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  • No college sports, a distant reality Play Video

    February 12, 2016 9:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - University athletics are putting a lot of faith in state leaders to right the state budget gap. The state partially reinstated TOPS Friday , following a big scare to Louisiana students and their parents. Many in-state student athletes rely on TOPS. LSU baseball head Coach Paul... more »
  • Baton Rouge is a political hotbed Thursday; three events to be streamed on WBRZ.com

    February 11, 2016 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For the second time this year, the capitol city will be buzzing with political activity Thursday evening. First, Governor John Bel Edwards is set to discuss the state's budget crisis and sell his plan on fixing it in a rare state-wide address. The governor will appear... more »
  • Louisiana's current budget woes mirror 1988 financial gaps

    February 11, 2016 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- As Gov. John Bel Edwards struggles to stabilize Louisiana's finances, the troubles mirror the deep budget difficulties the state faced 28 years ago. Long-timers at the Louisiana Capitol equate today's financial woes with similar problems Gov. Buddy Roemer inherited when he took office in March 1988. He had... more »
  • Edwards calls special session to raise taxes Play Video

    February 5, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers will start debating a tax hike next week with Governor John Bel Edwards calling a special legislative session Friday to tackle Louisiana's budget crisis. Lawmakers will go into the special session on Sunday, Feb. 14 and will remain in session until Mar. 9. Edwards... more »
  • Edwards to outline parameters Friday for special session

    February 5, 2016 4:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards is readying to release his outline for a special legislative session he is calling to stabilize Louisiana's finances. The Democratic governor said he intends to issue the executive order Friday, setting the dates and parameters for the session to begin Feb. 14. Edwards says... more »
  • Governor keeps juvenile justice, financial agency leaders

    February 3, 2016 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is keeping his predecessor's picks to lead Louisiana's juvenile corrections office and the state's financial regulatory agency. The governor announced Wednesday he is reappointing Mary Livers as deputy secretary for the Office of Juvenile Justice and John Ducrest as commissioner of the Office... more »
  • PAR wants cuts before taxes Play Video

    February 2, 2016 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A "good government" group wants Louisiana's leaders to get control of spending before they raise taxes. The Public Affairs Research (PAR) Council released a report where it lists specific cuts. A few of the proposed measures include: - Control increased spending for state workers' health... more »
  • Gov. Edwards discusses future at oil & gas group event

    January 29, 2016 12:03 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - Industry leaders and state officials say times are tough in the oil and gas patch with low commodity prices and a troubled state budget only complicate the path toward recovery. During the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association's annual meeting Thursday in Lake Charles, the American Press... more »
  • La. Medicaid expansion plan up for first legislative test

    January 29, 2016 6:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards' plan to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program is facing its first legislative test. The Democratic governor's administration is seeking support to hire new health department workers to sign people up for the expanded coverage. The Department of Health and Hospitals wants to add 248 new... more »
  • Thousands of disabled children could lose health services Play Video

    January 28, 2016 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kodi Wilson has a special way of talking to her son Braden. She runs her fingers through his blonde curls while he hums back at her. Braden can't talk or sit up or even grasp his mother's hand. He has a rare disorder known as Leigh's Disease... more »
  • Edwards keeps Jindal-era salaries he criticized Play Video

    January 26, 2016 2:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - When he was a candidate, John Bel Edwards said Louisiana's cabinet secretaries were paid too much by then-Gov. Bobby Jindal, calling the salaries "exorbitant." But since he moved into the governor's office, Edwards has kept most of those salaries in place. And in some instances, he boosted... more »
  • Cabinet jobs remain to be filled in Edwards administration

    January 26, 2016 3:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Two weeks into Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration, a few cabinet secretary positions remain to be filled by Louisiana's new governor. Edwards has chosen leaders of most of the executive branch departments. But he has yet to name the secretaries of the Department of Natural Resources, which oversees... more »
  • Gov. Edwards hasn't made decisions on Jindal-era lawsuits

    January 25, 2016 9:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican Bobby Jindal left the governor's office with his administration embroiled in three high-profile lawsuits - on Planned Parenthood, Common Core and same-sex marriage. Decisions on those cases now rest with John Bel Edwards. But the new Democratic governor appears in no rush to wade into the controversies.... more »
  • Governor, Mayor meet with top transportation official Play Video

    January 22, 2016 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This week, Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor-President Kip Holden met with federal transportation authorities about Louisiana's traffic problems. Holden met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Thursday in Washington, D.C. while Edwards and Secretary of DOTD Shawn Wilson met with him Friday. All three discussed... more »
  • Education leaders meeting with Edwards over funding

    January 20, 2016 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards and education leaders from around Louisiana met at Governor's Mansion Wednesday to discuss how the ongoing budget crisis will impact colleges and universities. The meeting comes a day after Edwards proposed tax increases and budget changes to help get Louisiana back in... more »
  • Possible sales tax increase by April part of plan to balance budget

    January 19, 2016 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards proposed, among other things, a one-cent sales tax increase to help balance the budget. The plan was revealed at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Edwards discussed ways he plans to fill a $750 million shortfall in the current budget and a shortfall... more »
  • Republicans criticize waiver of food stamp work requirements

    January 14, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans are decrying Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' decision to waive work requirements for thousands of food stamp recipients. Edwards won approval to sidestep a federal requirement that childless adults aged 18 to 49 have to work at least 20 hours per week or be enrolled in... more »
  • Edwards reaches out to business leaders, seeking compromise

    January 14, 2016 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards struck a conciliatory tone with business leaders who backed his opponent in last year's governor's race, describing himself as a "willing partner" with them. In his first week in office, the new governor spoke Thursday at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Association... more »
  • Edwards heads upriver for flood briefings

    January 13, 2016 11:30 AM

    VIDALIA, La. - For his second day on the job, Gov. John Bel Edwards headed to briefings on flood fighting efforts along the Mississippi River. State emergency managers briefed the new governor on current operations along the Mississippi River as well as future concerns and plans for flooding along... more »
  • Edwards signs executive order to begin Medicaid expansion

    January 12, 2016 8:23 AM

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

    January 11, 2016 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite a chilly morning, there wasn't an empty seat available today at the State Capitol. Many of those who came to Baton Rouge travelled long distances to get here. James Stewart, a retired teacher, said he made a bucket list and attending an inauguration was... more »
  • Amite Warriors watch fellow alum become governor Play Video

    January 11, 2016 6:16 PM

    AMITE CITY - Juniors at Amite High School watched fellow Amite Warrior, John Bel Edwards, take his oath as Louisiana's new governor today. "(It) gives me a lot of inspiration to think that someone who's the governor of Louisiana, came from the small town of Amite," said Kristen Good,... more »
  • Edwards sworn in as Louisiana's 56th governor

    January 11, 2016 6:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - John Bel Edwards has been sworn in as the 56th governor of the state of Louisiana. Edwards is promising that he will not be a "business-as-usual governor," as he takes office. Edwards said he planned to tackle healthcare and wage issues as governor. He said... more »
  • Crews ready Capitol for Monday's inauguration Play Video

    January 10, 2016 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The day before he officially takes the oath as Louisiana's next governor, John Bel Edwards and his transition team went over preparations for Monday's inauguration on the steps of the state Capitol. Edwards walked across the platform Sunday where he will be sworn in as the... more »
  • La.'s new governor working to set meeting during Obama visit

    January 8, 2016 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards hopes to meet with President Barack Obama when he's in Louisiana next week, but no meeting has been scheduled yet. The Obama administration announced the Democratic president will travel to Baton Rouge on Thursday, three days after Edwards is sworn into office as... more »
  • At least 4 La. governors to attend Edwards inauguration

    January 8, 2016 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At least four of Louisiana's former governors will watch Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards take the oath of office at his inauguration ceremony Monday. Edwards spokesman Richard Carbo says outgoing Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is term-limited, will attend the ceremony to watch his Democratic successor take over... more »
  • $50M spent on Louisiana governor race, campaign records show

    January 7, 2016 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's most recent governor's race appears to be the most expensive in state history as unfettered spending from outside political groups boosted total campaign spending to $50 million. The latest campaign finance reports were filed with the state ethics administration office this week. The reports document dollars... more »
  • Jindal grants 21 pardons in final days in office

    January 6, 2016 4:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - As he nears the end of his term, Gov. Bobby Jindal has approved clemency for 21 people convicted of crimes in Louisiana. Jindal's office said the clemency approvals include 20 pardons and one sentence cut. Jindal's office said Wednesday that brings the number granted clemency during his... more »
  • Haley's response to Obama not 1st time on national stage

    January 6, 2016 11:12 AM

    COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's selection to give the Republican response to the State of the Union address won't be her debut on the national stage. Haley drew wide praise for her leadership after the June 17 slaying of nine parishioners of historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston... more »
  • WATCH Governor-Elect Edwards talks possible tax increase

    January 4, 2016 8:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards gave some indication Monday about a possible plan to raise taxes to fill Louisiana's budget deficit. Specifically he would be in favor of eliminating some income tax deductions for individuals and corporations while lowering income taxes overall. Edwards said people would pay a... more »
  • Edwards' inauguration festivities not comparable to previous governor's plans

    January 2, 2016 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards may have cannon fire and a black-tie ball, but the approach for his Jan. 11 inaugural festivities is more understated compared to past governors. Among Edwards' immediate predecessors, Bobby Jindal had a free festival in downtown Baton Rouge. Kathleen Blanco's team created... more »
  • More governor's records will be open as new laws take effect

    December 31, 2015 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Nineteen new or rewritten state laws take effect in January. Fewer records in the Louisiana governor's office will be shielded from the public. Rules governing the state's film tax credit program will be tightened. Stricter state marriage license requirements, aimed at barring illegal immigrants from getting married... more »
  • 31,000 could wait two weeks for food stamps Play Video

    December 29, 2015 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some food stamp recipients in Louisiana could lose their benefits for a couple of weeks in January. Benefits for an estimated 31,000 people are set to expire Thursday. Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards has said he'll reinstate the benefits but he can't do it until he takes office.... more »
  • Robert Downey Jr. pardoned for drug conviction

    December 24, 2015 1:55 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's governor has pardoned Robert Downey Jr. for a 1996 drug conviction that sent the actor to prison. Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced Thursday that Downey was among 91 people receiving pardons. Downey was convicted of felony drug possession after he was arrested on a Los Angeles... more »
  • Jindal ending 8-year tenure with low support, but no regrets Play Video

    December 24, 2015 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The glimmer on Bobby Jindal has faded for most voters as he wraps up his final days as Louisiana's governor. While the governor is traveling the state to shine up his eight-year legacy, his tenure appears tarnished by red ink. The 44-year-old has seen his approval ratings tank... more »
  • Next first lady to champion music education Play Video

    December 21, 2015 7:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - When former State Representative John Bel Edwards announced he was running for governor, few Louisianians knew who he was. So it's safe to say even fewer knew his wife Donna. Now that the Edwards are awaiting their transition into Governor's mansion in January, the state's next first... more »
  • Outside groups try to sway lawmakers on House speaker's race

    December 21, 2015 1:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Outside groups are trying to influence the decision of who will be Louisiana's next House speaker. It's an unusual public dispute with conservative organizations trying to keep a Democrat from getting the job. The Republican Party of Louisiana, anti-abortion group Louisiana Right to Life and the Christian... more »
  • December 17, 2015 Morning News Pop Play Video

    December 17, 2015 8:06 AM

    Here are today's top stories: New Orleans considers removing Confederate monuments Governor-elect Edwards pieces together more of his cabinet Star Wars fans warned to leave some costume pieces at home May the chill be with us Updates all day, every day: FACEBOOK | TWITTER more »
  • John Bel Edwards expected to make another personnel announcement

    December 16, 2015 9:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor-elect John Bel Edwards is expected to make another personnel announcement regarding the team he'll use when he takes over as governor. Edwards has spent the past few weeks speaking in different parishes around the state. Earlier this month Edwards announced one of the largest additions to his... more »
  • Bobby Jindal speaking at Press Club Monday

    December 14, 2015 9:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal is making a few public appearances during his last few weeks in office. On Monday he'll speak at the Baton Rouge Press Club. Jindal is expected to talk about his time in office over the past eight years and how he believes the state is... more »
  • In exclusive TV interview, Jindal talks positive legacy Play Video

    December 11, 2015 8:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal believes his legacy will be creating jobs. Jindal spoke in a candid, rare one-on-one interview inside the Governor's Mansion Friday. Jindal discussed his two terms as the state's chief where he has seen his popularity sink in recent years as the state has... more »
  • Edwards resigns House seat during governor's transition

    December 11, 2015 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor-election John Bel Edwards officially resigned from his seat in the state House of Representatives this week as he continues preparations to take Louisiana's highest office next month. Edwards said resigning the House District 72 post will allow him to devote his full attention to the... more »
  • Dardenne's new job as budget adviser comes with pay hike

    December 8, 2015 1:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne will double his state paycheck when he takes over as Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards' chief budget adviser. Dardenne will become Edwards' commissioner of administration on Jan. 11, when the new governor is sworn in. With Dardenne's new role comes a salary of $237,500.... more »
  • Edwards announces Dardenne as commissioner of administration

    December 7, 2015 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor-election John Bel Edwards confirmed Monday what had been long-expected: that former gubernatorial rival Jay Dardenne would serve as his commissioner of administration. Dardenne, a Republican, came in fourth in the governor's primary behind fellow GOP candidate Senator David Vitter and Edwards, a Democrat. Dardenne... more »
  • Edwards plans to make personnel announcement at LSU Monday

    December 7, 2015 8:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor-elect John Bel Edwards is expected to make a personnel announcement on Monday. Edwards has been slowly making a transition into the governor's office since he was elected two weeks ago. Just last week he announced a third transition committee for economic development. Edwards is holding a press... more »
  • Edwards plans to issue anti-discrimination order as governor

    December 3, 2015 8:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards says he'll issue an executive order when he takes office in January that bans discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation. Edwards, a Democrat, said Wednesday the edict will be similar to anti-discrimination orders enacted by Democratic former Govs. Edwin Edwards and Kathleen... more »
  • Edwards: I'll govern from center, won't be 'on the far left'

    December 2, 2015 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards sought to reassure business and political leaders that he was sincere when he campaigned as a centrist, saying he would bring that approach to his administration. The Democrat who takes office Jan. 11 told the annual luncheon of the nonpartisan Council For a... more »
  • Governor-elect has short time to build new administration

    December 1, 2015 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards faces a daunting task in the fewer than 50 days between winning his election and taking office Jan. 11. He must piece together an administration, pick the people who will lead a dozen state departments and devise an agenda for a state awash... more »
  • Edwards feeling better, released from hospital

    November 27, 2015 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards is back home after contracting pneumonia earlier this week and spending Thanksgiving at a Baton Rouge hospital. Trina Scott Edwards said Friday that the 88-year-old former governor is back home and doing well. Trina said Friday that Edwin was feeling... more »
  • Edwards campaign launches official transition website

    November 25, 2015 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana’s new governor-elect is searching for people interested in serving his administration. John Bel Edward’s campaign launched its official transition website OnwardLouisiana.com Wednesday. The website features a newsletter sign-up form and a news archive so users can track announcements from the transition team. Users... more »
  • Medicaid expansion timeline under Edwards may be slowed

    November 24, 2015 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While he pledged to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program on "day one" in office, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards is finding out that might be trickier than he thought. The financing plan enacted by lawmakers is caught up in a swirl of legal questions, and Edwards is saying... more »
  • Edwards still plans to expand Medicaid Play Video

    November 23, 2015 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards plans to expand Medicaid early on in his term. Louisiana is one of twenty states that hasn't expanded the program offered under the Affordable Care Act. "We're going to do it as soon as we can, as responsibly as we possibly can, and... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Jindal says state will be better no matter who's elected governor

    November 18, 2015 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he has a plan to help Louisiana get out of the fiscal hole it's in and back in the black, without raising taxes. In his first press conference since ending his presidential campaign, Jindal provided no details about the plan. He... more »
  • November 18, 2015 Morning News Pop Play Video

    November 18, 2015 8:05 AM

    Here are today's top stories: Gov. Bobby Jindal suspends presidential campaign Catholic charities received death threats over refugee Bank robber caught on camera, still on the loose Rapid improvements Updates all day, every day: FACEBOOK | TWITTER more »
  • November 17, 2015 Morning News Pop Play Video

    November 17, 2015 8:14 AM

    Here are today's top stories: Jindal issues order to halt refugee resettlement in La. Police scratching their heads at car on guardrail Man swimming Mississippi River to raise money for famililies of fallen service members Heavy rain, severe storms possible in Louisiana, Mississippi Updates all... 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 »
  • Jindal issues order to halt refugee resettlement in La.

    November 16, 2015 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order Monday telling state agencies to not accept the resettlement of any more refugees of the Syrian civil war into Louisiana. Jindal's order comes after the U. S. State Department said 14 refugees had been resettled in Louisiana so far... more »
  • Local residents take advantage of early voting

    November 16, 2015 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Voters took advantage of early voting before it came to a close over the weekend. More than 4,000 people headed to the polls on Saturday to cast their vote for governor, lieutenant governor and a variety of other run-offs and propositions. A total of 23,000 people voted... more »
  • Candidates react ot Jindal's non-endorsement Play Video

    November 13, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some have considered Jindal's non-endorsement a slight to Republican candidate David Vitter. Jindal did not endorse Vitter's 2010 re-election to the U.S. Senate following his prostitution scandal. "Based on their strong disagreements, we certainly weren't expecting one," said a Vitter spokesperson. The Republican has consistently... more »
  • Vitter talks of his conditions for Medicaid expansion in La.

    November 13, 2015 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican candidate for governor David Vitter defended his opposition to the federal health care overhaul even as he told an audience supportive of the law that he'd consider tapping into its Medicaid expansion provisions. The comments came at a forum held Friday in north Baton Rouge... 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 »
  • $4.1M spent on TV ads in Louisiana runoff election so far

    November 12, 2015 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Spending on TV political ads in Louisiana's runoff campaign has topped $4 million, with more than a week remaining before the Nov. 21 election. An analysis of ad spending released Thursday by the Center for Public Integrity shows nearly all the TV campaign advertising dollars, about $3.7... more »
  • Three stories to start your day Play Video

    November 12, 2015 8:05 AM

    Here are today's top stories: Marksville officer charged with the murder of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis could be let out this morning Afghanistan War veteran chastises Edwards during Veterans Day gubernatorial debate Avian flu outbreak causes Turkey prices to skyrocket right before Thanksgiving Make outdoor reservations, a... more »
  • Veteran chastised Edwards for pandering Play Video

    November 11, 2015 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A wounded Afghanistan War veteran and David Vitter supporter got political Wednesday at a state sponsored Veterans Day ceremony. Mike McNaughton who currently works for the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs was the keynote speaker at the event held at the Old State Capitol. In his speech... more »
  • Edwards, Vitter tangle in first debate of runoff campaign Play Video

    November 9, 2015 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter sought to draw policy contrasts with his Democratic opponent in the Louisiana governor's race, as the two men faced off for the first time in the runoff campaign. Vitter, who is lagging in the polls, told a crowd at the Baton Rouge... 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 »
  • Governor candidates share common aversion to Common Core

    November 6, 2015 7:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- They differ in many ways but the candidates for governor in Louisiana's Nov. 21 runoff election, Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter, share an aversion to the Common Core education standards. But, Common Core supporters helped elect a six-member majority to the state Board of Elementary... more »
  • Pollster: Dardenne endorsement likley insignificant Play Video

    November 5, 2015 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rep. John Bel Edwards (D) said Thursday's endorsement by former gubernatorial opponent Jay Dardenne (R) is a "big deal" in his campaign against Sen. David Vitter (R). But long time pollster Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media & Opinion Research doesn't think it will make much difference. Pinsonat... 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 »
  • Vitter makes criminal sentencing an issue in governor's race

    November 3, 2015 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican candidate David Vitter has made efforts to rework criminal sentencing laws a flashpoint in Louisiana's governor's race. Vitter is running a TV ad saying his Democratic opponent John Bel Edwards wants to release "dangerous thugs" from prison. He ties Edwards to President Barack Obama, who... more »
  • Trucker on longshot quest to unseat Mississippi GOP governor

    November 1, 2015 2:24 PM

    JACKSON - A trucker with a CB handle "Silent Knight" is trying to drive Mississippi's Republican governor out of office. The election is Tuesday. Even though Democrat Robert Gray is being outspent exponentially by an experienced politician, the first-time candidate has parked his rig to focus on the campaign. Republican... more »
  • Miss. governor says 2016 good year to vote on changes to state flag

    October 29, 2015 5:39 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Gov. Phil Bryant says if Mississippi voters are going to consider removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, 2016 would be a good time to do it. Republican Bryant says Thursday that he's not pushing for change, but he recognizes the flag is getting... more »
  • New Orleans NAACP wants Vitter to take TV campaign ad down

    October 29, 2015 5:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans branch of the NAACP is calling on Republican candidate for governor David Vitter to take down a TV campaign ad. The television spot claims his Democratic rival, John Bel Edwards, would release thousands of "dangerous thugs" from prison if elected. Morris Reed, the... 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 advances to La. governor runoff

    October 24, 2015 10:07 PM

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

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