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  • 100-year-old casts vote Saturday Play Video

    November 21, 2015 8:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A one-hundred year old man braved unfriendly weather Saturday to cast a ballot in the statewide governor's race. Willie Johnson has been voting since the law allowed him to vote, after the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Since, he has made sure to participate in the... more »
  • Clinton faces protest as she courts black voters

    October 30, 2015 6:49 PM

    ATLANTA - As she courts black voters in the South, Hillary Rodham Clinton is promising them that if she's elected, she will be their partner in the White House and follow in the footsteps of her predecessor. In Atlanta, Clinton today called for eliminating sentencing disparities between crack cocaine crimes... more »
  • E. Feliciana tax renewal to be on upcoming ballot check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 6, 2015 5:59 PM

    CLINTON - This week the East Feliciana Parish School Board voted to put three tax renewals on the ballot. The taxes up for renewal are a 17 mill property tax and two 1 cent sales taxes. Most of the money gotten from the taxes will go toward salaries and... more »
  • Taxes placed on Livingston May ballot

    February 12, 2015 11:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders approved putting two tax measures on the May ballot Thursday night. One is the second attempt for the fire department covering the Holden area. A tax renewal failed in December. The department believes low voter turnout and knowledge about the renewal caused the defeat. ... more »
  • Court weighs role of race in Alabama redistricting

    November 12, 2014 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is considering a dispute over the use of race to redraw political districts that turns the usual arguments on their heads. Alabama is telling the justices in arguments Wednesday that it had no choice but to concentrate black voters in some legislative districts, making the... more »
  • Voters disappointed but forgiving of congressman

    April 12, 2014 10:19 AM

    MONROE, La. - Louisiana voters say they're disappointed but not surprised by a video showing Republican congressman Vance McAllister in an extramarital encounter with an aide. Several of the congressman's constituents say he should not resign, though Gov. Bobby Jindal and some other Republican Party leaders suggest he should step... more »
  • Residents speak out against St. George check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 20, 2013 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some people who live the proposed area of St. George are voicing their concerns through a facebook page and website. "I'm worried about taxes going up in our part of the parish and not getting the level of services that we get being associated with the city... more »
  • Mayor Slaughter to learn fate in Saturday election

    November 15, 2013 9:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tomorrow, voters in Port Allen head to the polls to decide whether or not they want a change in leadership. Mayor Deedy Slaughter faces a possible recall, after 1,400 citizens signed a petition asking the state to grant the special election. Slaughter has been the subject... more »
  • Another fiery Port Allen council meeting check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 13, 2013 9:41 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Voters in Port Allen will head to the polls this weekend without a 2013-2014 city budget. Mayor Deedy Slaughter vetoed the budget Nov. 4 after some council members added an amendment that left out items the mayor wanted. Wednesday night, the council met to consider overriding... more »
  • Some voters undecided in mayoral recall check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 13, 2013 4:05 PM

    PORT ALLEN - With just three days before voters in Port Allen will head to the polls for the first recall election in West Baton Rouge Parish history, some voters are still undecided about how they'll vote. The city has been divided since News 2 began investigating Mayor Deedy... more »
  • Demolition likely for Houston Astrodome

    November 6, 2013 8:17 AM

    HOUSTON - Texas voters have rejected a plan to convert the shuttered Houston Astrodome into a convention center and have likely doomed the iconic stadium to demolition. Tuesday's referendum would have authorized Harris County to issue up to $217 million in bonds to turn the world's first multipurpose domed... more »
  • BREC to put tax renewal on April ballot

    October 17, 2013 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park commissioners have agreed to ask voters on April 5 to renew 6.2 mills in property taxes used to pay for capital improvements and general operating expenses. On Wednesday, commissioners voted 7-0 without discussion in favor of having the tax renewal... more »
  • Port Allen divided over approval of mayor's recall election check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 20, 2013 9:49 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A political divide continues here, after the governor announced the date of a recall election for the town's mayor. Friday, Governor Bobby Jindal signed an order setting the date for Nov. 16. People against Mayor Deedy Slaughter got enough signatures for the recall. "I don't... more »
  • St. John sheriff seeks sales tax increase

    September 10, 2013 9:10 AM

    EDGARD - Six months after St. John the Baptist Parish voters rejected a quarter-cent sales tax for the Sheriff' Office, the proposal is back on the Oct. 19 ballot. This time, Sheriff Mike Tregre says he is trying to do a better job informing voters and clearly promoting the... more »
  • Announcement today on Port Allen mayoral recall

    September 9, 2013 11:53 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Election officials said they'll have an announcement Monday afternoon about the recently-submitted petition to recall Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter. Organizers of the petition turned in their collected signatures last week to the Registrar of Voters in West Baton Rouge Parish. It was the first time... more »
  • Groups protest Jindal opposition to oil and gas lawsuit

    August 28, 2013 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Environmental and pubic interest groups are lashing out at Governor Jindal over his opposition to a lawsuit against oil and gas companies. The lawsuit was filed last month by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, saying oil and gas activity contributed to the erosion of the... more »
  • Voters to decide fate of Astrodome

    August 14, 2013 7:40 PM

    HOUSTON- What happens to the Astrodome in Houston is now up to voters in Harris County after leaders put the plan on the November ballot. Voters will decide if they want to raise $217 million to redevelop the stadium. The Astrodome was built in 1965 and was called the "Eighth... more »
  • Police jury sets election for parish president post check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 8, 2013 9:14 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- Members of the police jury in West Feliciana approved an election for October that will elect a parish president. It is the first move dealing with home rule charter since the change in government was approved by voters last year. "The home rule charter was approved... more »
  • State removes names of inactive voters

    January 24, 2013 7:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State elections officials removed about 52,000 inactive voters from Louisiana's voter rolls after November's presidential election. State Elections Commissioner Angie Rogers says election laws require the purge of voter registration rolls once every two years or so, to remove the names of people who have not voted... more »
  • Republicans stepping in own way on immigration

    November 29, 2012 1:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - After Mitt Romney's presidential election loss, Republicans quickly identified one of their mistakes as the party's dysfunctional relationship with Hispanic voters, who overwhelmingly voted for President Barack Obama. But early GOP immigration reform efforts on Capitol Hill seem to miss the mark. A pair of bills offered by... more »
  • Justice official: Register voters automatically

    November 16, 2012 2:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - One of the top enforcers of the nation's civil rights laws says government should be responsible for automatically registering citizens to vote by using existing databases to compile lists of all eligible residents in each jurisdiction. The proposal by Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, chief of the Justice... more »
  • Pres. Obama faces challenges in next term check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 7, 2012 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today in Baton Rouge, there was a lot of talk about President Barack Obama's re-election and what will come with his next four years in office. Voters like Rhonda Sharris said even though the same man's in the White House, changes must be made. "You... more »
  • La. voters on both sides lament political divide

    November 6, 2012 5:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Turnout has been brisk across Louisiana as voters decide the presidential race, a half-dozen seats in the U.S. House and proposed amendments to the state constitution. Secretary of State spokeswoman Med Casper said Tuesday that there had been reports of occasional, routine problems with machines and long... more »
  • Exit poll shows economy still the top concern

    November 6, 2012 5:04 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press show that the presidential election hinges once again on the economy. The survey of voters as they leave polling places shows 6 in 10 voters say the economy is the top issue facing the nation, with... more »
  • Schedler expects long lines in La. on Election Day

    November 5, 2012 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top elections official is telling voters to be patient on Election Day, do their homework about the ballot and expect a lengthy wait to get in the voting booth. Secretary of State Tom Schedler predicted turnout for the election Tuesday could top 70 percent in Louisiana... more »
  • Economy in focus as Romney faces new questions

    October 26, 2012 7:27 AM

    DEFIANCE, Ohio - Republican Mitt Romney is renewing his focus on the economy as Democrats question his silence on a Senate candidate's controversial abortion comments. Romney is also trying to ignore new questions about a prominent supporter's divorce case. The GOP presidential nominee is scheduled to deliver an economic... more »
  • Romney erases Obama advantage among women

    October 25, 2012 7:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - Less than two weeks out from Election Day, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows Romney has erased Obama's 16-point advantage among women. And the president, in turn, has largely eliminated Romney's edge among men. Those churning gender dynamics leave the presidential race still a dead heat. The... more »
  • Obama accuses Romney of suffering from 'Romnesia'

    October 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    FAIRFAX, Va. - President Barack Obama is making a direct gender pitch in hotly contested Virginia, telling a college crowd that when it comes to issues important to women's health and jobs, Mitt Romney is distancing himself from past stances and suffers from a case of "Romnesia." He says Romney... more »
  • CATS CEO fires back about broken promises check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 17, 2012 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The head of the Capital Area Transit System is firing back tonight about promises that were allegedly broken after voters approved a tax to keep the bus system running this year. Some of the promises included adding extra routes and express service to populated areas if the... more »
  • Sec. of State: 2.92M registered to vote in La.

    October 11, 2012 8:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Preliminary statewide voter registration totals show that at least 2.92 million Louisianians will be eligible to vote Nov. 6 when the race for U.S. president tops the ballot. Election officials say the numbers mean there are already about 100,000 more eligible voters today than on the... more »
  • Unions and new voters

    October 4, 2012 7:21 PM

    The AFL-CIO claims it registered more than 450,000 new voters from households with union members in the effort to reelect President Obama. Voters from union household traditionally favor Democrats and polls showed 59 percent backed the President in 2008, while 39 percent voted for John McCain. The new numbers include... more »
  • Romney shifts to center as his confidence grows

    October 4, 2012 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is shifting sharply to the political center as he begins to deliver a closing argument aimed at a slice of moderate, undecided voters a month before Election Day. On taxes, immigration and more, the former Massachusetts governor has toned down his heated, campaign... more »
  • Louisiana finds middle ground in voter ID controversy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 13, 2012 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Controversy continues all over the country about what voters should be required to bring with them to the polls. Many states require a photo ID, but not Louisiana. Voters can cast their ballot without having a photo ID as long as they can sign an affidavit to... more »
  • Romney to make pitch to black voters at NAACP

    July 11, 2012 7:38 AM

    HOUSTON - Mitt Romney will talk economics today in a rare appearance before the NAACP, the nation's oldest civil rights group. The black organization has largely backed Democrats, but Romney hopes he can sell a message that his policies would be better for blacks, who have an overall unemployment... more »
  • 9 constitutional amendments on November ballot

    June 12, 2012 9:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana voters will face a list of questions in the fall election, constitutional changes proposed by lawmakers, including provisions about gun rights and pension revocation. Nine proposals to amend the Louisiana Constitution will be on the Nov. 6 ballot after the action of the legislative session.... more »
  • Wisconsin recall battle finally goes to voters

    June 4, 2012 3:12 PM

    MADISON, Wis. - The battle over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's agenda has attracted millions of dollars from out of state, campaign volunteers from across the country and months of concentrated attention from the two major political parties. But on Tuesday, the only voices that matter will be those of voters... more »
  • Bill to limit gun restrictions heads to La. voters

    May 29, 2012 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana voters will decide whether to toughen the state's constitutional protections for weapon owners. The proposal by Republican Sen. Neil Riser would strike a provision that gives the Legislature explicit authority to limit concealed handguns. The Senate gave final passage to the measure Tuesday with a 34-4... more »
  • Donaldsonville voters to consider 2 tax proposals

    April 16, 2012 7:18 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Donaldsonville voters will be asked April 21 to approve a new half-cent sales tax dedicated to infrastructure and continue an expired 5-mill, 10-year property tax for firefighting equipment and facilities. City officials say the sales tax is expected to generate $450,000 per year and initially could be used... more »
  • New Orleans quality of life survey

    March 27, 2012 10:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new survey shows crime concerns are up in New Orleans and Mayor Mitch Landrieu's approval ratings have declined a bit. But, overall, the University of New Orleans poll shows more New Orleans residents say the city has improved over the last five years. Landrieu's approval rating... more »
  • Voters face lengthy ballot on Saturday

    October 21, 2011 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana voters will be wading through a lengthy ballot Saturday. While Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to coast to an easy re-election, lawmakers across the state are in tight contests with term-limited folks seeking to keep themselves in office by switching jobs and others long... more »
  • Voters approve Lake Charles casino project

    May 1, 2011 9:56 AM

    LAKE CHARLES- Voters in Calcasieu Parish have approved a proposal to bring a fourth riverboat casino to the area. Creative Casinos LLC plans to use the 15th and final riverboat gambling license allowed by Louisiana law to build a $400 million gambling resort known as Mojito Pointe. With... more »
  • Voters likely to get EBR bond proposal in fall

    January 4, 2011 9:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters in Baton Rouge likely won't decide on raising their taxes until the fall to pay for parish-wide improvements. In September, Mayor Kip Holden surprised the Metro Council by announcing he wanted to try for the tax a third time. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says the mayor's... more »

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