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  • Lower threshold for recall elections wins La. House support

    May 10, 2017 9:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House want to make it easier for voters to recall elected officials. The House voted 70-27 Wednesday for a proposal from Rep. Paul Hollis, a Covington Republican, to change rules for recall elections. The measure heads to the Senate for consideration. Under current... more »
  • Proposal to ban speed enforcement cameras in Louisiana fails

    May 8, 2017 1:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters won't be deciding whether they want to ban certain traffic cameras in Louisiana. The House transportation committee resoundingly defeated the proposal from Republican Rep. Paul Hollis, of Covington, to prohibit local governments from using automated speed enforcement devices to regulate traffic. Lawmakers on the panel voted... more »
  • Municipal election wraps up

    March 25, 2017 9:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE -Voting has concluded in the March municipal elections around Louisiana. Statewide voting concluded Saturday afternoon for residents in East Feliciana, Livingston, East Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes. Full results from the polls can be viewed here . more »
  • Saturday Election Day reminders

    December 9, 2016 10:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE – As the polls open for Election Day on Saturday, eligible voters will be casting ballots for the United States Senate, the 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts, Baton Rouge Mayor-President and other municipal races. Since it is a Saturday election, the polls will open at 7 a.m.... more »
  • Early voting for Louisiana runoff election ends Saturday

    December 2, 2016 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The weeklong period for voters to cast early ballots in the Dec. 10 election is nearing its end. Saturday marks the final day for early voting ahead of the runoff to decide who will hold a U.S. Senate seat, two U.S. House seats and dozens of municipal... 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 »
  • After deadly police encounters, voters OK civilian oversight

    November 11, 2016 11:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Voters in several major U.S. cities have approved measures to create or strengthen civilian oversight of law enforcement. Experts say the trend reflects growing public demand for independent reviews of misconduct claims after deadly police encounters in cities such as Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore and New York spotlighted... 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 »
  • Gonzales voters re-elect Mayor Barney Arceneaux

    November 8, 2016 6:15 PM

    GONZALES – Voters have decided to re-elect Mayor of Gonzales Barney Arceneaux rather than choosing new leadership for the role. The two candidates, both Democrats, in the race were Mayor Barney Arceneaux and Councilman Terance Irvin. Arceneaux has been serving as mayor of the city since January 2009.... more »
  • Election Day reminders for voters Play Video

    November 7, 2016 10:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE – For Election Day on Tuesday, voters will be casting their ballots for the presidential election, U.S. Senate and six constitutional amendments, along with several local races. As voting begins at 6 a.m., the Secretary of State's office wants to remind voters of election day preparations: ... more »
  • In swing-state suburbs, white women are skeptical of Trump

    May 21, 2016 2:51 PM

    WESTERVILLE, Ohio - For Donald Trump to win the White House, he'll need the votes of women like lifelong Republican Wendy Emery. Yet the 52-year-old business owner from the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, is struggling with the notion that Trump is her party's presumptive presidential nominee, and she can't commit... more »
  • Poll shows La. voters support medical marijuana

    April 28, 2016 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A poll by JMC Enterprises, commissioned by The Louisiana Cannabis Association, revealed that 72 percent of Louisiana voters are in favor of the medical marijuana legislation. Key poll findings include: - 72 percent of Louisiana voters agree that medical marijuana should be available for patients while 13 percent... more »
  • African-American voters see court fight as affront to Obama

    February 28, 2016 4:02 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - African-American voters see the Republican opposition to President Barack Obama filling the Supreme Court vacancy as the latest affront to the first black president. Obama isn't on the ballot this fall, but plenty of Republicans are. The Supreme Court standoff could galvanize black voters - a crucial component... more »
  • Ahead of special session, governor's site solicits budget ideas from voters

    February 8, 2016 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards' administration is seeking the advice of a different kind of expert in how to deal with the state's looming budget crisis. Monday, the state posted a special web page soliciting comments from Louisiana citizens. The site provides information on the governor's plan... more »
  • As Iowa looms, GOP wonders: does Trump have fans, or voters?

    January 18, 2016 11:36 AM

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - It's the No. 1 question headed into the Iowa caucuses: Does Donald Trump merely have fans, or does he have supporters who will mobilize come caucus day? The definitive answer won't arrive until the night of Iowa's leadoff caucuses on Feb. 1. But interviews with... more »
  • Clinton campaign: Data was 'stolen' by Sanders campaign

    December 18, 2015 1:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The campaign manager for Hillary Clinton says its voter data was "stolen" by the presidential campaign of her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. Robby Mook says on a Friday night conference call with reporters that "this was a very egregious breach and our data was stolen." Mook... more »
  • Officials of juvie jail plan to draft less confusing tax renewal

    December 9, 2015 10:12 PM

    ROBERT - Officials of the juvenile jail that handles care of incarcerated youth in three area parishes and New Orleans' North Shore hope to sell voters on a less confusing tax renewal. In November, voters in the area of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center denied a tax renewal... more »
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

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