January 29, 2015 3:25 AM
STARKVILLE, MS - Mitt Romney still says he's thinking about running for president again in 2016. But he's doing his best not to tip his hand. At Mississippi State University on Wednesday, Romney acted like a candidate when he shook hands and posed for pictures at a local barbecue joint.... more »
January 20, 2015 2:25 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Key elements of the economic proposals President Barack Obama will outline in his State of the Union address Tuesday appear to be aimed at driving the debate in the 2016 election on income inequality and middle-class economic issues, rather than setting a realistic agenda for Congress. Obama's... more »
January 18, 2015 6:15 PM
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is urging South Carolina conservatives to help nominate a Republican president from their own ranks in 2016 or risk losing a third consecutive national election. The Texan spoke Sunday in Myrtle Beach at the Tea Party Coalition Convention. His remarks reflect the... more »
January 6, 2015 3:05 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is headed back to Iowa to meet with local pastors and again look for support among Christian evangelicals for a possible White House campaign. The stated reason for Jindal's trip on Tuesday is to talk about his appearance later this month at a... more »
January 5, 2015 2:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - The long-time warden of Louisiana's state penitentiary says he may run for governor in this fall's election. Burl Cain, leader of the Angola prison for 20 years, said people have encouraged him to add his name to the list of candidates for the October election. A Facebook... more »
January 2, 2015 5:10 PM
SATSUMA - With the possible incorporation of one small community in Livingston Parish set for a special election in March, both sides of the issue plan to meet with residents to sway votes.
Organizers of the group "Save Satsuma" want to incorporate to keep the rural community of Satsuma... more »
January 1, 2015 6:16 PM
GONZALES- The city council will have a new look in 2015 and two men are hoping it will feature their faces in the seats vacated by Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel.
Neal Bourque and Harold Stewart have stepped up to run for the seats that were emptied after Lacombe... more »
December 19, 2014 6:55 AM
GULFPORT, MS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is helping raise campaign cash for Mississippi's Republican lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, who's seeking a second term in 2015. A Reeves campaign email says Jindal was appearing at Reeves' fundraiser Thursday evening at a home in Gulfport, with ticket prices ranging from $250... more »
December 17, 2014 10:49 PM
GONZALES- In an unheard of unanimous vote by the city council Wednesday night, two people were nominated for open positions on the council.
Barbara Duhe, a retired city worker, was appointed to fill the seat left vacant when Timothy Vessel was recalled earlier this month. Seventy-five percent of voters... more »
December 15, 2014 9:49 PM
GONZALES- Governor Bobby Jindal will need to appoint someone to fill the council seat of Gary Lacombe since the deadline for the city to appoint someone passed at midnight.
Mayor Barney Arceneaux said he will suggest someone to the governor's office. The city had twenty days to appoint someone... more »
December 11, 2014 5:20 PM
LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish school board plans to call a special election in the spring for a tax renewal that pays for maintaining schools.
Recently voters in the parish shot down two tax renewals. In the Holden area voters turned down a renewal that would pay for fire... more »
December 8, 2014 4:10 PM
WATSON - A sports complex in Livingston Parish will struggle to survive after voters turned down a tax renewal Saturday.
The renewal would have lasted ten years and provided $850,000 a year to maintain and improve the Live Oak Sports Complex. People who use the complex say it offers... more »
December 6, 2014 9:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Former Louisiana governor, former federal prison inmate, and former reality TV star Edwin Edwards can add "former politician" to his list of titles, after a stinging defeat in Saturday's runoff election.
Edwards said Saturday that he didn't intend to seek public office again, after losing the... more »
December 6, 2014 6:22 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Two open congressional seats remained up for grabs in Louisiana after last month's elections, and two veteran Democrats - former Gov. Edwin Edwards and longtime Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo - were hoping for upset runoff victories in the conservative, Republican-leaning districts. The 87-year-old Edwards sought a political... more »
December 5, 2014 5:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - Voters head to the polls Saturday to select Louisiana's next U.S. senator, choosing between Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republican Bill Cassidy. As the two candidates made their final campaign arguments to voters Friday, their approaches were strikingly different. Growing hoarse from non-stop campaign appearances over the... more »
December 5, 2014 11:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - With hours to go before Saturday's runoff election in Louisiana, underdog Sen. Mary Landrieu is running through her talking points. Seniority and clout. Energy committee leadership. The Keystone XL pipeline. Her opponent's timesheets. And a slap at the national Democrats who abandoned her bid for reelection. She's... more »
December 3, 2014 6:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Candidates for both the 6th District Congressional race and the Senate race canvased Louisiana Wednesday in a bid to gather more voters before the polls open on Saturday.
Mary Landrieu spent her day in New Roads asking supporters to vote against her opponent Bill Cassidy and... more »
November 29, 2014 10:21 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Voters have one more day to cast their ballots early for the Dec. 6 election. Louisiana's early voting period wraps up Saturday, running from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., after shutting down Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. People can vote at their parish registrar... more »
November 21, 2014 10:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - Early voting opens Saturday for any of Louisiana's 2.9 million registered voters seeking to cast their ballots in advance of Louisiana's December runoff. The Dec. 6 election will settle the hotly-contested U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger Bill Cassidy, along with U.S.... more »
November 20, 2014 3:09 AM
BATON ROUGE - Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry's name to the list of possible Republican presidential candidates flooding the campaign trail for GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy. Perry is scheduled to attend three early voting rallies with Cassidy next week, on Tuesday in Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Covington. He'll be... more »
November 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 »
November 10, 2014 6:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - It seems that nearly every major street and intersection in the Capital City is lined with campaign signs from the November 4 election, but tomorrow is the deadline for the signs to be gone.
Campaign signs cause headaches for the Department of Public Works as they... more »
November 10, 2014 4:27 PM
LABADIEVILLE - Less than a week after a WBRZ Investigative Unit broke a story about a fetus being held in a freezer for the past six years, it was removed late this evening and shipped to a funeral home.
It happened after Judge Guy Holdridge signed a court order... more »
November 10, 2014 8:00 AM
BATON ROUGE - Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy is getting some help in his seat from both local and national GOP leaders in his quest to unseat Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu.
One of the noteworthy guests at today's Republican Unity Rally: Former Senatorial candidate Rob Maness. The Tea Party favorite... more »
November 6, 2014 12:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy announced Thursday he will engage Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu in a Dec. 1 debate.
Landrieu challenged Cassidy to a total of six debates in the period leading up to the Dec. 6 runoff between the two candidates on election night.... more »
November 5, 2014 4:10 PM
WASHINGTON - After winning a special election, Democrat Alma Adams of North Carolina will take office next week as the 100th female member of Congress. That's the most women Congress has ever had. It will be a short-lived record. With several races still to be called, the next Congress will... more »
November 5, 2014 1:29 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, in line to be the next majority leader, says voters expect newly empowered Republicans and the Democratic White House to find common ground for fast action. McConnell says he spoke with President Barack Obama Wednesday and says he looks forward to finding areas... more »
November 5, 2014 7:30 AM
BATON ROUGE - The results are in, but what does it all mean? LSU's Bob Mann joined us on 2une In this morning to breakdown Tuesday's biggest races, as well as December's runoffs.
One of the most intriguing races is for Louisiana's seat in the U.S. Senate. Three-term Democrat... more »
November 5, 2014 12:19 AM
BATON ROUGE- Voters overwhelmingly denied a series of constitutional amendments Tuesday night. More than half of the proposals failed. Of fourteen on the ballot, only six passed. Eight were rejected.
-Amendment 1: Approved. Sets a minimum level for Medicaid patient reimbursements paid to nursing homes, pharmacies and institutions for... more »
November 4, 2014 10:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - In East Baton Rouge, two school board incumbents forced to run against one another after the board was cut back will head into a runoff.
Republican "Jerry" Arbour and Democrat Evelyn Ware-Jackson received the most votes Tuesday night, but neither broke the 50 percent barrier needed... more »
November 4, 2014 10:01 PM
WASHINGTON - As Republicans make gains in the House and Senate, one of the potential Republican presidential contenders in 2016 has survived a challenge in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker was a top target of Democrats, after angering labor groups by enacting a measure reducing the power of public sector unions.... more »
November 4, 2014 9:55 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Rep. Cedric Richmond, Louisiana's lone Democrat in the House, picked up an easy re-election win Tuesday night.
With more than half the precincts reporting, Richmond had 63 percent of the vote against his three challengers.
The 2nd District extends from New Orleans northwest and into... more »
November 4, 2014 9:19 PM
SORRENTO - People in Sorrento voted overwhelmingly in favor of abolishing their scandal-plagued police department Tuesday night.
The total was 323-170 to shut down the Sorrento PD, which has been seen its police chief resign amid a sexual assault scandal, its insurance be suspended and its force cut down... more »
November 4, 2014 7:15 PM
WASHINGTON - Republicans have captured their sixth Senate seat that had been held by Democrats - and that's enough to give Republicans control of the Senate next year. The GOP will now have full control of Congress during the final two years of President Barack Obama's second term. And their... more »
November 4, 2014 4:32 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Voters decided several local races in Livingston Parish Tuesday night.
In Denham Springs, Gerard Landry defeated John Wascom 1779-1668 in that city's mayoral race.
In Albany, mayoral candidate Gene Glascock defeated Thomas Dillard Stewart by just six votes, 193-187.
Voters will also choose five... more »
November 4, 2014 3:30 PM
NEW ROADS - After a contentious few weeks of campaigning, Mayor Robert Myer held on to his seat handily in New Roads.
He captured 67 percent of the vote over his opponents, Cornell Dukes and Paul D'Aquila.
The mayoral race grew heated after dueling accusations between Dukes and... more »
November 4, 2014 3:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Voters in Louisiana's 6th Congressional District sent former governor Edwin Edwards and former coastal restoration official Garret Graves into a runoff Tuesday night.
The two netted the highest totals as early results came in out of a crowded field for the seat, which incumbent Rep. Bill... more »
November 4, 2014 2:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mary Landrieu and Bill Cassidy both vowed to gear up for their runoff challenge as results continued to come in Tuesday night in the Louisiana midterm Senate race.
Landrieu pulled 42 percent of the vote while Cassidy picked up about 40 percent.
Tea party-backed retired... more »
November 4, 2014 2:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - Voters in Louisiana had 14 constitutional amendments to wade through on the 2014 November ballot.
Several of the amendments were intended to protect more portions of the state budget. Critics said this would give fewer options for lawmakers trying to balance the budget with mid-year cuts,... more »
November 4, 2014 3:31 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Four of the six U.S. House races on Louisiana's ballot are dreary matters by the state's colorful standards, with incumbents in line for easy re-election. But the 6th District race features 87-year-old former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who hopes to overcome memories of his corruption conviction in Tuesday's... more »
November 4, 2014 3:26 AM
BATON ROUGE - Sen. Mary Landrieu isn't certain to know her political fate after the polls close in Louisiana's tight Senate race. The Democratic incumbent led the field of candidates heading into Tuesday's election. But polls suggest the race likely will be decided in a December runoff between Landrieu and... more »
November 4, 2014 2:09 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Public campaigning gives way to the privacy of the voting booth Tuesday with control of the Senate, the makeup of the House and three dozen governorships at stake. President Barack Obama is not on the ballot midway through his second term. But even he said his policies... more »
November 3, 2014 5:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- It's an all-out rush to the polls as the final hours before the elections wane and volunteers go into overdrive to get the vote out.
Some campaign volunteers are using apps to go door-to-door and speak with people they know support their candidate, encouraging them to get... more »
November 3, 2014 7:35 AM
BATON ROUGE - You'll have to decide on 14 amendments when you head to the polls tomorrow. One group wants to make things easier by encouraging voters to improve Louisiana's roadways.
4 for the Roads wants voters to approve Amendment Four. It gives the state treasurer the power to... more »
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 »
November 1, 2014 10:37 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is finding something unusual in his late campaign push before Tuesday's election - a Democratic Senate candidate willing to appear with him. Obama is headlining a Saturday evening rally in Detroit rally for Senate candidate Gary Peters and gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer. About 5,000 people... more »
October 31, 2014 2:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is trying to remind voters of her effort six years ago to draw billions in federal disaster aid to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Since then, Landrieu has lost much of that post-Katrina goodwill. As Election Day nears, Landrieu and Democratic Party surrogates have... more »
October 31, 2014 2:31 AM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - President Barack Obama wants women to know what his administration is doing to help them succeed. Four days before midterm elections in which Obama's fellow Democrats need a big turnout from female voters, Obama is delivering a speech Friday in Rhode Island on growth in the U.S.... more »
October 30, 2014 3:11 AM
COLUMBIA, S.C.- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is joining South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on her campaign bus tour. Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey says Jindal is campaigning Thursday with Haley as her bus stops along the South Carolina coast. The campaign's public schedule says the bus will stop at Coastal Carolina... more »
October 29, 2014 10:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish ranked among the top two in early voting turnout for the last week.
In EBR, 22,051 votes were cast early. Orleans Parish voters cast 23,149.
Statewide, a little more than 230,000 voters cast a ballot early and most were Democrats.
While... more »
October 29, 2014 6:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- Voters will have to consider 14 constitutional amendments when they hit the polls next Tuesday, and with a three-minute time limit behind the curtain it could prove difficult to tackle the ticket without some studying ahead of time.
Some of the amendments only affect the New Orleans... more »
October 29, 2014 8:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - The November 4th election is now less than a week away and there is plenty on the ballot, including 14 constitutional amendments. Robert Travis Scott with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana stopped by 2une In this morning to alleviate some confusion.
"When you walk... more »
October 28, 2014 9:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Secretary of State's Office said Tuesday that more voters in East Baton Rouge Parish had gone to the polls early than anywhere else in the state.
Tuesday, the last day of early voting, brought out double the amount of people than any other day this... more »
October 28, 2014 2:12 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is kicking off a weeklong, six-state campaign spree with a visit to Wisconsin. Obama will attend a rally at a Milwaukee high school Tuesday for Mary Burke. She's the Democrat trying to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Defeating Walker, a potential 2016 presidential contender,... more »
October 28, 2014 1:41 AM
TORONTO, Canada - The Rob Ford era is over as Toronto elected a new mayor, someone who is unlikely to ever make headlines for illegal drug use and public drunkenness. John Tory, a straight-laced, button-down moderate conservative, won Monday's election with 40 percent of the vote, compared to 33 percent... more »
October 27, 2014 5:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he expects about half of Louisiana's 2.9 million registered voters to cast ballots for the Nov. 4 election.
That's above turnout in the last midterm congressional election, but still well below the 68 percent of voters who showed up at... more »
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 »
October 27, 2014 3:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Phil Robertson, patriarch of TV's "Duck Dynasty" family, is the star of two new congressional campaign ads in Louisiana, hoping to boost support for his nephew, Republican Zach Dasher. Dasher's campaign says the pair of 15-second ads will begin airing Tuesday and run through election day next... more »
October 27, 2014 12:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - After he cast his ballot in early voting, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy wouldn't say who he chose to replace him in Congress. Cassidy, a Republican, is running for the U.S. Senate, leaving his Baton Rouge-based 6th District seat up for grabs. Eleven candidates are vying for the... more »
October 27, 2014 7:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - Plenty of people have already turned out to cast votes for the November election. If you want to join them and cast your ballot early, there's still time.
More than 100,000 voters have already punched their votes, but Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he was... more »
October 24, 2014 11:53 AM
BATON ROUGE - The early voting period for the Nov. 4 election continues through the weekend as some Baton Rouge voters will surely use the open polls to make their voice heard.
On Friday and Saturday, early voting locations in the Capital City will be open from 8:30 a.m.... more »
October 23, 2014 5:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - Seven of the candidates vying for the 6th congressional seat took time this afternoon to answer questions in front of voters.
The forum, hosted by Leaders with Vision and broadcast on WBTR, focused on questions from a panel of journalist and the candidates themselves.
Three... more »
October 23, 2014 3:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed campaign money. John Kerry, who managed Maness' campaign for six months in 2013, sent an email to... more »
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 »
October 18, 2014 3:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's campaign asks voters who plan on attending the campaign rally with Former President Bill Clinton to RSVP before the afternoon event.
This will be the second time Clinton visits Louisiana for Landrieu, whose main GOP opponents are U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy and... more »
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 »
October 3, 2014 3:40 AM
DENVER, CO - Democrats defending their Senate majority this year are increasingly relying on an issue once seen as a wash with voters: reproductive rights. U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado has made it a centerpiece of his campaign to stave off a strong challenge from GOP Rep. Cory Gardner.... more »
October 3, 2014 2:16 AM
BOSTON, MA - First lady Michelle Obama is making a political visit to New England on behalf of Democrats running for governor in Massachusetts and Maine. Obama's first stop on Friday will be the Strand Theatre in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, where she is scheduled to highlight a rally for state... more »
October 1, 2014 2:37 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's escalating militarism in the Middle East has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans.
But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign... more »
September 29, 2014 3:34 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan - Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has been sworn in as Afghanistan's new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. Ghani Ahmadzai became president of Afghanistan in a peaceful transition Monday after a six-month election season that... more »
September 26, 2014 3:10 AM
BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. National anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony List announced that Vitter will be door-knocking Saturday morning in Baton Rouge... more »
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 »
September 10, 2014 4:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has agreed to two statewide TV debates against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu in advance of the Nov. 4 election, fewer than the senator sought. The GOP congressman's spokesman John Cummins said Wednesday that Cassidy will face off with Landrieu and tea... more »
September 9, 2014 11:49 AM
BATON ROUGE - With two months before November's election, the three major candidates in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race have rarely appeared at the same events - and never in a head-to-head debate. How many of those will happen remains unclear. Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, seeking a fourth term in office,... more »
September 8, 2014 2:40 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is returning for a short September session in between its summer break and the November elections. The must-do list includes preventing a government shutdown and extending a freeze on taxing access to the Internet. Lawmakers also will find time for votes conveying political messages primed for... more »
September 5, 2014 3:06 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. - A judge will consider whether U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is able to run for re-election in Louisiana after a state lawmaker who once ran against Landrieu challenged her qualifications for office. Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis filed a lawsuit against the three-term Democratic senator, saying she... more »
September 2, 2014 5:49 PM
PLAQUEMINE - Questions are being raised over the qualifying process for candidates running in the November election. The WBRZ Investigative Unit uncovered some didn't meet guidelines to qualify.
Currently, the Secretary of State is reviewing 53 challenges where a candidate is accused of falsely qualifying. The deadline to contest... more »
August 25, 2014 8:39 AM
BATON ROUGE - St. George organizers say they've got the nearly 18,000 signatures needed for the issue to appear on the ballot in December.
This is good news for supporters who had hoped to vote on the breakaway city in November but fell short. The group is expected to... more »