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  • LSU audit says Cassidy fulfilled part-time agreement

    February 25, 2015 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU said an audit found U. S. Senator Bill Cassidy met all his obligations during part-time educational work which drew attacks by former Senator Mary Landrieu during last year's elections. The university said Cassidy was fairly compensated for work done at the LSU Health Sciences Center... more »
  • Sen. Cassidy talks immigration, healthcare and more check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 19, 2015 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been whirlwind few months for new U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy. At the end of 2014, the then-representative defeated incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu to earn a spot in the Senate. Now that he's been sworn in, he's in the think of debates over immigration, healthcare and energy.... more »
  • Louisiana's Senate race to be settled today

    December 6, 2014 10:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana voters are deciding the political fate of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is struggling to win a fourth term against a wave of GOP gains across Southern states. Saturday's runoff is the last election of the 2014 midterms. Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is the front-runner.... more »
  • Candidates make push to polls check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 3, 2014 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Candidates for both the 6th District Congressional race and the Senate race canvased Louisiana Wednesday in a bid to gather more voters before the polls open on Saturday. Mary Landrieu spent her day in New Roads asking supporters to vote against her opponent Bill Cassidy and... more »
  • Early voting for Dec. 6 election ends Saturday

    November 29, 2014 10:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Voters have one more day to cast their ballots early for the Dec. 6 election. Louisiana's early voting period wraps up Saturday, running from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., after shutting down Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. People can vote at their parish registrar... more »
  • Cassidy gives weekly GOP address on Keystone

    November 22, 2014 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - In the weekly Republican address, GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy describes Senate Democrats' rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline as stifling American energy independence. Cassidy used the nationally-released speech Saturday to take fresh digs at Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu's failure to get the vote needed... more »
  • GOP promises Cassidy a committee seat

    November 12, 2014 2:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has been promised a seat on the Senate's energy committee if he defeats Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. The maneuver by incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercuts one of Landrieu's chief campaign arguments - that voters need to re-elect her to keep... more »
  • Republicans unite to support Cassidy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 10, 2014 8:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy is getting some help in his seat from both local and national GOP leaders in his quest to unseat Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. One of the noteworthy guests at today's Republican Unity Rally: Former Senatorial candidate Rob Maness. The Tea Party favorite... more »
  • Maness, Perkins back Cassidy in US Senate runoff

    November 8, 2014 2:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Tea party-backed Rob Maness, the third-place finisher in Louisiana's U.S. Senate primary is endorsing Republican Bill Cassidy in the December runoff against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. So is Family Research Council president Tony Perkins. Cassidy says Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will join him, Maness and other Republicans... more »
  • Breaking down election results check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 5, 2014 7:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The results are in, but what does it all mean? LSU's Bob Mann joined us on 2une In this morning to breakdown Tuesday's biggest races, as well as December's runoffs. One of the most intriguing races is for Louisiana's seat in the U.S. Senate. Three-term Democrat... more »
  • Election Day may not settle Senate race

    November 4, 2014 3:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sen. Mary Landrieu isn't certain to know her political fate after the polls close in Louisiana's tight Senate race. The Democratic incumbent led the field of candidates heading into Tuesday's election. But polls suggest the race likely will be decided in a December runoff between Landrieu and... more »
  • Landrieu revisits Hurricane Katrina in Senate race

    October 31, 2014 2:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is trying to remind voters of her effort six years ago to draw billions in federal disaster aid to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Since then, Landrieu has lost much of that post-Katrina goodwill. As Election Day nears, Landrieu and Democratic Party surrogates have... more »
  • Running out of time to early vote check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 27, 2014 7:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Plenty of people have already turned out to cast votes for the November election. If you want to join them and cast your ballot early, there's still time. More than 100,000 voters have already punched their votes, but Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he was... more »
  • Senate candidate's Tea Party credentials attacked

    October 23, 2014 3:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed campaign money. John Kerry, who managed Maness' campaign for six months in 2013, sent an email to... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • La delegation: How will VA fix mistakes in La?

    September 19, 2014 4:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - All eight members of Louisiana's congressional delegation say the Department of Veterans Affairs is hurting the credit of hundreds of Louisiana veterans by failing to pay on time for emergency health care at private facilities. A letter sent Thursday to Secretary Robert McDonald asks how the VA... more »
  • New Orleans mayor to announce new jobs plan

    September 8, 2014 3:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is planning to announce a new comprehensive strategy to connect disadvantaged job seekers and businesses. A City Hall press release says The Economic Opportunity Strategy being announced Monday will partner with local training providers, social service agencies, and community advocates, as well... more »
  • Judge considers lawsuit to disqualify Landrieu check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Maness files legal challenge against Sen. Landrieu

    August 29, 2014 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness filed a multiple compliants Friday against Sen. Mary Landrieu, continuing his claims that she should be disqualified for not living in Louisiana. Rob Maness submitted the complaints to four parish district attorneys including Orleans, East Baton Rouge, St. Tammy and Ouachita... more »
  • Landrieu orders review on all flights during office

    August 15, 2014 8:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, under scrutiny for billing private chartered planes to her Senate office when she used the flights to attend campaign fundraisers, has ordered a complete review of all such payments made over the course of her 18 years in the Senate. The issue has... more »
  • La.'s Senate candidates share stage at convention

    August 2, 2014 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her two Republican competitors, Congressman Bill Cassidy and tea party favorite Rob Maness, have made their campaign pitches to Louisiana's mayors and town leaders. Saturday's speeches at the Louisiana Municipal Association convention were a rare moment where all three contenders in the... more »
  • Landrieu starts second term as N.O. mayor

    May 5, 2014 11:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Mitch Landrieu has formally begun his second term as Mayor of New Orleans. Landrieu received the oath of office Monday. Members of the city council and other city official were also sworn in at the newly restored Saenger Theatre. The day began with an interfaith service... more »
  • Senators pushing for Keystone pipeline vote

    May 1, 2014 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - Democratic Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu is joining with Republicans to authorize the immediate construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Landrieu and Republican Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota introduced the legislation and expect a vote within the coming days. They say they have the support of... more »
  • Cassidy pushes Landrieu to consider oil money bill

    April 25, 2014 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has said her top priority as the new chairwoman of the Senate energy committee is working on efforts to steer more offshore oil and gas drilling money to Louisiana's treasury for coastal restoration efforts. Landrieu's Senate race challenger, Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy, said... more »
  • Edwards jabs Landrieu about governor's race

    February 3, 2014 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The only announced Democratic candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race is sending a message that he wants re-elected New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to stay out of it. Rep. John Bel Edwards says he expects the Democratic mayor to keep his promise to serve a full, four-year... more »
  • Landrieu launches TV ads

    December 11, 2013 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu has launched her first TV ads in her bid for re-election. The new ad talks about her push to keep people from losing their health insurance because of the federal health care overhaul. Landrieu takes credit for President Obama's decision to... more »
  • Landrieu recommends Green for US Attorney

    October 15, 2013 3:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Sen. Mary Landrieu is recommending that President Barack Obama appoint Walt Green as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. Green has been acting U.S. Attorney in that Baton Rouge-based federal district since Donald Cazayoux (KAZ'-uh-yoo) stepped down from the post in July. In her... more »
  • La. members of Congress largely undecided on Syria

    September 4, 2013 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's congressional delegation remains hesitant and uncommitted to President Barack Obama's request for support of a U.S. military strike against Syria. Only one member of the state's delegation, Republican Rep. John Fleming, has taken a definitive stance on the proposal. And he's in solid opposition to U.S.... more »
  • Reward offered for tips in NO toddler's death

    August 30, 2013 4:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his police chief are appealing for the public's help in finding the person or people responsible for the shooting death of a 13-month-old girl. The child was being held by an 18-year-old baby sitter who was wounded in the Thursday night... more »
  • Republican Party of Louisiana plans statewide tour

    July 19, 2013 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Republican Party of Louisiana is hitting the road next month, planning a statewide tour as part of efforts to defeat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu next year. The party calls the 100-stop tour "Red to the Roots." Events will begin Aug. 16 in Winnsboro and... more »
  • Landrieu bill bans some religion-based fund cuts

    July 11, 2013 2:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has introduced a bill to forbid the federal government from withholding money from programs whose participants engage in voluntary religious activity. The Louisiana Democrat introduced the Freedom to Pray Act on Thursday. Landrieu says she has been working on it since a constituent told... more »
  • Gun measures put moderate Senate Dems in bind

    April 12, 2013 4:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's push for tougher gun measures and expanded background checks is putting several moderate Senate Democrats in a bind, forcing them to take sides on a deeply personal issue for rural voters. The Senate is scheduled to begin weeks of discussion over gun control legislation pushed... more »
  • Fleming won't run for U.S. Senate

    April 4, 2013 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming says he won't enter the U.S. Senate race against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu because he doesn't want to divide GOP support. Fleming's announcement Thursday comes after his fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy officially announced his candidacy Wednesday. Fleming, a doctor from... more »
  • Cassidy announces Senate bid in online video

    April 3, 2013 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Rep. Bill Cassidy officially announced his plans to run for the U.S. Senate this morning. Cassidy made the announcement in a video posting to his website, along with his wife, Laura. He will challenge Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who will be running for her fourth... more »
  • Landrieu, Vitter: $1.4M grant for Port Fourchon

    March 29, 2013 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's two U.S. senators say the Greater Lafourche Port Commission is getting a $1.4 million grant to elevate and improve the drainage of a road at Port Fourchon, which serves as the hub for much of the offshore energy activity and production in the Gulf of Mexico.... more »
  • Boustany won't challenge Landrieu in '14 Senate race

    March 5, 2013 2:57 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Count at least one person out of the race for Senate next year. Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, who represents a large section of South and Southwestern Louisiana, said he would not challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. Landrieu will run for re-election. A spokesperson for Boustany... more »
  • New Orleans awaits word on water quality

    March 4, 2013 11:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Residents and businesses in much of New Orleans awaited word on when they would no longer have to boil tap water to ensure it was safe to consume. The mayor's office said Monday that test results to determine whether the water is contaminated were expected by mid-afternoon. Water... more »
  • Sen. Landrieu reports $2.5M in campaign account

    February 1, 2013 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is heading to her 2014 re-election bid with $2.5 million in her campaign account, more than twice what she had at this point in her last campaign. The figure was disclosed in campaign documents filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission detailing money raised... more »
  • La. to see millions from Transocean settlement

    January 3, 2013 3:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana lawmakers trumpeted the fact that the state will see hundreds of millions of dollars as part of the federal government's $1.4 billion settlement with Transocean today over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The final terms of the settlement require Transocean, which owned the drilling rig... more »
  • Landrieu, other senators tour NJ Sandy damage

    December 10, 2012 2:49 PM

    LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A group of Democratic U.S. senators from around the country is touring storm-ravaged parts of the New Jersey shore with a pledge to support the expensive cost of rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy. The senators also say they have encountered support from Republican senators as billions... more »
  • Hurricane Isaac rescuers nominated for award

    September 17, 2012 10:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sen. Mary Landrieu has nominated a father and son credited with rescuing dozens of neighbors from Hurricane Isaac's floodwaters for an award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. The Louisiana Democrat said Friday that she nominated 53-year-old Jesse Shaffer III and his 25-year-old son, Jesse,... more »
  • N.O. mayor's son arrested on DWI charge

    July 17, 2012 11:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A teenage son of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. A spokeswoman for the New Orleans Police Department says 19-year-old Benjamin Landrieu was arrested early Tuesday. He was booked into the city's jail on charges that also include reckless... more »
  • Landrieu endorses Johnson for La. chief justice

    July 11, 2012 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sen. Mary Landrieu has waded into a debate over naming the next chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court and endorsed Justice Bernette Johnson for the job. In a statement Wednesday, the Louisiana Democrat says there is "no question" Johnson has the right to succeed Chief Justice... more »
  • Senator plans post office visits

    May 4, 2012 7:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu's office says the senator planned visits to post offices in Moss Bluff and Lafayette. Friday's visits were set after Landrieu wrote to the Postmaster General, urging the U.S. Postal Service to extend the current moratorium on post office and mail processing facility closures.... more »
  • Sen. Landrieu, Wendy Vitter to co-chair conference

    April 23, 2012 8:06 AM

    THIBODAUX - Louisiana's Democratic U.S. senator, Mary Landrieu, will be an honorary co-chair of an upcoming small business conference in Baton Rouge, along with Wendy Vitter, wife of Republican Sen. David Vitter. The two-day event, set for May 3-4, in Baton Rouge will be the Louisiana Women's Leaders Conference on... more »
  • New Orleans quality of life survey

    March 27, 2012 10:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new survey shows crime concerns are up in New Orleans and Mayor Mitch Landrieu's approval ratings have declined a bit. But, overall, the University of New Orleans poll shows more New Orleans residents say the city has improved over the last five years. Landrieu's approval rating... more »
  • Landrieu says she's definitely in for 2014 race

    March 5, 2012 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says she "definitely" plans to run for a fourth term in two years. The Democrat from New Orleans tossed aside speculation that she was going to end her congressional career after 18 years in the Senate. Landrieu wouldn't comment specifically Monday... more »
  • Landrieu aide: FEMA has more money than thought

    September 26, 2011 11:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate aide says the government's disaster aid fund has enough money to last until Thursday, two days longer than earlier predicted. The change might point the way out of a standoff that is holding up passage of legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown. Robert... more »
  • Senators concerned by photo ID requirement to vote

    June 30, 2011 4:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Sixteen Democratic senators want the Justice Department to look into whether voting rights are being jeopardized in states that require photo identification in order for people to vote. The lawmakers wrote Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday to express concern that millions of voters do not have a... more »
  • Lawmakers help secure grant for displaced workers

    May 14, 2011 9:46 AM

    U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Louisiana has received a nearly $1.5 million grant to help displaced workers at Avondale Shipyard find new jobs. Landrieu, in a statement Friday, said the grant comes after she and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond wrote U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in March, urging him to... more »
  • N.O. mayor settles playoff bet

    January 11, 2011 1:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has settled up with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. They had a bet on last weekend's playoff game between the Saints and the Seahawks. Seattle won the wild card game 41-36 to advance to a Sunday matchup against Chicago. A Tuesday news release... more »
  • Senate: extend review time for offshore drilling

    December 14, 2010 4:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - A bill moving toward approval in the Senate would increase by 60 days the amount of time the Interior Department has to conduct environmental and safety reviews of offshore drilling projects. The bill would extend the review period for offshore exploration plans from 30 days to 90 days.... more »
  • Governor, mayor confident Hornets are staying in state

    December 13, 2010 2:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu say they're confident after meeting with regional business leaders that they can keep the Hornets in New Orleans. The governor is also calling on residents and businesses to buy more tickets in the meantime so that attendance will... more »
  • Small business owners seek opportunities at summit

    October 28, 2010 1:06 PM

    Small business owners filled the Baton Rouge River Center today to find out how they could take advantage of new tax cuts and other measures that were recently signed into law. Speakers at the Baton Rouge Small Business Summit included Senator Mary Landrieu, the chair of the Senate Small Business... more »
  • Sen. Landrieu: will block nominee until moratorium lifted

    September 23, 2010 5:12 PM

    Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu says she will block a Senate vote to confirm the nominee to a key White House economic office to protest the six-month moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling in the Gulf. Landrieu, a Democrat, says she will object to a vote on Jacob Lew to... more »
  • $1.8 billion reportedly coming to repair New Orleans schools

    August 25, 2010 5:24 PM

    Even though Louisiana won't receive funds from the "Race to the Top" competition, a substantial amount of federal dollars could still be headed to schools in New Orleans. Sen. Mary Landrieu says she's been informed by President Barack Obama's administration that New Orleans schools are about to get $1.8... more »
  • Senator Landrieu supports judge's decision on drilling moratorium

    July 4, 2010 9:53 AM

    U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have filed court papers in support of lifting a moratorium against deepwater drilling. They are supporting a federal judge's ruling that shot down the Obama administration's decision to put a halt to deepwater drilling for six months. more »
  • Lawmakers briefed on oil spill

    June 9, 2010 6:09 PM

    BP officials told Louisiana lawmakers they have processed about half of the 40,000 spill related claims the company has received. A senior vice president for BP says the goal is to get the person filing the claim a response within 48 hours. Lawmakers also heard from coastal parish leaders.... more »
  • Delay sought for hearing in Landrieu office case

    April 13, 2010 2:52 PM

    Lawyers for the four activists accused of trying to tamper with the phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office, are seeking to postpone their arraignments on reduced charges. James O'Keefe, Stan Dai, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan are set to be arraigned April 21 on misdemeanor charges of... more »
  • Landrieu calls for Congress to approve discrimination settlement

    March 24, 2010 2:17 PM

    U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu has joined the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) in calling on Congress to swiftly approve President Obama's request for $1.15 billion. The money is to fund a 1999 court settlement compensating African-American farmers for racial discrimination claims against the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA).... more »
  • War of words over health care

    February 26, 2010 8:24 PM

    Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana offered a pointed and blunt criticism of state health secretary Alan Levine showing the growing rift between her and the Jindal administration over health care reform. Landrieu said Levine is "wrong, usually morning, noon and night." Then said as far as she was concerned he... more »
  • Acorn foe: Phone scheme was to investigate senator

    January 29, 2010 1:17 PM

    A conservative activist accused of trying to tamper with a Louisiana senator's phones says he wanted to investigate criticisms that constituents calling her office couldn't get through. James O'Keefe posted a statement Friday on the Web site biggovernment.com. He says he learned about problems with calls to Democratic... more »
  • Lawyer: Phone scam meant to embarrass Senator

    January 28, 2010 2:31 PM

    A lawyer for one of four conservative activists accused of tampering with phones in U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office, says they hoped to embarrass her over claims her staff ignored calls critical of her stance on health care reform. J. Garrison Jordan is an attorney for suspect... more »
  • Men accused of Landrieu phone scam in court

    January 27, 2010 10:20 AM

    Three of the four men charged with infiltrating the New Orleans office of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, returned to court today. James O'Keefe, Joseph Basel and Stan Dai were there for private appointments in the pretrial services department. The fourth suspect is Robert Flanigan. Authorities say two... more »

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