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Presidential primary qualifying starts Wednesday in Louisiana, but candidates not expected in state

Candidates who want to run in Louisiana’s presidential preference primary must qualify this week, but don’t expect to catch a glimpse of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump at the Secretary of State’s office. “We don’t expect to see any presidential candidates here in Louisiana to qualify for the PPP,” Secretary of State Tom Schedler said in a news release. “Most will… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal, John Bel Edwards to meet to discuss transition

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is meeting with Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards at the Governor’s Mansion today to discuss the transition between their administrations. Edwards, a Democratic state representative who was elected governor on Nov. 21, will take office Jan. 11. Jindal, a Republican who has held the job for the past eight years, had promised he… Continue reading →

Book offers up-close look at Bobby Jindal: 'Gordon Gekko' influence, path to Christianity, presidential campaign

Photo provided by the Des Moines Register  --  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, right, talked with Davin Bernstein, 48 of Dallas, Texas, as Jindal and his family visited the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Saturday August 9, 2014.

A new book coming out this week gives some insight into Gov. Bobby Jindal’s background and his ultimately unsuccessful run for president. “The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House” by Buzzfeed reporter McKay Coppins will be released Tuesday. It takes readers deep inside the crowded… Continue reading →

State Sen. Troy Brown says he can’t remember details of alleged attack on longtime girlfriend at New Orleans hotel

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Ascension Parish Senator for District 2 candidate Troy Brown

State Sen. Troy Brown, accused of punching his longtime girlfriend in the face Saturday night in a New Orleans hotel hours after the Bayou Classic football game, said Monday he can’t remember major details of the alleged incident and is seeking medical help. Brown, D-Geismar, punched the girlfriend while she and others were waiting for an… Continue reading →

Edwin Edwards leaving hospital after pneumonia treatment

Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards waves with his wife Trina Scott Edwards as they arrive onstage with family and supporters for Louisiana Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards, at his election night watch party in New Orleans, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. John Bel Edwards won the runoff election for Louisiana governor Saturday, defeating the once-heavy favorite, Republican David Vitter, and handing the Democrats their first statewide victory since 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards is headed home from the hospital after treatment for pneumonia. “Edwin is up and around and feeling much better thanks to the doctors, nurses, and rest of the hospital staff. He received excellent treatment and everyone was so kind and helpful, but we’re happy to be headed home,” Edwards’ wife Trina wrote on… Continue reading →

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush announces Louisiana campaign team, finance chairs

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s campaign on Tuesday named his Louisiana steering committee and finance chairs. St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, state Sen. Conrad Appel of Metairie, state Rep. Nancy Landry of Lafayette and former state Commissioner of Elections Suzie Terrell will work to build Bush’s grassroots infrastructure. Meanwhile, fundraising efforts will be led by New Orleans developerJoe Canizaro, Lockport shipbuilder… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal plans to tour Louisiana as governor term winds down

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Gov. Bobby Jindal answers questions at a press conference in front of the Governor's Mansion about his decision to drop out of the U.S. Presidential race, the state budget deficit, Syrian refugees coming into the state and other topics.

Louisiana residents will probably be seeing a lot more of Gov. Bobby Jindal, now that he’s dropped his presidential campaign. Jindal is planning to travel across the state as his second term winds down, highlighting his administration’s accomplishments and looking to the state’s future needs. “I’ll be spending some time ... talking to folks and listening… Continue reading →

John Bel Edwards or David Vitter? Take our quiz, see if you can guess where candidates stand on certain issues

John Bel Edwards, left, and David Vitter

Reaching information overload on the upcoming Louisiana governor's runoff election? Let's test your knowledge. Check out the quiz below and see if you can guess where the John Bel Edwards and David Vitter stand on certain issues.… Continue reading →

David Vitter, John Bel Edwards respond to Bobby Jindal presidential campaign’s end

Neither Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter nor Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards has courted Gov. Bobby Jindal’s endorsement, but both had comments to make when he announced Tuesday that he’s suspending his presidential campaign. Louisiana voters will decide Saturday which of the two men will succeed Jindal in January. “Whether you agree with his politics or not,… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal suspends presidential campaign: 'This is not my time'

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Governor Bobby Jindal is cheered at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner Wednesday, June 24, 2015 after his speech. He announced he was running for president earlier in a video.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, once seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, abandoned his fledgling campaign for the White House Tuesday after failing to gain traction on the national level and remaining a virtual afterthought among a crowded field of Republican presidential hopefuls. “This is not my time. I‘ve come to… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace quick take: Bobby Jindal pulls out of presidential run, has plenty of time for more public office

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

. 1) Back when Gov. Bobby Jindal first announced his bid in June, his advisors pitched him to visiting reporters as the guy who could fill multiple lanes, from anti-establishment candidate to policy wonk to movement conservative. But all those lanes were crowded, and Jindal came off more as someone who would try anything… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge group encouraged as governor's candidates pledge to find solutions to road, bridge problems

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Aerial of eastbound traffic on the New Bridge in Baton Rouge, Tuesday, September 1, 2015, as drivers navigate around a stalled 18-wheeler approaching the Washington Street exit at bottom left.

Officials of a coalition of Baton Rouge-area business groups said Tuesday they are encouraged that both candidates for governor have pledged to find ways to solve road and bridge problems. “The transportation infrastructure crisis facing Baton Rouge is not just a local issue but one of statewide significance, and we are grateful that both gubernatorial candidates acknowledge… Continue reading →

Poll: John Bel Edwards above 50 percent, has double-digit lead over David Vitter

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Louisiana gubernatorial candidates U.S. Sen. David Vitter, left, a Republican, and State Rep. John Bel Edwards, right, a Democrat, stand together near the conclusion of the program Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at the Together Louisiana Statewide Assembly at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. They  addressed issues like the state budget, health care and workforce development at the event.

Another independent poll out in the Louisiana governor’s race shows Democrat John Bel Edwards with a double-digit lead and above the crucial 50-percent mark less than a week before Saturday’s runoff. The JMC Analytics poll, conducted Saturday and Monday, found respondents favored Edwards 51 percent to Vitter’s 35 percent. The margin of error is 3.9 percent. According to the poll,… Continue reading →

Louisiana Walmart workers plan demonstrations at Governor’s Mansion, gubernatorial debate

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Wal-Mart workers on a hunger strike protest Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent order to start requiring adult work a minimum number hours in order to receive food stamps. They gathered outside the Governor's Mansion on Monday.

Louisiana Walmart workers are holding two demonstrations in Baton Rouge today -- one at the Governor’s Mansion and the other outside a debate that will take place between the two men hoping to succeed Gov. Bobby Jindal. The workers are part of a national movement, but in Louisiana they are specifically focused on the minimum wage (Louisiana… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal issues executive order to block Syrian refugees

Republican presidential candidate Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, addresses the Sunshine Summit in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/John Raoux) ORG XMIT: FLML106

Gov. Bobby Jindal — as other governors did for their states — attempted to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Louisiana, following the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last week. Jindal issued an executive order on Monday, citing the governor’s authority to respond to the threat of emergency in the state. It’s unclear… Continue reading →

David Vitter holds meetings at coffee shop where man was allegedly spying on sheriff's group last month

The day before the Oct. 24 primary, a private investigator working for David Vitter’s gubernatorial campaign bungled an attempt to spyon a prominent Democratic trial attorney at Royal Blend Coffee & Tea in Metairie. The gumshoe was arrested, and Vitter’s campaign has had to endure days of unfavorable publicity from the caper.… Continue reading →

David Vitter says 'thugs' reference in campaign ad carries no racial meaning

U. S. Sen. David Vitter said Wednesday night campaign ads that accuse Democrat rival John Bel Edwards of wanting to release “thugs” from state prisons carries no racial overtones. Vitter, a Republican from Metairie who is running for governor, was asked about the issue during a candidate forum at Southern University. “There is no racial part of the definition of thug,”… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal forceful in latest undercard debate Tuesday, goes after Chris Christie

Bobby Jindal speaks during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Gov. Bobby Jindal stood out as a forceful performer Tuesday in a nationally televised undercard debate among lower-polling Republican presidential candidates that was dramatically shaped by vigorous exchanges between him and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. “We need a conservative — not a big-government Republican in Washington, D.C.,” Jindal said. In the “happy hour” debate… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace quick take: Prostitution scandal, surveillance, campaign ads all come up at David Vitter, John Bel Edwards’ first face-to-face exchange

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- In the first head to head meeting since the primary election, gubernatorial candidates David Vitter, left, and John Bel Edwards, right, meet in a forum hosted by the Press Club of Baton Rouge.

. Here is Advocate political columnist Stephanie Grace's Quick Take on the appearance of Louisiana gubernatorial candidates John Bel Edwards and David Vitter before the Baton Rouge Press Club. 1) The first face-to-face meeting between runoff opponents David Vitter and John Bel Edwards before the Baton Rouge Press Club lived up to its… Continue reading →

Scott Angelle supporters plan pro-John Bel Edwards fundraiser Friday in Lafayette

Republican Scott Angelle hasn’t endorsed either candidate in Louisiana’s Nov. 21 gubernatorial runoff between Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter. But a group of influential Angelle supporters from Acadiana will hold a fundraiser for Edwards Friday in Lafayette. Paul Segura, former state Rep. Ted Haik, former state Rep. Don Bacque, Wayne Elmore, Gene Sellers, Perry Segura and… Continue reading →