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  • Senator talks about finding intruder in apartment

    November 24, 2014 11:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A state senator said he was puzzled about the state of a man who broke into his posh downtown apartment last week . Charles Johnson, 55, was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and trespassing after an altercation with Senator Gerald Long and his... more »
  • State senator, wife find burglar in downtown apartment Play Video

    November 21, 2014 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Senator Gerald Long and his wife walked in on a suspected burglar inside their posh, selectively-awarded capital apartment Thursday night. According to documents obtained by WBRZ News 2, Long and his wife were surprised by Charles Johnson, 55, in the living room of their unit on... more »
  • Locals split on Obama's immigration changes Play Video

    November 20, 2014 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People around Baton Rouge have mixed feelings about President Obama's expected changes to immigration policy. Legal immigrants we spoke with say the new policy gives them and their family members hope. "It's a great opportunity. Everyone is waiting for that, and it's been so long... more »
  • Landrieu accuses GOP of 'fear mongering' on Ebola

    October 21, 2014 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Republicans are intentionally drumming up fear about Ebola. GOP officials say the Democratic senator isn't putting enough pressure on the Obama administration to address the public health concerns. Landrieu said Tuesday that while Ebola is a very serious situation, Republicans are using... more »
  • 5 hopefuls in 6th District at Baton Rouge forum

    October 20, 2014 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At a forum in Baton Rouge, four Republican candidates for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District seat stressed their opposition to President Barack Obama, while boasting of their conservative philosophies; one Democrat - former Gov. Edwin Edwards - emphasized what he called a moderate philosophy. Edwards, businessman Paul Dietzel,... more »
  • Bill Clinton rallies early votes for Mary Landrieu

    October 20, 2014 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former President Bill Clinton described U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu as one of the most bipartisan and effective lawmakers in the Senate, offering a high-profile campaign boost ahead of the start of Louisiana's early voting period. Clinton sought to combat GOP claims that Landrieu was too closely tied... more »
  • Bill Clinton to campaign with Sen. Mary Landrieu

    October 17, 2014 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. Landrieu's campaign hopes Clinton's visit to Baton Rouge on Monday will boost support for the three-term Democratic incumbent heading... more »
  • Questions raised about touted $178.5M surplus

    October 11, 2014 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration reported a $178.5 million budget surplus for the state fiscal year that ended June 30. However, legislative financial advisers are questioning the new method used to produce the surplus figure. And state Treasurer John Kennedy said Friday that if the traditional methodology... more »
  • Jindal campaigns in New Hampshire

    September 26, 2014 8:59 PM

    MANCHESTER, N.H. - Gov. Bobby Jindal has joined Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein on two education-related campaign stops, and both were quizzed by youngsters. Jindal, who's likely considering a run for president in 2016, and Havenstein visited a charter school in Manchester on Friday before touring US FIRST, a student... more »
  • After scandal, McAllister TV ad features his wife

    September 22, 2014 2:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana congressman whose re-election is threatened by a cheating scandal is putting his marriage front and center in the campaign. Republican U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister released his first TV ad in the 5th District race Monday, prominently featuring his wife Kelly. In the 30-second spot, McAllister... more »
  • Perry, Jindal, Cruz plan Iowa visits in September

    August 28, 2014 11:22 AM

    DES MOINES, IA - Republican presidential prospects are making plans to visit Iowa in September. Texas Gov. Rick Perry will campaign with 1st Congressional District Republican candidate Rod Blum on Tuesday. They plan stops in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Dubuque. On Sept. 27, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov.... more »
  • State GOP postpones endorsement debate

    August 24, 2014 7:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana's Republican Party has refused to consider a proposed change for endorsements. A proposal encouraging Republicans who lose in the federal primary to unite behind a Republican in the runoff also never got to the floor Saturday. The state GOP executive committee's early endorsement of Congressman... more »
  • Candidate wants Edwards out of 6th District race

    August 19, 2014 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Candidate for Congress, Cassie Felder, has asked Edwin Edwards to quit the race for the 6th District. Felder, in a news release Tuesday, called Edwards' probable success through the primary a media circus. Edwards, a convicted felon, faces Felder and a list of others in the upcoming... more »
  • Retirees to Col: demand your hefty retirement boost be dropped

    August 7, 2014 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Retired state troopers asked State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson to demand the LSP Retirement System to order ACT 859, a state law that enacts a hefty retirement boost for Edmonson and another, 32-year trooper. Some believe the proposal, which passed the recently adjourned legislative session, was... more »
  • Eli Edwards turns 1

    August 1, 2014 10:27 PM

    GONZALES- The Edwards are celebrating the birthday of Eli, born a year ago Friday. "Hard to believe it's been an entire year since we first met," Edwin Edwards tweeted. "Happy Birthday Eli!" Accompanying the tweet is a picture of Edwin holding Eli in the hospital. Eli Edwards... more »
  • Money for border battle stuck in D.C.

    August 1, 2014 8:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom have sought refuge in Louisiana. Late Friday, the GOP legislation passed 223-189 on a nearly party-line vote. The bill was pulled a day earlier because of... more »
  • State Police to get look at how drugs, illegals cross border and get to La. Play Video

    August 1, 2014 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana State Police are headed to the U.S- Mexican border for a look at where illegals begin their journey into the states, possibly headed to Louisiana. Col. Mike Edmonson is expected to be in McAllen, Texas, beginning Monday. Edmonson and his team will focus on how drugs... more »
  • GOP, Democrats unite to seek fundraising changes

    July 26, 2014 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican and Democratic parties rarely agree on much, but they've found common ground on an issue that hits both of them in the pocketbooks. Leaders of the two state parties are aligned in their push to get fundraising rules changed. The parties want to compete with... more »
  • Rodney Alexander resigns as state VA chief

    June 3, 2014 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rodney Alexander stepped down from his position as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Tuesday, according to Governor Bobby Jindal's office. The governor appointed David LaCerte, who's served as deputy secretary since 2010, to replace Alexander effective immediately. "Rodney has been a strong... more »
  • Rep. McAllister cancels tea party appearance

    April 14, 2014 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An organizer says Republican U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister canceled an appearance before a tea party group as he continues to stay out of sight after a video showed him kissing a married aide. McAllister was scheduled to speak Monday to the North Central Louisiana Tea Party. But... more »
  • GOP leader: McAllister's apology appropriate

    April 8, 2014 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he's pleased a Republican congressman from Louisiana apologized after a newspaper published a video it says shows him kissing a woman who isn't his wife. But Cantor stopped short of calling for U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister to resign. Cantor, of Virginia,... more »
  • Port Allen mayoral candidate arrested

    March 13, 2014 9:57 PM

    PORT ALLEN- One of five people vying to be the city's next mayor was booked into jail on an outstanding warrant. Larry Bell was arrested on a cruelty to animals charge by Port Allen Police. Details about the alleged crime were not released. The mayoral election is set... more »
  • Jindal's ex-coastal leader running for Congress

    February 26, 2014 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's former coastal chief, Garret Graves, is running for Congress this fall. Graves, a Republican, announced Wednesday that he'll seek the vacant 6th District seat, representing from Pointe Coupee Parish down into Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, containing most of the metropolitan Baton Rouge area.... more »
  • Former congressman gets in attorney general's race

    February 24, 2014 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Congressman Jeff Landry says he's running to be Louisiana's next attorney general, seeking to oust a fellow Republican from the job. Landry announced Monday that he'll seek the seat currently held by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in the 2015 election. Caldwell is running for re-election.... more »
  • Few voters make big decisions for communities

    October 19, 2013 11:27 PM

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

    October 18, 2013 11:52 PM

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

    September 3, 2013 11:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is the most corrupt state, according to Business Insider an information website catered to business and technology. The site analyzed the number of convictions for public corruption. Louisiana was the worst. Follow the Bayou State: North and South Dakota ( numbers two and three, respectively)... more »
  • Alexander announced as new state VA secretary

    August 7, 2013 1:13 PM

    MONROE - A day after he announced he was through with Congress, U.S. Rep Rodney Alexander has been announced as the new head of the state's veterans affairs office. The governor's office said Alexander would resign from his position on Sept. 26 and start his new job, which has... more »
  • La. Congressman tired of Washington 'gridlock,' won't run again

    August 6, 2013 4:34 PM

    MONROE- Louisiana will lose its most senior member of the U.S. House since Rodney Alexander (R) announced he will not seek re-election today. Alexander represents the 5th Congressional District, which covers part of the Florida Parishes and mostly north east and central Louisiana. The lines of his district were... more »
  • Romney casts Ron Paul as fringe candidate

    December 30, 2011 3:17 PM

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - The polls suggest that Ron Paul could be the only Republican who could cost Mitt Romney a victory in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses. And Romney is setting out to make sure that doesn't happen. During TV interviews today, Romney said he doesn't think that Paul "represents... more »
  • Revenue forecasting panel revisits income estimate

    December 14, 2011 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's income forecasting panel is planning to talk about whether the state's revenue projections should be dropped, a move that could force a new round of budget cuts. The four-member Revenue Estimating Conference meets Wednesday to hear from two state economists about how income projections have fallen... more »
  • Vitter group targets 14 seats in state Legislature

    August 4, 2011 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Republican fundraising group created by U.S. Sen. David Vitter has targeted 10 state House seats and four state Senate seats this fall, hoping to switch them to the GOP and boost the party's majorities in both chambers of the Legislature. The Senate seats sought by... more »
  • La. House redistricting plan unveiled Friday

    March 18, 2011 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The first draft of a remapping plan for Louisiana's state House districts would cut six districts from the metropolitan New Orleans area and shift them to the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain and to Baton Rouge and its suburbs. House Speaker Jim Tucker unveiled the proposed... more »
  • Veteran Louisiana political figure dies

    October 1, 2009 11:13 AM

    Lee Fletcher, a well-known veteran of north Louisiana politics, died Wednesday in Monroe after a long battle with cancer. Fletcher worked in many congressional campaigns, serving as chief of staff for former Louisiana congressman, Dr. John Cooksey. He also was chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Dr. John Flemming... more »

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