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  • Edwards: If elected, state budget would be focus

    July 21, 2014 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The lone Democrat to announce he's running for governor, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, says Louisiana's next leader will need to focus on stabilizing the state's finances. Edwards criticized Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's budgeting tactics as "running the state like a big Ponzi scheme." He says Jindal's... more »
  • McAllister changes course, will seek re-election

    June 30, 2014 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister has changed his mind and says he intends to run for re-election despite the scandal caused by a video showing him kissing a married female aide. In April, the freshman congressman said he wouldn't seek another term. But on Monday, McAllister said... more »
  • Former legislator pleads guilty to tax fraud

    October 10, 2013 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former state representative has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in federal court today. Former state Rep. Girod Jackson entered his plea on three tax fraud accounts in U.S. District Court in New Orelans. Jackson resigned from the Lousiana Legislature in August after being charged with... more »
  • Boustany says he'll vote against Syria strike

    September 9, 2013 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany has become the third member of Louisiana's congressional delegation to say he opposes U.S. military intervention in Syria. Boustany, a Republican from Lafayette, announced his decision Monday to vote against President Barack Obama's proposal after a closed-door briefing with other members of Congress,... more »
  • A New Orleans-style goodbye set for Lindy Boggs

    August 1, 2013 8:53 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and John Lewis, the congressman and civil rights leader, are among those remembering Lindy Boggs with words of praise. Both spoke at St. Louis Cathedral Thursday morning prior to a funeral Mass for the former congresswoman. Both recalled her as a gracious... more »
  • Flags at half-staff for passing of Lindy Boggs

    July 29, 2013 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal ordered flags at state buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of Lindy Boggs, who died this weekend. She was 97. Boggs, who was born in Pointe Coupee Parish, was the first woman from Louisiana elected to the U. S. House of... more »
  • GOP leader Cantor opposes Senate 'cliff' bill

    January 1, 2013 2:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - The No. 2 Republican in the House leadership says he opposes a Senate-passed measure to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor told reporters after a two-hour closed-door meeting Tuesday with his GOP lawmakers that he did not support the bill. He said House leaders were... more »
  • Runoff elections tomorrow in Louisiana

    December 7, 2012 12:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Secretary of State's office isn't expecting a high turnout for tomorrow's runoff elections. Not all parishes have a lot on the ballot, and so far more than 50,000 people voted early statewide. In Baton Rouge, voters will decide who takes an open seat on... more »
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. submits letter of resignation

    November 21, 2012 1:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says he has received letter of resignation from Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel said Wednesday the Speaker's office received a letter of resignation from Jackson. Boehner's office did not immediately comment beyond acknowledging they'd received the letter. Jackson... more »
  • Ariz. shooter listens to victims, little reaction

    November 8, 2012 12:40 PM

    PHOENIX - The man who pleaded guilty to a deadly Arizona shooting rampage is watching and listening as victims speak, showing little emotion or reaction. Jared Loughner is being sentenced to life in prison for killing six people and wounding many more, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband,... more »
  • Ryan says he will return to Congress

    November 7, 2012 10:51 AM

    BOSTON - Paul Ryan says he is returning to Congress. The failed Republican vice presidential nominee said Wednesday that he will be seated when the new House convenes in January. But first, he says he's looking forward to spending some time with his family before resuming his responsibilities as House... more »
  • Landry calls on Boustany for congressional debate

    October 12, 2012 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry is calling on his Republican rival, U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, to agree to a debate in the 3rd District congressional race before the November election. The only debate planned between the two GOP congressmen - who were forced into the same district when... more »
  • Landry gets support from GOP leaders

    October 2, 2012 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry has picked up the backing of Republican Party leaders from two-thirds of the parishes in the newly-drawn 3rd Congressional District, as he seeks to oust fellow GOP incumbent congressman, Charles Boustany. Landry announced Tuesday that he's been endorsed by the Republican Party executive... more »
  • State lawmaker wants special session to work on budget Play Video

    September 19, 2012 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Dee Richard, I- Houma, says lawmaker need to call a special session before the end of the year. Richard says the legislature needs to be more involved in recent decisions about the budget. Lawmakers have criticized Governor Bobby Jindal's plans to close Phelps Correctional Center,... more »
  • Mo. lawmaker still defiant, won't quit Senate race

    August 22, 2012 7:21 AM

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Embattled Rep. Todd Akin is insisting he's in the U.S. Senate race to stay, saying "this is not about my ego" but about the voters of Missouri who chose him as their nominee. Akin confirms in a nationally broadcast interview that Republican vice presidential candidate... more »
  • Proposed change to Florida Blvd. could help traffic

    August 3, 2012 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Sherman Mack, R-Albany, is continuing a push to add two lanes to Florida Boulevard (Highway 190) between Denham Springs and Hammond. Mack recently discussed the plan at the Livingston Economic Development Conference. News 2's Mike Steele will have more on the proposed bill on... more »
  • Hearing scheduled for former Rep. Jefferson

    April 20, 2012 7:50 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - A hearing in federal court may determine whether a former Louisiana congressman will have to begin serving a 13-year prison sentence for taking bribes and other crimes. Democrat William Jefferson was convicted back in 2009 but has been free on bond while appealing his case. The case drew... more »
  • Union representative talks about state budget cuts impact Play Video

    February 10, 2012 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Former state worker Leonal Hardman says the governor's proposed budget could be devastating for Baton Rouge. Nearly 6,400 hundred positions would be eliminated according to the governor's plan. Hardman says he expects coalitions from across the state to oppose many of the moves. Hardman says other... more »
  • House postpones vote on GOP debt ceiling plan

    July 28, 2011 5:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U. S. House has delayed a vote on the GOP-backed plan to raise the debt ceiling before the government defaults on its loans Aug. 2. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) confirmed to News 2 that the vote had been delayed while Republicans did some last-minute "whipping" to... more »
  • Federal jury finds ex-NO politician guilty

    July 25, 2011 4:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has convicted former New Orleans City Council member and state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt of conspiring with members of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's family to steal more than $1 million from a string of charities supported with taxpayer money. The jury returned... more »
  • Senate rejects bill to drug test welfare seekers

    June 21, 2011 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate has voted to scrap a Metairie representative's proposal to require drug testing of welfare recipients who receive cash assistance. Republican John LaBruzzo says random screening would help break the cycle of addiction among welfare recipients. But critics say it is inaccurate - and potentially... more »
  • Weiner resigns in wake of sexting scandal

    June 16, 2011 1:46 PM

    NEW YORK - Embattled New York Rep. Anthony Weiner is resigning from Congress, saying he cannot continue in office amid the intense controversy surrounding sexually explicit messages he sent online to several women. The 46-year-old Democrat made the announcement in his home district in New York after two weeks... more »
  • State Rep. backing resolution to re-stripe MS River Bridge

    June 13, 2011 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Karen St. Germain is backing a resolution to re-stripe the Mississippi River Bridge.The resolution passed in the House and goes to the Senate this week. DOTD changed the I-10 westbound lane configuration on the bridge last year. It was an effort to improve traffic flow.... more »
  • Abortion ban clears committee

    May 25, 2011 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative John LaBruzzo, R- Metairie, says he expects legal battles to be part of his bill which bans abortion and that those fights will be key to overturning Roe versus Wade. Pro-choice organizations oppose the bill. Others say the legal moves will be costly at a... more »
  • Ariz. shooting spree suspect incompetent for trial

    May 25, 2011 3:12 PM

    PHOENIX - A federal judge has ruled that the suspect in the Arizona shooting rampage that wounded U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is mentally incompetent to stand trial, putting the criminal case on hold indefinitely. The decision by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns means 21-year-old Jared Lee Loughner will be... more »
  • Bill filed to put 10 commandments monument in front of State Capitol

    April 14, 2011 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There's a push to put the Ten Commandments on display at the State Capitol. State Rep. Patrick Williams, D-Shreveport, filed the bill Thursday. He wants to put up the monument as a history lesson. He said, "This is something that we can do to get... more »
  • State rep. trying to evict Carnival krewe

    February 26, 2011 5:35 PM

    METAIRIE, La.- It's a less than festive complication for a state lawmaker and a Carnival club as the height of Louisiana's parade season nears: state Rep. Damon Baldone of Houma is trying to evict the Krewe of Zeus from a suburban New Orleans warehouse because of unpaid rent. Baldone... more »
  • Obama: US grieving, shocked over Arizona rampage

    January 10, 2011 12:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said the nation is still shocked and grieving after Saturday's deadly shooting rampage in Arizona that killed six people and left a congresswoman in critical condition after being shot point-blank in the head. Speaking in the Oval Office Monday, Obama said Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords... more »
  • UPDATE: Ariz. Congresswoman, bystanders shot at event

    January 8, 2011 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot in the head and an aide killed Saturday when an assailant opened fire in an area where the lawmaker was meeting with constituents in Tucson, congressional officials said. An unknown number of others was injured, these officials said, including additional aides to... more »
  • State Rep. Avon Honey dead at 62

    February 12, 2010 11:48 AM

    Officials in Baton Rouge confirm that state Rep. Avon Honey has died. He was 62. A spokeswoman for the House of Representatives confirmed the death. Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed condolences to Honey's family during a Friday news conference, saying Honey had passed away overnight. The cause of death has not... more »
  • Former Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson dies

    February 10, 2010 2:29 PM

    A hospital spokeswoman says former Rep.Charlie Wilson of Texas has died at the age of 76. The spokeswoman says Wilson died Wednesday of cardiopulmonary arrest. Wilson represented Texas' 2nd District in the House from 1973 to 1996 and was nicknamed "Good Time Charlie" for his partying ways. He... more »
  • Lawmaker says Ascension road too dangerous

    February 8, 2010 3:37 PM

    State Representative Eddie Lambert, (R) Gonzales, says students are in danger because of a bad road in Ascension Parish. He is asking the state for money to widen LA 930 which runs in front of Prairieville Middle School. He says buses almost have to run off the road in... more »
  • Ex-congressman's brother faces sentencing

    January 28, 2010 4:59 AM

    Political operative Mose Jefferson faces sentencing Thursday for bribing a former New Orleans school board president. In August, a jury convicted Jefferson of charges he paid kickbacks to Ellenese Brooks-Simms for her support in awarding school contracts to a computer-based teaching system he sold. Jefferson is a brother of former... more »
  • Former congressman to be sentenced today

    November 13, 2009 8:37 AM

    The former Louisiana congressman who famously hid $90,000 cash in his freezer and was later convicted of federal bribery charges will soon learn his punishment. William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday afternoon in Virginia. Jefferson was convicted on charges including... more »

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