ELECTION 2014

Former President Bill Clinton stumps for Mary Landrieu

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Former President Bill Clinton shakes hands and works the crowd after joining Senator Mary Landrieu at an Early Voting Rally.

Former President Bill Clinton told a cheering crowd of Mary Landrieu supporters on Monday that voter turnout and early voting will be key to Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race this fall. “I’m fixing to make an argument, and I love to do that, but it won’t matter to a hill of beans if you don’t show up,” Clinton … Continue reading →

Prairieville, Dutchtown voters to decide on tax renewal

Prairieville and Dutchtown voters will be asked Nov. 4 to renew the original property tax and parcel fees that allowed northeastern Ascension Parish to have a full-time, paid fire department nearly a decade ago. Officials with parish Fire Protection District No. 3 said they are seeking renewal of the dedicated taxes and fees that voters in the … Continue reading →

Our Views: Our position on amendments 1, 2

Louisiana voters will decide the fate of 14 proposed amendments in the Nov. 4 election. Early voting is scheduled for Oct. 21-28 for the Nov. 4 primary election. Today, The Advocate begins a series of editorials outlining its positions on the amendments. Soon, we’ll publish a recap of our positions in a single format that voters can easily use … Continue reading →

Our Views: Our position on amendments 3, 10, 13

Louisiana voters will decide the fate of 14 proposed amendments in the Nov. 4 election. The Advocate is publishing a series of editorials outlining its positions on the amendments. Soon, we’ll publish a recap of our positions in a single format that voters can easily use when casting a ballot. Our complete editorial series on the amendments also will … Continue reading →

Our Views: Our position on amendments 4, 5, 6, 7

Louisiana voters will face 14 proposed amendments to the state constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. Today, The Advocate continues its editorial series on these proposals. Here are The Advocate’s editorial positions on proposed Amendments 4, 5, 6 and 7. The Advocate will publish its positions on the other proposed amendments in the … Continue reading →

Our Views: Our position on amendments 8, 9, 11, 12, 14

Louisiana voters will decide the fate of 14 proposed amendments in the Nov. 4 election. Today, The Advocate continues a series of editorials outlining its positions on the amendments. Soon, we’ll publish a recap of our positions in a single format that voters can easily use when casting a ballot. Our complete editorial series on the … Continue reading →

Landrieu outraises opponents

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., raised $2.7 million for her re-election campaign from July through September, outpacing the fundraising of her best-financed Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, according to campaign finance reports and news releases. But Cassidy reported $4.4 million in cash on hand for the balance of … Continue reading →

D’Aquilla, Opperman in tough battle for DA

Sam D'Aquilla, district attorney for the 20th Judicial District, running for re-election to a second term in the Oct. 4 primary. RUNNING FOR OFFICE

The campaign to serve as top prosecutor for East and West Feliciana parishes has turned into a tough, bitter battle that has a well-funded, 12-year incumbent squaring off against an aggressive challenger determined to unseat him. The incumbent district attorney, Sam D’Aquilla, is opposed by fellow Democrat David Opperman, a 52-year-old attorney with experience as … Continue reading →

Two experienced attorneys seek 20th District Court seat

Betsy Jones

Two veteran attorneys, one a former prosecutor and another a longtime solo practitioner, are vying for the vacant seat on the 20th Judicial District Court bench. Betsy Jones, of Clinton, and Sydney Picou Walker, of St. Francisville, both Democrats, want to replace Judge George “Hal” Ware Jr., who decided not to seek re-election this year after … Continue reading →

Incumbent, challenger note funding as leading issue

Irma Bendily

Only one of the seven seats on the West Feliciana Parish School Board will be contested during the Nov. 4 primary election, with incumbent Kelly O’Brien picking up a challenger in Democrat Irma Bendily. Incumbents Sara Wilson-Rogers, Amanda McKinney, President Kevin Beauchamp, James White and Vice President Milton Coats were … Continue reading →

Prairieville, Dutchtown voters to decide on tax renewal

Prairieville and Dutchtown voters will be asked Nov. 4 to renew the original property tax and parcel fees that allowed northeastern Ascension Parish to have a full-time, paid fire department nearly a decade ago. Officials with parish Fire Protection District No. 3 said they are seeking renewal of the dedicated taxes and fees that voters in the … Continue reading →

Six seats in contention for races

Vickie Auguste, candidate for 2014 Ascension Parish School Board race.

The Ascension Parish School Board race this fall has the potential to bring new faces to a majority of the board, with three open seats in contention and three incumbents facing challengers. Board members are elected from seven school districts, with four of the districts each represented by two board members, for a total of 11 … Continue reading →

Denham Springs mayoral candidates talk business

There’s a taco truck on the road to the Mayor’s Office. Two candidates are vying to take over from outgoing Denham Springs mayor Jimmy Durbin. Republicans John Wascom and Gerard Landry appeared for a debate in the high school gym Oct. 7 ready to verbally spar on points … Continue reading →

ELECTION 2014

Landrieu, Cassidy, Maness square off in Shreveport Senate debate

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., right, Senate candidate, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., left, and Republican candidate Rob Maness participate in a debate at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Tuesday night’s debate among the three leading candidates in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race featured few surprises but gave each a chance to point out their differences and challenge each other face-to-face. Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy and Republican retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness squared off on television for the first … Continue reading →

John McCain stumps for Bill Cassidy

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- US Sen. John McCain, left, speaks at a campaign rally for US Senate candidate Bill Cassidy, center, at the USS Kidd Veterans Museum as US Sen. David Vitter watches, right.

Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain told a group of veterans gathered at the USS Kidd in Baton Rouge on Monday that he believes GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy will better serve Louisiana and veterans’ interests compared to incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. “I’m here because I believe in Bill Cassidy,” McCain, R-Ariz., told the crowd, many of … Continue reading →

Candidates for 19th JDC court challenge incumbent’s judgment

State District Judge Trudy White is touting her judicial experience and integrity in her re-election bid, but a video showing White standing next to a man in orange prison garb promoting her candidacy inside a courtroom has put the judge on the defensive and has her two challengers questioning her integrity. “Judge White’s conduct is not … Continue reading →

Paths to victory in the U.S. Senate race

From left, Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness.

— If U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu wants to figure out how to win re-election as a Democrat this year in a state where the political current runs strongly in favor of Republicans, she can examine the voting results from November 2008 — the last time she won a Senate race in Louisiana. In 2008, … Continue reading →

Landrieu shakes up campaign staff

Advocate staff file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu

With less than a month to go until voting on Nov. 4, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has replaced her campaign manager and added some veteran aides, as she tries to win a fourth term in a tough contest against a well-financed Republican challenger in an overwhelmingly Republican state. An 11th-hour shake up of a campaign can signal … Continue reading →

District judge faces off against first challenger

Mike Erwin, left, Trae Welch

State District Judge Mike Erwin cites his nearly two dozen years of experience on the criminal bench in East Baton Rouge Parish as the chief reason why voters should re-elect him to a fifth term over his first-ever challenger — lawyer, Zachary city prosecutor and Metro Councilman Trae Welch. “I feel it’s important to the … Continue reading →

Eyes will be on Senate campaign fundraising

Incumbent U.S. Senate Mary Landrieu, left, Republican U.S. Rep Bill Cassidy, center and Republican candidate Rob Maness

— The U.S. Senate race in Louisiana ranks with the most-watched elections in the country this year, a pivotal contest in the Republicans’ drive to capture a Senate majority. So when the next deadline arrives on Oct. 15 for candidates to file their campaign finance reports, there is sure to be a flurry of media … Continue reading →

Lawyer to run for judge’s seat

Mike Caldwell, left, Randy Piedrahita

Judge Mike Caldwell has handled an almost exclusive civil caseload for all but one of his nearly 18 years on the 19th Judicial District Court bench, a time-honored custom that Baton Rouge trial lawyer Randy Piedrahita wants to change if he’s able to unseat Caldwell in this fall’s election. Currently at the 19th JDC, civil … Continue reading →

Robideaux to run for Lafayette city-parish president

Joel Robideaux

State Rep. Joel Robideaux announced Wednesday he is running for city-parish president next year, confirming a candidacy that has long been expected. Robideaux, a Republican, had said as early as 2012 that he had an interest in the seat, which will be open because three-term City-Parish President Joey Durel is barred from seeking … Continue reading →

Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu both dinged for false ads

Screen grab taken from Mary Landrieu campaign -- U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu has a portion of her campaign commercial combating remarks made in contender Bill Cassidy's commercial.

A plague on both your houses: That’s pretty much what U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness recommended when he recently called for his two major opponents — incumbent Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy — to stop airing false or misleading campaign commercials. Maness, a retired Air Force colonel running as a tea-party Republican, referred to the … Continue reading →

Report says 5th district race a toss-up

At the end of a week that saw the “kissing congressman’s” wife standing by her man in a television commercial and the Duck Commander back a nephew in a radio spot — both advertisements attracted national attention — a respected congressional handicapper announced Friday that the race in Louisiana’s 5th congressional district is a “toss-up.” Republican U.S. … Continue reading →

Duck Commander releases ad for Dasher

Zach Dasher

The day after Congressman Vance McAllister released a campaign commercial that hinted at his scandal, opponent Zach Dasher came out Tuesday with radio spot featuring his uncle, who leads the “Duck Dynasty” clan. “He has been officially and thoroughly vetted by the Robertson clan,” Duck Commander Phil Robertson said of Dasher, who is the son of his … Continue reading →

Baton Rouge GOP chooses three candidates

The largest Republican organization in the 6th congressional district voted to endorse three of the nine GOP candidates in the race — but not the top fund raiser — for a seat that is considered safely Republican. The executive committee voted to back state Sen. Dan Claitor, whose southeast Baton Rouge district accounts for about … Continue reading →

Landrieu faces tough re-election race

From left, Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness.

There’s a saying that “All politics is local.” That may yet prove to be the case in this year’s election for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana, but it’s hard not to see the race playing out against a national landscape. The big prize nationally in this nonpresidential election year is control of the U.S. Senate. … Continue reading →

Landrieu admits to more wrongful campaign flight payments

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu speaks to the media about her campaign and her record after talking at the Louisiana Municipal Association's annual convention on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La. Landrieu, a Democrat, focused on her seniority in the U.S. Senate as she faces a tough re-election fight. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

The political dogfight over Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s illegal use of taxpayer funds for campaign charter flights flared up again in earnest Friday, with Republicans that morning claiming the discovery of additional violations and Landrieu that afternoon releasing a review of all her flights that acknowledged more wrongful payments than the Republicans alleged. … Continue reading →