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  • Costs of Jindal's state police security detail has doubled

    October 13, 2015 7:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The cost of Gov. Bobby Jindal's security detail has doubled to more than $3 million since the Republican governor entered office nearly eight years ago. The Louisiana State Police says the hefty price increase isn't largely driven by Jindal's frequent out-of-state travel, but more by a sizable pay... more »
  • Democrat Edwards trying to break party slump in Louisiana

    October 2, 2015 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic candidate for governor John Bel Edwards has surged in recent polls, raising hopes among Democrats that they might be able to reclaim the Louisiana governor's mansion. Right now, Republicans hold every statewide elected job. And in the conservative state, Edwards remains a long-shot at becoming... more »
  • House, Senate to send Obama temporary spending bill

    September 30, 2015 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- A temporary government-wide funding measure that would keep the government open past a midnight deadline should make its way to President Barack Obama Wednesday with time to spare. The measure has already helped topple the top House GOP leader and exacerbated painful divisions between more pragmatic Republicans and... more »
  • Jindal says McConnell should step down

    September 25, 2015 4:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is calling on the GOP's top senator to step down. The Louisiana governor told The Associated Press on Friday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should follow the lead of House Speaker John Boehner, who announced earlier in the day plans to... more »
  • Clerk Kim Davis switching parties to become a Republican

    September 25, 2015 4:01 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, a longtime Democrat, says she is switching to the Republican Party because she feels abandoned by Democrats. Davis' made the announcement while in Washington, D.C., to attend the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit, Liberty Counsel spokeswoman Charla Bansley said Friday. Liberty Counsel... more »
  • Caldwell, Landry in close fundraising competition in AG race

    September 25, 2015 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- In Louisiana's attorney general's race, Republican incumbent Buddy Caldwell is locked in a tight fundraising competition with one GOP opponent, former Congressman Jeff Landry. Caldwell ended the latest two-month fundraising period ahead of the Oct. 24 election with nearly $1.2 million in the bank after raising $179,000. Landry... more »
  • GOP pragmatists protest tea party shutdown tactics

    September 23, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Rank-and-file Republican lawmakers are protesting the tactics of tea party colleagues who demand that legislation to keep the government open also take away federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Eleven GOP House freshmen say they support a short-term funding bill needed to guarantee the government won't shut down next... more »
  • Republican presidential hopeful Carson blames 'P.C. culture'

    September 22, 2015 12:25 PM

    SHARONVILLE, Ohio - Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says "P.C. culture" is to blame for the fallout over his statement against electing a Muslim president. Carson tells reporters in Ohio on Tuesday that his view is that anyone wanting to be president must embrace the Constitution and American principles. He... more »
  • Scott Walker to drop out of GOP presidential race

    September 21, 2015 4:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will announce later Monday that he is dropping out of the GOP race for the White House, sources tell CNN. CNN reported Monday that a GOP strategist close to the campaign and a senior GOP adviser with knowledge of Walker's plans said the... more »
  • Jindal qualifies for South Carolina primary

    September 18, 2015 6:37 PM

    CHARLESTON, S. C. - Governor Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign moved on from his debate performance this week to South Carolina. Jindal qualified as a candidate for the state's primary Friday, filing paperwork to appear on the Feb. 20 ballot. The Louisiana governor is still polling at the bottom... more »
  • Trump's rivals eye more aggressive stance in second debate

    September 16, 2015 8:55 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- In the first Republican presidential debate, most candidates took a hands-off approach to Donald Trump and hoped the brash billionaire would hurt himself. Instead, he only got stronger. The billionaire's unexpected durability has some of his rivals shifting their strategy for Wednesday's second showdown. Now their goal is... more »
  • Jay Dardenne unveils his first TV ad in La. governor's race

    September 16, 2015 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican candidate for governor Jay Dardenne has started his TV advertising, pitching himself as a nonpartisan, straight talker who will "make Louisiana proud." With the launch of his 30-second spot Tuesday, Dardenne, the state's lieutenant governor, became the last of the four major contenders for governor to begin... more »
  • Rick Perry first to exit 2016 Republican presidential race

    September 11, 2015 5:33 PM

    ST. LOUIS - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is dropping out of the race for president, ending his second bid for the Republican nomination and becoming the first major candidate of the 2016 campaign to give up on the White House. Perry's campaign said the longest-serving governor in Texas history... more »
  • Trump asks CNN to give debate advertising sales to veterans

    September 9, 2015 11:48 AM

    NEW YORK - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is asking CNN to donate to veterans the proceeds from advertising sold to air during next week's Republican debate. In a Tuesday letter to the cable news network, the billionaire says he is the reason the network sharply increased its rates ahead... more »
  • Trump signs pledge to back GOP's 2016 presidential nominee

    September 3, 2015 2:16 PM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump says he has signed a Republican loyalty pledge to back the GOP's 2016 nominee for president and skip a potential third-party bid. The billionaire businessman and presidential candidate roiled the GOP race when he refused to make such a promise in the campaign's first debate.... more »
  • Bush defends use of term 'anchor babies' on talk radio

    August 20, 2015 3:15 PM

    KEENE- Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush is defending his use of the term "anchor babies" on a talk radio show to describe children born to immigrants living illegally in the United States. He says he supports the concept of birthright citizenship. Asked by reporters Thursday if he thinks the term... more »
  • GOP hopeful Huckabee says West Bank is part of Israel

    August 18, 2015 1:47 PM

    JERUSALEM - Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee waded into Middle East politics by declaring the West Bank to be part of Israel. Huckabee made the remarks Tuesday while visiting a West Bank settlement. He told reporters "if you're going to visit Israel you should visit all of Israel, and that... more »
  • GOP candidates for governor oppose removing confederate monuments

    August 17, 2015 6:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- All three Republicans in Louisiana's governor's race say they're against moving Confederate monuments in New Orleans. The one Democrat says the question should be left to city officials. A city commission has recommended moving four monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee atop a column in Lee... more »
  • FACT CHECK: Truth vs exaggeration in GOP presidential debate

    August 7, 2015 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - The 10 Republican presidential hopefuls who took to the stage for their first debate in Cleveland faced a daunting task in distinguishing themselves among a sprawling field of candidates. Along the way, they puffed up their own records in office and public life and veered occasionally from the... more »
  • Jindal, other Republicans square off in debate

    August 6, 2015 8:55 PM

    CLEVELAND, OH - He wasn't among the seven GOP presidential candidates selected by the Fox News Channel to take part in today's pre-debate, but Donald Trump was criticized by two of the candidates. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Trump is "using his celebrity rather than his conservatism." Trump has... more »
  • Governor's race candidates differ on how to serve elderly

    August 6, 2015 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three contenders to be Louisiana's next governor say they'd elevate elderly affairs issues to a cabinet-level department, rather than a small agency inside the governor's office. But the candidates differed on the approach. Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said he would merge the oversight of services for... more »
  • State taxpayers pay legal costs of pro-Vitter super PAC

    July 30, 2015 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana taxpayers have reimbursed more than $69,000 in legal fees paid by a super PAC supporting Republican U.S. David Vitter for governor. The Fund for Louisiana's Future challenged the constitutionality of a Louisiana law limiting contributions in federal court last year and won. The state was required to... more »
  • Louisiana Republicans snub Caldwell for AG endorsement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 28, 2015 7:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell isn't losing sleep over his party's endorsement of his challenger, Jeff Landry. "The Republican party has never endorsed me and it's always brought me good luck," Caldwell said Tuesday. Earlier in the day Louisiana's GOP Chairman Roger Villere announced they were endorsing Landry,... more »
  • Republicans draw in more money for top La. statewide races

    July 28, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republicans are out-raising Democrats in Louisiana's races for governor and lieutenant governor. The latest campaign finance reports were due Monday. In the governor's race, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter reported raising $1.3 million, while donors gave GOP Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne $408,000. Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle... more »
  • Donald Trump loved and hated by Hispanics in border city

    July 24, 2015 4:24 PM

    LAREDO - A day after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's visit, some residents of Laredo, Texas, are calling the billionaire businessman a racist, while others are cheering his hardline immigration views. Interviews with more than a dozen local residents highlighted deep divisions in the small border city, where Hispanics represent... more »
  • Ohio Gov. Kasich is 16th notable entry into GOP race

    July 21, 2015 12:19 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the latest entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race. The outspoken swing-state governor declared his candidacy Tuesday at Ohio State University. He told a crowd of 2,000: "The sun is going to rise to the zenith in America again." He's the 16th... more »
  • McCain: Trump owes veterans an apology

    July 20, 2015 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. John McCain is responding to remarks by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who dismissed the former Vietnam POW's status as a war hero by saying, "I like people who weren't captured." McCain told MSNBC this morning that Trump doesn't need to apologize to him, but should... more »
  • As Republican infighting grows, donors call for calm

    July 6, 2015 6:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - Worried about "Republican on Republican violence," top party donors are taking action, with one firing off a letter calling for more civility and another seeking to block businessman Donald Trump from the debate stage altogether. Foster Friess, a Wyoming-based investor and one of the party's top 20 donors... more »
  • Christie says he's running in 2016 to 'change the world'

    June 30, 2015 11:37 AM

    LIVINGSTON, NJ - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has launched a 2016 campaign for president. The Republican governor formally announced his plans in a Tuesday morning event in the gymnasium of his old high school. He says both political parties "have failed our country" in an announcement speech calling for... more »
  • Presidential candidates weigh in on gay marriage ruling

    June 26, 2015 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - There's division among several of the Republican candidates for president about the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has condemned the decision by what he calls "five unelected justices" who make up the ruling's 5-4 majority. Santorum is a... more »
  • Jindal vows to fight gay marriage

    June 26, 2015 10:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana's Republican leader running for the White House as a conservative Christian, quickly blasted the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Friday to uphold same-sex marriage across the nation. Calling gay marriage a "states' rights" issue, Jindal lambasted the Supreme Court for, in his words, "trampling"... more »
  • GOP senators: Remove Confederate sign from Mississippi flag

    June 24, 2015 3:22 PM

    JACKSON, MS - Both of Mississippi's Republican U.S. senators say the state should remove a Confederate battle emblem from its flag. Sen. Thad Cochran says state symbols should reflect "unity and not divisiveness." Cochran's statement Wednesday came hours after Sen. Roger Wicker said the flag used since Reconstruction "should be... more »
  • After 6 months of consideration, Jeb Bush ready for '16 race

    June 15, 2015 7:49 AM

    WASHINGTON- Jeb Bush is ready to launch a presidential campaign months in the making with a focus on the "most vulnerable in our society." Six months after he got the 2016 campaign started by saying he was considering a bid, the 62-year-old former Florida governor will formally enter the race... more »
  • Iowa Republicans ending straw poll, a tradition born in 1979

    June 12, 2015 11:37 AM

    DES MOINES, IA - Republican leaders in Iowa have agreed to end the state's straw poll because of waning interest from presidential hopefuls and questions about its relevancy. Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kauffman says state party officials voted during a Friday morning conference call to end the straw poll, which... more »
  • GOP-controlled Hill panel backs state medical marijuana laws

    June 11, 2015 2:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The federal government would be unable to block state laws permitting the use of medical marijuana under legislation that has been approved by a Republican-controlled Senate committee. The 20-10 vote puts the Senate Appropriations panel on record in favor of permitting people to obtain and dispensaries to provide... more »
  • Jindal to announce political plans later this month

    June 3, 2015 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Jindal is expected to announce his future political plans in just three weeks. According to his chief political advisor, the governor will reveal if he's running for president on June 24th in New Orleans. Governor Jindal formed a campaign exploratory committee in May, and has hinted... more »
  • Lindsey Graham launches 2016 bid

    June 1, 2015 12:16 PM

    CENTRAL, S.C. - South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has kicked off his presidential campaign. He launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in the small South Carolina town called Central, where he grew up. He told supporters Monday: "I'm ready. I want to be president to defeat... more »
  • Perry announcing June 4 if he'll run again for president

    May 15, 2015 12:00 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will say next month whether he's running for president. Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history. He's been traveling in Iowa and other early-voting states to explore a second campaign for the White House. A spokesman says the Republican former governor... more »
  • GOP field grows: Fiorina, Carson to launch presidential bids

    May 4, 2015 4:54 AM

    WASHINGTON- Former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are set to launch their runs for president. Fiorina is likely to be the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, with Carson the only likely African-American. They are both also political outsiders in a field likely to... more »
  • Rubio to announce next campaign on April 13

    March 30, 2015 4:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio is set to kick off his next campaign April 13. The first-term Republican from Florida did not explicitly declare himself a presidential candidate during an interview Monday on Fox News Channel, but instead suggested his 2016 plans would be announced in Miami in two weeks.... more »
  • GOP-controlled House oks balanced budget plan

    March 25, 2015 6:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has approved a budget blueprint that projects balance by the end of the decade and includes trillions of dollars in savings from benefit programs. The vote in favor of the plan was 228-199. The blueprint itself is non-binding, but sets Republicans on a path to... more »
  • GOP moves ahead on budget plans; eyes Obamacare repeal bill

    March 24, 2015 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - House and Senate Republicans are moving toward likely approval of balanced budget outlines, essential early steps along a path to send President Barack Obama legislation to wipe out the five-year-old health care law and eliminate deficits within a decade. Obama is all but certain to veto the legislation... more »
  • Cruz kicks off presidential campaign at Christian college

    March 23, 2015 10:31 AM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has opened the first major campaign of the 2016 presidential season with a kickoff speech courting cultural conservatives. One of several Republican hopefuls to rise from the tea party movement, Cruz spoke at Liberty University, the college founded by the late Rev. Jerry... more »
  • Ted Cruz set to announce 2016 presidential bid on Monday

    March 22, 2015 5:27 PM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. - First-term Texas senator, Ted Cruz, will announce he is running for the Republican presidential nomination Monday. He is the first candidate to do so in what is expected to be a competitive GOP primary. He is one in over a dozen other Republicans expressing interest in... more »
  • Bush says all students must be held to high expectations

    March 19, 2015 11:13 AM

    ATLANTA - Jeb Bush says the nation's education system must hold all schoolchildren to high expectations or they won't succeed. The former Florida governor addressed Georgia lawmakers Thursday after a swing through the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In his remarks, Bush made only indirect... more »
  • Trump in New Hampshire as he eyes presidential bid again

    March 19, 2015 2:05 AM

    AMHERST, N.H. - Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump is heading to New Hampshire as he again considers a presidential run. Trump will attend a reception Thursday at the Amherst home of Republican state Rep. Steve Stepanek. The visit comes one day after Trump announced plans to... more »
  • GOP to offer budget blueprint with Medicare, food stamp cuts

    March 16, 2015 2:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans now in charge of Congress offer their budget blueprint this week. They're pledging to balance the nation's budget within a decade and rein in major programs such as food stamps and Medicare. More pressing an issue for many Republicans, however, is easing automatic budget cuts set... more »
  • Lawmaker facing spending probe benefited from donor projects

    March 13, 2015 2:51 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Associated Press review finds that Illinois congressman Aaron Schock has built his personal wealth off extensive business dealings with campaign contributors. The Republican has been under scrutiny for lavishly redecorating his Capitol Hill office and flying aboard private planes owned by donors. Campaign contributors built, financed... more »
  • Democrats denounce GOP letter on Iran nuke talks

    March 10, 2015 2:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats in the White House and Congress are accusing 47 GOP senators of undercutting President Barack Obama in international talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that trying to upend diplomatic negotiations is tantamount to rushing into war with Tehran. In a letter Monday to the leaders... more »
  • Bush defends his conservative credentials ahead of CPAC

    February 27, 2015 2:28 AM

    PALM BEACH, FL - Jeb Bush readily points to his conservative credentials - tax cuts and smaller government as Florida's governor. But convincing the activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he's one of them might be a tougher sell. A sign of what Bush faces at CPAC: His... more »
  • Some in GOP say DHS funding lapse worth a fight, no big deal

    February 27, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who play down the fuss. Numerous House Republicans say it's preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days if that's the cost of undoing a White House... more »
  • Gov. Jindal speaks tonight at CPAC

    February 26, 2015 8:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Conservative Political Action Conference begins today in Washington, D.C. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is a featured speaker on the first day of the weekend-long event. Jindal has spoken at the event in the past. The Straw Poll at CPAC is often an indicator of potential... more »
  • U.S. looks to aid Syrian refugees amid security concerns

    February 26, 2015 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration's commitment to taking in thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among some law enforcement officials and Republican lawmakers. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard says those who come to the U.S. will be subject to intensive screening before entering the country.... more »
  • House to debate GOP bill to fix No Child Left Behind

    February 25, 2015 2:44 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - No Child Left Behind is a widely criticized law, but a GOP bill the House is considering to fix it isn't winning popularity contests among Democrats. House Republicans say the measure, which will be debated Wednesday, would restore local control in schools and stop top-down education mandates.... more »
  • Pressure on House GOP for Homeland Security bill

    February 25, 2015 2:30 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The pressure is on House Republicans days ahead of a looming partial Homeland Security Department shutdown. Senate GOP leaders have agreed to Democratic demands and announced legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department without contentious immigration provisions opposed by Democrats and President Barack Obama. Now all eyes... more »
  • GOP struggles for way out as Homeland shutdown looms

    February 24, 2015 2:36 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Divided Republicans are searching for a way out of an impasse over immigration that is threatening to shut down the Homeland Security Department within days. With the agency's budget set to expire Friday at midnight without action by Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday he... more »
  • Governors to meet with Obama at the White House Monday

    February 23, 2015 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Many of the nation's Republican governors are blaming President Barack Obama for a budget standoff that threatens a potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown. They'll be able to make their case in person when they convene at the White House on Monday morning. The meeting comes days... more »
  • Angelle releases first TV ads in governor's race this year

    February 20, 2015 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican candidate Scott Angelle has launched the first TV ads of the 2015 governor's race, introductions to voters who may know little about him so far. Angelle's campaign said it was spending $200,000 to run the spots in Lafayette, Lake Charles, Houma and Alexandria. One commercial describes... more »
  • Landry outraises incumbent Caldwell in attorney general race

    February 12, 2015 3:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has fallen behind chief opponent Jeff Landry in fundraising for this fall's election. Both Republican candidates in the Oct. 24 election filed their campaign finance report this week with the Board of Ethics. Landry, a former congressman, has more than three times the... more »
  • Obama's war power plan seeks its first supporter

    February 12, 2015 2:57 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - One day after sending Congress legislation backing the use of military force against Islamic State militants, President Barack Obama is still searching for his first outright supporter for the measure. Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate, senior lawmakers and newcomers to Congress, lawmakers across the congressional spectrum... more »
  • GOP lawmakers: Scrap Obama health law, use tax credits

    February 5, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Republican lawmakers are proposing tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveils its first plan this year for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The outline was released Wednesday by three Republicans: House Energy and Commerce Committee... more »
  • Republicans, Democrats jockey on changing 'No Child Left Behind'

    February 5, 2015 2:37 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Outnumbered by Republicans, Democratic lawmakers are jockeying to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead with plans to change the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law. House Democrats plan their own Capitol Hill forum on Thursday in protest of a Republican bill that would strip... more »
  • Obama-GOP overlap? Public works, corporate taxes, defense

    February 3, 2015 2:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Some of the proposals in President Barack Obama's new budget address major concerns of the Republican-controlled Congress. Obama and Republicans could find common ground on proposals to increase defense spending, upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure and fix the corporate tax system. Full agreement on any one of... more »
  • Romney will not run for president in '16

    January 30, 2015 10:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016. Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering a third campaign for the White House, the former Massachusetts governor told members of his staff during a Friday conference call that he is out of race.... more »
  • As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush

    January 29, 2015 11:27 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Closing in on a decision on whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several of his past donors have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. They include Chicago investor Craig Duchossois, who is among several former Romney supporters who plan to... more »
  • Senate to begin hearings for Obama attorney general nominee

    January 28, 2015 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The first Republican-led confirmation hearing of the Obama administration is about to get underway as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general. If approved, Loretta Lynch would become the first black female attorney general. She is now the U.S. attorney for the... more »
  • Shy of votes, House GOP drops planned vote on abortion bill

    January 22, 2015 2:29 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With thousands of anti-abortion protesters in the nation's capital, Republicans are ready to push legislation through the House designed to please them. But it's not the bill an embarrassed GOP was hoping for. Republican leaders were forced late Wednesday to abruptly drop plans for House debate of... more »
  • Senate committee to examine testing in schools

    January 21, 2015 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Republican-controlled Senate education panel is beginning its revision of the landmark No Child Left Behind education law. It's focusing first on the thorny issue of federally mandated testing of America's schoolchildren. The law mandated that states annually test in reading and math for grades three to... more »
  • Iowa Sen. Ernst promises GOP focus on Americans' concerns

    January 21, 2015 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A freshman senator from Iowa says Republicans are willing to work with President Barack Obama on some issues but that it will also reject failed policies. Sen. Joni Ernst offered her party's response to the State of the Union Address. She said her party wants to simplify... more »
  • Republicans try to chart path on immigration moves

    January 16, 2015 2:52 AM

    HERSHEY, PA - Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's going to try to push a House-passed bill to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration policies through the Senate. But neither McConnell nor other members of his leadership - and not even senior House Republicans - predict success for the plan that... more »
  • Obama to meet privately with Senate Democrats on strategy

    January 15, 2015 2:58 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is joining Senate Democrats during a private strategy retreat. The president's appearance before the senators at a Baltimore hotel Thursday afternoon is closed to reporters. The meeting comes as the party grapples with its new status in the Senate minority after losing seats in... more »
  • House takes broad aim at Obama on immigration

    January 14, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are advancing sweeping legislation to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration policies and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as kids. The votes will come Wednesday on legislation to finance the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the budget year. Republicans will... more »
  • House poised to pass pipeline bill as Senate wrangles

    January 9, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are on track to easily pass legislation to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, moving the GOP-led Congress closer to a clash with President Barack Obama. The House will vote later Friday on a bill identical to one headed to the Senate... more »
  • Under fire, House GOP lawmaker says he rejects bigotry

    January 7, 2015 10:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - The No. 3 Republican in the House says he rejects all forms of bigotry after his admission last week that he addressed a white supremacist group in 2002. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana on Wednesday faced fresh questions about his speech at a 2002 Louisiana convention of the... more »
  • Boehner re-elected speaker over tea party opposition

    January 6, 2015 1:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has re-elected John Boehner to be speaker in the new Republican-led Congress, despite opposition by tea party lawmakers that underscored party divisions. The Ohio Republican garnered the votes of 216 GOP lawmakers as Congress convened Tuesday. That was enough for him to win a third two-year... more »
  • GOP focus for Congress: Cut deficit, don't stumble

    January 3, 2015 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - It's the first Republican-dominated Congress to confront President Barack Obama. GOP leaders plan to focus on bolstering the economy and cutting the budget. And avoiding self-inflicted calamities that make Americans wonder if the party can govern competently. When the new Congress raises the curtain Tuesday, Republicans will run... more »
  • House whip Scalise once addressed white supremacists

    December 29, 2014 6:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - A top House Republican has acknowledged that he once addressed a gathering of white supremacists. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise served in the Louisiana Legislature when he appeared at a 2002 convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization. Now he is the third-highest ranking House Republican... more »
  • AP: Bill Cassidy wins La. Senate seat

    December 6, 2014 8:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Bill Cassidy has defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, giving the GOP another victory in the final election of the 2014 midterms. Cassidy's win in Louisiana's Saturday runoff pushes the Republican's new Senate majority to 54 seats in January and costs Democrats their last Senate seat in... 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 »
  • Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out

    November 19, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. After the bill failed by one vote Tuesday, McConnell said the pipeline legislation... more »
  • New GOP senators show moderated, cooperative tone

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch cuts TV ads for nephew

    October 27, 2014 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Phil Robertson, patriarch of TV's "Duck Dynasty" family, is the star of two new congressional campaign ads in Louisiana, hoping to boost support for his nephew, Republican Zach Dasher. Dasher's campaign says the pair of 15-second ads will begin airing Tuesday and run through election day next... more »
  • Many La. voters not registering with main parties

    October 23, 2014 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's voter rolls jumped by nearly 36,000 in the last two months of the registration period leading up to the Nov. 4 election, with more than half of the new voters opting for neither Democrat nor Republican designation. That's according to registration statistics released Wednesday. Secretary... 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 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 »
  • Republican gives final OK to $700M to fight Ebola

    October 10, 2014 10:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - A GOP senator has lifted his objections to a $750 million Pentagon request to fight Ebola in Africa, freeing up the money immediately. Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe is a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. Inhofe gave his OK to shift leftover Afghanistan war money to... more »
  • Felder drops out, endorses Claitor in 6th Dist.

    October 9, 2014 10:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The field of Republicans hoping to take over the congressional seat being vacated by Bill Cassidy has narrowed. Attorney Cassie Felder dropped out of the race Thursday and endorsed state Sen. Dan Claitor of Baton Rouge. Felder announced her decision on her campaign website and in an... more »
  • Obama's midterm campaign effort getting off to late start

    October 7, 2014 3:00 AM

    WASHINTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's campaign schedule is getting off to a late start, with midterm elections less than a month away. Obama is raising money for Democrats this week from coast to coast, but he is steering clear of any public campaign events with Democrats, which would hand... more »
  • RNC chair releases GOP goals as elections approach

    October 2, 2014 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is outlining a series of "unifying goals" for the GOP that include an improved immigration system, a strong national defense and conservative family values. He delivered a speech at Georgetown University on Thursday outlining priorities should Republicans win the Senate majority and... more »
  • State GOP files ethics complaint against Landrieu

    September 2, 2014 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican Party has filed a complaint against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu with the Senate's ethics committee about her use of private chartered planes. The complaint, filed Tuesday by party executive director Jason Dore, accuses Landrieu of violating federal law by billing her taxpayer-funded Senate office... more »
  • Jindal to attend Family Leadership Summit in Iowa

    August 8, 2014 2:03 AM

    DES MOINES, IA - Iowa's Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has spent the past year leading an effort to seize control of his state party, hoping to send a message that the kickoff presidential caucuses will be welcoming to all 2016 GOP hopefuls. But as conservative prospects flood the state for... more »
  • GOP-led House approves lawsuit against Obama

    July 30, 2014 5:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - A sharply divided House has approved a Republican plan to file an election-season federal lawsuit against President Barack Obama. The suit will contend that Obama has exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health care law. The vote was 225 to 201. Democrats... 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 »
  • House, Senate in stalemate over border crisis

    July 23, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. A Senate bill being unveiled Wednesday would allocate $2.7 billion for... more »
  • Former Senate race candidate endorses Cassidy

    July 21, 2014 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy has picked up support for his U.S. Senate campaign from a former GOP competitor. Rep. Paul Hollis, the St. Tammany Parish state lawmaker who recently dropped out of the race, announced Monday that he is endorsing Cassidy in the Nov. 4 election,... more »

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