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  • Louisiana budget balanced with millions tied up in lawsuits

    August 2, 2017 1:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As they scraped together dollars to fill gaps in last year's budget, Louisiana lawmakers relied on $36 million from a state escrow account tied to ongoing tax litigation. But those dollars can't be spent while the lawsuits are unresolved - and much of the money... more »
  • Louisiana lawmakers cancel veto session in overwhelming vote

    July 14, 2017 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers won't be holding a veto session this month to consider overriding Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejections of eight bills from their regular legislative session. Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly voted to cancel the veto session. It takes only a majority vote of... more »
  • Kennedy says it's time to vote on health care

    July 11, 2017 9:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. John Kennedy says if he thinks the Senate GOP health care bill being negotiated behind the scenes is even a modest improvement over current law, he'll support it. Kennedy responded Tuesday to Senate Republican leaders' announcement that a reworked health care bill will be... more »
  • Senator says health care vote set for next week

    July 10, 2017 10:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - The No. 2 Republican in the Senate says senators will vote next week on a new health care bill to repeal and replace key parts of so-called Obamacare. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas tells reporters that the revised legislation will be unveiled this week. ... more »
  • Audit says Senate bill would leave 22M uninsured

    June 26, 2017 4:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate health care bill would result in 22 million more uninsured Americans over the next decade compared to current law. That's according to an analysis Monday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The figure may further complicate Senate GOP leaders' plans to pass their bill... more »
  • Critics of Senate health bill hope to sway GOP Sen. Cassidy

    June 23, 2017 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Both of Louisiana's Republican U.S. senators say they're studying the Senate GOP health plan. But advocacy groups seeking to keep the current federal law intact have their focus squarely on one of them, physician Bill Cassidy. Cassidy has indicated he has problems with the bill that... more »
  • Senate panel backs Trump's FEMA nominee

    June 12, 2017 9:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate panel has confirmed the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs - on a voice vote Monday - backed approval of Brock Long. He previously ran Alabama's Emergency Management Agency and served... more »
  • 2 of remaining criminal justice proposals get final approval

    June 7, 2017 1:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nine of the 10 criminal justice proposals backed by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards are now awaiting his signature. The House on Wednesday approved two of the remaining bills, which are focused on easing the financial burdens ex-offenders face when they're released. Representatives approved changes the Senate... more »
  • Louisiana House, Senate disagree on drug-testing in food stamp bill

    June 3, 2017 7:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House and Senate have agreed to remove Louisiana's one-year prohibition on drug felons from getting food stamps and welfare benefits when they leave prison. But they diverge on whether the offenders should have to pass drug tests to maintain their eligibility for benefits. The House amended... more »
  • Louisiana's traffic cameras should be marked, lawmakers say

    June 2, 2017 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers want cities and towns that use cameras to catch speeders to post signs notifying drivers they're being monitored by the devices. A bill by Sen. Troy Carter, a New Orleans Democrat, requires the signs to be posted between 250 feet and 500 feet of the... more »
  • Senate releases $29B budget plan, spends above House plan

    June 1, 2017 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators unveiled their $29 billion state operating budget proposal for next year, and it contains fewer cuts than the House wanted. The proposal headed to the full senate would keep TOPS college tuition program at full financing, as the House proposed. But the Senate version... more »
  • Louisiana criminal justice revamp edges closer to passage

    May 31, 2017 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards' goal of significantly reducing Louisiana's incarceration rate is closer to reality after some of the package's more controversial proposals passed a tough test. The House criminal justice committee approved three Senate-backed bills Wednesday to expand probation and parole opportunities and shrink sentences for... more »
  • Louisiana lawmakers approve $368M increase for Medicaid expansion

    May 22, 2017 8:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have agreed to boost federal financing for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program by another $368 million. More than 428,000 people have enrolled in the government-financed coverage, more people than the health department projected for this year. And those who have signed up are older and costlier... more »
  • Senate Republicans quietly working on health overhaul bill

    May 22, 2017 7:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - Washington is fixated on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI chief James Comey and burgeoning investigations into possible connections between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia. But in closed-door meetings, Senate Republicans are trying to write legislation dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. They would substitute their own... more »
  • Raise pay? Minimum wage hike advancing in Louisiana Senate Play Video

    May 17, 2017 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators seeking to boost Louisiana's minimum wage are making another push for the proposal this legislative session, an issue championed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. The Senate Labor Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday to advance the wage hike to the full Senate. The proposal made it that far... more »
  • Early voting starts for special election to fill Senate seat

    May 13, 2017 1:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Early voting has begun in the special election to replace Troy Brown as state senator for parts of eight parishes along the Mississippi River and Bayou Lafourche. Louisiana Secretary of State's Office spokeswoman Meg Casper says the runoff between Democratic state Rep. Edward Price of Gonzales and... more »
  • Intel chair says 3 Trump associates cooperating

    May 12, 2017 9:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee says three associates of President Donald Trump have responded to requests for information and documents related to the panel's investigation into Russia's election meddling. North Carolina Republican Richard Burr notes, however, that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn hasn't yet... more »
  • Stopped by police? Louisiana lawmakers want driver training

    May 11, 2017 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hoping to lower tension between police officers and motorists, Louisiana lawmakers may soon require new drivers to be trained on how to respond in a traffic stop. A bill by Sen. Ryan Gatti, a Bossier City Republican, would add "appropriate driver conduct when stopped by a law... more »
  • Senate intel panel subpoenas Michael Flynn documents

    May 11, 2017 7:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn for documents related to the panel's investigation into Russia's election meddling. Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chairman, and Sen. Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, issued a joint statement Wednesday saying the panel decided... more »
  • Senate Dems ask GOP to drop their plan to repeal 'Obamacare'

    May 9, 2017 10:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are asking Republican leaders to drop their effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. If they do, they're offering to help them "improve the health care system for all Americans." Democrats say they'd work with the GOP to reduce premium and drug costs, stabilize... more »
  • Congress finishes spending bill, sends legislation to Trump

    May 5, 2017 8:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has delivered to President Donald Trump the first significant legislation of his presidency, a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running through September - putting off, for now, battles over Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall and his promised military buildup. The lopsided, 79-18... more »
  • House repeal of 'Obamacare' hands hot potato to wary Senate

    May 5, 2017 8:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans are claiming a triumph by finally approving their centerpiece bill scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law. But its pathway through the Senate will be at least as bumpy. And there's little doubt the measure will change, assuming it survives. The House approved the... more »
  • Comey defends Clinton choice; says he had limited options

    May 3, 2017 9:13 AM

    FBI Director James Comey says that revealing the reopening of the Hillary Clinton email probe just before Election Day came down to a painful, complicated choice between "really bad" and "catastrophic" options. He told a Senate panel Wednesday he'd felt "mildly nauseous" to think he might have tipped the election... more »
  • Trump: US needs September 'shutdown' to fix Senate 'mess'

    May 2, 2017 9:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says the nation "needs a good 'shutdown' in September" to fix a "mess" in the Senate. The president says on Twitter that the country needs to "either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 (percent)," suggesting more rules changes... more »
  • Senate backs bill giving some juvenile lifers shot at parole

    April 27, 2017 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators have agreed to give people convicted of murder as teenagers a chance at parole after serving 25 years of their life sentence. The 22-13 vote Wednesday came in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down automatic no-parole life sentences for crimes... more »
  • Senate confirms No. 2 at Justice; will lead Russia probe

    April 25, 2017 8:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general, putting the longtime federal prosecutor in place to oversee a federal investigation into Russian influence in the U.S. elections. The vote was 94-6 on Tuesday. As the Justice Department's No. 2 official, Rosenstein is expected to head the... more »
  • Senator: Trump won't let NKorea build missile to reach US

    April 25, 2017 2:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - A senior Republican senator emerged from a dinner with Donald Trump confident the president will not allow North Korea to build a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters Tuesday that North Korea should "not underestimate President Trump's resolve... more »
  • Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

    April 24, 2017 9:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary. The vote Monday was 87-11. The owner of several agricultural businesses and the son of a farmer, Perdue will be the first Southerner in the post in more than two decades. Perdue has assured nervous farm-state... more »
  • Louisiana Senate agrees to limit hunting sales tax holiday

    April 20, 2017 1:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has agreed to scale back the state's sales tax holiday for hunting supplies. A proposal by Sen. Barrow Peacock, a Bossier City Republican, would keep state sales taxes from being charged on firearms, ammunition and archery supplies on the first weekend of September. But... more »
  • Alabama Senate votes to allow concealed carry without permit

    April 18, 2017 9:26 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Senate has voted to allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a getting a permit. Senators approved the bill on a 25-8 vote Tuesday. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. The bill has been heavily criticized by some law enforcement officers... more »
  • Bills to lessen tax breaks to be debated by State Senate

    April 17, 2017 9:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate will consider proposals to whittle away at Louisiana's tax break programs to keep more money in the state treasury for spending. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee advanced a handful of bills Monday to the full Senate that would lessen or eliminate tax... more »
  • La. congressional delegation reacts to Syrian missile strikes

    April 7, 2017 9:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The United States has attacked a Syrian air base with roughly 60 cruise missiles in response to a chemical weapons attack it blames on President Bashar Assad. Louisiana's congressional delegation issued the following statements on the missile strikes: U.S. Senator John Kennedy: “I commend... more »
  • Gorsuch confirmed; Senate approves Trump nominee, 54-45

    April 7, 2017 7:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, bringing a contentious 14-month partisan battle to a close after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The vote was 54-45 on Friday. The victory gives President Donald Trump's 49-year-old nominee a lifetime spot on the court and his party... more »
  • McConnell claims votes to bust Supreme Court filibuster

    April 5, 2017 7:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has the votes to bust a planned Democratic filibuster of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee as a showdown nears that could change the Senate, and the court, for generations. The Kentucky Republican says Democrats "seem determined to head into the... more »
  • Senate agrees to extend VA's program of private-sector care

    April 3, 2017 9:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has approved legislation that would extend a program aimed at widening veterans' access to private-sector health care. The bill passed by voice vote. It would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue operating its Choice program until its money runs out, expected early next year.... more »
  • Democrats have the votes to try to block Gorsuch

    April 3, 2017 3:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats now have enough votes to try to block Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch with a filibuster, setting up a showdown with Republicans who plan to confirm him anyway. The crucial 41st vote came from Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware who announced his decision Monday as... more »
  • Senate panel to meet on Supreme Court nominee, delay likely

    March 27, 2017 9:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate panel is meeting to consider President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court and Democrats are widely expected to delay a vote until next week. The Judiciary Committee is gathering at noon on Monday. Democrats have the power to seek a one-week postponement on a decision... more »
  • US to recommend approval of Keystone XL pipeline

    March 23, 2017 2:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. officials say the State Department will recommend approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the White House to formally approve it. Two officials say Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon will issue the recommendation Friday. A 60-day deadline to complete a... more »
  • Louisiana senators reject closure of mental health program

    March 22, 2017 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana state senators blocked plans by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration to shutter a Medicaid program that provides mental health services to more than 47,000 children. The Edwards administration planned to close the program April 1, to save Louisiana more than $2 million this year, in response... more »
  • McConnell warns Republicans on health bill

    March 21, 2017 10:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning fellow Republicans of political consequences if they oppose health care legislation coming up for a vote in the House this week. In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, McConnell says: "I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented... more »
  • Senate confirms Trump pick to head Medicare and Medicaid

    March 13, 2017 9:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - A divided Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the Medicare and Medicaid agency, the $1 trillion organization overseeing health insurance programs for more than 130 million Americans. Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma is a protégé of Vice President Mike Pence. She was approved Monday... more »
  • Senate demands action to end threats to Jewish facilities

    March 7, 2017 9:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The entire U.S. Senate is calling on the Trump administration to take more aggressive steps to counter the growing number of anonymous bomb threats against Jewish organizations and institutions across the country. All 100 senators say in a letter sent Tuesday that the incidents are becoming more frequent... more »
  • Senate confirms billionaire investor as commerce secretary

    February 27, 2017 8:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary as President Donald Trump adds to his economic team. Breaking with Republican orthodoxy, Ross said the Trump administration will work quickly to re-do the North American Free Trade Agreement. That's the massive trade pact with Canada and... more »
  • Louisiana budget deal negotiated, but will it pass in House?

    February 21, 2017 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With time running short, Louisiana's lawmakers have moved the pieces of a budget-rebalancing deal into place. But final passage of the plan to close a $304 million deficit remained far from certain. The special legislative session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to eliminate the gap must... more »
  • LAGOP says Brown's resignation should have come sooner

    February 17, 2017 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Republicans say state Senator Troy Brown’s resignation should have come sooner. In a statement released Thursday, LAGOP Executive Director Jason Doré said his colleagues welcome Brown’s resignation. “We’re glad he finally saw that his actions were not to be tolerated by the Louisiana Legislature,”... more »
  • Brown: 'It's pretty obvious' he'll be expelled from state senate Play Video

    February 15, 2017 8:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State Senator Troy Brown said it appears he could be ousted from his seat in state government next week. "It's pretty obvious," Brown said after the Senate Select Committee on Discipline and Expulsion met Wednesday morning. Brown is the target of an expulsion hearing following arrests... more »
  • Former wrestling exec Linda McMahon confirmed to lead SBA

    February 14, 2017 7:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed former wrestling entertainment executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration. The vote was 81-19 on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says McMahon will "prioritize growing jobs over growing government bureaucracy" and calls that a welcome change from Washington. McMahon... more »
  • Mnuchin sworn in as treasury secretary

    February 13, 2017 8:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - Steven Mnuchin has been sworn in as the next treasury secretary. Mnuchin took the oath of office in the Oval Office Monday night. President Donald Trump says that Mnuchin spent his entire career making money in the private sector and now will go to work for the American... more »
  • Senate confirms Shulkin as VA secretary

    February 13, 2017 8:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed physician David Shulkin to serve as secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Trump administration. The vote Monday was 100-0. Shulkin is a former Obama administration official who had served as the VA's top health official since 2015. He is the first non-veteran to lead... more »
  • Senators call for Troy Brown to be expelled from Senate

    February 13, 2017 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State senators Sharon Hewitt and Dan Claitor held a press conference Monday afternoon to discuss a resolution that calls for the expulsion of Troy Brown as a senator. State senator Yvonne Colomb attempted to indefinitely postpone the expulsion resolution of Brown on Monday. Her motion... more »
  • Sen. Sessions on track for confirmations as attorney general

    February 8, 2017 8:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate is working round-the-clock toward confirming President Donald Trump's close ally, Sen. Jeff Sessions, to become the nation's top law enforcement officer as attorney general. The Alabama Republican appears headed toward confirmation on Wednesday evening by a nearly party-line vote. Democrats harshly criticized Sessions for being too... more »
  • Sen. John Kennedy named to three U.S. Senate subcommittees

    January 18, 2017 1:07 PM

    WASHINGTON – Louisiana’s newest U.S. Senator, Republican John Kennedy, has been named to three subcommittees of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. According to a statement released Wednesday, Kennedy’s assignments are: Housing, Transportation and Community Development Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Economic Policy... more »
  • GOP unveils initial 'Obamacare' repeal measure

    January 3, 2017 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have already introduced legislation that's a precursor to repealing much of the Affordable Care Act. Successful passage of the measure would allow a detailed follow-up repeal bill to pass through Congress without fear of a filibuster by Senate Democrats. Tuesday's measure doesn't contain any policy language.... more »
  • Louisiana electoral voters stick with Trump Play Video

    December 19, 2016 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's electoral voters have cast their ballots for Donald Trump, bucking a push from around the country to abandon the Republican president-elect. In a formal vote Monday at the Louisiana Capitol, the eight electors individually proclaimed their votes aloud before a small crowd that had gathered to... more »
  • Mexico Senate passes medical pot bill; sent to lower house

    December 13, 2016 9:48 PM

    MEXICO CITY - The Mexican Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill approving the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The Senate says in a statement summarizing the debate that the measure directs the Health Department to "design public policies to regulate the medicinal use of this plant and its derivatives."... more »
  • Kennedy: 'Lot of work left' as treasurer before Senate term

    December 12, 2016 10:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Fresh off a landslide win, U.S. Sen.-elect John Kennedy says he'll head to Washington this week for orientation. But he doesn't plan to immediately relinquish his job as state treasurer. The Republican winner of this weekend's runoff election said Sunday that he's "got a lot of work... more »
  • Kennedy says his election represents change

    December 11, 2016 3:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's newly elected U.S. senator, Republican John Kennedy, says his campaign was about change in Washington. Kennedy, the state treasurer, won Saturday's runoff election to fill the nation's last Senate seat. Speaking to supporters, Kennedy said "Washington insiders" have taken the country in the wrong direction. But... more »
  • GOP senators join Dems to condemn Russian political hacking

    December 11, 2016 12:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee are joining with Democrats in calling for an examination of reports that Russia interfered in the presidential election. Chairman John McCain, incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and others said in a joint statement Sunday that the CIA's report of... more »
  • Louisiana runoff election results

    December 10, 2016 12:05 PM

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW ELECTION RESULTS BATON ROUGE - The campaign season is ending in Louisiana a month later than the rest of the country. Voters Saturday are deciding the nation's final three congressional seats in runoff elections. Top of the ballot is the competition for an open U.S.... more »
  • Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn of Ohio has died at 95

    December 8, 2016 3:36 PM

    Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has died in Ohio. He was 95. Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Hank Wilson with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs says Glenn died Thursday afternoon at the James Cancer... more »
  • US Sen. Vitter bids farewell, says he was 'blessed' to serve

    December 5, 2016 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter called his tenure in Congress "the greatest honor of my professional life," as he gave a farewell speech ahead of the end to his 12-year tenure in the Senate. The Republican incumbent didn't run for a third term, after losing the Louisiana governor's... more »
  • Pence rallies for Kennedy for Louisiana's Senate seat

    December 3, 2016 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Vice President-elect Mike Pence urged Louisiana voters to back Republican John Kennedy for Louisiana's open U.S. Senate seat, saying Kennedy would be a strong partner to advance Donald Trump's agenda in Congress. Pence headlined a New Orleans rally and a fundraiser for Kennedy on Saturday, the final... more »
  • Kennedy's fundraising falls behind Campbell in Senate race

    December 2, 2016 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Though Republican John Kennedy leads in polls for Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, he lags his Democratic competitor Foster Campbell in fundraising ahead of the Dec. 10 runoff. Kennedy, the state treasurer, raised nearly $1 million less than Campbell, a Public Service Commission member, in his latest finance... more »
  • Senate takes aim at 'bots' that snap up concert seats

    November 30, 2016 8:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate is cracking down on computer software used by ticket brokers to snap up tickets to concerts and shows. Senators passed legislation by voice vote Wednesday that would make using the software an "unfair and deceptive practice" under the Federal Trade Commission Act and allow the FTC... more »
  • Democrat Campbell sees fundraising boost in Senate runoff

    November 30, 2016 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Foster Campbell's fundraising has spiked ahead of the Dec. 10 runoff, as his campaign is bolstered by Democratic donors from around the nation. Campbell had brought in $1.7 million for his campaign through Oct. 19 over nearly a year of fundraising - $984,000... more »
  • Kennedy skips Baton Rouge Senate forum Play Video

    November 28, 2016 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican John Kennedy was absent Monday from the Baton Rouge Press Club forum for U.S. Senate candidates. It's a move his rival Democrat Foster Campbell didn't let go unnoticed. "Mr. Kennedy doesn't want to debate," said Campbell. "He really doesn't want me to call him out on... more »
  • La. early voting opens Saturday, with Senate seat on ballot

    November 25, 2016 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The weeklong period for voters to cast early ballots in the Dec. 10 election opens Saturday, with a U.S. Senate seat, two U.S. House seats and dozens of municipal races remaining to be settled. Secretary of State Tom Schedler, Louisiana's top elections official, said lines should be... more »
  • Early voting for Dec. 10 runoffs begin Saturday

    November 23, 2016 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Early voting for the December 10 general elections begins this Saturday. Statewide early voting will be last for one week starting Saturday, Nov. 26 through Saturday, Dec. 3. According to the Louisisana Secretary of State's Office, residents can vote at the Registrar of Voters office in... more »
  • Attacks give way to endorsements in US Senate race

    November 20, 2016 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Those prostitution allegations? Forget about them. Claims of ties to a white supremacist? Ignore that. Trash-talking about performance in office? All water under the bridge. In Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, one-time rivals who hammered each other in bitter exchanges ahead of the primary election are now suggesting... more »
  • Marco Rubio wins 2nd term in the Senate

    November 8, 2016 8:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - Marco Rubio failed in his bid to end up in the White House, but he's still going back to Washington. Florida voters elected him to a second term in the Senate on Tuesday. He had wavered for months before deciding to run for re-election. He beat back a... more »
  • Kennedy, Campbell advance to December U.S. Senate runoff

    November 8, 2016 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A tight race for Louisiana's vacant U.S. Senate seat resulted in a runoff between State Treasurer John Kennedy and Democratic challenger Foster Campbell. Kennedy is a Republican and Campbell is a Democrat. Whoever is elected in December replaces U.S. Senator David Vitter, a Republican, who... more »
  • Struggle to break away from pack in Louisiana's Senate race

    November 5, 2016 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Contenders to be Louisiana's next U.S. senator are struggling to break away from the pack in a race where only a few percentage points could determine who reaches the runoff. Twenty-four candidates are on Tuesday's ballot. Five are possible contenders to make the Dec. 10 runoff. Among... more »
  • Protesters seek to block Duke's exit from campus Play Video

    November 2, 2016 11:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The top six candidates running for Louisiana's soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat are meeting for their last debate ahead of next week's election, at Dillard University in New Orleans. But Wednesday's televised debate is drawing attention mainly for the sixth contender who will be on stage at the... more »
  • Dillard President says debate poll was rigged to include David Duke

    November 2, 2016 7:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University's president took to Twitter to accuse Raycom Media of rigging poll results to increase TV ratings by including David Duke in Wednesday's U.S. Senate debate. President Walter Kimbrough tweeted “pretty clear polling rigged” for ratings and “any protests become part of reality show masquerading... more »
  • Senate race features prostitutes, David Duke, cross-dressing

    October 26, 2016 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's U.S. Senate seat features an open seat, two dozen candidates, prostitution allegations and a white supremacist contender. About the only sure thing seems to be that the race won't be decided Nov. 8 when most of the nation's political contests are settled. Instead, it's certain to... more »
  • Exiting Sen. Vitter leaves guidebook for his successor

    October 23, 2016 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter is leaving a guidebook for the person who will follow him into office. The Republican incumbent, who isn't seeking re-election on the Nov. 8 ballot, sent major candidates in the Senate race the comprehensive, 102-page guidebook . The document includes information about how... more »
  • Louisiana's US Senate race candidates clash in TV debate

    October 18, 2016 11:10 PM

    RUSTON - Major candidates in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race clashed in their first televised debate together, as they sought to draw distinctions in the final weeks ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming hit GOP opponent John Kennedy, the state treasurer, for running years ago as... more »
  • Former Sen. Mary Landrieu picks Fayard in La. Senate race

    October 14, 2016 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Caroline Fayard has received the backing of former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, as heavyweights in the party continue to split support between Fayard and Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell. Landrieu, a Democrat who lost her re-election bid in 2014, announced her endorsement... more »
  • Lawsuit highlights difficulties for lesser-known candidates

    October 14, 2016 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Three candidates trying to force their way into a TV debate in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race weren't successful. But their court hearing this week underscored the troubles for lesser-known contenders to gain the attention needed to win statewide. Judge Tim Kelley refused to stop the Oct. 18... more »
  • Fleming hits GOP opponents, says acting like in junior high

    September 29, 2016 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After lagging in polls, Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming thinks he's found his path to the runoff in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, positioning himself as the grown-up among the major GOP candidates. In his latest TV ad released statewide this week, Fleming hits the two leading Republicans... more »

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