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  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »
  • La. Senate approves $24.6B budget for next year

    May 29, 2014 4:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have approved a nearly $25 billion budget to finance state government operations and services next year. The spending plan includes new spending on health care and education programs. Rank-and-file state workers would get a pay raise, but would also face new premium hikes for health insurance.... more »
  • Senators refuse to restrict use of coastal fund

    May 27, 2014 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A House-approved bill to limit the use of Louisiana's coastal protection fund has stalled in the Senate. Senators on the Finance Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday against the proposal by Republican Rep. Brett Geymann, of Lake Charles. Gov. Bobby Jindal has used the fund as a way to... more »
  • Senate votes to keep info on execution drugs confidential

    May 27, 2014 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal that would allow the Louisiana corrections department to keep information on execution drugs confidential continues to advance in the Legislature. A Senate judiciary committee backed the measure by Rep. Joe Lopinto, R-Metairie, on Tuesday after amending it to allow the state to get drugs used... more »
  • Senate agrees on new restrictions for welfare recipients

    May 27, 2014 1:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators agreed to put new limits on Louisiana's welfare recipients in state law, prohibiting them from spending the federal aid at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores. Prohibited from taking welfare debit cards would be video arcades, bail bond companies, cruise ships, psychics, adult-entertainment... more »
  • Senate approves new higher education incentive fund

    May 27, 2014 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate agreed Tuesday to set up a new higher education incentive fund sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal to direct money to high-demand degree and worker training programs. The bill by House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, would set up the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger... more »
  • Senators vote with Benson in workers comp dispute

    May 22, 2014 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators on the labor committee have narrowly sided with New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson over the NFL players in a dispute over how workers compensation claims for professional athletes should be calculated. The bill by Rep. Chris Broadwater, pushed by the team owner, would calculate workers... more »
  • Bill to allow nativity scenes in schools passes

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public schools will be given explicit authority to put up nativity scenes and Christmas trees as part of a holiday display, under a bill that received final passage with a unanimous Senate vote Thursday. "This bill allows for clarification," said Sen. A.G. Crowe, R-Slidell. "The Supreme... more »
  • Senate approves immediate divorce bill

    May 22, 2014 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have agreed to make domestic abuse one of the grounds for immediate divorce in Louisiana, rather than having a months-long waiting period. The Senate gave final passage to the bill (Senate Bill 292) by Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, with a 35-0 vote Thursday. An immediate... more »
  • 50 senators to NFL: Change Redskins' racist name

    May 22, 2014 9:23 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Half of the U.S. Senate says it's time to change the name of the Washington Redskins. Forty-nine Democratic senators wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday. They say racism and bigotry do not belong in professional sports. The lawmakers say the NBA set a good example by... more »
  • Senate confirms Green for US Attorney's post

    May 22, 2014 3:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Senate unanimously has confirmed Walt Green as U.S. Attorney for Louisiana's Middle District based in Baton Rouge. Green, who has been serving as acting U.S. attorney since Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. resigned the post, was recommended for the position by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The... more »
  • Senate water bill includes spending in La.

    May 22, 2014 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is on the cusp of passing its first infrastructure bill of the year. The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a more-than-$12 billion water resources bill that authorizes 34 water projects, from managing flood risks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and restoring environment in Louisiana to... more »
  • Bill will require dogs in truck beds to be secure

    May 21, 2014 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers don't want loose dogs in truck beds on Louisiana's interstates. A 30-7 Senate vote Wednesday gave final passage to a bill requiring dogs riding in the back of trucks to be humanely secured with a leash, crate or a ventilated truck bed cover when on an... more »
  • La. Senate backs $3.6B school financing formula

    May 20, 2014 4:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has agreed to a $3.6 billion formula for Louisiana's public schools next year. As it heads to the House, the financing plan for the 2014-15 school year would increase spending by $145 million. Of the increases, $70 million would simply roll into the permanent... more »
  • Senate passes legislation to upgrade cockfighting law

    May 20, 2014 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill to close loopholes in Louisiana's ban on cockfighting and put the law in line with other state laws that prohibit dogfighting received final legislative passage Tuesday with a 34-4 vote of the Senate. The measure by Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, broadens the definition of... more »
  • Senate strikes down anti-discrimination measure

    May 20, 2014 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators rejected a measure Tuesday that would have barred discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, age, sex or disability by adding the characteristics to current anti-discrimination statutes. A Senate judiciary committee voted 4-1 against the proposal by New Orleans Sen. Ed Murray, a Democrat, after hearing... more »
  • Higher education incentive fund bill nears passage

    May 19, 2014 1:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new higher education incentive fund sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal to direct money to high-demand degree and worker training programs would be created, under a bill nearing final legislative passage. The bill by House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, would set up the Workforce and Innovation... more »
  • Senate debate resubmitted school financing proposal

    May 19, 2014 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate will debate an updated $3.6 billion formula to pay for Louisiana's public schools next year, after the Senate's budget committee voted 10-1 Monday for the latest version submitted by state education leaders. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education rewrote the 2014-15 school financing... more »
  • Senators pick through $74M savings from consultant

    May 16, 2014 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators are questioning whether Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration can deliver the $74 million in savings it is promising from the ideas of an outside consultant. Members of the Senate Finance Committee bristled Friday at some suggestions from consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal, like plans to close... more »
  • E-Cigarette bill clears final legislative hurdle

    May 15, 2014 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 has made it through the Louisiana Legislature. The Senate passed the bill 34-0 Thursday. It outlaws sales of e-cigarettes, vaporizers, and other alternative nicotine products to minors, just like cigarettes.... more »
  • Senate passes minor changes to payday lending

    May 15, 2014 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A measure backed by the payday loan industry has passed the Senate after lawmakers failed to add tougher restrictions. Senators voted 28-10 Wednesday for Baton Rouge Rep. Erich Ponti's bill to require online payday lenders to register with the Office of Financial Institutions and be subject to... more »
  • Senate approves handheld phone ban in school zones

    May 14, 2014 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to ban drivers from using handheld cell phones in school zones won passage in the state Senate, a day after senators stalled the idea. The proposal by Republican Rep. Jeff Thompson, of Bossier City, received Senate passage Wednesday with a 25-8 vote, after Republican Sen.... more »
  • Senators overwhelmingly support new abortion rules

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have agreed to require Louisiana's abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, moving the Texas-style restrictions one step from final passage. The Senate voted 34-3 Wednesday for the bill by Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Democrat. The proposal returns to the House... more »
  • Public records exemptions advance in Legislature

    May 14, 2014 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators are pushing new exemptions to Louisiana's public records law that would hide jury questionnaires and state building security footage from the public. The jury questionnaire secrecy bill, by Shreveport Sen. Barrow Peacock, is further along. It's been approved by the Senate and was advanced to... more »
  • Senate passes bill to keep tiger at truck stop

    May 13, 2014 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bid to let a Grosse Tete truck stop owner keep a tiger onsite has squeaked through the Louisiana Senate on its second try. Senators voted 20-18 Tuesday for the measure by Port Allen Sen. Rick Ward, a Republican who argued the tiger lives comfortably. Ward's bill... more »
  • Pipeline, energy bill backers vow to keep up fight Play Video

    May 13, 2014 2:21 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Supporters of a popular energy savings bill and the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline say they will keep trying to force Senate action on the measures, even after they were defeated amid partisan gridlock in the Senate. The energy legislation would tighten efficiency guidelines for new federal... more »
  • More study planned for elevator inspection idea

    May 12, 2014 12:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers want more study about creating a statewide elevator and escalator inspection system for Louisiana. The Senate Finance Committee decided Monday to replace a bill by Sen. Ben Nevers that would establish the inspection system into legislation asking the state fire marshal's office to look at how... more »
  • La. Senate to debate changes to TOPS program

    May 12, 2014 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate is considering whether to raise eligibility standards for the state's free college tuition program called TOPS. The price tag for the program is growing to $250 million next year, and lawmakers are questioning whether the state needs to trim its costs. Louisiana has among... more »
  • Democratic leader blocks Senate vote on Keystone

    May 7, 2014 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are refusing to let supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to use an energy efficiency bill as a vehicle to attempt winning congressional approval for the controversial project. Majority Leader Harry Reid used a parliamentary move Wednesday to block a Republican amendment on the pipeline... more »
  • New abortion rules edge closer to final passage

    May 7, 2014 1:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New abortion restrictions that would require doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital are nearing final legislative passage. The Senate health committee backed the bill without objection Wednesday. The measure sailed through the House, despite criticism it would shut down three of... more »
  • GOP Senate leader endorses change in VA leadership

    May 6, 2014 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Republican says a leadership change may help resolve what he calls "dysfunction" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, following allegations of corruption and avoidable deaths at the veterans' hospital in Phoenix. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says the tenure of Veterans Affairs... more »
  • Senate takes up energy bill amid Keystone squabble

    May 6, 2014 11:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted to take up a bill that supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline want to use as a vehicle to authorize immediate construction of the proposed pipeline from Canada to the United States. The 79-20 vote to limit debate on an energy efficiency bill... more »
  • Senate to consider increased standards for TOPS

    May 1, 2014 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The full Senate will debate whether to make changes to Louisiana's free college tuition program known as TOPS, after years of complaints it has grown too expensive. The Senate Education Committee on Thursday agreed without objection to a rewritten version of Sen. Jack Donahue's bill to raise the... more »
  • CIA keeps a tight grip on its own secrets

    April 30, 2014 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The CIA is under pressure from a Senate committee to declassify parts of a congressional report on harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists, but the agency does not give up its secrets easily. The CIA officials who decide which secrets can be revealed have wrestled with Congress, archivists,... more »
  • Law enforcement agencies oppose medical marijuana Play Video

    April 29, 2014 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several law enforcement agencies came out against plans to legalize medical marijuana in Louisiana Tuesday. The Louisiana Sheriff's Association said they want the Food and Drug Administration to research medicinal marijuana use and decide if it should be a legal medication first. If the FDA approves... more »
  • Unanimous agreement to ban e-cig sales to minors

    April 24, 2014 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Both the House and Senate have unanimously agreed to outlaw the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 in Louisiana, similar to the state's existing ban on cigarette sales to minors. The House voted 88-0 Thursday for the bill (House Bill 1264) by... more »
  • Drone bill passes out of committee

    April 15, 2014 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Unmanned aircraft would be limited on private property around Louisiana, if lawmakers agree to a bill that has received the support of a Senate judiciary committee. Passage without objection Tuesday came over the opposition of the Louisiana Press Association, which said the bill by Baton Rouge Sen.... more »

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