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  • 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 »
  • Democrats look for hope in votes cast early

    October 27, 2014 3:51 PM

    ATLANTA - Democrats hold early voting leads in a handful of states that will help determine who controls the U.S. Senate in January. But Republicans have narrowed their historical gap in Iowa, where Joni Ernst is vying for a Democratic-held Senate seat. The GOP also maintains that its overall strength... more »
  • 50 percent voter turnout predicted for Louisiana

    October 27, 2014 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he expects about half of Louisiana's 2.9 million registered voters to cast ballots for the Nov. 4 election. That's above turnout in the last midterm congressional election, but still well below the 68 percent of voters who showed up at the... more »
  • Cassidy won't say who he backed in 6th District

    October 27, 2014 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After he cast his ballot in early voting, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy wouldn't say who he chose to replace him in Congress. Cassidy, a Republican, is running for the U.S. Senate, leaving his Baton Rouge-based 6th District seat up for grabs. Eleven candidates are vying for the... 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 »
  • LSU to host final televised La. Senate debate

    October 14, 2014 3:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Manship School of Mass Communication will host the final televised debate for candidates in Louisiana's Senate race on Wednesday, Oct. 29, according to a university spokesperson on Tuesday afternoon. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu will debate Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy in the Holliday Forum... more »
  • Obama and the midterms: What's at stake?

    October 13, 2014 12:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - For President Barack Obama, the stark reality of the looming midterm elections is that the best outcome for his party - holding onto the Senate - gets him nothing but two more years of the status quo. Two more years of a divided Congress. Two more years battling... more »
  • McCain campaigning with Cassidy in La. Senate race

    October 13, 2014 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain is campaigning across Louisiana at veterans rallies in support of GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy. In Baton Rouge on Monday, McCain described the Republican congressman as someone who will help improve veterans care and fight Obama administration policies. Cassidy is locked in... more »
  • Palin visits La. to support GOP Senate candidate Maness

    September 27, 2014 6:18 PM

    CROWN POINT - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin backed up tea party candidate Rob Maness' campaign for U.S. Senate during her visit to Louisiana today. Palin and Maness, attended an event for the campaign at Restaurant des Familles in Crown Point where she got to taste a variety of alligator-inspired... more »
  • Vitter on the campaign trail against Landrieu

    September 26, 2014 3:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. National anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony List announced that Vitter will be door-knocking Saturday morning in Baton Rouge... more »
  • Landrieu highlighting opposition to sanctions bill

    September 25, 2014 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu traveled to the Citgo refinery near Lake Charles to highlight her successful stalling of a bill to impose sanctions against human-rights abusers in Venezuela's government. While the Democratic senator has been criticized as siding with Venezuelan leaders who have committed horrible abuses, she... more »
  • GOP leader presses for more Landrieu flight detail

    September 17, 2014 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the Republican National Committee is calling on U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu to release all records of her taxpayer-funded charter flights for an independent review. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday if the three-term Democratic incumbent is unwilling to yield to such scrutiny, she should... more »
  • GOP says Landrieu charter flight review has holes

    September 15, 2014 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans say U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu fell short of her pledge to review all her taxpayer-funded private charter flights to make sure they complied with the law. The Democratic senator, seeking re-election on the November ballot, released a review of flights dating back to February 2002. Republicans,... more »
  • Cassidy says Reid runs 'Senate like a plantation'

    September 9, 2014 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness is calling on his fellow GOP contender in the race, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, to apologize for saying that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "runs the Senate like a plantation." The quote was reported Tuesday by Environment & Energy Publishing. Maness,... more »
  • In La.'s Senate race, will the candidates debate?

    September 9, 2014 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With two months before November's election, the three major candidates in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race have rarely appeared at the same events - and never in a head-to-head debate. How many of those will happen remains unclear. Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, seeking a fourth term in office,... more »
  • Judge tosses challenge to Sen. Landrieu residency

    September 5, 2014 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state judge in Louisiana has thrown out a challenge to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's qualification to run for re-election in Louisiana. District Judge Wilson Fields ruled Friday that Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis' lawsuit claiming the three-term Democratic senator lives in Washington and not Louisiana was... more »
  • Judge considers lawsuit to disqualify Landrieu check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 5, 2014 3:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A judge will consider whether U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is able to run for re-election in Louisiana after a state lawmaker who once ran against Landrieu challenged her qualifications for office. Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis filed a lawsuit against the three-term Democratic senator, saying she... more »
  • Final day for election qualifying Play Video

    August 22, 2014 7:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Today is the final day for candidates to qualify to run for political office in Louisiana in November 4th elections. There has been a steady flow at the Secretary of State's Office the past two days. On Thursday, Zach Dasher joined the 5th Congressional District race... more »
  • Landrieu reimbursing Senate for charter flights

    August 14, 2014 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is under scrutiny for billing private chartered planes to her Senate office when she used the flights to attend campaign fundraisers. The Democratic senator spent $3,200 in taxpayer money for a flight from New Orleans to Lake Charles for a November fundraiser, though... more »
  • Landrieu says taxpayer-funded flight a mistake check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 13, 2014 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senator Mary Landrieu found herself with some explaining to do regarding a chartered flight she took across the state last November that was paid for with taxpayer money. Her staff calls it a mistake but others are saying she should've known better. Senator Landrieu mistakenly used... more »
  • La.'s Senate candidates share stage at convention

    August 2, 2014 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her two Republican competitors, Congressman Bill Cassidy and tea party favorite Rob Maness, have made their campaign pitches to Louisiana's mayors and town leaders. Saturday's speeches at the Louisiana Municipal Association convention were a rare moment where all three contenders in the... more »
  • Senate reprieve for highly contested border bill

    July 30, 2014 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - A bill to deal with the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border has won a temporary reprieve in the Senate. Senators voted 63-33 Wednesday to advance the $3.5 billion emergency spending bill over a procedural hurdle. But with Congress adjourning for the summer within days and Republicans opposed,... more »
  • Senate likely to come up short on border bill check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 30, 2014 3:22 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate. It comes as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction, just a few days before Congress' five-week summer recess. Senate Democrats' $3.5 billion emergency spending bill is designed to... more »
  • Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection

    July 29, 2014 4:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil liberties groups and the White House. The bill represents the latest step in... more »
  • Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform VA

    July 24, 2014 10:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman is offering to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says his proposal would cost less than $25 billion over three years. That... 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 »
  • Senate chairman warns against border policy change

    July 17, 2014 9:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says it's not acceptable to change U.S. policy to speed Central American kids home faster from the border without court hearings. Sen. Robert Menendez is a New Jersey Democrat. Menendez says the change would take due process rights away... more »
  • Cassidy edges closer to Landrieu in campaign cash

    July 15, 2014 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu continues to outraise her chief Republican competitor, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, but she's spending more money as well. The Democratic incumbent is heading into the most heated portion of the Senate race with a narrowing advantage in her cash on hand. Landrieu's campaign... more »
  • State lawmaker drops out of Louisiana Senate race

    July 14, 2014 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis says he's ending his bid to unseat Mary Landrieu and become Louisiana's next U.S. senator. Hollis announced his decision Monday, saying it came after "prayer and thoughtful consideration." The first-term lawmaker from St. Tammany Parish gave no reason for dropping out of... more »
  • John Kennedy reacts to Gov. Jindal's veto Play Video

    June 27, 2014 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - HB-142 was unanimously passed by the Louisiana House and Senate with the goal of cutting government waste by giving more oversight to government contracts. Governor Jindal had other ideas. He vetoed the bill. State Treasurer John Kennedy stopped by 2une In Friday with his reaction. more »
  • Nearby MS voters favor primary loser

    June 24, 2014 10:17 PM

    JACKSON, Miss- Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran has defeated challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's Republican primary runoff. Cochran's win Tuesday was another blow to tea party groups that are trying to unseat longtime GOP lawmakers. The race attracted $12 million in spending by outside groups. Cochran defeated McDaniel by... more »
  • Senate to consider massive spending bill

    June 18, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A massive spending bill to fund five Cabinet departments for the upcoming budget year is about to hit the Senate floor, giving senators a chance at a rare opportunity for open debate. But that's a maybe. The chamber easily advanced the measure on a 95-3 test vote,... more »
  • Senate Republicans block student loan bill

    June 11, 2014 9:33 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Republicans have blocked an election-year attempt by Democrats to let people refinance their student loan debt at lower rates. The 56-38 vote Wednesday fell short of the 60 votes needed to proceed to debate on the measure. The bill by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would... more »
  • Cassidy releasing first TV ad in US Senate race

    June 4, 2014 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is launching his first TV ad in Louisiana's Senate race next week, focusing on the Republican congressman's opposition to the federal health care law. The 30-second commercial, to run in the New Orleans area, was provided to The Associated Press by Cassidy's campaign.... more »
  • La. Senate agrees to change wording for disabled

    June 2, 2014 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have agreed to rewrite state laws to change the way Louisiana refers to people with disabilities. A compromise version of the bill (House Bill 63) by Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, received final passage with a 37-0 Senate vote Monday. The nearly 300-page measure will swap... more »
  • Lawmakers OK stronger penalties for referee attacks

    June 2, 2014 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislation targeting parents who attack referees at their children's athletic events has received final legislative passage in Louisiana's Senate. The misdemeanor crime of battery of a school or recreation contest official currently carries a fine of up to $500 and a prison sentence of up to six... more »
  • Senators OK bill to hide source of execution drugs

    May 30, 2014 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to let the state corrections department hide information about the source of its execution drugs and buy them from compounding pharmacies outside Louisiana is nearing final passage. The Senate voted 29-7 Friday to back the proposal by Republican Rep. Joe Lopinto. Lopinto says the changes... more »
  • $5.9B construction budget bill backed by Senate

    May 29, 2014 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have sent the House a more than $5.9 billion, multiyear state construction budget plumped up with so many Senate add-ons that it contains $400 million more in projects than the state can afford. Louisiana has a cap on annual borrowing that limits spending on construction projects... more »

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