican governor's performance, GOP congressional contenders have answered with middling marks to outright avoidance of the question as support for Jindal... more »
  • AP-GfK Poll: Most expect GOP victory in November

    October 21, 2014 3:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate. And by a 47 to 39 percent margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, Republicans hold... more »
  • Landrieu accuses GOP of 'fear mongering' on Ebola

    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 »
  • GOP seizes on Obama comment about his policies

    October 3, 2014 3:56 PM

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - President Barack Obama is giving Republicans a gift of sorts by confirming their midterm election narrative that next month's balloting is a referendum on his policies. Within hours of Obama's remarks, GOP candidates across the political landscape sought to capitalize on his words with ads tying... more »
  • Ethics complaint filed against Sen. David Vitter

    September 15, 2014 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Democratic group has lodged an ethics complaint against Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, alleging he violated state campaign finance restrictions. The American Democracy Legal Fund announced Monday it filed the complaint with the Louisiana ethics board. It seeks an investigation into a $100,000 fund transfer from... more »
  • State Democrats back ex-Gov. Edwards in 6th Dist.

    September 8, 2014 2:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Democratic Central Committee is endorsing former Gov. Edwin Edwards in the race for the state's 6th Congressional District seat. Monday's announcement acknowledges that the conservative southeast Louisiana district, now represented by Republican Bill Cassidy, is "challenging terrain" for a Democrat. It makes no mention of the... more »
  • Ethics complaints filed about Cassidy reports

    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 »
  • Democrats blame Jindal for ER near-closure Play Video

    September 2, 2014 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democrats blasted Governor Jindal over his healthcare policies as the threat to close the emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid City renewed calls for the governor to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Ethel Wicker is grateful for Baton Rouge General having a working emergency room. She... more »
  • Democrats weigh role in new Benghazi probe

    May 9, 2014 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Democrats say before they decide whether to take part in a new investigation of Benghazi, they want assurances from House Speaker John Boehner that the probe will be bipartisan, and not a political spectacle. Party leaders have been meeting today with rank-and-file Democrats to decide whether to... more »
  • House Democrats weigh role in new Benghazi probe Play Video

    May 9, 2014 2:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Divided House Democrats are weighing whether to participate in a new investigation of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, or boycott the election-year inquiry of a tragedy they accuse Republicans of politicizing. Democrats will meet Friday to decide the next step. Republicans rammed through a resolution on... more »
  • House set to approve select Benghazi investigation

    May 8, 2014 2:25 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are set to begin a special investigation into the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, raising the stakes in a political battle with the Obama administration as the midterm election season heats up. Democrats are considering a boycott of the committee,... more »
  • Warren: Allow student loan borrowers to refinance

    May 6, 2014 5:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants the next debate in Congress on student loans to focus on helping borrowers refinance their debt. The Massachusetts Democrat planned to file a bill Tuesday that would open the door for potentially millions of borrowers of earlier federal loans to refinance that debt... more »
  • House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

    April 10, 2014 11:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a GOP budget blueprint that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years through sweeping cuts across the federal budget and eliminating health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The 219-205 vote on the nonbinding framework takes a mostly symbolic swipe at the... more »
  • GOP derails gender pay gap bill in Senate

    April 9, 2014 11:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have derailed an election-year Democratic bill curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill's rejection was widely expected, yet Democrats hope the effort will pay political dividends in this November's congressional elections. They are trying to drive up turnout this fall by women, who historically lean more... more »
  • Fact check on raising minimum wage

    February 18, 2014 7:24 PM

    WASHINGTON- The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says raising the federal minimum wage would increase pay for more than 16.5 million workers but may cost 500,000 jobs. The breakdown comes as the Senate prepares to debate a plan pushed by Democrats to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour... more »
  • GOP to advance 'clean' debt limit hike

    February 11, 2014 10:16 AM

    WASHINGTON - House GOP leaders have announced they will advance this week an increase in the government's borrowing cap that's free of any add-ons. House Speaker John Boehner announced the plan after a poll of the Republican rank and file failed to show enough support for a plan to... more »
  • Dems, GOP leaders quacked up over Dynasty drama

    December 19, 2013 4:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Democrats slammed GOP governor Bobby Jindal for his references to Miley Cyrus and encouraging tolerance of differing viewpoints Thursday in response to a Duck Dynasty cast member being removed from the show. Earlier in the day, the governor said "this is a free country and everyone is... more »
  • House Democrats demand the government reopen

    October 5, 2013 12:06 PM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - In a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, 200 House Democrats demand the government re-open, ending the current shutdown. Lead by Congressmen Timothy Bishop and Patrick Murphy, the letter expressed a bipartisan majority in favor of ending the government shutdown. House Demcorats urged... more »
  • "People's filibuster" stops Texas abortion measure

    June 26, 2013 7:38 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - It's being called the "people's filibuster" at the Texas State Capitol. Demonstrators against tough restrictions on abortions in the state shouted at deafening levels in the Senate chamber late last night, preventing lawmakers from voting on those restrictions before the midnight deadline. They created a ruckus... more »
  • House, Senate on diverging paths on agency budgets

    June 18, 2013 4:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have unveiled slashing cuts to a program that helps localities build community development projects. Their rivals in the Democratic-controlled Senate are moving to restore Republican cuts to international food aid and nutrition help for pregnant women. Senate Democrats are pressing to restore deep cuts to domestic... more »
  • Republicans chafe over financial statement request Play Video

    May 23, 2013 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican Party is blasting the legislative auditor's office after both the GOP and the state Democratic Party were asked to turn over financial statements to comply with a long-overlooked law. Republican officials were angered by the request and accused the office of targeting conservatives. Democrats simply... more »
  • La. Dems sound off against Jindal tax plan

    March 27, 2013 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democrats critical of Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax swap plan sounded off at the state Capitol today. Representative James Armes (D-La. 30) said Jindal's plan to eliminate the state income tax and increase the state sales tax would take from the poor and give to the rich,... more »
  • Reid: Background checks will be in Senate gun bill

    March 22, 2013 10:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats say they will include expanded background checks for firearms purchasers in the gun-control measure the Senate debates next month. The announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid signals that Democrats will press forcefully in their drive to close background check loopholes. Polls show the public overwhelmingly supports... more »
  • Senate panel OKs Dems gun background check bill

    March 12, 2013 10:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - A divided Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved a Democratic bill expanding required federal background checks for nearly all gun purchases, but put off immediate consideration of an assault weapons ban. The panel approved the measure by 10-8, supported by all Democrats and opposed by every Republican.... more »
  • Obama to promote his agenda to House Democrats

    February 7, 2013 2:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is promoting his second-term agenda to House Democrats, eager to keep them unified as a bulwark against a Republican majority on issues ranging from the economy to immigration to guns. Obama is meeting with Democratic lawmakers Thursday during their retreat in Lansdowne, Va., one day... more »
  • Obama tries to unify Senate Democrats

    February 6, 2013 7:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is working to sell Senate Democrats on his strategy for tackling immigration, gun control and a host of fiscal dilemmas. The president meets with senators Wednesday at a closed-door retreat in Annapolis, Md. Obama's prospects for enacting his ambitious second-term agenda depend partly on Senate... more »
  • House will vote on Senate-passed 'cliff' bill

    January 1, 2013 8:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans are dropping their demands for additional spending cuts and will hold a House vote on whether to give final congressional approval to the Senate-approved compromise averting "fiscal cliff" tax increases and spending cuts. The House vote was expected Tuesday evening. A decision by the Republican-run House to... more »

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