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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Louisiana tops states this year on TV campaign ad spending

    October 22, 2015 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana leads the nation in spending on TV political ads this year, as candidates and outside political groups devote millions mainly to the competition for governor. An analysis of ad spending by the Center for Public Integrity shows Louisiana's TV campaign advertising has reached $15.8 million. That edged... more »
  • Candidates to voters: look who showed up at debate check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 21, 2015 11:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE – In a sixty-minute debate broadcast on TV stations and streamed on websites across Louisiana, three of the four main candidates running for governor discussed what each would do if elected Saturday. Senator David Vitter, a republican, did not appear at the debate. Vitter has missed many... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Vitter not expected at final gubernatorial debate

    October 19, 2015 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Senator David Vitter is not expected to participate at the final gubernatorial debate to be held at LSU’s campus Wednesday. Tiger TV, LSU’s student media television station and the organization hosting the final debate, said Monday that Vitter’s campaign cited conflicts with his Washington D.C. schedule... 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 race accounts for two-thirds of TV political ads

    October 15, 2015 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Spending on TV advertising for Louisiana's Oct. 24 election grew by more than 32 percent over the last week, as candidates and outside groups pour millions into last-minute ads they hope can sway voters. An analysis of ad spending by the Center for Public Integrity shows more than... more »
  • Spending reaches $13.5M by candidates for Louisiana governor

    October 14, 2015 7:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's four major candidates for governor have spent $13.5 million on the race, with Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter's campaign shelling out more than $6 million. The latest fundraising reports were due Wednesday. Candidates have raised nearly $24 million through Oct. 4. And the pace... more »
  • David Vitter skipping Wednesday night governor's race debate

    October 14, 2015 12:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another debate in the Louisiana governor's race will go on without Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter. The other three major gubernatorial contenders on the Oct. 24 ballot are participating in Wednesday night's statewide debate on Louisiana Public Broadcasting. It'll be the third TV debate featuring... more »
  • Next governor will play crucial role in future of coast

    October 14, 2015 11:15 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... 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 »
  • Republican candidates take aim at each other during anti-lawsuit forum check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 13, 2015 7:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two Republican candidates for governor went after each other Tuesday at an anti-lawsuit forum in Baton Rouge. Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne made a not-so-subtle allusion to U.S. Senator David Vitter’s prostitution scandal in 2007 when referencing contributions to the Senator’s campaign. “Louisiana is not going... more »
  • Early voting starts Saturday

    October 9, 2015 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Early voting begins Saturday for Louisiana's Oct. 24 election. Candidates are urging supporters to cast their ballots in advance as the various statewide and local races are expected to compete for attention on Election Day with college football games and hunting plans. Top of the ballot is the... more »
  • Governor candidates say tax break cuts would help budget

    October 8, 2015 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Three top contenders in the governor's race, meeting in an evening debate, said they'd scale back tax breaks to dig Louisiana out of its recurring budget troubles. Only Republican Jay Dardenne, the state's lieutenant governor, said he'd consider an income tax hike on residents - and he said... 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 »
  • Democrat Edwards trying to break party slump in Louisiana

    October 2, 2015 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic candidate for governor John Bel Edwards has surged in recent polls, raising hopes among Democrats that they might be able to reclaim the Louisiana governor's mansion. Right now, Republicans hold every statewide elected job. And in the conservative state, Edwards remains a long-shot at becoming... more »
  • PACs pump $1.3M so far into Louisiana governor's race TV ads

    October 1, 2015 9:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Outside political groups have poured $1.3 million into TV advertising for the Louisiana governor's race. An analysis of ad spending by the Center for Public Integrity shows the spending, largely on attack ads, accounts for 29 percent of all $4.5 million in TV advertising devoted to the governor's... more »
  • Vitter sitting on $4M for governor's race campaigning

    September 24, 2015 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The only major Democratic contender in the Louisiana governor's race, John Bel Edwards, had the largest haul in the latest fundraising period. But Republican David Vitter still has the heftiest campaign account. Fundraising reports were due Thursday. They offer a look at money available to the... more »
  • Jindal qualifies for South Carolina primary

    September 18, 2015 6:37 PM

    CHARLESTON, S. C. - Governor Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign moved on from his debate performance this week to South Carolina. Jindal qualified as a candidate for the state's primary Friday, filing paperwork to appear on the Feb. 20 ballot. The Louisiana governor is still polling at the bottom... more »
  • Jay Dardenne unveils his first TV ad in La. governor's race

    September 16, 2015 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican candidate for governor Jay Dardenne has started his TV advertising, pitching himself as a nonpartisan, straight talker who will "make Louisiana proud." With the launch of his 30-second spot Tuesday, Dardenne, the state's lieutenant governor, became the last of the four major contenders for governor to begin... more »
  • Auditor: Report on Jindal Medicaid privatization improved

    September 15, 2015 8:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's legislative auditor says the health department is doing a better job of submitting required information about Gov. Bobby Jindal's Medicaid privatization. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office issued a blistering commentary in 2014 that said Jindal's Department of Health and Hospitals submitted a privatization evaluation to lawmakers that... more »
  • Louisiana celebrities endorse Dardenne for governor

    September 11, 2015 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Jay Dardenne's campaign announced endorsements from several Louisiana musicians, artists, actors and chefs on Friday for his run at the governor's office. Dardenne's campaign posted video endorsements from 25 of the celebrities, and promised more to come in the days ahead. The list includes TV... more »
  • New TV ad hits David Vitter on his prostitution scandal

    September 11, 2015 10:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Talk of David Vitter's prostitution scandal is being revived in the Louisiana governor's race. A political action committee launched a TV ad this week reminding voters the Republican U.S. senator, running for governor, was linked to a Washington prostitution ring in 2007. The 30-second ad says: "We can... more »
  • Newspaper owner misses election deadline

    September 10, 2015 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Businessman John Georges will not be included on the upcoming gubernatorial ballot since he failed to qualify, or sign up, for the election by 4:30 Thursday afternoon. Late this week, political insiders stirred the political pot with claims Georges was considering a run. By adding his... 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 »
  • Baton Rouge-New Orleans rail supported by governor hopefuls

    September 4, 2015 5:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - High speed rail transportation linking Baton Rouge, New Orleans and points in between was endorsed by the four major candidates for governor in their latest forum. Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Sen. David Vitter, all Republicans, and Democratic state Rep. John... more »
  • 4 candidates set for New Orleans governor forum

    September 4, 2015 4:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Four candidates to succeed term limited Bobby Jindal as governor all agreed that major reforms are needed in state spending and tax policy as Louisiana deals with year-to-year budget shortfalls. Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Sen. David Vitter, all Republicans, and... more »
  • Statewide day of prayer for law enforcement Monday

    September 2, 2015 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he wants people to set aside time on Sept. 14 to pray for law enforcement members across Louisiana. Jindal proclaimed that day as a statewide day of prayer, and encouraged people to thank law officers for their work. "Too often, we... more »
  • Angelle campaign takes issue with ad from pro-Vitter PAC

    September 2, 2015 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Scott Angelle's campaign for governor is fighting back against an attack ad launched by a super PAC supporting GOP contender David Vitter. Angelle's campaign says the ad falsely accuses the state utility regulator of wanting to "tax the Internet." Campaign officials say Vitter supported a state... more »
  • Pro-Vitter PAC issues its first attack ad in governor's race

    September 1, 2015 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A super PAC supporting David Vitter's candidacy for governor has gone on the attack, with a new TV ad slamming the Republican U.S. senator's two GOP competitors. The Fund for Louisiana's Future is blasting Vitter's GOP opponents - Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lt. Gov.... more »
  • Alabama Governor's wife of 50 years files for divorce

    August 28, 2015 9:52 PM

    MONTGOMERY - The Governor of Alabama and his wife are calling it quits after 50 years of marriage. The Alabama first lady Dianne Bentley filed for divorce Friday. Gov. Robert Bentley says their marriage has suffered an "irretrievable breakdown." The complaint states attempts to reconcile are futile, and... more »
  • Pro-Vitter super PAC kicks off $2M TV ad campaign Friday

    August 27, 2015 7:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The super PAC created to boost David Vitter's candidacy for governor is starting its hefty $2 million advertising blitz a bit unexpectedly, praising the Republican U.S. senator rather than trashing his competitors. Super PACs often are seen as groups that can attack for candidates without the candidates'... more »
  • Vitter beginning TV ad campaign in Louisiana governor's race

    August 19, 2015 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- U.S. Sen. David Vitter is sitting on the largest campaign account in the Louisiana governor's race. And now he's finally pumping some of the money into TV advertising. The Republican candidate launches his first 30-second TV ad Thursday. Campaign spokesman Luke Bolar says the spot will run across... more »
  • GOP candidates for governor oppose removing confederate monuments

    August 17, 2015 6:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- All three Republicans in Louisiana's governor's race say they're against moving Confederate monuments in New Orleans. The one Democrat says the question should be left to city officials. A city commission has recommended moving four monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee atop a column in Lee... more »
  • Transportation group pressing candidates to support gas tax

    August 10, 2015 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A transportation advocacy group says Louisiana's next governor should back an increase in the state's gasoline tax, to help shrink the state's backlog of infrastructure needs, fill potholes and ease traffic. Louisiana has a backlog of highway and bridge improvements and repairs that tops $12 billion.... 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 »
  • Jindal privatizes family leave programs for 9 state agencies

    August 6, 2015 9:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is privatizing management of some state worker benefits, hiring a Chicago-based company to oversee family and medical leave programs across nine agencies. The administration announced Wednesday the hiring of ComPsych, for a one-year contract that will cost $497,000 and could be renewed for two... more »
  • Governor candidates back allowing local tax hikes for roads

    July 31, 2015 5:05 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Louisiana's four major candidates for governor told a packed audience of local elected officials they support giving municipalities more authority to raise their own taxes for roadwork. The three Republicans - Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and U.S. Sen David Vitter - and one Democrat,... more »
  • State taxpayers pay legal costs of pro-Vitter super PAC

    July 30, 2015 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana taxpayers have reimbursed more than $69,000 in legal fees paid by a super PAC supporting Republican U.S. David Vitter for governor. The Fund for Louisiana's Future challenged the constitutionality of a Louisiana law limiting contributions in federal court last year and won. The state was required to... more »
  • Republicans draw in more money for top La. statewide races

    July 28, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republicans are out-raising Democrats in Louisiana's races for governor and lieutenant governor. The latest campaign finance reports were due Monday. In the governor's race, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter reported raising $1.3 million, while donors gave GOP Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne $408,000. Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle... more »
  • Funerals begin for Lafayette shooting victims check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 27, 2015 9:38 AM

    LAFAYETTE- Funeral services for the two women killed in the Lafayette movie theater shooting will be held on Monday. A night at the movies turned tragic when 59-year-old John Houser opened fire inside the theater, killing two people and injuring nine others before killing himself. Jillian Johnson, 33,... more »
  • Dardenne to Jindal: End state spending on campaign travel check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 23, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, a Republican running for governor, wants taxpayers to stop footing the bill for costs associated with Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign travel. Dardenne released a letter Thursday calling on Jindal to use campaign cash to reimburse Louisiana State Police for travel costs... more »
  • Ohio Gov. Kasich is 16th notable entry into GOP race

    July 21, 2015 12:19 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the latest entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race. The outspoken swing-state governor declared his candidacy Tuesday at Ohio State University. He told a crowd of 2,000: "The sun is going to rise to the zenith in America again." He's the 16th... more »
  • Vitter: $1.3M raised in latest quarter for governor's race

    July 20, 2015 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter continues his strong fundraising in the Louisiana governor's race. The Republican candidate for governor said Monday he raised more than $1.3 million in the most recent fundraising quarter ending July 16. Vitter's campaign says it closed the period with $5 million in the... more »
  • Governor offers national guard to protect military facilities

    July 17, 2015 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor is making the Louisiana National Guard available to protect military facilities in Louisiana. The move was announced late Friday, in an executive order by the governor's press staff. The governor was not in the state , but campaigning for president in Iowa where he... more »

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