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  • RSVP for Clinton and Landrieu campaign event

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Reproductive rights on center stage for Democrats

    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 »
  • First Lady in New England to boost Democrats

    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 »
  • Economy, foreign affairs at center of midterm elections

    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 »
  • Afghanistan swears in new president

    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 »
  • Vitter on the campaign trail against Landrieu

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Cassidy agrees to 2 TV debates in the Senate race

    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 »
  • In La.'s Senate race, will the candidates debate?

    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 »
  • Summer break over, must-do tasks await Congress

    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 »
  • Judge considers lawsuit to disqualify Landrieu Play Video

    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 »
  • Investigative Unit: Some candidates election qualification questioned Play Video

    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 »
  • St. George Organizers: We've got the signatures Play Video

    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 »
  • Three vying for chief of officer-less police department

    August 22, 2014 9:01 PM

    SORRENTO - Three people have qualified to run for a job that, in its current form, has no responsibilities. Fern Barnett, Jerry LeBlanc, and "C.J." Martin are running for police chief in this small Ascension Parish town. Earlier this summer, the town council cut the department's budget to nothing... more »
  • Final day for election qualifying Play Video

    August 22, 2014 7:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Today is the final day for candidates to qualify to run for political office in Louisiana in November 4th elections. There has been a steady flow at the Secretary of State's Office the past two days. On Thursday, Zach Dasher joined the 5th Congressional District race... more »
  • Election sign-up period continues into second day

    August 21, 2014 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The field of candidates vying to oust Louisiana's embattled congressman, Vance McAllister, has grown larger on the second day of the election sign-up period for the Nov. 4 election. Zach Dasher, a relative of the "Duck Dynasty" reality TV clan, officially qualified Thursday for the 5th District... more »
  • Landrieu, Cassidy, others qualify on opening day

    August 20, 2014 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her main Republican challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy, traded jabs over leadership and effectiveness as they signed up for the November election. Qualifying for the Nov. 4 ballot opened Wednesday and continues through Friday. Landrieu, a Democrat, talked of her 18 years of... more »
  • Candidate wants Edwards out of 6th District race

    August 19, 2014 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Candidate for Congress, Cassie Felder, has asked Edwin Edwards to quit the race for the 6th District. Felder, in a news release Tuesday, called Edwards' probable success through the primary a media circus. Edwards, a convicted felon, faces Felder and a list of others in the upcoming... more »
  • Jefferson Parish leader running for lt. governor

    August 12, 2014 2:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Republican president of Jefferson Parish has launched his campaign to be Louisiana's next lieutenant governor, joining what is shaping up as a crowded field for the 2015 election. John Young announced his candidacy Tuesday with an online video saying he'll offer a strong voice for the... more »
  • Landrieu hit on her support of abortion rights

    August 5, 2014 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At election time, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu always has a tricky line to walk on abortion. She's balancing her Catholic faith and Louisiana's strong anti-abortion stances with her Democratic politics and her support of abortion rights. Heading into the Nov. 4 election, Landrieu's critics are hoping to... more »
  • John Kerry hopes to solve Afghanistan voting dispute

    July 11, 2014 2:55 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Secretary of State John Kerry is seeking to broker a deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates as a bitter dispute over last month's runoff election risked spiraling out of control. Kerry, who arrived predawn in Kabul on a hastily arranged visit, is meeting Friday with former Finance... more »
  • Gonzales recall breaks halfway mark Play Video

    June 26, 2014 6:03 PM

    GONZALES - The effort to recall two Gonzales city councilmen passed the halfway mark recently as supporters continue to search for signatures. The Save Gonzales campaign needs 2,145 signatures to trigger a recall election for both Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel. The group started going door to door early... more »
  • Nearby MS voters favor primary loser

    June 24, 2014 10:17 PM

    JACKSON, Miss- Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran has defeated challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's Republican primary runoff. Cochran's win Tuesday was another blow to tea party groups that are trying to unseat longtime GOP lawmakers. The race attracted $12 million in spending by outside groups. Cochran defeated McDaniel by... more »
  • New Central police chief wants just $99/month

    June 24, 2014 9:56 PM

    CENTRAL - The next top cop in Central asked the city council to cut his pay since collecting a full time salary risks his retirement. Tuesday night, the council granted Chief-elect James Salsbury's odd request with no opposition. Salsbury retired from the Baton Rouge Police Department in 2005... more »
  • Scalise's fast rise means political clout for La.

    June 20, 2014 3:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Steve Scalise's election to a key leadership post among House Republicans gives Louisiana the kind of high-profile influence it hasn't seen in that body since Robert Livingston abandoned the race for the speaker's post 15 years ago. Scalise himself acknowledged the historic nature of his becoming majority... more »
  • Immigration a political quandary for Republicans

    June 13, 2014 2:39 AM

    DENVER, CO - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's startling primary loss illustrates how the GOP finds itself paralyzed by immigration reform. The policy most party leaders agree is best for the GOP's future is risky for most House Republicans seeking re-election in the fall. Almost all represent districts that are... 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 »
  • UN officials meet with Ukraine government

    May 7, 2014 5:50 AM

    KIEV, Ukraine - The United Nations' under-secretary-general for political affairs has arrived in Kiev to meet with Ukraine's interim government. Jeffrey Feltman met with Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov early on Wednesday. British Foreign Secretary William Hague also arrived in Ukraine to speak with the nation's leaders. The U.S. and... 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 »
  • Iraq: Bombs kills at least 11 people in market

    April 29, 2014 4:12 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Officials say a back-to-back bomb attack in an outdoor market northeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killed at least 11 people. A police officer says Tuesday's attack took place in the town of al-Saadiyah, 140 kilometers (90 miles) northeast of Baghdad. He added that at least 19... more »
  • New era begins with Port Allen Mayor Richard Lee Play Video

    April 17, 2014 9:09 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Richard Lee was sworn in as the new mayor of Port Allen Tuesday. He joined us on 2une In Thursday to talk about his vision for the future of the city. Lee's swearing in signals the end of nearly a year of constant fighting and scandal... more »
  • Lee takes reigns of Port Allen

    April 15, 2014 11:52 PM

    PORT ALLEN- The city's newest mayor was sworn in Tuesday evening. Richard Lee was elected in a special election earlier this month to fill Deedy Slaughter's term after she was recalled at the end of 2013. Slaughter ran for the seat and lost to Lee. Lee took the... more »
  • Port Allen: This is our fresh start

    April 9, 2014 10:23 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Fences are on the mend here, just days after voters elected a new mayor and ended a more than year-long ordeal that centered around the actions of the town's former mayor. The city council and Richard Lee, the newly-elected mayor, are meeting and talking about how to... more »
  • The Deedy Slaughter story: how we got to Saturday's vote Play Video

    April 5, 2014 10:52 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Saturday's election that booted Deedy Slaughter from a municipal position for some time was the culmination from a nearly 14-month ordeal that began when the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered questions about a trip Slaughter took to Washington, D.C. Slaughter used city money to pay for... more »
  • New mayor, chief elected in Central

    April 5, 2014 10:46 PM

    CENTRAL- Voters elected a new mayor and police chief and began to fill their town council during an election Saturday. "Jr." Shelton was elected mayor with 59% of the vote and James Salsbury was elected chief with 52% of the vote. About 7600 people cast a ballot. "Shane"... more »
  • Mixed bag for local tax elections

    April 5, 2014 10:44 PM

    GREENSBURG- Voters in St. Helena Parish were the only ones to deny a tax in a Saturday election. The tax would have funded the sheriff's office. It failed 65% to 35%. Just shy of 2000 people voted in the election. Voters in Livingston and Iberville Parishes approved tax items... more »
  • Slaughter on loss: time to make lemonade

    April 5, 2014 8:42 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Former mayor Deedy Slaughter said her loss Saturday night is part of life, and she will move on after defeat. "I am not disappointed at all," Slaughter told WBRZ News 2. "When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. So, we are going to continue to press... more »
  • Slaughter's losing gap growing as precincts close

    April 5, 2014 8:06 PM

    PORT ALLEN- The results of early voting have former mayor Deedy Slaughter losing her battle to get her job back. > UPDATE: All precincts have reported and Slaughter lost the mayoral election. Click HERE for an updated story. Four of the 14 precincts report Richard Lee as the... more »
  • Review results from all elections here

    April 5, 2014 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A number of communities decided on city leaders and taxes Saturday. Polls closed at 8 p.m. and you can get preliminary results HERE . In East Baton Rouge, voters decided on municipal elections in Central where a new mayor and police chief were being elected along... more »
  • Already, 36% of voters cast a ballot in Port Allen

    April 5, 2014 5:20 PM

    PORT ALLEN- More than a third of registered voters have cast a ballot early, and voting precincts were busy with voters casting ballots in the race for mayor. Former mayor Deedy Slaughter is fighting to get her job back, after she was recalled in November by 57 percent of... more »
  • Obama: Afghan election marks important milestone

    April 5, 2014 5:08 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama says Afghanistan's presidential election marks another important milestone. He says the Afghan people are taking full responsibility for their country as the United States and its allies gradually withdraw their forces. Obama is congratulating the millions of Afghans who defied threats from the Taliban... more »
  • BREC tax renewal up for vote Saturday Play Video

    April 4, 2014 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - BREC says they plan to improve their 12 existing community parks and possibly create another, if their dedicated property tax is renewed in the April 5 election. The tax, renewed every 10 years makes up about $227 million in funding for BREC parks. On Saturday's... more »
  • Central mayoral candidates prepping for election Play Video

    April 4, 2014 4:32 PM

    CENTRAL - Both Central mayoral candidates worked hard Friday to make sure voters will turn out for Saturday's election. Candidate Jr. Shelton made house visits around the city while Dave Freneaux made calls to voters from work. "It's the day that you still shore up your support, you're... more »
  • Edwin Edwards returns to politics with his famous one-liners Play Video

    March 17, 2014 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There's no doubting that Edwin Edwards is trying to be his old, wise-cracking self as he returns to politics. Monday, announcing his candidacy for Congress, Edwards had a room full of people laughing and clapping like he did two decades ago. Later, on WBRZ News 2 at... more »
  • At dinner, everyone's talking about Edwin Edwards Play Video

    March 17, 2014 9:42 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - People did not hold back, discussing their thoughts about Edwin Edwards' decision to return to politics after federal prison and a more than twenty-year hiatus from public service. At Don's Seafood Monday night in Denham Springs, the dinner table banter was flowing as much as beer... more »
  • Port Allen mayoral candidate arrested

    March 13, 2014 9:57 PM

    PORT ALLEN- One of five people vying to be the city's next mayor was booked into jail on an outstanding warrant. Larry Bell was arrested on a cruelty to animals charge by Port Allen Police. Details about the alleged crime were not released. The mayoral election is set... more »
  • Central councilman gets thumbs-up to run Play Video

    February 25, 2014 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A judge decided that Ralph Washington is still eligible to run for Central City Council, despite a mistake on his candidacy form that claimed he didn't have any ethics fines. Washington did owe $700 to the Ethics Commission for previous late filings, but had requested a waiver... more »
  • Former cop wants to clean up Port Allen

    February 3, 2014 10:57 PM

    PORT ALLEN- A former Baton Rouge Police officer wants to turn things around on the other side of the river. Richard Lee said he will run to be mayor of Port Allen. Lee is a third generation resident of the city that has seen its share of controversy recently... more »
  • Slaughter to leave office today

    November 25, 2013 7:34 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter has until 4:30pm Monday to vacate her office at City Hall. Voters supported Slaughter's recall earlier this month in a record-setting special election. She has been the focus of several reports by the News 2 investigative unit, which uncovered possible wrongdoing during... more »
  • Sorrento residents planning two recalls Play Video

    November 20, 2013 5:37 PM

    SORRENTO - After a council meeting that left the town without a functioning police department and granted the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office the right to patrol the town, two elected officials will face a possible recall. Doris Lee and Ivan Bernuchaux, Jr., took the first steps to begin a... more »
  • Vance McAllister starts readying for Washington

    November 18, 2013 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Vance McAllister hasn't ever been to Washington. He'll make his first trip this week - as Louisiana's newest congressman. The Republican businessman was meeting Monday with his predecessor, Rodney Alexander, to start working out the details of his new job representing the 5th District after his surprise,... more »
  • Port Allen council to address budget issue

    November 18, 2013 7:39 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Council members agreed that one of their first priorities in the wake of Mayor Deedy Slaughter's recall is to take another stab at adopting a 2013-14 budget before city departments run out of money. In Saturday's election, 57 percent of Port Allen voters supported a grass... more »
  • Record turnout recalls Port Allen mayor Play Video

    November 16, 2013 10:31 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Deedy Slaughter became the 12th mayor in Louisiana since 1966 to be recalled Saturday night when 57 percent of voters here voted to kick her out of office. Slaughter was mayor less than a year. But, the months of her leadership have been contentious. In February,... more »
  • First parish president, new Congressman elected Saturday

    November 16, 2013 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There were numerous elections across the state Saturday. In West Feliciana, voters elected Kevin Couhig as the first parish president. Recently, the parish decided to change the form of government and eliminate the police jury. Couhig (R) beat Tom McVea (R). Larry Spencer was elected as... more »
  • Recall hall of fame

    November 16, 2013 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- According to state records, nearly two-dozen mayors have been the focus of a recall attempt since 1966. Until Saturday night, eleven had been recalled. Deedy Slaughter became the 12th when voters in Port Allen decided they no longer wanted her leading their town. School board members... more »
  • Port Allen mayor RECALLED!

    November 16, 2013 6:40 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Voters will have to return to the polls to elect a mayor, since most registered voters here decided to recall Deedy Slaughter. Saturday's vote ends an eleven month ordeal that began when the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered the mayor used taxpayer money to attend the... more »
  • It's election day!

    November 15, 2013 10:19 PM

    PORT ALLEN- The polls have opened in West Baton Rouge and voters here are being asked if they want to recall the mayor. Voters will be asked if they want to recall Mayor Deedy Slaughter. If voters approve the recall, the mayor would be removed from office and a... more »
  • Mayor Slaughter to learn fate in Saturday election

    November 15, 2013 9:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tomorrow, voters in Port Allen head to the polls to decide whether or not they want a change in leadership. Mayor Deedy Slaughter faces a possible recall, after 1,400 citizens signed a petition asking the state to grant the special election. Slaughter has been the subject... more »
  • 5th District runoff focuses on Obamacare

    November 14, 2013 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The runoff for Congress in Louisiana's fifth district has focused on health care. Republicans Vance McAllister and Neil Riser are facing off in the November 16 election. They differ on the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare. Riser is pushing for repeal of the law and... more »
  • Last day of early voting Saturday

    November 8, 2013 7:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Secretary of State Tom Schedler says tomorrow is last day to cast an early vote in the Nov. 16 elections. Early voting for the municipal elections and 5th Congressional District runoff is available from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday at parish Registrar of Voters'... more »
  • Early voting ends Saturday

    November 7, 2013 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Saturday, November 9, is the last day for early voting in the November 16 election. There are a number of municipal elections and the runoff for Congress in the 5th district on the ballot. Early voting is available from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily... more »
  • High early voting turnout continues in Port Allen

    November 5, 2013 12:18 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Early voting in the recall election of Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter continues to be high. West Baton Rouge Parish registrar Staci Ryan says 884 people have voted as of 10:30 this morning. Early voting set a one day record on Saturday with 618 votes... more »
  • Voters on why they support or don't support Slaughter recall Play Video

    November 4, 2013 9:13 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The recall election of Mayor Deedy Slaughter is bringing out early voters in record numbers. There are 4055 registered voters in Port Allen. In two days, 853 of them have cast their ballots early; more than 200 did it Monday. The 21% turnout just for early... more »
  • Record early voting turnout for WBR

    November 4, 2013 12:10 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Early voting numbers in West Baton Rouge Parish set a one-day record Saturday. Registrar Stacy Ryan says 618 people voted in person for the Port Allen mayor recall election, with another 31 ballots sent in by mail. Ryan said that's 16 percent of the registered... more »
  • Early voting for Nov. 16 election Saturday

    November 1, 2013 8:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Registered voters can begin casting their ballots this weekend ahead of the Nov. 16 election. Early voting kicks off Saturday and continues through November 9, excluding Sunday. Citizens can vote at their parish Registrar of Voters' offices or at the State Archives in Baton Rouge.... more »
  • Few voters make big decisions for communities

    October 19, 2013 11:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A number of decisions were made by very few people Saturday. Among the items voters had to weigh were taxes to fund a mosquito abatement program in Livingston Parish, an open congressional seat, a new parish president position and a host of local items from judgeships to... more »
  • Two Republicans to face off in runoff for Congress

    October 19, 2013 11:19 PM

    MONROE- No final decision on who will be Louisiana's next congressman, but one thing is for sure: they'll be a Republican. Vance McAllister, a businessman who self-funded his campaign, and Neil Riser, a second-term lawmaker, will compete in the Nov. 16 election. Both are members of the Republican Party.... more »
  • Geaux vote! Polls are open

    October 18, 2013 11:52 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Polls opened at 7 a.m. today, and people here will be deciding on a tax to fund the mosquito control operation. Currently, the agency bills people and most don't pay. Leaders have warned, if the tax fails spraying will end. There are also community elections for justice... more »
  • Sad turnout expected for Saturday elections

    October 18, 2013 11:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Election officials expect a lackluster turnout for Saturday's election, including the race for Louisiana's 5th Congressional seat. Fourteen candidates want the job vacated when the office-holder took a job with the governor. The Secretary of State's Office expects the election to draw only one in five... more »
  • Deadline to register for Nov. 16 election today

    October 16, 2013 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Today is the last day for Louisiana voters to register for the upcoming election next month. The Secretary of State's Office says the deadline applies to anyone who has never registered or those who need to make changes to their registration. Voters can register at... more »
  • Property tax for sheriff's office up for renewal

    September 23, 2013 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 10-year property tax that accounts for about 30 percent of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office general operating fund is up for renewal in the Oct. 19 election. The 6.9-mill property tax brings in an estimated $24.7 million in annual revenue. If renewed, the... more »
  • Deadline for early voting approaching

    September 13, 2013 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Secretary of State's Office reminded voters today that the deadline to register for the upcoming Oct. 19 election is approaching. The last day to register for the October election is Wed., Sept. 18 for people who've never registered to vote, as well as voters who... more »
  • Governor seeking AG's opinion on mayoral recall

    September 9, 2013 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for Governor Bobby Jindal said today they asked for an Attorney General's opinion over the certified petition to recall Port Allen's mayor. Sean Lansing said they would ask the AG Buddy Caldwell's office to render an opinion on the validity of the signatures. ... more »
  • Signatures certified for recall election of Port Allen Mayor

    September 9, 2013 9:40 AM

    PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan turned in names to Governor Jindal today certifying signatures for a recall election for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter. More than 1,400 names were turned in last Tuesday. Over the course of the week, Ryan had help... more »
  • Update: Signatures to be delivered in mayoral recall

    August 28, 2013 11:56 AM

    PORT ALLEN - People in Port Allen are one step closer to a possible recall election against Mayor Deedy Slaughter. This morning, a letter was hand delivered to the Registrar of Voter's Office indicating intent for a recall election. The Mayor was also sent a certified copy of the... more »
  • Sign-up begins for 5th District congressional race

    August 19, 2013 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two state lawmakers have made their candidacies official for the special election to fill the 5th District congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana. Republican state Sen. Neil Riser showed up at the Secretary of State's Office before qualifying even opened Monday. Hours later, Democratic state Rep.... more »
  • Marksville lawmaker jumps into 5th District race

    August 14, 2013 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another state lawmaker is joining the field of candidates for Louisiana's 5th District congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana. State Rep. Robert Johnson, a Democrat from Marksville, said Wednesday that he will formally announce his campaign on Thursday at a local public high school. Johnson, a... more »
  • Monroe lawmaker says he's running for 5th District

    August 13, 2013 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Republican state lawmaker from Monroe says he will run in the October special election for a congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana. Rep. Jay Morris says he thinks Gov. Bobby Jindal and Congressman Rodney Alexander tried to orchestrate Alexander's resignation to benefit GOP state Sen.... more »
  • Parish leaders want voters to decide on sales tax for new jail

    August 12, 2013 10:39 PM

    AMITE - Parish leaders approved setting an election for a proposition to raise sales taxes to fund the construction of a new jail in Tangipahoa Parish. The current jail does not fit the needs of the parish, the sheriff said. He believes a lack of space is contributing to... more »
  • Congressmen endorse Sen. Riser for 5th District

    August 8, 2013 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The special congressional election hasn't even been called yet, but a state senator running for the post already has picked up support from two Louisiana congressmen. Republican state Sen. Neil Riser of Columbia received the endorsement Thursday of GOP U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, of Lafayette, in the... more »
  • Central's first, only mayor not seeking re-election

    August 8, 2013 10:39 AM

    CENTRAL - Mayor Mac Watts of Central announced today he will not seek re-election next April. Watts is the city's first and only mayor. He was appointed in 2007 by Gov. Kathleen Blanco to serve as interim mayor while Central incorporated, then won back-to-back elections to remain in office.... more »
  • Obama promising to protect minority voting rights

    July 29, 2013 4:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is promising not to let one election go by without protecting minority voting rights. The president met privately Monday with more than a dozen civil rights leaders to talk about strengthening the Voting Rights Act. Last month the Supreme Court struck down the most powerful... more »

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