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Mary Landrieu asks Bill Cassidy to bring records to the Monday debate

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, left, talks withDonald J. 'Don' Cazayoux, Jr., left,  a former United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, talks to Donald J. 'Don' Cazayoux, Jr., right, a former United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana,before a cerimonial investiture in which the Oath of Office was administered to to new U.S. Attorney Walt Green, at Russell B. Long Federal Building and Courthouse, August 1, 2014.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu called Friday on her opponent, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, to produce records that show he performed the work promised LSU for a part-time teaching position. Landrieu referred to what she called serious allegations “about Congressman Cassidy’s practice of collecting a pay check and benefits package close to $50,000 a year for… Continue reading →

Report: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal labeled 'everyone's backup' in GOP presidential field

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is slotted in the bottom tier of potential GOP presidential canddiates, according to a report from The Hill, a national blog covering Congress, politics and political campaigns. Among Republican strategists, one called Jindal "nobody's favorite and everyone's backup." Check out our politics blog to read about The Hill's report on Jindal's presdiential prospects.… Continue reading →

Landrieu, Cassidy spar over congressman's LSU income

Associated Press Photo by Gerald Herbert --  Republican U.S. Senate candidate  Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, addresses supporters during his Nov. 4. election night watch party.

A spokesman for U.S. Sen Mary Landrieu’s campaign says documents posted by bloggers raise questions about U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s part-time teaching at the old charity hospital in Baton Rouge. Cassidy refutes the allegations, saying they’re based on an incomplete set of documents. Cassidy had worked for two decades at the LSU Earl K. Long Medical… Continue reading →

Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy set for Monday night debate, have different plans for media afterward

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., right, and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., left, participate in a Senate race debate with Republican candidate and Tea Party favorite Rob Maness  on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy are set for their one and only debate before the Dec. 6 runoff. The debate will be televised live Monday at 7 p.m. After the debate, Landrieu and Cassidy have different plans for addressing reporters. Check out our politics blog for more details.… Continue reading →

Judge sets early voting lawsuit hearing

A state district judge Tuesday rejected a West Monroe legislator’s attempt to extend early voting for the Dec. 6 election. 19th Judicial Court Judge Todd Hernandez denied a temporary restraining order and set a Dec. 4 trial date in an in-chamber’s session. “It was not unexpected,” said state Rep. Marcus Hunter, a Democrat, who argued shortening… Continue reading →

Hunter filing lawsuit over early voting

State Rep. Marcus Hunter will seek an expedited hearing when he files a lawsuit challenging shortened early voting for the Dec. 6 elections. “I’m hoping to have it heard Tuesday or Wednesday before the judges take off for Thanksgiving,” said Hunter, D-West Monroe. Hunter objects to Secretary of State Tom Schedler’s eliminating two official state holidays… Continue reading →

Coming this week: Edwin Edwards to start TV, radio campaign ads

Photo provided by ARI B. KRUPKIN -- Former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards spoons coffee into son Eli's mouth at his campaign headquarters in Baton Rouge. Edwards' wife, Trina, is holding Eli.

Republican congressional candidate Garret Graves didn’t participate in a 6th District forum on Monday, leaving the door open for Democratic opponent and former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards to mount an unchallenged attack against the former Jindal appointee. “I don’t like to talk about people in their absence, though it’s his fault that he’s not here,” Edwards said… Continue reading →

Texas Gov. Rick Perry to campaign for Rep. Bill Cassidy in Louisiana on Tuesday

Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks about the costs of  illegal immigration in his state during a press conference at the Republican governors conference in Boca Raton, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The organization's annual conference began Wednesday in a luxury oceanside resort where the nation's Republican governors are celebrating their party's recent success in the midterm elections while privately jockeying for position as the 2016 presidential contest looms. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will campaign for Rep. Bill Cassidy in Louisiana on Tuesday. Cassidy is also scheduled to cast his early ballot Tuesday. Check out our politics blog to find out where Cassidy and Perry will campaign.… Continue reading →

Politics blog: Louisiana Rep. Marcus Hunter files lawsuit, objects to shortened early voting because of holidays

 State Rep. Marcus Hunter

Louisiana Rep. Marcus Hunter said the state is trying to limit voting by eliminating two of the seven early-voting days because of holidays. Hunter, D-Monroe, said he's hoping to have the case heard Tuesday or Wednesday. Election Day is Dec. 6. Check out our politics blog for more details.… Continue reading →

Why Bill Cassidy’s low-key strategy to defeat Mary Landrieu seems to be working

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Bill Cassidy's election results party on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

— Chances are that Republican Bill Cassidy doesn’t consult an actual game plan that spells out how he can unseat Democrat Mary Landrieu in the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana that will be decided Dec. 6. But if he were doing so, it could read something like this: For the… Continue reading →

Graves, Edwards to debate in Denham Springs

Garret Graves and Edwin Edwards will debate each other once more before the Dec. 6 runoff to fill Louisiana’s 6th District congressional seat. Graves, the Republican front-runner in the race, and Democratic former Gov. Edwards will answer randomly selected questions and have an opportunity to rebut each other at an event organized by the Livingston Parish Chamber… Continue reading →

Report: Cannabis group endorses Bill Cassidy in Louisiana Senate race against Mary Landrieu

A file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif.  ( AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

A Louisiana pro-marijuana group has endorsed Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, according to a WWL-TV report. The endorsement was based on the candidates’ positions on medical marijuana, a group spokesman said.… Continue reading →

Politics blog: U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's campaign moves office locations in Jefferson Parish

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, left, talks withDonald J. 'Don' Cazayoux, Jr., left,  a former United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, talks to Donald J. 'Don' Cazayoux, Jr., right, a former United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana,before a cerimonial investiture in which the Oath of Office was administered to to new U.S. Attorney Walt Green, at Russell B. Long Federal Building and Courthouse, August 1, 2014.

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's campaign headquarters has moved locations in Jefferson Parish. The new location is less than two miles from its previous location. Check out our politics blog for more details.… Continue reading →

Early voting starts Saturday for Senate

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Early voting begins Saturday for the Dec. 6 elections featuring the U.S. Senate race at the top of the ballot. Early voting runs through Nov. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday as well as Thursday and Friday, which are holidays. Secretary of State Tom Schedler on Wednesday encouraged eligible voters to consider… Continue reading →

Stevie Wonder headlining fundraiser for Landrieu

Stevie Wonder, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, addresses the High Level Meeting on Disability and Development during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stevie Wonder is lending a hand to endangered Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The legendary musician is performing at a $1,000-per-person fundraiser Dec. 1 in New Orleans to drum up campaign cash for the Big Easy Committee, a joint committee that supports Landrieu and the Democratic State Central Committee of Louisiana. The event is being advertised… Continue reading →

Mary Landrieu needs 30/30 strategy to defeat Cassidy

Mary Landrieu and Bill Cassidy

For Democrat Mary Landrieu, the key to her re-election to the U.S. Senate on Dec. 6 is “30/30.” That’s the formula she needs to meet to overcome the odds and defeat her runoff opponent, Republican Bill Cassidy, and win a fourth six-year term, her campaign staff says. The formula represents a black voter turnout that… Continue reading →

House to vote Friday on Bill Cassidy-sponsored Keystone pipeline bill; Senate could vote by Tuesday

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- Rep. Bill Cassidy is shown in this August 2013 Advocate file photo.

Washington — The Keystone XL pipeline emerged once again Wednesday as a flashpoint in the race between Democrat Mary Landrieu and Republican Bill Cassidy for the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, with both sides jockeying for position in Congress on the same side of the issue. Landrieu and Cassidy finished 1-2 in the Nov. 4 open primary, but both were short of… Continue reading →

Republican National Committee sends 200-plus people to Louisiana to help Bill Cassidy campaign

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, holds a town hall meeting with senior citizens in March 2014 at the Azalea Estates Assisted Living in Gonzales.

Bill Cassidy is getting some help from a couple hundred of his friends from his Republican National Committee. More than 200 people are headed to Louisiana to knock on doors, work the phones and campaign for him in the upcoming runoff election vs. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. Check out our politics blog for more… Continue reading →

U.S. rep Charles Boustany announces endorsement for Garret Graves

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U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany from Lafayette has endorsed Garret Graves in the Dec. 6 runoff for the 6th Congressional district seat. Check out our politics blog to read more on the endorsement.… Continue reading →

Republicans rally for Bill Cassidy

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Dr. Bill Cassidy, front right, accompanied by his wife Laura Cassidy walk to a LAGOP Unity Rally featuring special guest Sen. Rand Paul, Dr. Bill Cassidy, Col. Rob Maness (USAF, ret.), Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. David Vitter and Rep. Jeff Landry, along with Sen. Elbert Guillory, Rep. Paul Hollis, LAGOP Chairman Roger Villere and Garret Graves.

Louisiana Republicans packed into a small bar named after one of the state’s most notorious Democrats on Monday to rally around U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s effort to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The irony of the GOP’s top Louisiana politicians meeting with hundreds of raucous supporters in “Huey’s” bar — yes, as in Huey P. Long… Continue reading →

New Mary Landrieu ad attacks Bill Cassidy, calls him 'nearly incoherent'

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On Sunday, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu debuted a new attack ad against Rep. Bill Cassidy, calling him "nearly incoherent." Continue reading →

Political analysts: Why Garret Graves is likely to prevail in Congressional 6th District runoff vs. Edwin Edwards

Edwin Edwards, left, and Garret Graves

Voters in Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District have two choices to represent them in Washington, D.C.: a political newcomer, who served in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet, or a well-known former governor, who also happens to be a convicted felon. By nearly all measures, Republican Garret Graves, who served as Jindal’s coastal adviser for six years, has the upper… Continue reading →

Democratic future looks bleak in Louisiana and the Deep South

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-LA, left, greets supporters and poses for pictures after speaking to the crowd during last minute campaigning during a Democratic Party Rally at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Hall.

An anemic vote tally for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, the last Democrat elected statewide, has politicians wondering if, like the rest of the Deep South, Louisiana has become a place where only Republicans can win the major offices. “It looks like a long, dark tunnel for Democrats in this state,” said LSU political science professor Continue reading →

Rob Maness supports Bill Cassidy in Senate runoff.

From left, Rep. Bill Cassidy shakes hands with retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness as Sen. Mary Landrieu watches moments before the debate Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Henrietta Wildsmith)

Republican insurgent Rob Maness announced Saturday morning that he would back Congressman Bill Cassidy in his race to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. Maness received about 14 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary, which put Cassidy and Landrieu in a Dec. 6 runoff. See the full story here.… Continue reading →

Bill Cassidy agrees to a debate

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Congressman Bill Cassidy, R-La, visits with friends and supporters Bill and Debbie Klieinpeter, from Watson, after speaking to a group of Pro-Life supporters Thursday at the Baton Rouge Hilton.

U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, the Republican challenger in the race for the U.S. Senate, said Thursday that he would debate Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu on Dec. 1. The debate will be hosted by RayCom Media, which owns stations in Baton Rouge and Shreveport and manages a station in New Orleans. During her fiery election night speech,… Continue reading →

5th Circuit rules in motor voter lawsuit

Advocate staff file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is seen in the Nov. 5, 2012 file photo.

Secretary of State Tom Schedler has the authority to enforce federal voting rights compliance by state agencies outside his office, according to a new U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. The ruling came in a 2011 lawsuit filed by the Louisiana NAACP and others alleging that the state violated federal law by failing to properly provide… Continue reading →

Senate Democrats cancel election advertisements in Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks on the front lawn of Angelle Songy's home, represented by her mother Judy Songy, right, next to other neighbors including Jane Vicknair, second right, Rebecca Roccaforte and Jennifer Remondet, left, in LaPlace, La. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. The house received over three feet of water during Hurricane Isaac seen in an aerial photo held by Landrieu and had to be gutted. According to the Landrieu campaign the event was to highlight Congressman Bill CassidyÕs votes to deny more than $100 million in funding for his own constituents who lost their homes and businesses in Hurricane Isaac while Senator Landrieu voted for the bill that President Barack Obama signed into law this congress.

Senate Democrats’ campaign committee on Thursday began canceling plans for television ads in Louisiana’s major markets to help U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s runoff campaign against Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy, making her re-election bid an even steeper challenge. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee initially had reserved $1.8 million in television advertising for after Tuesday’s… Continue reading →

Backing off? Report: Democrats cancel advertising for Mary Landrieu’s runoff campaign vs. Bill Cassidy

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks on the front lawn of Angelle Songy's home, represented by her mother Judy Songy, right, next to other neighbors including Jane Vicknair, second right, Rebecca Roccaforte and Jennifer Remondet, left, in LaPlace, La. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. The house received over three feet of water during Hurricane Isaac seen in an aerial photo held by Landrieu and had to be gutted. According to the Landrieu campaign the event was to highlight Congressman Bill CassidyÕs votes to deny more than $100 million in funding for his own constituents who lost their homes and businesses in Hurricane Isaac while Senator Landrieu voted for the bill that President Barack Obama signed into law this congress.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has canceled some of its advertising for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu leading up to the runoff election vs. Bill Cassidy on Dec. 6, according to a Politico report. Check out our politics blog for more details on the story and a response from the DSCC.… Continue reading →

Country doctor in 5th District runoff

Associated Press Photo by MARGARET CROFT -- Candidate for Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Dr. Ralph Abraham sees patients like Candy Massey in his Mangham clinic on Tuesday.

Pundits around the country focused on the kissing congressman and the “Duck Dynasty” cousin, but it was a country doctor who squeaked into the 5th Congressional District runoff. And Dr. Ralph Abraham, 60, was back in his Mangham clinic Wednesday treating patients. “I got to take care of them, they take care of me,”… Continue reading →

Incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu comes out swinging but faces an uphill battle

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., talks with Jane Vicknair in the front lawn of her neighbor's home, Angelle Songy, next Angelle's mother Judy Songy, second left, and Kathy Smith, the house received over three feet of water during Hurricane Isaac and had to be gutted seen here in LaPlace, La. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Kathy Smith's home in Reserve also received damage during Isaac. According to the Landrieu campaign the event was to highlight Congressman Bill CassidyÕs votes to deny more than $100 million in funding for his own constituents who lost their homes and businesses in Hurricane Isaac while Senator Landrieu voted for the bill that President Barack Obama signed into law this congress.

At 11 o’clock of the morning after, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu was up and at ’em, attacking her runoff election opponent, Bill Cassidy, at a news conference Wednesday at the construction site of the billion-dollar Veterans Affairs medical complex in New Orleans. Cassidy, she said, had opposed the project when he served in the state Senate. But… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal endorses Bill Cassidy

Associated Press photo by TIMOTHY D. EASLEYGov. Bobby Jindal addresses a group of supporters at the Restore America Rally in support of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell Oct. 29 in Louisville, Ky. Jindal on Wednesday endorsed Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy in the Louisiana Seante runoff against U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy got the anticipated endorsement of Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday — a day after securing a spot in the Dec. 6 U.S. Senate runoff against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. But Jindal isn’t the only possible Republican presidential candidate who is throwing his support behind Cassidy. On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Ted… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal congratulates Republicans on election night victories

Associated Press file photoGov. Bobby Jindal addresses a group of supporters at the Restore America Rally in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 29.

Tuesday night was a big night for the GOP, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sent out nearly two dozen messages of congratulations to Republicans across the country who won their election bids. See the full story here.… Continue reading →

Voter sign-up deadline today for Dec. 6 election

Advocate File Photo -- A Baton Rouge precinct voting sign.

Today (Wednesday) is the deadline to register to vote in the Dec. 6 election which features the runoff for a U.S. Senate seat at the top of the ballot. Secretary of State Tom Schedler said those who want to vote and have not previously signed up and those who want to make changes in their registration are… Continue reading →

Sorrento council to meet at 6 p.m.; what's next for the police chief -- a 71-year-old great grandmother?

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Fern Barnett will remain the Sorrento chief of police through June 30, 2017, with no police department, unless she decides to step down. Barnett, seen behind the glass in the department's reception area Wednesday, won a race to fill the remaining term of the ousted former chief after her two election opponents dropped out last month. Voters decided overwhelmingly Tuesday to abolish the position of elected chief and the department, but their decision can't take effect until the chief's term ends in 2017 or Barnett resigns.

The town’s voters had their say Tuesday on the future of the Police Department and the elected police chief’s position, voting resoundingly to abolish both. Now it’s time for the newly elected police chief to have her say, and on Wednesday, she said she had not made up her mind on whether to… Continue reading →

Congressman McAllister runs 4th in 5th district race

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- U.S. Rep.  Vance McAllister, his wife Kelly, and their daughter Eva, 3, await the start of the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce luncheon in May at the Sai Convention Center in Alexandria. McAllister was the keynote speaker at the event.

North Louisiana voters kissed U.S. Congressman Vance McAllister goodbye on Tuesday, when more voters opted for Monroe’s four-term mayor and a rural family practitioner to face each other in a Dec. 6 runoff. The runoff means that Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District will be free of “Duck Dynasty”-endorsed candidates for the first time since McAllister initially secured his… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish School Board incumbents hold on to seats; runoff on west bank

Three incumbents on the Ascension Parish School Board won re-election Tuesday while Julie Blouin narrowly defeated fire chief Nathaniel “Nat” Stephens for the board’s open District 3 seat, complete but unofficial election returns say. Also, it appears a Dec. 6 runoff is coming for the west bank District 1 School Board seat on as Democrat Robyn Penn… Continue reading →

Sorrento: No more police chief, department

Sorrento voters had their say Tuesday after more than a year of drama and embarrassing revelations about their police chief and police department. Sorrento voters decided to abolish the town’s police chief and police department nearly 2-to-1, complete but unofficial returns say. “Yes” votes to abolish the department and chief won 65 percent Tuesday while “no”… Continue reading →

New Ascension property tax for recreation soundly defeated

For a third time in three years, Ascension Parish voters delivered a resounding defeat to a new tax proposed for parish services. This time voters shot down a proposed recreation tax, with 62 percent voting “no” and 38 percent voting “yes,” complete but unofficial returns say. “No” votes garnered 22,467 votes to 13,778 “yes” votes, a… Continue reading →

In 23rd JDC races, Verdigets beats Parenton narrowly; Stromberg defeats Unangst going away

Judicial candidate Jason Verdigets narrowly defeated O’Neil Parenton Jr. Tuesday for the open Division A seat in the three-parish 23rd Judicial District, complete but unofficial returns say. In the 23rd JDC’s Division C race, Tess Percy Stromberg beat Bruce E. Unangst II 63 percent to 37 percent, those returns from the Louisiana Secretary of State website say.… Continue reading →