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  • Top Republicans stay quiet on release of their tax returns

    February 12, 2016 3:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have failed to release their tax returns despite promises to do. Mitt Romney offered Republican presidential candidates this advice about a hard-won lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top... more »
  • Baton Rouge gets ready to welcome Donald Trump Play Video

    February 11, 2016 9:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Presidential candidate Donald Trump is in town today for a campaign event at the Baton Rouge River Center. The event will open to the public at 5 p.m., with Trump expected to take the stage at 7 p.m. Admission to the event is free, but guests... more »
  • Spokeswoman: Christie quits presidential race

    February 10, 2016 5:14 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - A spokeswoman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's campaign for president says he is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination. Christie's decision to exit the race comes a day after his disappointing sixth-place finish in New Hampshire. Campaign spokeswoman Samantha Smith says Christie broke... more »
  • Fiorinia Tweets that she's quitting GOP race

    February 10, 2016 3:20 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Carly Fiorina is dropping out of the 2016 Republican presidential race. The former technology executive announced on Twitter that she is suspending her campaign. Today, I am suspending my campaign. My full statement is here: https://t.co/8QElLZoc1W — Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) February 10, 2016 ... more »
  • AP: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders win New Hampshire

    February 9, 2016 8:06 PM

    NEW HAMPSHIRE - Based on early returns, the Associated Press projects Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders as the winners of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. Trump and Sanders were considered the frontrunners for the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively. Only about 4% of the vote is in... more »
  • Trump, Sanders look to emerge from New Hampshire with wins

    February 9, 2016 4:08 AM

    MANCHESTER, N.H.- Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders hope to emerge from New Hampshire's primary Tuesday with their first wins of the 2016 presidential election, victories that would lend needed credibility to the unexpected contenders' pursuit of their parties' nomination. Trump leads a Republican field that has been in flux in... more »
  • Jindal endorses Rubio for president

    February 5, 2016 7:55 PM

    NEW YORK - Former Governor Bobby Jindal did something he said he wouldn't, he endorsed a Republican in the presidential primary. Jindal endorsed U.S. Senator Marco Rubio Friday evening on Fox News. . @BobbyJindal : "I'm endorsing @marcorubio to be our next president." #Greta pic.twitter.com/A9JSrUbpFs — Fox News... more »
  • Edwards calls special session to raise taxes Play Video

    February 5, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers will start debating a tax hike next week with Governor John Bel Edwards calling a special legislative session Friday to tackle Louisiana's budget crisis. Lawmakers will go into the special session on Sunday, Feb. 14 and will remain in session until Mar. 9. Edwards... more »
  • Lawmakers introduce bill to make women register for draft

    February 4, 2016 2:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two Republican congressmen who are military veterans have introduced a bill requiring women to register for the draft. Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Ryan Zinke of Montana announced Thursday that the legislation is aimed at provoking a fuller discussion of the Pentagon's decision to open all combat... more »
  • Early voting registration at EBR Registrar of Voters sees steady turnout Play Video

    February 3, 2016 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish turned out at the Registrar of Voters Offices throughout the day Wednesday as it was the last day for residents to register to vote in the state's upcoming presidential primary. Only registered Republicans and Democrats will be able to cast... more »
  • Ryan calls for unity, less anger from his fractious GOP

    February 3, 2016 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republicans need to stop fighting angrily among themselves and not be distracted by guns or other "hot-button" issues that President Barack Obama raises. The Wisconsin Republican said Wednesday that instead, the GOP needs to unite behind a conservative, pro-growth agenda they can display... more »
  • For GOP, debate was glimpse of what could have been

    January 29, 2016 4:57 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa- For the Republican candidates for president, it was a glimpse of what could have been. Front-runner Donald Trump's boycott of the final debate before the Iowa caucuses created space for his rivals to delve more deeply into their differences on immigration, foreign policy and their approach to... more »
  • Trump launches fundraising website for veterans

    January 28, 2016 1:34 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has launched a new website for collecting donations to veterans ahead of his event on Thursday evening. The link, which Trump posted on Twitter, includes the seal of the Donald J. Trump Foundation, and a form for contributions. It says that... more »
  • Trump looks to grab attention as GOP rivals debate

    January 28, 2016 11:10 AM

    DES MOINES - It looks like Republican presidential candidates will be debating without their front-runner. Donald Trump hopes to starve his rivals of attention at a critical juncture in the campaign by holding a competing event of his own. Trump's abrupt decision to boycott the final debate before Monday's Iowa... more »
  • Trump not backing down from Fox debate boycott

    January 27, 2016 11:02 AM

    IOWA CITY - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump isn't backing down Wednesday from his threat to boycott this week's GOP debate, where candidates have the opportunity to make their closing arguments before voting begins in Monday's Iowa caucuses. Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said in a pair of television interviews... more »
  • Trump: My supporters would stick with me through shooting

    January 23, 2016 3:16 PM

    SIOUX CENTER, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says his supporters are so loyal they would stick with him even if he stood in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot somebody. Trump was addressing a rally Saturday at a Christian school, Dordt College, in Sioux Center, Iowa. In... more »
  • Cruz offers his vision for election face-off with Clinton

    January 23, 2016 2:53 PM

    HOLLIS, N.H. - Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is dreaming of a face-off with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, even before the first primary votes are cast. He warns his supporters about what he thinks America will look like under a Clinton administration, predicting a nuclear-armed Iran, amnesty for millions of... more »
  • Palin joins Trump for campaign rally in Oklahoma

    January 20, 2016 4:51 PM

    TULSA - Sarah Palin has joined Donald Trump on the campaign trail, a day after endorsing the Republican front-runner. She asked a crowd of thousands today in Tulsa, Oklahoma, if they are "ready to work to make America great again" -- an echoing of Trump's campaign mantra. Palin had earlier... more »
  • Trump receives key endorsement from Sarah Palin

    January 19, 2016 4:59 PM

    AMES, Iowa - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump received a key endorsement Tuesday from conservative heavyweight Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and former running mate of Sen. John McCain in his 2008 bid for the White House, is endorsing the billionaire businessman, according to a statement released by his... more »
  • As Iowa looms, GOP wonders: does Trump have fans, or voters?

    January 18, 2016 11:36 AM

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - It's the No. 1 question headed into the Iowa caucuses: Does Donald Trump merely have fans, or does he have supporters who will mobilize come caucus day? The definitive answer won't arrive until the night of Iowa's leadoff caucuses on Feb. 1. But interviews with... more »
  • Trump, Cruz assert their standing atop Republican field

    January 15, 2016 4:29 AM

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.- Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz firmly asserted their standing atop the GOP race in Thursday night's debate, overshadowing a crowded field of rivals still grappling for a way to overtake the fiery front-runners. The debate underscored that the competition between Trump and Cruz will... more »
  • House approves bill to sanction North Korea after nuke test

    January 12, 2016 5:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans and Democrats in the House joined to overwhelmingly approve legislation that aims to punish North Korea for conducting its latest nuclear test. Lawmakers voted 418-2 Tuesday to approve the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act. The bill proposes to deny Pyongyang the hard currency it needs for developing... more »
  • Edwards signs executive order to begin Medicaid expansion

    January 12, 2016 8:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Newly-minted Gov. John Bel Edwards signed his first executive order Tuesday, beginning the process to expand Medicaid in Louisiana. The signing comes two days before President Barack Obama's visit to Baton Rouge, where he'll champion his federal health care overhaul that allows for the Medicaid expansion.... more »
  • Lawmakers to select their leaders with start of new term

    January 11, 2016 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's lawmakers are readying to choose their leaders as the new term in office begins. The House and Senate meet Monday morning, ahead of the inauguration ceremony where Democrat John Bel Edwards will be sworn in as Louisiana's governor. The Senate is expected to maintain its current president,... more »
  • Benghazi Republican 'hopeful' that Clinton will be indicted

    January 8, 2016 12:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Republican member of the House Benghazi committee says he is "hopeful" that the Justice Department will indict Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for having classified information on her private email server. Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas says there is increasing evidence that "an enormous amount of information"... more »
  • Ted Cruz to hold Baton Rouge rally Monday

    January 7, 2016 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The campaign for Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz said he will be in Baton Rouge on Jan. 11 for a rally. The Texas senator will meet with Louisiana supporters at the BR Marriott's Grand Ballroom from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Organizers posted a link... more »
  • GOP-led panel passes bill for oversight of Iran nuclear deal

    January 7, 2016 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - The GOP-led House Foreign Affairs Committee has approved legislation that would give Congress greater oversight of the landmark nuclear deal with Iran. Passage of the bill comes with the United States poised to begin lifting sanctions against Iran as Tehran fulfills its obligations under the July 14 agreement.... more »
  • Haley's response to Obama not 1st time on national stage

    January 6, 2016 11:12 AM

    COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's selection to give the Republican response to the State of the Union address won't be her debut on the national stage. Haley drew wide praise for her leadership after the June 17 slaying of nine parishioners of historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston... more »
  • Gov. Haley to give Republican response to State of Union

    January 5, 2016 4:37 PM

    COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will give the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell jointly announced Tuesday that Haley will deliver the address following Obama's Jan. 12 speech. Haley says she's honored she... more »
  • GOP candidates call for end to stigma around drug addiction

    January 5, 2016 2:02 PM

    HOOKSETT, N.H. - Republican presidential hopefuls are calling for a more compassionate discussion around drug addiction that focuses on substance abuse as a curable disease, not a moral failing. Candidates are gathering Tuesday for a forum on addiction in New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary and a state... more »
  • Ben Carson's campaign manager, spokesman leave GOP campaign

    December 31, 2015 1:39 PM

    DES MOINES - The campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he and another top aide have resigned. Barry Bennett says he and communications director Doug Watts left the campaign on Thursday morning. Bennett says he left because of mounting frustration that Carson was listening more to his... more »
  • Activists predict abortion will be a hot issue in campaigns

    December 27, 2015 2:22 PM

    NEW YORK - The divide between Republicans and Democrats over abortion is deeper than ever. Activists on both sides foresee a 2016 presidential campaign in which the nominees tackle the volatile topic more aggressively than in past elections. Friction over the issue also is likely to surface in key Senate... more »
  • On Muslims, Democrats find an unlikely ally: George W Bush

    December 25, 2015 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - In their fight against Republicans who call for a war on "radical Islamic terrorism," Democrats are turning to an unlikely ally: George W. Bush. President Barack Obama is citing his predecessor's refusal to demonize Muslims or play into the notion of a clash between Islam and the West.... more »
  • Christie-backed changes in gun rules get mixed reaction

    December 25, 2015 11:24 AM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie is fighting his image as weak on gun rights as he works to build support in New Hampshire, a key primary state. This week, the New Jersey governor endorsed the recommendations of a commission he established to examine his state's strict permitting... more »
  • Carson suggests campaign shake-up is coming

    December 23, 2015 3:45 PM

    UPPERCO - Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday morning he is moving toward a major shake-up of his struggling campaign, with less than six weeks to go until early voting begins to select party nominees. Yet by Wednesday evening, he tried to steer away from that message, announcing that... more »
  • Democrats grapple with Trump effect as primary draws near

    December 23, 2015 11:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is turning her attention to her would-be GOP challengers, particularly Donald Trump, and leaving her chief rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, gasping for airtime six weeks before the first round of primary voting. Clinton plans to intensify her campaign schedule with a series... more »
  • Outside groups try to sway lawmakers on House speaker's race

    December 21, 2015 1:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Outside groups are trying to influence the decision of who will be Louisiana's next House speaker. It's an unusual public dispute with conservative organizations trying to keep a Democrat from getting the job. The Republican Party of Louisiana, anti-abortion group Louisiana Right to Life and the Christian... more »
  • Lindsey Graham ends presidential campaign

    December 21, 2015 12:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - He's picked up such a small level of support in the presidential race, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham didn't even qualify for the undercard debate last month. And now, Graham is ending his campaign, while saying he remains committed to achieving security for the American people. Graham... more »
  • For Congress in 2015, GOP upheaval overshadows legislating

    December 19, 2015 7:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - For Congress, 2015 was a year of ideological clashes, showdown votes and harsh words. And that was just among Republicans. It was the first year of Barack Obama's two terms when Republicans ran both the House and Senate. That meant a blend of compromise and confrontation - a... more »
  • Trump's doctor declares GOP candidate is in excellent health

    December 14, 2015 2:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump has released a letter from his physician declaring the Republican presidential candidate is in excellent health. The letter form Dr. Jacob Bornstein of Lenox Hill Hospital states that Trump has suffered no significant medical problems over the last 39 years. It claims his only surgery was... more »
  • Ben Carson threatens to leave Republican Party

    December 11, 2015 11:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - In what would be a nightmare scenario for the GOP, presidential candidate Ben Carson threatened Friday to leave the Republican Party amid reports of deepening concerns from GOP officials about the splintered 2016 electorate. The retired neurosurgeon lashed out at Republican leaders who discussed the possibility of a... more »
  • Cruz defends dictators, NSA limits in security speech

    December 10, 2015 12:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz is defending Middle East dictators as useful allies against Islamic extremists. He's also decrying political correctness and stricter gun laws as an impediment to national security. The first-term Texas senator described an "America under attack" during national security speech Thursday to a conservative... more »
  • Maness making another attempt for Louisiana US Senate seat

    December 9, 2015 1:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Rob Maness, a retired Air Force colonel who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate last year, is making another bid for a Louisiana-based Senate seat. Maness has filed federal paperwork declaring his candidacy for the 2016 election that will determine who takes the Senate position... more »
  • Republican sends Confederate Christmas card to colleagues

    December 3, 2015 5:52 PM

    COLUMBIA - A South Carolina lawmaker has sent out a Christmas card featuring a photo of the Confederate flag that refers to "memories of a happier time" and suggests those who voted to remove the flag from in front of the Statehouse ask God for forgiveness for their "betrayal." Rep.... more »
  • As many African-American see it, there are 2 Ben Carsons

    November 27, 2015 10:40 AM

    FORT LAUDERDALE - As many black voters see it, there are two Ben Carsons. There's the renowned doctor and inspirational speaker. And then there's the Republican presidential candidate who pushes conservative politics and wants to "de-emphasize race." How voters reconcile the two may determine whether Republicans can dent the support... more »
  • GOP campaign rhetoric has Muslim-Americans on edge

    November 24, 2015 4:16 PM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Muslim-Americans who sued the New York Police Department over a surveillance program launched after 9/11 are on edge over the call for more surveillance from some Republican presidential candidates. They say rhetoric from the campaign is recklessly playing on people's fears. Donald Trump has said law enforcement... more »
  • Carson says he'd support monitoring of 'un-American' groups

    November 21, 2015 5:25 PM

    COLUMBIA - Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he would support government monitoring of any group deemed radical and "un-American." Carson made his comments Saturday when asked about rival Donald Trump's suggestion that he'd monitor American Muslims as part of the government's counterterrorism effort against Islamic State militants. Carson says... more »
  • Republican hoping to defy polls in Louisiana governor's race

    November 20, 2015 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is trying to rally last-minute support from conservative voters in advance of Louisiana's Saturday runoff election for governor. The race remarkably shows Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards in the lead in a state that usually votes Republican. The competition has become... more »
  • Obama promises to veto bill that would bolster checks on Syrian refugees

    November 19, 2015 6:07 AM

    WASHINGTON- Republicans are ready to push legislation through the House erecting fresh hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States. President Barack Obama is promising a veto. Many Democrats say the effort is election-season grandstanding, but political pressures are pushing others to support it. Republicans are... more »
  • Lawmaker suggests a camp to segregate Syrian refugees in US

    November 18, 2015 3:49 PM

    PROVIDENCE - A Republican state senator says Syrian refugees should be segregated in a camp if Rhode Island accepts them. WPRI-TV reports Sen. Elaine Morgan emailed a member of the public Tuesday and the message was inadvertently sent to lawmakers. Morgan joined other local Republicans in saying the Democratic governor... more »
  • Ryan: House refugee bill won't have religious test

    November 18, 2015 12:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says a Republican bill the chamber plans to vote on this week won't limit Syrian and Iraqi refugees admitted to this country based on their religions. The Wisconsin Republican's description of the legislation contrasted with remarks by some GOP presidential candidates. Former Florida Gov.... more »
  • Bush calls for US ground forces to fight Islamic State

    November 18, 2015 7:09 AM

    CHARLESTON - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says the United States must commit U.S. ground forces to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State. In a speech in South Carolina, Bush says "air power is essential" but cannot by itself rid Syria and Iraq of the extremist Islamic group.... more »
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal suspends presidential campaign Play Video

    November 17, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday evening he is suspending his campaign for the presidency. Jindal made the announcement on Fox News, saying "This is not my time. I've come to the realization that this is not my time." Jindal had polled at around one percent... more »
  • GOP student group apologizes over protest tweet

    November 9, 2015 4:20 PM

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - A University of Missouri Republican student group is apologizing for a tweet likening students protesting the school's handling of racial issues with Islamic extremism. The Mizzou College Republicans deleted the Monday morning tweet and said in a follow-up tweet that the post was "the opinion of... more »
  • Christie, Huckabee relegated to undercard at next GOP debate

    November 5, 2015 7:13 PM

    NEWARK - Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee have been relegated out of prime-time and onto the undercard at next week's GOP presidential debate. And former New York Gov. George Pataki won't appear at all. That's the decision announced Thursday night by Fox Business, which is hosting next Tuesday's debates. Eight... more »
  • Rubio says he'll release charge card records in coming weeks

    November 4, 2015 5:35 PM

    MANCHESTER - Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio says that in the next few weeks he'll release the statements of an American Express card he shared with the Florida Republican Party. Rubio had the party-issued card from February 2005 to November 2008. During his 2010 U.S. Senate bid, news broke... more »
  • Vitter makes criminal sentencing an issue in governor's race

    November 3, 2015 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican candidate David Vitter has made efforts to rework criminal sentencing laws a flashpoint in Louisiana's governor's race. Vitter is running a TV ad saying his Democratic opponent John Bel Edwards wants to release "dangerous thugs" from prison. He ties Edwards to President Barack Obama, who... more »
  • Former Sen. Fred Thompson, had TV and film roles, dead at 73

    November 1, 2015 6:21 PM

    NASHVILLE - Fred Thompson, a Republican U.S. senator for eight years who also acted in feature films and on television, has died, his family says in a statement. The statement says he died in Nashville after a recurrence of lymphoma at 73. Thompson, a lawyer, alternated between politics and acting... more »
  • Bush-Rubio rivalry intensifies as Iowa caucuses draw closer

    October 31, 2015 7:00 PM

    DES MOINES - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is in Iowa trying to muster support. He was among 10 presidential candidates to appear today at the Iowa Republican Party's Growth and Opportunity forum, a tailgate-themed festival at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, and the last multicandidate event before... more »
  • Day after debate, Rubio looks beyond primary toward Clinton

    October 29, 2015 6:34 PM

    MIAMI - Marco Rubio is trying to build on his well-reviewed performance in the GOP debate by lashing out at Hillary Rodham Clinton. Beginning where he left off in Wednesday night's debate, the Florida senator accused the former secretary of state of not telling the truth about what happened in... more »
  • It's official - Ryan will be new House speaker

    October 29, 2015 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has presented newly minted Speaker Paul Ryan with a gavel he's used as House Ways and Means Committee chairman. Ryan just was elected to take over for Rep. John Boehner as speaker. A tearful Boehner exited the chamber to tears and applause... more »
  • Hastert set to plead guilty in hush-money case

    October 28, 2015 7:46 AM

    CHICAGO- Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday in his hush-money case as part of an agreement with prosecutors. The hearing in Chicago federal court will be the 73-year-old Republican's first court appearance since entering his initial not guilty plea in June. An indictment accused him... more »
  • Caldwell to face Landry in AG runoff

    October 24, 2015 11:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Attorney General Buddy Caldwell will face GOP former Congressman Jeff Landry in a November runoff to determine who will fill the next term as Louisiana's chief lawyer. Caldwell and Landry were the top two vote-getters in Saturday's election and will head to the Nov. 21 ballot.... more »
  • GOP's Vitter advances to runoff against Edwards

    October 24, 2015 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter has survived challenges from two GOP rivals to reach a November runoff in the Louisiana governor's race. He'll face Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards on the Nov. 21 ballot. Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, both... more »
  • Buddy Caldwell fighting to hang onto job as attorney general

    October 22, 2015 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- In the attack-heavy race for Louisiana attorney general, the focus is squarely on Republican incumbent Buddy Caldwell. Opponents in Saturday's election have accused Caldwell of pay-for-play politics, incompetence and office mismanagement. He's fending off the attacks with criticisms of his own, accusing chief Republican rival Jeff Landry of... more »
  • Jindal garners asterisk in CNN poll, mulls skipping undercard debate

    October 20, 2015 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Bobby Jindal failed to receive the necessary 2.5 percent support in a CNN poll to earn his place on the main stage event at the next Republican national debate. In the latest CNN/ORC poll published Tuesday, Jindal joined Jim Gilmore and George Pataki with less than... more »
  • Republican candidates take aim at each other during anti-lawsuit forum Play Video

    October 13, 2015 7:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two Republican candidates for governor went after each other Tuesday at an anti-lawsuit forum in Baton Rouge. Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne made a not-so-subtle allusion to U.S. Senator David Vitter’s prostitution scandal in 2007 when referencing contributions to the Senator’s campaign. “Louisiana is not going... more »
  • 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 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 »

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