Washington Watch: Handicapping the 6th District race

Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race this year and the 2015 governor’s election loom over much of the state’s politicking, but 6th Congressional District campaigns are quietly picking up steam. With U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, vacating his seat to challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., there is a slowly evolving free-for-all to replace him. State Sen. Dan … Continue reading →

Washington Briefs: Vet clinic expansion still on hold

The Louisiana congressional delegation was hoping that by the end of the year Congress would have approved the much-delayed expansion of veterans health care clinics in Lafayette, Lake Charles and 25 other locations around the nation. The House came through and approved the legislation, but it looks like final Senate approval will have to wait until 2014. … Continue reading →

Washington Watch: Louisiana in the line of falling dominoes

Washington Bureau writer Jordan Blum

Let’s play a little game of dominoes, or maybe musical chairs is more apt, and determine how political moves involving Montana and China could impact Louisiana’s 2014 U.S. Senate election. News broke last week that President Barack Obama is planning to appoint Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as the new U.S. ambassador to China. Baucus, a … Continue reading →