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  • No recount for Ascension Parish president's race check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 24, 2015 10:24 AM

    GONZALES - After losing the Ascension Parish president's seat by only 115 votes over the weekend, Clint Cointment officially conceded Tuesday morning and said he will not seek a full recount of the vote. Kenny Matassa won the election for parish president Saturday night, but the margin was close... more »
  • Entirely new council ready to take over Livingston Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 23, 2015 6:01 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Newly elected Livingston Parish council members have pledged to work together as the entirely new council will take over in January. Voters replaced three incumbents who did not seek reelection and ousted six others. For the first time ever the parish will bring in nine new members. John... more »
  • November 23, 2015 Morning News Pop Play Video

    November 23, 2015 6:54 AM

    Here are today's top stories: 2015 Election Results NOPD: 16 injured after gunmen open fire at music video filming LSU drops 3rd straight football game Chilly but clear to mild but moody Updates all day, every day: FACEBOOK | TWITTER more »
  • Landry unseats Caldwell in attorney general's race

    November 21, 2015 8:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Acadiana congressman Jeff Landry unseated Louisiana's incumbent attorney general Buddy Caldwell in Saturday night's election. Landry defeated Caldwell 609,883 to 473,165 in the unofficial results, a 56-44 percent margin. Landry honed in on Caldwell's connections during his campaign, accusing the incumbent of a "Buddy... more »
  • Nungesser wins lieutenant governor's seat check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 21, 2015 8:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser defeated East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden in the runoff for lieutenant governor Saturday night. Nungesser won by a 55-45 percent margin over Holden -- 628,596 to 505,514 in the unofficial tally. In his victory speech Nungesser called Holden... more »
  • 100-year-old casts vote Saturday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 21, 2015 8:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A one-hundred year old man braved unfriendly weather Saturday to cast a ballot in the statewide governor's race. Willie Johnson has been voting since the law allowed him to vote, after the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Since, he has made sure to participate in the... more »
  • Edwards wins governor's race, Vitter won't seek Senate re-election Play Video

    November 21, 2015 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - John Bel Edwards declared victory over David Vitter Saturday night as he was projected to win the governor's seat. Edwards pulled in around 140,000 votes more than David Vitter in the final unofficial tally, a 56-44 margin. Edwards' camp in New Orleans erupted into cheers... 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 »
  • Democrat draws straw, winning tiebreaker in state election

    November 20, 2015 3:35 PM

    JACKSON - A Democrat has won an election tiebreaker in Mississippi by drawing a big green straw from a bag. Bo Eaton, a 20-year incumbent, defeated Republican challenger Mark Tullos in the drawing Friday in the governor's office. Eaton, a farmer from Taylorsville, said before the drawing that he would... more »
  • Louisiana governor's race top of Saturday ballot

    November 20, 2015 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's runoff election features three statewide races on Saturday's ballot, with most attention focused on the governor's race. But competitions for lieutenant governor and attorney general also await decisions. LOUISIANA GOVERNOR A competitive runoff between Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards and Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter... more »
  • Clinton: Would send no US troops into Syria

    November 19, 2015 3:07 PM

    NEW YORK - If she's elected president, Hillary Rodham Clinton says, she will keep American troops out of Syria. In a sweeping foreign policy address in New York, Clinton today said she would resist sending forces to fight Islamic militants even if there's another terrorist attack in the U.S. She... more »
  • Lieutenant governor's runoff a low-key affair in Louisiana

    November 19, 2015 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Though Louisiana is in the midst of a lieutenant governor's race, it's been hard to tell, overshadowed by the state's competitive race for governor. Democrat Kip Holden and Republican Billy Nungesser have been running quieter campaigns for lieutenant governor, trying to build off grassroots support and... more »
  • Refugee flap overtakes state issues in La. governor's race

    November 18, 2015 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana governor's race has taken a surprising turn into foreign policy ahead of Saturday's election. TV political ads and campaign rhetoric in the race has shifted this week to the Paris terrorist attacks and the wisdom of allowing Syrian refugees into U.S. borders. Republican U.S. Sen.... more »
  • Runoff set for final Livingston Parish Council seat check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 18, 2015 6:04 PM

    WATSON - There's one race left to decide the final seat for the Livingston Parish Council, and voters in the Watson area will decide between two republicans Saturday. Voters will pick either incumbent Jim Norred or Garry "Frog" Talbert. In October, Talbert received 12 more votes than Norred taking 42... more »
  • Final governor's race debate marked by exchange of attacks

    November 17, 2015 4:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter did little to mask their distaste for each other in the final statewide TV debate of the governor's race ahead of Saturday's election. Edwards, a state representative, at one point described Vitter as lacking a "moral compass" and in another... more »
  • Syrian refugees becoming an issue in the La. governor's race Play Video

    November 16, 2015 4:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans are turning a national debate over the resettlement of Syrian refugees into a point of attack against Democratic candidate John Bel Edwards in the Louisiana governor's race. Both GOP contender David Vitter and Edwards have released statements saying Louisiana should block Syrian refugees from entering the... more »
  • Lt. Governor candidates set to speak at Press Club today

    November 16, 2015 9:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The candidates for Lt. Governor are speaking at the Press Club of Baton Rouge Monday. It's one of the final times East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President, Kip Holden and former Plaquemines Parish President, Billy Nungesser will square off before election day on November 21. The press club forum... more »
  • November 16, 2015 Morning News Pop check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 16, 2015 8:16 AM

    Here are today's top stories: Baton Rouge citizens gather downtown in solidarity after terrorist attacks in France Thousands of people take advantage of early voting Tax Amnesty program offers delinquent taxpayers a fresh start Monitoring a severe storms threat Updates all day, every day: ... more »
  • Bobby Jindal won't endorse in Louisiana governor's race

    November 13, 2015 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Term-limited Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't endorse a candidate in the Nov. 21 runoff election to choose his successor. Jindal, a Republican running for the presidential nomination, said Friday that "voters can make up their own minds" without him announcing who he supports in the... more »
  • Fire district pushing for fee renewal from voters check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 12, 2015 5:26 PM

    WALKER - Fire fighters in Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 4 are pushing for voters to renew a service charge that makes up 30 percent of the district's budget. The $32 yearly fee generates $713,000 a year for Fire District 4. District 4 covers one-third of the parish including Walker,... more »
  • Cruz says he, not Trump, is race's true conservative

    November 12, 2015 3:58 PM

    CONCORD - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is making a more forceful case that he - not Donald Trump - is the candidate true conservative voters will coalesce behind in the 2016 presidential race. Cruz worked to align himself with Trump earlier in the campaign and isn't smacking the billionaire with... more »
  • Vitter lags Edwards in latest governor's race fundraising

    November 12, 2015 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democrat John Bel Edwards is outraising Republican rival David Vitter in the Louisiana governor's race runoff campaign, as Edwards remains the surprise front-runner in the election. Campaigns for the two candidates announced Thursday how much money they've raised for the Nov. 21 runoff, as new fundraising reports... more »
  • Latest Vitter ad for governor features 'Duck Dynasty' star

    November 12, 2015 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican David Vitter has turned to reality TV star Willie Robertson to try to help him move past a years-old prostitution scandal that has been revived in the Louisiana governor's race. Robertson, one of the bearded men of "Duck Dynasty," is featured in Vitter's latest TV... more »
  • Edwards draws criticism for use of military background in ad

    November 11, 2015 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An Afghanistan war veteran speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony took aim at governor's candidate John Bel Edwards, who has made his military resume key to his election effort. Mike McNaughton, a retired National Guard soldier, urged candidates in his Wednesday speech to "not use our... more »
  • In some North Carolina elections, heads or tails decides a race

    November 11, 2015 2:44 PM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - In at least five North Carolina town council elections, the winner came down to a simple coin flip because the races were deadlocked. The News & Observer of Raleigh explains that state law dictates that municipal election tie votes must be determined "by lot." County elections officials... more »
  • Prime-time gubernatorial debate ends like daytime tabloid show Play Video

    November 10, 2015 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Political arguing over records became a spirited tête-à-tête where debate moderators had to sternly warn candidates for Louisiana governor to follow procedures. The emotional discussion came in the last five minutes of one of two televised debates between Republican David Vitter and Democrat John Bel Edwards.... more »
  • Vitter, Edwards to meet Tuesday in first TV debate of runoff

    November 10, 2015 12:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican David Vitter is seeking to gain ground in the Louisiana governor's race against Democrat John Bel Edwards in the first televised debate of the runoff campaign. The hour-long debate, to air statewide Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Louisiana Public Broadcasting stations, comes with fewer than... more »
  • David Vitter acknowledges prostitution scandal in new TV ad

    November 9, 2015 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After months of attacks about the issue, Republican candidate for governor David Vitter is addressing his prostitution scandal in a new television ad - though without using the word prostitution. The 30-second spot, released Monday, features Vitter sitting at a kitchen table as he talks to... more »
  • Rubio releases GOP charge card statements from 2005-06

    November 7, 2015 7:39 PM

    MIAMI - Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio has released two additional years of charge card statements in response to questions about his personal spending as a state lawmaker in Florida. The American Express card statements were released by the campaign Saturday and cover expenses in 2005 and 2006. During that... more »
  • Protesters gather in NYC to protest Trump's 'SNL' appearance

    November 7, 2015 7:08 PM

    NEW YORK - Demonstrators are marching through the streets of New York City to protest Donald Trump's views on immigration hours before he hosts "Saturday Night Live." Dozens of protesters held signs and chanted Saturday evening as they marched from Trump Tower to NBC's studio in Rockefeller Plaza. Outside Rockefeller... more »
  • Vitter to host two rallies across La. Saturday

    November 6, 2015 6:15 PM

    METAIRIE – Senator David Vitter announced Friday that his campaign will be hosting two rallies across the state on Saturday, as the race for the governor’s office enters its final stretch. According to his campaign, Vitter will be in Shreveport Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Wyndham Garden hotel.... more »
  • Voting opens Saturday in Louisiana's Nov. 21 runoff election

    November 6, 2015 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Early voting begins Saturday for the Nov. 21 runoff election, with competitions for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general on the ballot. Secretary of State Tom Schedler is hoping to draw more voters in the runoff, after a low 39 percent turnout for the primary election last... more »
  • Edwards hits Vitter on prostitution scandal in new TV ad

    November 6, 2015 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic candidate for governor John Bel Edwards is using the high-profile Saturday college football clash between LSU and Alabama to unveil a new TV attack ad against GOP rival David Vitter, striking at Vitter's prostitution scandal. The 30-second spot, to air statewide, is Edwards' first direct... more »
  • It's the last day to vote early

    November 6, 2015 9:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Early voting ends this Saturday if you're planning to vote early before the general election. The governor's race is expected to be the main event, but the ballot contains quite a few other run-offs and other propositions as well. Statewide, Kip Holden and Bill Nungesser are... more »
  • Springfield could get new high school campus check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 5, 2015 4:56 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - The town of Springfield in Livingston Parish will get a new high school campus if voters in the area approve a $14 million bond issue. The Livingston Parish School Board will announce plans to call an election in April Thursday night. Most buildings on the current Springfield High... more »
  • Rubio says he'll release charge card records in coming weeks

    November 4, 2015 5:35 PM

    MANCHESTER - Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio says that in the next few weeks he'll release the statements of an American Express card he shared with the Florida Republican Party. Rubio had the party-issued card from February 2005 to November 2008. During his 2010 U.S. Senate bid, news broke... more »
  • Caldwell gets support from Legislature's black caucus

    November 4, 2015 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has picked up the backing of a group of Democratic state lawmakers for his re-election bid. The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus announced Wednesday its endorsement of Caldwell in the Nov. 21 runoff against Republican challenger Jeff Landry. Nearly all members of... more »
  • Vitter runs against Louisiana politicians in governor's race

    November 4, 2015 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As he looks for a message to gain ground with voters, Republican candidate for governor David Vitter has returned to a strategy that served him well in past elections: criticizing other politicians. He's described Baton Rouge as "broken and dysfunctional" and lacking in adult leadership. In his... more »
  • Bryant wins second term

    November 3, 2015 10:27 PM

    JACKSON - Governor Phil Bryant won a second term as governor of Mississippi Tuesday night. Bryant easily defeated two candidates who ran low-budget campaigns, the Associated Press reported. Robert Gray and Shawn O'Hara lost. Gray spent about $3,000 and O'Hara spent about $300. Bryant, 60, spent about $2.7... more »
  • Ohio voters snuff out pot proposal

    November 3, 2015 9:53 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Voters rejected a plan to legalize recreational and medical marijuana use there. The proposal, known as Issue 3, would have allowed adults 21 and older to use, purchase or grow certain amounts of weed. A constitutional amendment would have created a regulatory and taxation framework along... more »
  • Another La. House seat settled after candidate withdraws

    November 2, 2015 12:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Only 14 Louisiana House seats remain to be decided in the Nov. 21 runoff election, after another seat was settled when a candidate dropped out of the race. Chad Brown, a Democrat from Plaquemine, won a vacant House seat when his opponent, James Barker of Plaquemine,... more »
  • Bush-Rubio rivalry intensifies as Iowa caucuses draw closer

    October 31, 2015 7:00 PM

    DES MOINES - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is in Iowa trying to muster support. He was among 10 presidential candidates to appear today at the Iowa Republican Party's Growth and Opportunity forum, a tailgate-themed festival at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, and the last multicandidate event before... more »
  • Clinton faces protest as she courts black voters

    October 30, 2015 6:49 PM

    ATLANTA - As she courts black voters in the South, Hillary Rodham Clinton is promising them that if she's elected, she will be their partner in the White House and follow in the footsteps of her predecessor. In Atlanta, Clinton today called for eliminating sentencing disparities between crack cocaine crimes... more »
  • Only 19 La. legislative seats remain to be decided in runoff

    October 27, 2015 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Most seats in the Louisiana Legislature are decided ahead of the Nov. 21 runoff election. Majorities in both the House and Senate were settled even before last Saturday's election, when many incumbents didn't draw competition or their challengers dropped out. Four of 39 Senate seats and 15... more »
  • Attack ads launched in Louisiana governor's race runoff

    October 27, 2015 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An onslaught of attack ads is being unleashed in the Louisiana governor's race, by candidates and outside groups seeking to influence the two-man runoff between Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter. In Edwards' first TV ad for the runoff, the state lawmaker from Tangipahoa Parish... more »
  • Democrat Edwards seeks support from GOP anti-Vitter voters

    October 26, 2015 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As the Louisiana governor's race moves to a runoff, Democrat Rep. John Bel Edwards is trying to build support from GOP voters who didn't choose Republican David Vitter in the primary. Vitter is trying to make his head-to-head matchup with Edwards a partisan competition. Less than four... more »
  • EBR Metro-Council members vie for state seats

    October 25, 2015 1:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the East Baton Rouge Metro-Council looking to get in to the Louisiana State House will shake up the current council. C. Denise Marcelle is the only certified move into the state House of Representatives based on Saturday's election results. Marcelle went head-to-head against fellow... more »
  • Common Core supporters hold onto BESE seats

    October 25, 2015 12:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite outcries from people opposed to Common Core, many members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education who support the standards won back their seats. Six of the eight BESE races went to people who supported Common Core, and two people who lost their seats... more »
  • "Kissing Congressman" fails to unseat incumbent senator

    October 25, 2015 12:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former U.S. Representative Vance McAllister failed at his attempt to become a senator in the state legislative body. McAllister was the challenger in the north Louisiana district of West Monroe to the incumbent Mike Walsworth. McAllister has been unable to recover from a cheating scandal... more »
  • Lieutenant governor's race headed to Nov. runoff

    October 25, 2015 12:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Billy Nungesser and Democrat Kip Holden will face off in the Nov. 21 runoff election for lieutenant governor. The two men were the top vote-getters in Saturday's election. Holden, the mayor of Baton Rouge, has spent a small amount of money so far to... more »
  • Voters split on fiscal, tax amendments

    October 24, 2015 11:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters approved two constitutional amendments and rejected two others Saturday which affect the state's budget and local tax revenues. Voters said "yes" to an amendment which gave the treasurer authority to invest state funds in an new fund meant to set up transportation loans for local... more »
  • Incumbents ousted in Livingston Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 24, 2015 11:28 PM

    LIVINGSTON - There will be a shake up to the Livingston Parish Council after voters decided to oust several incumbents from their seats. Chance Parent, Marshall Harris, Joan Landry, Ricky Goff, and Delos Blackwell will not be returning to the council following defeats Saturday night. Incumbent "Jim" Norred,... more »
  • Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain gets third term

    October 24, 2015 11:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain is getting a third term in office. Strain, a Republican veterinarian from Covington, easily defeated three opponents Saturday who had raised little to no money to challenge his re-election bid. A former state lawmaker, Strain touted his management of the Department of Agriculture... more »
  • GOP's Vitter advances to runoff against Edwards

    October 24, 2015 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter has survived challenges from two GOP rivals to reach a November runoff in the Louisiana governor's race. He'll face Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards on the Nov. 21 ballot. Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, both... more »
  • Cazes lands re-election for WBR Sheriff

    October 24, 2015 10:35 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Sheriff Mike Cazes easily won a fourth term as sheriff of West Baton Rouge Parish Saturday night against an opponent he previously defeated four years ago. Cazes earned 73 percent of the vote in the parish, while Maranto received 26 percent. Maranto, a military and... more »
  • Schedler re-elected as La. secretary of state

    October 24, 2015 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Secretary of State Tom Schedler will keep his job as Louisiana's chief elections official for another four years. The Republican from Mandeville fended off a challenge Saturday from Democrat Chris Tyson, a Baton Rouge law professor, to win a second term. Schedler's held the job since 2010,... more »
  • Kennedy re-elected as La. state treasurer

    October 24, 2015 9:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Treasurer John Kennedy has sailed to another term as Louisiana's top money manager and investment official. Kennedy, a Republican from Madisonville, overwhelmingly defeated his lone opponent, Republican lawyer Jennifer Treadway, who raised and spent little money while Kennedy poured $1 million into TV advertising. Saturday's... more »
  • Rain may be affecting La. election turnout

    October 24, 2015 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rain in parts of the state may be affecting turnout as Louisiana voters make their choices for governor, lieutenant governor, other statewide posts and, in many areas, the Legislature. Meg Casper, a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office says turnout has been light to steady,... more »
  • Amid complaints and concerns, fake TV news report ad pulled from airwaves

    October 23, 2015 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A political ad was pulled from the airwaves amid concerns the ad was deceiving to viewers. "The intentions are obvious in this situation. The call letters on the ad reference a fake television station 'WBRD' but are too similar to call letters of our station, WBRZ.... more »
  • Election 2015 - Everything you need to know

    October 23, 2015 1:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters will choose or begin to choose a new governor Saturday, while also voting on six other statewide offices and four constitutional amendments. Early voting turnout has been low according to the Secretary of State's Office, with 222,162 of the state's eligible voters going to the... more »
  • Buddy Caldwell fighting to hang onto job as attorney general

    October 22, 2015 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- In the attack-heavy race for Louisiana attorney general, the focus is squarely on Republican incumbent Buddy Caldwell. Opponents in Saturday's election have accused Caldwell of pay-for-play politics, incompetence and office mismanagement. He's fending off the attacks with criticisms of his own, accusing chief Republican rival Jeff Landry of... more »
  • Scandal doesn't shake Vitter campaign in La. governor's race

    October 21, 2015 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For many politicians, a prostitution scandal would be a career killer. But in Louisiana, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is a leading contender in the governor's race - with a campaign built on conservative values. Many thought Vitter's career was over in 2007 when phone records linked... more »
  • Biden says he will not run for president in 2016

    October 21, 2015 12:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says he won't run for president in 2016. His decision finalizes the Democratic Party's field of White House candidates and sets Biden on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career. Biden spent months deliberating with his family and political advisers... more »
  • Voter registration open for Nov. 21 state elections

    October 20, 2015 8:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- It's too late to register to vote for Saturday's statewide elections, but Louisiana residents have until Wednesday to sign-up to participate in the Nov. 21 runoff. Eligible residents have until midnight Wednesday to register to vote online. Residents can also register in-person daily until close of business at... more »
  • Future of higher ed major challenge for next governor

    October 19, 2015 4:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's next governor will have his hands full when it comes to addressing the future of higher education in the state. After years of budget cuts and tuition raises, higher education has become an issue in this Saturday's election. All the candidates have vowed to... more »
  • Early voting numbers down from 2014 congressional elections

    October 19, 2015 10:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Final early voting numbers are coming in lower than last year's congressional elections. About 14,000 fewer voters participated in early voting that ended late Saturday than did in the November 2014 congressional elections - the last major comparable election in the state. When early voting... more »
  • Early voting for Oct. 24 election ends Saturday

    October 16, 2015 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Voters hoping to cast their ballots early for Louisiana’s Oct 24 election have until Saturday to do so. Early voting at parish registrar of voters’ offices and other designated locations will end at 6 p.m. Saturday. At the top of the ballot is the Louisiana... more »
  • Vitter attacked by other candidates after debate check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 16, 2015 12:04 AM

    RUSTON - As the race for governor weans closer to election day, candidates are getting edgier and are speaking more of what's on their minds. Thursday, there was a debate featuring all four major candidates. It was held at Louisiana Tech in North Louisiana. Three of the candidates... more »
  • Four major candidates at tonight's LA Tech debate check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 15, 2015 6:16 PM

    RUSTON, La. - All four major candidates in the upcoming gubernatorial primary will be at a televised debate tonight in Ruston, the last likely chance for that to happen before the election. Sen. David Vitter, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, and Rep. John Edwards are... more »
  • Governor's debate scheduled Thursday with all 4 candidates

    October 15, 2015 10:49 AM

    RUSTON- Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is participating in his second governor's race debate with three major rivals, and he's expected to be hit with criticism for his attack-heavy campaign style. The TV debate set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Louisiana Tech University could be Vitter's last before the Oct.... more »
  • Next governor will play crucial role in future of coast

    October 14, 2015 9:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The next governor will be key to Louisiana's coastal crisis - either by aggressively working to save the coast or missing a chance to stop the state from slipping further into the Gulf. Louisiana is to receive about than $8.7 billion in settlement money from by BP's catastrophic... more »
  • Governor candidates to debate on TV without David Vitter

    October 7, 2015 2:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter defended his planned absence in the latest TV debate in the Louisiana governor's race, saying his work in Washington is the culprit. Vitter's three major rivals in the Oct. 24 election - Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Republican Lt. Gov.... more »
  • Voter registration for Oct. 24 election ends Wednesday

    September 23, 2015 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Time is running out for people to sign up to vote in Louisiana's Oct. 24 election. The deadline to register as a voter is Wednesday. That's for citizens who have never registered to vote or who want to make changes to their voter registration. The October ballot will... more »
  • Town will decide if police chief should be elected

    September 21, 2015 9:09 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT- In November, residents of this small town in Livingston Parish will be asked to change the way their police chief is selected. Currently, the chief is elected. But, Monday night, the board of aldermen approved asking people to vote on if the chief should be elected. ... more »
  • Village may shake up police department structure check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 15, 2015 6:36 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - The Village of French Settlement in Livingston Parish may ask voters to decide whether to continue electing a chief of police or to let the mayor and aldermen appoint one instead. French Settlement Mayor Toni Guitrau feels the time is right to put the issue on the... more »
  • Nearly half of La. lawmakers to return without opposition

    September 11, 2015 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly half of Louisiana's state lawmakers won re-election without having to go to the voters, when no one signed up to challenge them. Twenty of 39 senators and 49 of 105 House members drew no opponents in this week's candidate registration period. One representative who won without... more »
  • Candidate sign-up reaches final day with few surprises

    September 10, 2015 10:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The final hours of the candidate sign-up period for the Oct. 24 election are winding down. No unexpected twists have stirred up things at the top of the ballot, where Louisiana has wide open races for governor and lieutenant governor. At least eight candidates already have registered to... more »
  • More candidates qualify for state office on second day check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 9, 2015 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The last of Louisiana's incumbent statewide elected officials running for re-election has signed up for his race. Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office is where candidates for statewide positions submit their qualifying paperwork and filing fees. But Schedler waited until Wednesday, the second-day of the sign-up... more »
  • Candidates, protesters show up for qualifications

    September 8, 2015 8:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Candidates, their family members, and a few protesters showed up to the Secretary of State's office Tuesday as qualifications for the fall elections began. The top races in Louisiana include the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer and insurance commissioner. Candidates for the eight Board of... more »
  • Polar opposites vying for late Rep. Williams seat check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 1, 2015 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two women on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council going head-to-head for the late Representative Alfred Williams' District 61 House seat. C. Denise Marcelle and Donna Collins Lewis, both Democrats, are considered polar opposites in their styles. Marcelle is known for taking strong stands on issues... more »
  • Another candidate jumps in La. insurance commissioner race

    August 27, 2015 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has picked up another challenge to his fall re-election bid. Charlotte McDaniel McGehee, a Democrat and lawyer from Baton Rouge, announced her candidacy this week. In a statement, McGehee described herself as a business owner and working mother who knows "the challenges... 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 »
  • Louisiana Republicans snub Caldwell for AG endorsement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 28, 2015 7:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell isn't losing sleep over his party's endorsement of his challenger, Jeff Landry. "The Republican party has never endorsed me and it's always brought me good luck," Caldwell said Tuesday. Earlier in the day Louisiana's GOP Chairman Roger Villere announced they were endorsing Landry,... more »

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