December 17, 2014 10:49 PM
GONZALES- In an unheard of unanimous vote by the city council Wednesday night, two people were nominated for open positions on the council.
Barbara Duhe, a retired city worker, was appointed to fill the seat left vacant when Timothy Vessel was recalled earlier this month. Seventy-five percent of voters... more »
December 16, 2014 10:45 PM
SORRENTO- The town council overwhelmingly approved selling off police equipment Tuesday night.
City leaders declared police cruisers, guns, desks - everything once used by officers - as surplus property. It allows the city to sell the merchandise to other area departments or at a public auction.
Last month,... more »
December 15, 2014 9:49 PM
GONZALES- Governor Bobby Jindal will need to appoint someone to fill the council seat of Gary Lacombe since the deadline for the city to appoint someone passed at midnight.
Mayor Barney Arceneaux said he will suggest someone to the governor's office. The city had twenty days to appoint someone... more »
December 10, 2014 9:31 PM
ANGOLA - Warden Burl Cain says he's thinking about running for governor next year.
Cain has spent more than three decades as a warden, the last two at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.
"Angola's fixed, and it's not what it was," he said. "It's kind of like the job... more »
December 10, 2014 11:06 AM
BATON ROUGE - He's dressed as a cowboy, Santa, and a pirate to promote East Baton Rouge, and now Mayor-President Kip Holden wants to add "lieutenant governor" to his wardrobe.
Holden officially kicked off his campaign for the office Wednesday in Baton Rouge. He said he's dedicated to using... more »
December 9, 2014 9:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved the mayor's $830 million spending plan for 2015 which will include two police academies to train as many as sixty new police officers.
The budget was approved Tuesday evening. The Metro Council made no changes to the plan but did voice some concern about... more »
December 4, 2014 11:37 AM
WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is heading toward her Saturday runoff against Republican congressman Bill Cassidy with almost no financial help from outside allies. How disparate is their support? In all, 97 cents of every political dollar spent outside the two campaigns since Nov. 5 has been... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
November 20, 2014 10:28 AM
WASHINGTON - The steps being announced tonight by President Barack Obama on immigration could mark the start of one of the fiercest partisan confrontations of his presidency. His measures could make as many as 5 million people eligible for work permits, shielding them from deportation. But none would have a... more »
November 14, 2014 8:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - Local Women in Politics are hosting a morning of fellowship, encouragement and breakfast Saturday in Baton Rouge.
BESE Board Member Carolyn Hill and Baker City Councilwoman Joyce Burges joined 2une Friday to discuss the 3rd annual Spiritual Enlightenment Breakfast.
"The mission of Women in Politics... more »
November 12, 2014 2:53 PM
WASHINGTON - The Republican Party's new freshmen senators who sometimes sounded big tea-party themes during their campaign are adopting a more moderate tone as they prepare to enter Congress. A few of the 11 incoming GOP senators may still opt to battle party leaders, as some tea party-backed House Republicans... more »
November 10, 2014 4:27 PM
LABADIEVILLE - Less than a week after a WBRZ Investigative Unit broke a story about a fetus being held in a freezer for the past six years, it was removed late this evening and shipped to a funeral home.
It happened after Judge Guy Holdridge signed a court order... more »
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 »
November 4, 2014 7:15 PM
WASHINGTON - Republicans have captured their sixth Senate seat that had been held by Democrats - and that's enough to give Republicans control of the Senate next year. The GOP will now have full control of Congress during the final two years of President Barack Obama's second term. And their... more »
October 27, 2014 10:48 PM
GONZALES- A long-standing fight over funding for new crime-fighting tools continues here.
Monday night, the traditional three-member voting bloc disagreed with providing money for crime cameras and motorcycles for the police department. However, the group suggested providing money to pay for new police cars. Still, it was not enough... more »
October 21, 2014 3:24 PM
WASHINGTON - Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate. And by a 47 to 39 percent margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, Republicans hold... more »
October 20, 2014 1:28 PM
WASHINGTON - Republicans may be close to winning control of Congress and more votes to repeal "Obamacare," but GOP governors don't see the president's health care law going away. Nine Republican governors have accepted the law's Medicaid coverage expansion for low-income people, despite their own misgivings about big government and... more »
October 18, 2014 10:28 AM
BOSTON - The U.S. and China are pledging to overcome mistrust, manage their differences and cooperate on key issues like combating terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus ahead of President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to the Chinese capital. Meeting in Boston on Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry... more »
October 16, 2014 1:49 PM
WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers are criticizing the government response to the arrival of Ebola on U.S. shores. The criticism came at a House hearing where top public health officials have been defending their actions. Republican Fred Upton of Michigan, who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, said Americans are "scared."... more »
October 14, 2014 4:16 PM
SORRENTO- A 71-year-old great-grandmother appears to be the de facto police chief of this small town since all of her opponents withdrew.
Fern Barnett is now listed as the "unopposed" candidate on the Secretary of State's candidate's list. Barnett is listed as a Democrat.
"Different things have been... more »
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 »
October 3, 2014 3:56 PM
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - President Barack Obama is giving Republicans a gift of sorts by confirming their midterm election narrative that next month's balloting is a referendum on his policies. Within hours of Obama's remarks, GOP candidates across the political landscape sought to capitalize on his words with ads tying... more »
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 »
September 25, 2014 4:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu traveled to the Citgo refinery near Lake Charles to highlight her successful stalling of a bill to impose sanctions against human-rights abusers in Venezuela's government. While the Democratic senator has been criticized as siding with Venezuelan leaders who have committed horrible abuses, she... more »
September 9, 2014 4:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - Ahead of a Wednesday hearing to determine the fate of Mary Roper as parish attorney, Roper's attorneys are blasting the Metro Council for its attempts to fire her and released details of their own investigation into accusations Roper broke the rules.
The calls for Roper's dismissal... more »
September 8, 2014 8:44 PM
GONZALES- Mayor Barney Arceneaux said he will likely use all ten days of his decision-making time frame to decide if he will veto the latest budget passed by the Gonzales City Council Monday evening.
Similar to the last budget , which he vetoed, the one approved in a three... more »
September 3, 2014 10:41 PM
GONZALES- City leaders took a stand against their colleagues Wednesday, signing a petition to recall two members of the city council.
Mayor Barney Arceneaux, councilmen Kenny Matassa and Kirk Boudreaux and Police Chief Sherman Jackson signed the form to set a recall vote that could oust councilmen Timothy Vessel... more »
August 26, 2014 7:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - Conflicting information from the federal government shows, to a degree, how many illegal children have crossed into the United States and found refuge with sponsors in Louisiana.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement reports on a state-by-state list that there are 1,275 children in Louisiana. Then, on... more »
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 »
August 20, 2014 10:04 PM
SORRENTO- A 71-year-old great-grandmother has entered the race for police chief in this small town.
Fern Barnett, who had been a clerk for the city and the department, qualified for the election on the first day candidates could sign up. By Wednesday evening, she was the only person listed... more »
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 »
August 18, 2014 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- The planning commission denied a rezoning request for a bar in the Southdowns area Monday.
Owners of Time Out Lounge wanted to open a location on Valley Street between the railroad and Perkins Road. The lounge was destroyed by a fire last year.
People who live... more »
August 13, 2014 3:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted down a controversial fairness ordinance 8-4 Wednesday night after multiple meetings with impassioned pleas from both sides of the debate.
The ordinance would have banned discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender people.
Security had been increased at City Hall since Council... more »
August 9, 2014 10:45 AM
DENVILLE, N.J. - The daughter of a prominent New Jersey Republican Party leader who was killed by her husband before he committed suicide says her parents were experiencing "enormous stress" in recent weeks. Lorraine "Lori" Bramhall says John Bramhall believed his wife of 54 years was suffering from dementia. She... more »
August 7, 2014 11:01 PM
WASHINGTON- In an address to the nation that interrupted television shows Thursday, the president said he authorized the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants if they advance toward the critical city of Irbil, where the U.S. has a consulate and a military operations center.
... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
July 16, 2014 10:50 AM
NEW YORK - One in six people now call immigration the most pressing problem facing the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll. That's up sharply since June, when just 5 percent said immigration topped their list of concerns. The issue has gained prominence as a surge in unaccompanied minors... more »
July 3, 2014 8:57 PM
BATON ROUGE- Congressman Bill Cassidy's unmarried, 17-year-old daughter, is pregnant the doctor told media outlets Thursday.
Cassidy, a conservative Republican running for U.S. Senate against Democrat Mary Landrieu, is campaign on a traditional family values platform. He is considered the leading GOP candidate for the seat. CNN.com reported Landrieu... more »
June 12, 2014 11:14 AM
WASHINGTON - The House has voted to make permanent a generous tax break that makes buying new equipment and improving property easier for small businesses. The tax break would allow business owners to write off such investments more quickly. It expired at the beginning of the year, along with more... more »
June 11, 2014 4:00 PM
WASHINGTON - Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor says he will step down as House majority leader on July 31. He plans to stay in Congress but not seek re-election. Cantor announced his decision at a news conference Wednesday. The Virginia Republican revealed his decision a day after his astonishing upset... more »
June 10, 2014 8:49 PM
BAKER- City leaders refused to increase water and sewer rates at a meeting Tuesday evening.
The mayor said the most expensive increase would barely double rates but not everyone would see an increase that high. Water rates would increase between $6 and $8, sewer rates would raise bills about... more »
June 10, 2014 7:54 PM
WASHINGTON- What's in a name is the basis of a lawsuit filed by the Hershey company over use of political advertising that looks like its candy bar.
The company sued Maryland State Senator Stephen Hershey, Jr. of improperly using campaign materials that mimic the candy bar.
Hershey wants... more »
June 10, 2014 7:11 PM
RICHMOND, Va. - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has been defeated by a tea party-backed challenger in the Republican primary. Economics professor Dave Brat won a stunning upset victory against Cantor on Tuesday in the 7th District Republican primary contest, which is in the Richmond area. Cantor is the second-most... more »
May 23, 2014 10:00 PM
MONROE- The kissing congressman is not ruling out a future career in politics.
According to Politico , Vance McAllister is not quite ready to leave politics completely. The website posted this week, McAllister was quite open about his future in what is described as a brief interview about his... more »
May 15, 2014 9:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- Public school system leaders denounced a legislative plan to give more power to principals and slash the power of school boards.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 636. Two board members, David Tatman and Barbara Freiberg, abstained. Essentially, the bill... more »
May 8, 2014 5:49 PM
WASHINGTON - The House has voted to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, with Republicans vowing to dig deeper in a search for truth. Democrats say the election-year inquiry is actually a political ploy to raise campaign cash and motivate GOP voters, and they're weighing... more »
April 23, 2014 6:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved annexing a new big box retail store, the movie production studios and a bank at their meeting Wednesday afternoon.
Costco, Celtic, and a credit union along Airline Highway and its intersection with I-12 are now inside the city limits of Baton Rouge. The move... more »
April 22, 2014 3:21 PM
WASHINGTON - Can a state make it illegal for politicians to lie about each other? The Supreme Court doesn't seem to think so. Justices today were highly skeptical about an Ohio law that makes it illegal to recklessly make false statements about candidates seeking elective office. Critics of the law... more »
April 10, 2014 3:18 PM
BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal joined the Louisiana Republican Party in saying Rep. Vance McAllister should resign amid the kissing scandal.
"Congressman McAllister's behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign," the governor said Thursday.
McAllister said a day earlier, he was not expecting to be in Washington,... more »
April 9, 2014 10:23 PM
PORT ALLEN- Fences are on the mend here, just days after voters elected a new mayor and ended a more than year-long ordeal that centered around the actions of the town's former mayor.
The city council and Richard Lee, the newly-elected mayor, are meeting and talking about how to... more »
April 9, 2014 4:51 PM
BATON ROUGE- Mayor-President Kip Holden is pushing a Senate bill, he believes, would give the city-parish more time to vet a move by residents in the southeast area of the parish to breakaway and form their own city.
"We don't think it's good for the City of Baton Rouge,"... more »
April 9, 2014 11:08 AM
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have derailed an election-year Democratic bill curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill's rejection was widely expected, yet Democrats hope the effort will pay political dividends in this November's congressional elections. They are trying to drive up turnout this fall by women, who historically lean more... more »
April 8, 2014 11:25 PM
MONROE- The Louisiana congressman who was caught kissing a woman other than his wife on his office surveillance cameras plans to ask federal investigators to probe the leak of the recording Wednesday.
Vance McAllister (R-Monroe), through his chief of staff, told KNOE TV , he will discuss a possible... more »
April 7, 2014 8:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - Organizations seeking to toughen regulations on payday loans pointed to a report by the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions that shows state residents shelled out $146 million in fees and interest on the loans last year. Supporters of a bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James argued... more »
April 7, 2014 4:19 PM
MONROE - Newly-elected Congressman Vance McAllister asked for forgiveness Monday, after a video purportedly showing him kissing a woman who wasn't his wife surfaced on the Internet .
McAllister's staff did not answer phone calls, but released a statement hours after the video was posted.
"There's no doubt... more »
March 18, 2014 3:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- The organization behind the incorporation of the City of St. George asked for leaders of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System to apologize and resign amid a state audit of the education system in the parish.
Tuesday, the group asked board member Belinda Davis, State Representative... more »
March 17, 2014 11:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- There's no doubting that Edwin Edwards is trying to be his old, wise-cracking self as he returns to politics.
Monday, announcing his candidacy for Congress, Edwards had a room full of people laughing and clapping like he did two decades ago. Later, on WBRZ News 2 at... more »
March 17, 2014 9:42 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - People did not hold back, discussing their thoughts about Edwin Edwards' decision to return to politics after federal prison and a more than twenty-year hiatus from public service.
At Don's Seafood Monday night in Denham Springs, the dinner table banter was flowing as much as beer... more »
March 17, 2014 12:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards spoke with News 2 about his chances making it to Congress.
The 86-year-old Edwards announced Monday at the Press Club of Baton Rouge he'd seek the state's 6th District seat.
Edwards served four terms as governor before his conviction on... more »
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 »
March 9, 2014 5:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are getting ready as legislative session is set to begin Monday at noon.
With more than 1,500 bills one the table, legislators expect a busy session this year. A little more than 1,000 of the bills come from the house this year with an... more »
March 1, 2014 10:46 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will travel to Houston in April to raise money for House and Senate candidates. That's according to an invitation to the event obtained by The Associated Press. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California are scheduled to... more »
February 24, 2014 10:19 PM
BATON ROUGE- The president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is taking an argument over his health, a pending lawsuit, and threats of his arrest public after a judge issued a bench warrant for Don Briggs when he failed to appear in a Baton Rouge courtroom Monday.
Briggs... more »
February 19, 2014 3:31 PM
GONZALES- Trina Scott Edwards, the wife of former governor and convicted felon Edwin Edwards, said a national report released Wednesday suggesting Edwards had made up his mind about running for Congress was inaccurate.
Scott Edwards believes her husband was misquoted by the writer in a phone conversation recently where... more »
February 11, 2014 10:16 AM
WASHINGTON - House GOP leaders have announced they will advance this week an increase in the government's borrowing cap that's free of any add-ons.
House Speaker John Boehner announced the plan after a poll of the Republican rank and file failed to show enough support for a plan to... more »
January 19, 2014 10:46 AM
TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey Democrat leading the investigation into traffic jams orchestrated by Gov. Chris Christie's aides says his committee will look into a new allegation of political retribution by the Republican administration. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (wiz-NOO'-skee) says Hoboken Mayor... more »
January 15, 2014 10:55 PM
WASHINGTON- Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) is pushing to require people who use food stamps to show a valid photo ID when buying items.
"Using a photo ID is standard in many day to day transactions, and most of those are not exclusively paid for by the taxpayer dollars," Vitter... more »
January 3, 2014 9:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - A source close to former Louisiana governor and convicted felon Edwin Edwards tells WBRZ News 2 the 86-year-old is mulling a bid for the 6th Congressional House seat held by Bill Cassidy.
Instead of running for re-election, Cassidy is running against Mary Landrieu for the U.S.... more »
October 23, 2013 10:26 PM
BATON ROUGE- Bus routes will be changing in a few months since the Metro Council approved a measure Wednesday night.
Ten routes will be added and it is expected to shorten trip times. The changes will be made in March.
New routes and better times were promised since... more »
October 23, 2013 4:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- At least one city leader is raising a red flag about a candidate for an available seat on the board of directors of the bus system here.
William Johnson pleaded guilty to felony attempted theft and conspiracy to commit fraud related to donations to DARE programs in... more »
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 »
October 19, 2013 11:19 PM
MONROE- No final decision on who will be Louisiana's next congressman, but one thing is for sure: they'll be a Republican.
Vance McAllister, a businessman who self-funded his campaign, and Neil Riser, a second-term lawmaker, will compete in the Nov. 16 election. Both are members of the Republican Party.... more »