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 »
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 »
October 3, 2013 10:32 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Bill Cassidy was the target of jokesters on the Comedy Central program "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
Stewart and his political correspondent made fun of Cassidy for signing a letter before the government shutdown that discussed a plan to fund the government in exchange for... more »
October 2, 2013 10:36 PM
LIVINGSTON- Leaders believe roads along I-12 must take priority when it comes to upgrading and rehabilitation so the parish can advance into the future.
Wednesday, Parish President Layton Ricks affirmed Cook Road is at the top of a controversial list deciding which get work first. He was supposed to... more »
October 1, 2013 1:13 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE- Tuesday's government shutdown includes a popular outdoors area, especially one frequented by hunters.
Cat Island will be closed as long as the stalemate in Washington, D.C. continues.
An operator at the wildlife refuge said Monday, the gates would be locked if a budget deal was not... more »
September 30, 2013 9:47 PM
WASHINGTON- House Republicans are expected to discuss more legislation dealing with funding the government Monday night as a shutdown nears.
It could be the first in 17 years. The deadline is midnight.
"There side thinks it is good that bureaucrats run our life; our side thinks 'heck, it... more »
September 26, 2013 7:47 PM
WASHINGTON- The AFL-CIO plans to shift more of its political resources into state and local campaigns, including targeting Republican governors considered anti-union.
Political director Michael Podhorzer says spending is expected to be the same or greater as the 2010 campaign cycle when the labor federation spent $53-million on federal... more »
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 »
August 19, 2013 10:33 PM
BATON ROUGE- There are few implications in the Capital City region from government cuts that are forcing thousands of children out of Head Start programs this school year.
The federal government says 57,265 fewer children across the country will participate because of automatic cuts put in place after Congress... more »
August 9, 2013 1:29 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to restore lower interest rates on loans for millions of students heading back to college this fall. Friday's Oval Office ceremony caps a frenzy of negotiations that led to a rare bipartisan compromise to lower rates before classes resume.... more »
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 »
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 »
August 5, 2013 10:46 PM
AMITE- Three employees of the town of Independence pleaded no contest to charges related to spending town money on personal items.
John Henson, Charles Garafola, and Jeffers Cook were charged with unauthorized use of an access card. The group was accused of putting gas in personal or family vehicles... more »
July 26, 2013 2:15 PM
BATON ROUGE- LSU System employees will receive a pay adjustment for the first time in four years the new president and chancellor announced Friday.
"This is a long overdue action that has been precluded by financial circumstances," F. King Alexander said.
The pay raises or supplements will range... more »
July 18, 2013 7:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- A recently former board member of the Capital Area Transit System said he is innocent of allegations he used CATS money to pay for personal expenses.
"I didn't take any money from CATS," said Montrell McCaleb. McCaleb resigned from the board of directors Thursday, hours before reports... more »
July 17, 2013 11:05 PM
CARVILLE- Half of the state's full-time National Guard employees are being furloughed.
It is related to the national government sequestration.
Employees, including guardsmen, could get a 20% reduction in their pay because of the unpaid days off. It started in July and continues until September.
Leadership at... more »
July 11, 2013 10:42 AM
BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the House budget-writing committee has become a Republican. Rep. Jim Fannin, of Jonesboro, says he switched to the GOP on Wednesday because he believes the Democratic Party no longer represents his political views or his constituents' views on issues like marriage, gun rights and... more »
July 3, 2013 10:54 PM
PORT ALLEN- Mayor Deedy Slaughter was all smiles at a town council committee meeting Wednesday night.
It was her first appearance heading a city meeting since a judge ruled, in many ways, in her favor a day earlier. Although she was smiling, she did not want to talk about... more »
June 28, 2013 10:34 PM
GREENWELL SPRINGS- Tony Perkins, the chief of the Family Research Council, has taken over the reigns of a baptist church here.
Perkins is filling-in as interim pastor at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church while church leaders look for a new senior leader. Perkins has held services the last few weekends,... more »
June 26, 2013 7:38 AM
AUSTIN, Texas - It's being called the "people's filibuster" at the Texas State Capitol.
Demonstrators against tough restrictions on abortions in the state shouted at deafening levels in the Senate chamber late last night, preventing lawmakers from voting on those restrictions before the midnight deadline. They created a ruckus... more »
June 9, 2013 10:13 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal's attempt to restructure early childhood education hit a roadblock in the Legislature. Unrelated disputes between the House and Senate stalled the bill that would have directly tied public dollars to student performance. Now, the Jindal administration is looking to make regulatory changes to... more »
June 6, 2013 10:17 AM
WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled Senate has voted down a Republican proposal to link student loan interest rates to the financial markets. The Senate on Thursday was scheduled to next take up Democrats' proposal that would extend current interest rates on new subsidized Stafford loans for the next two years at... more »
May 31, 2013 2:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory has jumped to the Republican Party, becoming Louisiana's only black state senator in the GOP. Guillory announced Friday that he's leaving the Democratic Party. A spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office said Guillory filed paperwork on Wednesday registering as a Republican. The... more »
May 29, 2013 7:42 PM
SHREVEPORT- Officials say two threatening letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg contained traces of the deadly poison ricin and were postmarked May 20 from Shreveport. New York City police said Wednesday the anonymous letters were opened Friday in New York at the city's mail facility and Sunday... more »
May 26, 2013 10:44 AM
WASHINGTON - Republicans keep slamming President Barack Obama's push to move away from a war footing and recalibrate his counter-terrorism strategy. Critics include Capitol Hill Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Graham says Obama is projecting weakness at a time when the United States ought to show resolve... more »
May 10, 2013 6:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House voted overwhelmingly in favor of a $25 billion budget today which sways from spending plans recommended by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The House stripped $500 million from Jindal's plan which was either one-time money, or not guaranteed. They instead opted for cuts to state... more »
April 5, 2013 10:13 PM
GONZALES- Trina Edwards, the wife of infamous former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, was recently in the hospital.
She's pregnant, and posted on her Facebook page the baby is doing okay. "The baby is fine and completely healthy," she wrote.
She was having kidney problems, according to a post... more »
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 »
April 2, 2013 9:56 PM
INDEPENDENCE- Four city employees, arrested Tuesday, returned to work after getting out of jail.
John Henson, Reginald Jefferson, Jeffers Cook, and Charles Garafola are charged with unauthorized use of an access card. Henson is also charged with theft under $500.
The arrests are related to an investigation by... more »
April 2, 2013 3:35 PM
INDEPENDENCE- Four town employees were arrested Tuesday, accused of using a city credit card to put fuel in personal vehicles.
John Henson, Reginald Jefferson, Jeffers Cook, and Charles Garafola are charged with unauthorized use of an access card. Henson is also charged with theft under $500.
All work... more »
March 29, 2013 12:32 PM
JERUSALEM - Recent discoveries of massive offshore natural gas deposits, set to begin flowing in the coming days, are turning into a mixed blessing for Israel. The deposits are expected to provide Israel enough natural gas for decades and transform the country, famously empty of natural resources, into an energy... more »
March 11, 2013 5:34 PM
VATICAN CITY - Ritual words, uttered in Latin, open and close the secret selection process of the new pope.
It starts with "Extra omnes" - or "Everyone out" - expelling all but voting cardinals from the Sistine Chapel where conclave balloting takes place. It ends with "Accepto" - "I... more »
March 8, 2013 11:27 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Gov. Jindal will not visit the Bayou Corne sinkhole next week, according to his press secretary.
Sean Lansing said Friday that Jindal is scheduled to meet with officials from Assumption Parish and state agency directors on Monday to see what more can be done for people... more »
March 5, 2013 4:14 PM
VENEZUELA- Hugo Chavez, the country's president has died.
The vice-president announced his death late Tuesday afternoon.
Chavez had been undergoing cancer treatment, and had surgery as recently as December.
Chavez was 58-years-old.
Check back HERE for more on this developing story and watch WBRZ News 2... more »
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 »
March 1, 2013 11:07 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says it may take a couple of weeks or a couple of months to reach a deal to end Washington's battle over spending cuts. The president spoke after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House on $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that go... more »
February 26, 2013 11:53 AM
BATON ROUGE- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Gov. Bobby Jindal's refusal to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program is tied to his presidential ambitions at the expense of benefits for Louisiana. The Democratic senator accused the Republican governor of obstructionism. Landrieu said Jindal seems adamant about putting his political future ahead of... more »
February 12, 2013 10:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- The president urged Congress to strengthen the middle class, boost job creation and promised to cut the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan in half within a year.
"It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country - the idea that... more »
February 1, 2013 2:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - Shaw Group Founder Jim Bernhard told News 2 today he is up for consideration to replace Stephen Chu as the Secretary of the Department of Energy.
He also said there are other names out there to become the country's next Secretary of Energy.
Bernhard recently... more »
January 24, 2013 11:07 AM
WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will nominate Mary Jo White as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission this afternoon. White served for nearly a decade as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, building a reputation as a tough prosecutor with an... more »
January 22, 2013 4:08 PM
WASHINGTON - Republicans controlling the House are moving quickly to try to defuse a potential debt crisis. They're offering legislation to prevent a first-ever default on U.S. obligations for three months or more. The Republicans are giving up for now on trying to extract spending cuts from Democrats in return... more »
January 22, 2013 12:01 PM
WASHINGTON - Joe Biden in 2016? The vice president is stoking speculation that he may be laying groundwork for a presidential campaign with a series of meetings with Democratic supporters throughout the long weekend of inauguration festivities. Biden was meeting with delegates from the Democratic National Committee during a private... more »
January 8, 2013 9:40 PM
GONZALES- Edwin Edwards and his new wife Trina Scott Edwards are expecting a child, Lafayette-based IND Monthly is reporting .
The magazine reported Tuesday the 34-year-old is pregnant.
The couple had announced they were attempting to conceive a child via artificial insemination.
Edwards is 85-years-old. The couple... more »
January 3, 2013 5:13 PM
WASHINGTON - A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts. House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders who... more »
December 12, 2012 3:56 PM
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats have quickly cobbled together a $60.4 billion disaster aid package for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October. Working from the emergency spending request President Barack Obama made five days ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday released draft... more »
December 12, 2012 2:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- Four of the twelve elected members of Metro Council will be making their last decisions of their council career tonight. Wednesday's meeting is also the last regular council meeting of the year.
"Bones" Addison, Mike Walker, Alison Gary, and "Smokie" Bourgeois won't return to the council next... more »
December 10, 2012 3:05 PM
WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee is launching an independent inquiry into what worked in 2012's elections - and, perhaps more importantly, what did not. RNC chairman Reince Priebus on Monday rolled out his effort, called the Growth and Opportunity Project, to look at how GOP nominee Mitt Romney came... more »
December 7, 2012 12:44 PM
WASHINGTON - In a reversal from four years ago, President Barack Obama will accept unlimited sums of corporate money to pay for his inauguration. A spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee said Friday that it will accept cash from companies and individuals to underwrite the costs of a weekend of... more »
December 4, 2012 4:51 PM
WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted for a sweeping, $631 billion defense bill that calls for accelerating the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and tightens sanctions on Iran. The vote was 98-0. The legislation would authorize money for weapons, aircraft and ships and provide a 1.7 percent pay raise... more »
November 29, 2012 7:52 AM
BATON ROUGE - Former Slaughter Alderman Thomas Boothe faces state ethics charges related to his alleged misuse of public office.
The Louisiana Board of Ethics posted the charges on its website Wednesday and asked the Ethics Adjudicatory Board to conduct a hearing on the allegations.
The counts stem... more »
November 27, 2012 3:39 PM
CLINTON- Shocking allegations of wrongdoing surfaced today in East Feliciana Parish surrounding the Mayor's race.
However, many of those allegations are just pranksters getting on telephones and causing trouble, according to Police Chief Eddie Stewart.
"This morning, I was at work and got a call saying I would... more »
November 26, 2012 5:05 PM
WASHINGTON - Efforts to avoid the "fiscal cliff" have resumed in Washington following the long holiday weekend. Congress and President Barack Obama have until the end of the year to avoid tax increases and automatic spending cuts. White House and congressional aides say Obama spoke separately over the weekend with... more »
November 26, 2012 2:51 PM
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has announced he will seek re-election to a second term.
Christie says he want New Jersey residents to know that he's "in this for the long haul" as he leads the state's recovery from Superstorm Sandy.
The governor confirms he... more »
November 20, 2012 3:14 PM
UNDATED - Lots of extended families are getting together for Thanksgiving this week.
And amid all the turkey and pie, the football on TV, the catching up on family doings, there are bound to be plenty of political disagreements. Andrew Marshall of Quincy, Mass., says his family members across... more »
November 14, 2012 2:18 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he hasn't yet scheduled a meeting with Republican Mitt Romney. At a news conference Wednesday, Obama said he hopes to have the chance to talk with Romney before the end of the year. Obama said the election was only a week ago, and that... more »
November 13, 2012 5:41 PM
WASHINGTON - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan acknowledges that he was shocked when he and presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost last week's election. The Wisconsin congressman says President Barack Obama won fair and square. In an interview with ABC News being aired Tuesday, Ryan says he and Romney thought... more »
November 13, 2012 3:28 PM
WASHINGTON - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says it's up to President Barack Obama to present a deficit reduction plan rather than a campaign slogan to Congress. The Kentucky Republican said that like House Speaker John Boehner, he is ready to support new revenue as part of a deal that... more »
November 7, 2012 6:02 PM
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner is offering to pursue a deal with a victorious President Barack Obama that will include higher taxes "under the right conditions" to help reduce the nation's staggering debt and put its finances in order. Boehner tells reporters a day after the president's clear re-election... more »
November 7, 2012 12:34 PM
CHICAGO - Here is the full text and video of Pres. Barack Obama's victory speech after securing a second term in the 2012 race for the White House.
Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its... more »