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  • McAllister seeks political comeback after cheating scandal

    August 21, 2015 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, who lost his re-election bid after a cheating scandal, is trying to return to Louisiana politics. Only this time, he's set his sights lower than Congress. McAllister, a Republican, said Friday he intends to run for a state Senate seat... more »
  • Senate blocks GOP bill to end Planned Parenthood fed funds

    August 3, 2015 3:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked a Republican effort to shut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood. Monday's vote followed the release of videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they sometimes provide aborted fetal tissue for researchers. The vote was 53-46... more »
  • Sen. Paul: Senate will vote on fed aid to Planned Parenthood

    July 28, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul says Senate leaders have told him the chamber will vote on his effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood before lawmakers begin their August break. The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday that Senate GOP leaders told him the vote will occur. He says... more »
  • Vitter: $1.3M raised in latest quarter for governor's race

    July 20, 2015 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter continues his strong fundraising in the Louisiana governor's race. The Republican candidate for governor said Monday he raised more than $1.3 million in the most recent fundraising quarter ending July 16. Vitter's campaign says it closed the period with $5 million in the... more »
  • Senate cancels session to consider overriding Jindal vetoes

    July 17, 2015 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers won't be returning to Baton Rouge this month to consider overriding Gov. Bobby Jindal's vetoes of bills passed in the last legislative session. As expected, the veto session was canceled by state senators. It takes a majority vote of either the House or Senate to... more »
  • Senate clears way for final vote on No Child rewrite

    July 15, 2015 1:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has cleared the way for a vote by Thursday on a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law. Lawmakers have been considering the bill since last week. They voted Wednesday to limit additional debate on further changes to the legislation and... more »
  • Confederate flag is removed in South Carolina

    July 10, 2015 10:17 AM

    COLUMBIA- The Confederate flag has been removed from a flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse, where it has had a presence for 54 years. The rebel banner was taken down Friday morning by a Highway Patrol honor guard in a ceremony attended by thousands who cheered at... more »
  • South Carolina Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

    July 6, 2015 4:18 PM

    COLUMBIA, SC - The South Carolina Senate has voted to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on Statehouse grounds. The 37-3 vote Monday allows the state to remove the flag and the flagpole where it flies as soon as it passes the House and is signed by Gov. Nikki... more »
  • JDRF 2015 Children's Congress check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 6, 2015 9:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The JDRF Children's Congress goes to Washington D.C. every year to meet face-to-face with some of the top decision-makers in the country. This morning on 2une In, Children's Congress advocates, Max Jacobsen and Ben Ellison stopped by to tell us about what they've been doing to help thousands... more »
  • Obama's trade agenda survives key Senate procedural vote

    June 23, 2015 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's trade agenda has survived a crucial Senate vote and seems well-positioned to become law. The Senate voted 60-37 Tuesday to begin full-blown debate on Obama's request for "fast track" negotiating authority. That was the exact number needed to avoid a filibuster. The vote continued a... more »
  • Bill permitting automatic license plate scans gets final OK

    June 11, 2015 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to let law enforcement agencies automatically scan motorists' license plates, to crack down on car thieves and insurance scofflaws. The House and Senate voted Thursday for a proposal by Republican Sen. Ronnie Johns, of Lake Charles, creating a pilot program that will allow... more »
  • House rejects Senate changes to budget check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 10, 2015 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the clock winding down on the Louisiana legislative session, lawmakers in the state House voted to reject the Senate's changes to the $24 billion budget bill and send it to a conference committee to hash out the final details. The House and Senate have been... more »
  • Budget deal tricky to reach in final days of lawmakers' work

    June 9, 2015 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Now that the House and Senate have passed strikingly different packages of budget-balancing plans, negotiations move behind closed doors as legislative leaders try to strike a deal. The biggest stumbling block isn't necessarily the proposed spending plans or tax hikes. One of the largest disputes is whether... more »
  • LSU men's golf honored at state Capitol

    June 5, 2015 4:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers took time from debating how to avoid crippling higher education cuts in order to honor members of the LSU men's golf team Friday. The team brought their NCAA Division 1 championship trophy with them to the state Capitol, where they received a warm reception in... more »
  • La. Senate starts approving tax bills for next year's budget

    June 5, 2015 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have started passing tax bills to help raise new dollars for next year's budget. With a 28-7 vote Friday, the Senate agreed to temporarily suspend a 1-cent state sales tax exemption on the purchase of electricity, steam and water for utilities by businesses. The suspension would... more »
  • Senators boost judicial budget by $3.5 million next year

    June 5, 2015 12:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators are backing a $3.5 million increase next year to the budget that finances the Louisiana Supreme Court and other parts of the state judiciary. Though lawmakers have been struggling to fill financial gaps, the Senate Finance Committee disagreed with the House decision to provide a standstill... more »
  • Congress sends NSA phone collection bill to president

    June 2, 2015 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has sent legislation to the president reviving and remaking a disputed post-9/11 surveillance program two days after letting it temporarily expire. The vote in the Senate Tuesday was 67-32. The House already has passed the bill, and President Barack Obama plans to sign it quickly. The legislation... more »
  • Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate

    June 1, 2015 7:46 AM

    WASHINGTON- Several post-Sept. 11 anti-terror provisions have lapsed after the Senate failed to extend them before the deadline at midnight. GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is running for president, took credit for the outcome as he used Senate rules to slow action. The expiration may be only temporary.... more »
  • La. health dept. seeks restoration of public health funding check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 29, 2015 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department leaders are asking senators to restore $26 million to public health programs next year. Without it, they say they would have to shutter safety inspections, water monitoring programs and testing for possible disease outbreaks. The House stripped the public health funding in its version... more »
  • House committee kills Senate-backed equal pay proposal

    May 28, 2015 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For the third time in recent weeks, a House committee voted down a proposal requiring employees to be compensated equally if they do the same work, no matter their gender. The equal pay proposal, sponsored by Sen. Ed Murray, a New Orleans Democrat, had been backed by... more »
  • House backs pension hike for retired teachers, state workers

    May 27, 2015 6:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Retired state employees, public school workers and teachers would get a boost to their pension checks, under a bill advancing to the state Senate for consideration. The House voted 80-20 Tuesday for the proposal by Rep. Sam Jones, a Democrat from Franklin. The measure would provide a 1.5... more »
  • Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle

    May 21, 2015 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's trade agenda has cleared a key Senate hurdle to move toward a final vote. The Senate has topped the 60 votes needed to begin substantive action on Obama's bid for "fast track" negotiating authority. The vote was 62-38. Obama says fast track authority will improve... more »
  • Senators sail through tax bills

    May 18, 2015 8:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators sailed through 11 House-approved tax changes Monday that would raise $615 million dollars and save state colleges from devastating cuts. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee offered no amendments or objections to the bills, preferring to send them to the Senate Finance Committee next week. ... more »
  • House tax bills receive passage from Senate committee

    May 18, 2015 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A package of House-approved tax bills estimated to raise $615 million for next year's budget has sailed through its first stop in the Senate amid ongoing budget negotiations. Without objection Monday, the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee advanced 11 bills to rework tax break programs, scale back... more »
  • Lawmakers to discuss cigarette tax hike Monday

    May 18, 2015 8:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Four weeks remain in the Louisiana session. Balancing the budget is still the focus for state lawmakers, who have yet to reach an agreement on how to close the $1.6 billion shortfall. Today the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs is set to discuss a tax... more »
  • Equal pay bill wins passage from Louisiana Senate

    May 12, 2015 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has backed an equal pay proposal, with senators choosing anti-discrimination arguments over concerns about frivolous lawsuits. With a 21-16 vote Tuesday, senators sent the measure by Sen. Ed Murray, a New Orleans Democrat, to the House for consideration. Murray's bill says all employees shall... more »
  • Senate agrees to possibly relinquish authority over tuition check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 11, 2015 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators have agreed to let public colleges raise their own tuition rates without needing legislative approval. But that authority only would come if a separate proposal to put cost controls on the TOPS free college tuition program also gains passage. The Senate voted 33-4 Monday... more »
  • Senate backs lease protections for domestic abuse victims

    May 7, 2015 3:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A proposal to give domestic abuse victims new protections from eviction narrowly received passage from the state Senate. Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, a Baton Rouge Democrat, said her bill was an attempt to keep victims of domestic violence from being rendered homeless. The proposal would make it illegal... more »
  • Senate committee refuses to allow raw milk sale in Louisiana

    May 6, 2015 3:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana won't be lifting its ban on sales of unpasteurized milk. With a 5-3 vote, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee rejected a proposal to allow sales of raw milk from farmers to the public. It was the second year the panel has killed the measure, siding... more »
  • Senate adopts GOP budget compromise

    May 5, 2015 6:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has adopted a compromise GOP budget, paving the way for an assault on President Barack Obama's health care law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall. The Senate passed the nonbinding measure by a nearly party-line vote of 51-48. The House adopted... more »
  • Proposal to limit TOPS program wins Louisiana Senate support

    April 29, 2015 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal, state senators have agreed to put cost controls on Louisiana's TOPS free college tuition program. The Senate voted 27-9 Wednesday for the bill by Republican Sen. Jack Donahue, of Mandeville, which has the backing of higher education leaders. Under the proposal,... more »
  • Senate committee approves medical marijuana bill

    April 29, 2015 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Senate committee has approved a bill that could make medical marijuana available to those suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy. The proposal by Sen. Fred Mills, a Republican from Parks, would allow patients to consume refined forms of marijuana, but prohibits... more »
  • Medicaid expansion up for consideration by lawmakers

    April 29, 2015 4:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators have refused to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program so the working poor could get government-funded health insurance. The Senate health care committee voted 5-3 Wednesday against coverage expansion legislation proposed by Bogalusa Sen. Ben Nevers, a Democrat. A House committee was considering a similar proposal, though... more »
  • Senators back inventory tax repeal in budget-balancing plan

    April 22, 2015 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ignoring the outcry of local government leaders, senators moved ahead with the cornerstone of a budget-balancing package of tax changes under negotiation by legislative leaders. The Senate Finance Committee voted 9-1 Wednesday for a proposal by Sen. Robert Adley to repeal the local property tax charged on... more »
  • Tuition bills start advancing in House and Senate

    April 22, 2015 2:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers have started moving proposals to let public college campuses raise their own tuition and fee rates to help offset hefty budget cuts from the state. The House and Senate education committees Wednesday advanced several bills that would remove the Legislature from setting tuition and fees. The... more »
  • Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election

    March 27, 2015 8:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is announcing he will not seek re-election to another term. The 75-year-old Reid says in a statement issued by his office Friday that he wants to make sure Democrats regain control of the Senate next year and that it would be "inappropriate" for... more »
  • Legislation would open federal land to hunters, anglers

    March 12, 2015 1:58 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan group of senators is working on legislation that would dramatically broaden access to federal land for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Sens. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat, and Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, have introduced legislation that would also decrease some regulations for hunters... more »
  • Rep. Graves talks immigration, Obamacare and Iran check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 9, 2015 9:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It has been whirlwind start to 2015 for one of Louisiana's newest congressmen. Rep. Garret Graves (R) has hit the ground running since winning the run-off in the 6th Congressional District. He stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his experience so far. "In... more »
  • Senate fails to override Obama's veto of pipeline bill

    March 4, 2015 1:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Senate has failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The 62-37 vote Wednesday was the latest chapter in the fight between the GOP-led Congress and the White House over energy policy. It was the first of many... more »
  • Senate panel OK's Obama attorney general pick

    February 26, 2015 11:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general, sending it to the full Senate. The vote was 12 to 8, with three Republicans joining all committee Democrats in voting in favor of Lynch. She is also expected to win approval by the full... more »
  • Homeland Security bill moves in Senate while House in limbo

    February 26, 2015 2:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan. Many House Republicans say they aren't ready to admit defeat and approve spending... more »
  • Senate moves ahead on bill to fund Homeland Security agency

    February 25, 2015 1:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted to move forward on a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department, days ahead of a threatened partial agency shutdown. The vote was 98 to 2 as senators of both parties overwhelmingly signaled their support for funding the department without including contentious immigration provisions.... more »
  • Sen. Cassidy talks immigration, healthcare and more check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 19, 2015 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been whirlwind few months for new U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy. At the end of 2014, the then-representative defeated incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu to earn a spot in the Senate. Now that he's been sworn in, he's in the think of debates over immigration, healthcare and energy.... more »
  • Senate takes up bill to lower suicide rate among veterans

    February 2, 2015 2:23 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill aimed at reducing a suicide epidemic among military veterans appears headed to the president's desk. The Senate is expected to take up a bill Monday named for Clay Hunt, a 26-year-old veteran who killed himself in 2011. The bill is aimed at reducing a wave... more »
  • Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

    January 29, 2015 3:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a bipartisan bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The 62-36 vote on Thursday advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, which championed the legislation despite a presidential veto threat. Keystone is the first of many battles with the... more »
  • Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies

    January 28, 2015 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - The president's immigration policies have been defended today on Capitol Hill by the woman he's nominated to be the next attorney general. Under challenges from Republicans, Loretta Lynch defended the decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation, even though they live in the country illegally. But she... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Senate opens showdown with Obama over Iran sanctions

    January 21, 2015 2:47 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is holding the opening round of Capitol Hill's showdown with the White House over talks to prevent Iran from being able to develop a nuclear weapon. The committee is holding a hearing on Wednesday about the negotiations with Tehran and the role... 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 »
  • Obama sits down with leaders of new GOP-run Congress

    January 13, 2015 3:11 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The guest list hasn't changed, but President Barack Obama faces a different type of crowd when he meets with congressional leaders on Tuesday. Obama's sit-down with House and Senate leaders is his first since the new, fully Republican-run Congress was seated last week. Senate Democratic leader Harry... more »
  • Senate Democrats look to tweak bill on Keystone XL Pipeline

    January 13, 2015 3:08 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats plan to use Senate consideration of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to get Republicans on the record about climate change and to resurrect parts of a bipartisan energy efficiency bill doomed by pipeline politics last year. But Republicans readied additions such as lifting a ban on... more »
  • Keystone bill clears Senate hurdle despite Obama veto threat

    January 12, 2015 5:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline has cleared an initial hurdle in the Senate, a victory for Republicans newly in charge and now eager for a veto showdown with President Barack Obama. The vote was 63-32, three more than the 60 needed to advance... more »
  • Senate moves ahead on Keystone despite Obama veto threat

    January 12, 2015 10:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Senate is moving ahead on a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline despite President Barack Obama's veto threat. A test vote was scheduled for late Monday, though winter weather could delay the roll call. The legislation would authorize construction of the 1,179-mile pipeline. It would... 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 »
  • Senate panel takes up pipeline bill despite veto threat

    January 8, 2015 2:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate committee has taken up a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline with plans to move it toward the full Senate, despite a veto threat from the White House. Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski says lawmakers shouldn't be deterred by President Barack Obama's threat. She... more »
  • New Congress convenes with GOP in charge

    January 6, 2015 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new Congress has convened with Republicans ready to take charge of the House and Senate. Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell was poised to become the new Senate majority leader. In the House, John Boehner was widely expected to win another term as speaker. Two Louisiana lawmakers were... more »
  • Senate votes to extend tax breaks through December

    December 16, 2014 6:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed a last-minute bill extending a massive package of temporary tax breaks through the end of year. The bill would enable millions of businesses and individuals to claim the tax breaks on their 2014 tax returns. Beyond this year, their fate is uncertain. The bill... more »
  • Senate approves Obama surgeon general nominee

    December 15, 2014 5:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general. The 51-43 vote late Monday came despite opposition from some lawmakers over Murthy's support for gun control and past statements calling gun violence a public health concern. Democratic Sen. Joe... more »
  • Government is funded while Senate considers spending bill

    December 12, 2014 11:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - As the Senate prepares to act on a $1.1 trillion spending bill, there's no threat of a shutdown in federal services. That's because lawmakers quickly passed a measure providing a 48-hour extension in existing funding, to give the Senate time to act. President Barack Obama quickly signed it.... more »
  • CIA chief challenges Senate torture report

    December 12, 2014 2:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - CIA Director John Brennan is acknowledging that agency officers did "abhorrent" things to captive terror suspects, and he says he can't prove the harsh treatment made the prisoners cooperate. But he defends the overall post-9/11 interrogation program for stopping attacks and saving lives. That is the carefully balanced... more »
  • Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep govt running

    December 12, 2014 2:19 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - It's now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following.... more »
  • Landrieu talks of 'extraordinary peace' in election defeat

    December 11, 2014 3:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says she's not "the least bit sad or the least bit afraid" of ending her 18-year career in the Senate, after an overwhelming defeat in her re-election bid. Landrieu gave her farewell speech Thursday to her Senate colleagues. She said while her departure... more »
  • Lawmakers seal deal on $1.1T spending bill

    December 9, 2014 5:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional aides say a final agreement has been sealed on a massive $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown and fund most of the government through next September. The hard-fought agreement would delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until... 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 »
  • Landrieu, Cassidy make final campaign pitches check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 5, 2014 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters head to the polls Saturday to select Louisiana's next U.S. senator, choosing between Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republican Bill Cassidy. As the two candidates made their final campaign arguments to voters Friday, their approaches were strikingly different. Growing hoarse from non-stop campaign appearances over the... more »
  • Landrieu can't settle on message in Senate runoff

    December 5, 2014 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With hours to go before Saturday's runoff election in Louisiana, underdog Sen. Mary Landrieu is running through her talking points. Seniority and clout. Energy committee leadership. The Keystone XL pipeline. Her opponent's timesheets. And a slap at the national Democrats who abandoned her bid for reelection. She's... more »
  • Landrieu getting little help before Senate runoff

    December 4, 2014 11:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is heading toward her Saturday runoff against Republican congressman Bill Cassidy with almost no financial help from outside allies. How disparate is their support? In all, 97 cents of every political dollar spent outside the two campaigns since Nov. 5 has been... more »
  • Candidates make push to polls check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 3, 2014 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Candidates for both the 6th District Congressional race and the Senate race canvased Louisiana Wednesday in a bid to gather more voters before the polls open on Saturday. Mary Landrieu spent her day in New Roads asking supporters to vote against her opponent Bill Cassidy and... more »
  • Landrieu, Cassidy get testy in final Senate debate

    December 2, 2014 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu questioned her Republican challenger Bill Cassidy's fitness for office in the last Senate race debate, as she struggled to overcome long odds in her re-election bid. Landrieu accused the GOP congressman Monday night of bilking taxpayers in his medical teaching work at the... more »
  • Cassidy has $1.3M for final days of Senate race

    November 26, 2014 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has $1.3 million to spend in the final days of his front-runner campaign to oust Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. Cassidy's campaign released its latest fundraising report Wednesday, outlining donations and spending through Nov. 16. The report was due to the Federal Election... more »
  • Senator talks about finding intruder in apartment

    November 24, 2014 11:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A state senator said he was puzzled about the state of a man who broke into his posh downtown apartment last week . Charles Johnson, 55, was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and trespassing after an altercation with Senator Gerald Long and his... more »
  • Cassidy gives weekly GOP address on Keystone

    November 22, 2014 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - In the weekly Republican address, GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy describes Senate Democrats' rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline as stifling American energy independence. Cassidy used the nationally-released speech Saturday to take fresh digs at Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu's failure to get the vote needed... more »
  • State senator, wife find burglar in downtown apartment check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 21, 2014 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Senator Gerald Long and his wife walked in on a suspected burglar inside their posh, selectively-awarded capital apartment Thursday night. According to documents obtained by WBRZ News 2, Long and his wife were surprised by Charles Johnson, 55, in the living room of their unit on... more »
  • What to know as early voting starts Saturday

    November 21, 2014 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Early voting opens Saturday for any of Louisiana's 2.9 million registered voters seeking to cast their ballots in advance of Louisiana's December runoff. The Dec. 6 election will settle the hotly-contested U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger Bill Cassidy, along with U.S.... 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 »
  • Landrieu-backed pipeline bill fails in Senate

    November 18, 2014 12:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Mary Landrieu-backed bill to fast-track approval on the Keystone XL pipeline failed to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster threat and pass out of the Senate Tuesday night. Sen. Landrieu had the support of 14 Senate Democrats, and all 45 Senate Republicans voted... more »
  • House, Senate to vote on Keystone

    November 12, 2014 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House and Senate will vote in coming days on legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline in a high-stakes political poker game. The two candidates in the Dec. 6 runoff for a Louisiana Senate seat are both pushing the bills. They are three-term Democrat Mary Landrieu in... 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 »
  • Republicans unite to support Cassidy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 10, 2014 8:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy is getting some help in his seat from both local and national GOP leaders in his quest to unseat Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. One of the noteworthy guests at today's Republican Unity Rally: Former Senatorial candidate Rob Maness. The Tea Party favorite... more »
  • Maness, Perkins back Cassidy in US Senate runoff

    November 8, 2014 2:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Tea party-backed Rob Maness, the third-place finisher in Louisiana's U.S. Senate primary is endorsing Republican Bill Cassidy in the December runoff against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. So is Family Research Council president Tony Perkins. Cassidy says Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will join him, Maness and other Republicans... more »
  • Senate Democrats dump ads in Louisiana

    November 6, 2014 4:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats' campaign committee is canceling planned television ads to help Sen. Mary Landrieu in her runoff campaign against Republican Bill Cassidy. But Democratic officials say they still support the endangered incumbent. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had booked nearly $2 million in TV ads to run after... more »
  • New Congress to include at least 101 women

    November 5, 2014 4:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - After winning a special election, Democrat Alma Adams of North Carolina will take office next week as the 100th female member of Congress. That's the most women Congress has ever had. It will be a short-lived record. With several races still to be called, the next Congress will... more »
  • Election Day may not settle Senate race

    November 4, 2014 3:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sen. Mary Landrieu isn't certain to know her political fate after the polls close in Louisiana's tight Senate race. The Democratic incumbent led the field of candidates heading into Tuesday's election. But polls suggest the race likely will be decided in a December runoff between Landrieu and... more »
  • Senate control is top prize in midterm election

    November 4, 2014 2:09 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Public campaigning gives way to the privacy of the voting booth Tuesday with control of the Senate, the makeup of the House and three dozen governorships at stake. President Barack Obama is not on the ballot midway through his second term. But even he said his policies... more »
  • Campaigns bring ground game as elections near check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 3, 2014 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It's an all-out rush to the polls as the final hours before the elections wane and volunteers go into overdrive to get the vote out. Some campaign volunteers are using apps to go door-to-door and speak with people they know support their candidate, encouraging them to get... more »
  • White House predicts Democrats will hold Senate

    November 3, 2014 3:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - On the eve of the midterm elections, a spokesman says President Barack Obama believes Democrats will hold onto the Senate. Spokesman Josh Earnest says Democrats are backed by a get-out-the-vote strategy that could boost their candidates by 2 or 3 percentage points on Election Day. Republicans across the... more »
  • US Senate race at top of Louisiana ballot Tuesday

    November 3, 2014 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After an attack-heavy campaign season, Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and her chief Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy were trying to wrangle last-minute votes in advance of Tuesday's election. Landrieu had rallies Monday in Alexandria and Baton Rouge, while Cassidy knocked on doors in the Baton Rouge neighborhood... more »
  • More people voting early in 10 states than in 2010

    November 3, 2014 10:23 AM

    ATLANTA - More people have voted early in 10 states than in 2010, and Republicans and Democrats alike say the numbers show they have the advantage in key races for Senate and governor races heading into Election Day. Registered Democrats have out-voted registered Republicans by 16 percentage points in North... more »
  • Landrieu revisits Hurricane Katrina in Senate race

    October 31, 2014 2:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is trying to remind voters of her effort six years ago to draw billions in federal disaster aid to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Since then, Landrieu has lost much of that post-Katrina goodwill. As Election Day nears, Landrieu and Democratic Party surrogates have... more »

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