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La. lieutenant governor candidates promote culture

Two candidates for Louisiana’s next lieutenant governor said Wednesday that private partnerships are key to efforts to promote the state’s cultural enterprise. With dire state budget circumstances, it’s more important now than ever to tap into the resources businesses and private individuals can bring to the table, they told a forum crowd. “Approach those corporate doors… Continue reading →

Photos from Iowa event Thursday where report says Bobby Jindal draws louder applause than Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, right, during the Homeschool Iowa's Capitol Day, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal garnered the biggest round of applause at an Iowa event Thursday featuring high-profile presidential hopefuls, according to the Des Moines Register. At the Family Leader's regional summit in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, it was Jindal who drew high praise from attendees among others such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry, ex-Arkansas… Continue reading →

Treasurer John Kennedy running for re-election, not governor

Advocate Staff Photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- State Treasurer John Kennedy in 2011.

After weeks of speculation, state Treasurer John N. Kennedy has made it official: He’s seeking a fifth term in the same office. A Republican, Kennedy’s name frequently has come up as a possible candidate for attorney general — or even governor (or U.S. senator should David Vitter be elected governor this year). Earlier this year, Kennedy was… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal: 'Duck Dynasty' star Willie Robertson 'would be a great running mate'

Governor Bobby Jindal appears in an episode of "Duck Dynasty." Courtesy of A&E.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson wouldn’t make a bad running-mate — as long as Robertson is willing to serve as second-in-command... Continue reading →

Darrell Ourso wins Louisiana House seat for southeast East Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso, left, speaks as fellow councilman Joel Boe, right, listens, during discussion about attorney Mary Olive Pierson in the Metro Council meeting in January.

Former Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Darrell Ourso won by 72 votes a special runoff election to represent southeast Baton Rouge neighborhoods in the Louisiana Legislature. With all 29 precincts reporting Saturday night, Ourso had 1,958 votes, or 50.9 percent of the total cast, to Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso’s 1,886 ballots. Secretary of State Tom Schedler expected… Continue reading →

Democrats back John Bel Edwards as candidate for governor

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- State Rep. John Bel Edwards, of Amite, while the leaders of the Louisiana Democratic Party vote Saturday to nominate him as their sole candidate for governor in October election.

Hoping to avoid a crowded gubernatorial race that would dilute their strength, leaders of the Louisiana Democratic Party on Saturday endorsed state Rep. John Bel Edwards, of Amite, as their candidate for governor. The Democratic State Central Committee opened nominations, accepted Edwards’ bid and then quickly closed nominations to applause. Edwards, 48, gave a… Continue reading →

Amoroso and Ourso square off in Saturday runoff for House District 66

On paper, both of the candidates in Saturday’s runoff to represent southeast Baton Rouge in the Louisiana Legislature look similar: conservative Republicans with experience on the Metro Council. Though they come from the same philosophical place, they represent opposing factions: one unyielding and the other, practical. East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso says… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal adviser: Governor will wait until June to announce whether he'll run for president

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Surrounded by supporters of the legislation, Gov. Bobby Jindal answers a question after announcing the latest plan to get Common Core out of Louisiana.

Gov. Bobby Jindal will wait until the state legislative session ends in June before announcing whether he'll enter the 2016 presidential race. The Republican governor's chief political adviser, Timmy Teepell, said Monday that Jindal wants to stay focused on the final session of his term before deciding about the White House bid. The legislative session begins April 13. Lawmakers must wrap up… Continue reading →

Buddy Amoroso, Darrell Ourso to meet in runoff to represent southeast Baton Rouge in Louisiana House

A current member and former member of the Baton Rouge Metro Council will face each other in a runoff election to decide who will represent southeast Baton Rouge in the state House of Representatives. With all 4,243 votes counted in Saturday’s low-turnout special election, Buddy Amoroso received 1,512 votes or 35.6 percent of the total… Continue reading →

State representative candidates for Saturday's election

Darrell Ourso, a Republican running for the House District 66 seat in southeast Baton Rouge.

Anthony “Buddy” Amoroso Republican Married to Denise Waters Amoroso, a teacher, and has three grown children Lives in Lake Sherwood Acres (Off Sherwood Forest Blvd near Coursey) for the past 13 years Age: 57 Education: Broadmoor High School, Oral Roberts University Occupation: Property Manager Business: Prime Properties Church: Christ Presbyterian Church Previous political experience: Baton… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge voters to pick new state representative in Saturday election

Voters in the predominantly Republican southeast Baton Rouge are being asked Saturday to select a new state representative among four candidates. The polls open at 7 a.m. for the Saturday election and close at 8 p.m. for 29 precincts along Bayou Manchac from the Amite River to Gardere. Four candidates are vying… Continue reading →

Politics blog: U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy endorses U.S. David Vitter in Louisiana governor's race

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy said he’s backing his fellow senator and Republican David Vitter in the Louisiana governor’s race. During a question and answer session with the audience following his luncheon speech Wednesday to the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Relators Commercial and Investment Division, Cassidy was asked who he was supporting in the governor’s race. “I’ll be supporting Vitter,”… Continue reading →

Politics blog: Jefferson Parish President John Young reveals hefty warchest in advance of Louisiana lieutenant governor’s race.

Jefferson Parish President John Young’s reporting $1.8 million in his campaign warchest for this fall’s lieutenant governor’s race. Young’s campaign finance report reveals that he transferred $1.49 million from his Jefferson Parish president election’s account. He raised another $451,000 in cash contributions during 2014 for his lieutenant governor’s office bid. Campaign expenses ran $141,771 in 2014, according to the report filed… Continue reading →

Louisiana Lt. Gov Jay Dardenne reports $2M-plus raised for governor's race; see how that compares to David Vitter, Scott Angelle

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne reported $1.5 million in cash on hand for his governor’s race bid this fall. Dardenne late Friday became the first announced governor’s candidate to file the required annual report with the state ethics agency. Dardenne’s filing showed cash contributions of $635,530 and in-kind contributions of $39,665 during 2014. His campaign spent $326,051 during the year. According to… Continue reading →

Analysis: Sen. Mary Landrieu now a relic of disappearing group in South -- the white, moderate Democrat in elected office

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., hugs Orleans Parish Poll Commissioner Janice Nigholson, left, as she arrives to vote in her runoff election against Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

If the outcome of the U.S. Senate race was determined by most hours and hardest work put into the campaign trail, Mary Landrieu would have won by a landslide. But that was never the point in Louisiana's runoff election. Landrieu, a third-term Democrat, traveled the state tirelessly before the runoff a week ago, talking herself hoarse in pursuit of… Continue reading →

Mayor-President Kip Holden announces run for Louisiana lieutenant governor, touts Baton Rouge turnaround

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Mayor-President Kip Holden, right, greets former BRPD chief Jeff LeDuff, left, as wife Lois Holden, center, watches, prior to Kip announcing he's running for Lt. Governor.

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden became the fourth candidate to enter the 2015 lieutenant governor’s race. Holden touted Wednesday his record as the chief executive of Louisiana’s capital city for the past decade. He talked about the economic turnaround in Baton Rouge as well as the expansion of arts, entertainment and cultural forums that have… Continue reading →

If David Vitter is elected governor in 2015, a U.S. representative from Louisiana is anxious to make a run for open Senate seat

Associated Press file photo -- Following a closed-door meeting of House Republicans on Oct. 12, 2013, Rep. John Fleming, R-La., tells reporters that President Obama is not negotiating in good faith with the GOP, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Traditional ties between the business community and the Republican Party are fraying on Capitol Hill.

A U.S. representative for Louisiana said he's ready to replace David Vitter if the U.S. Senator is elected governor next year. Rep. John Fleming, a republican representing the fourth congressional district in the northwest part of the state, is "very interested" is running for Vitter's potential slot in 2016, according to a report.… Continue reading →

What's next for Mary Landrieu? Report: Senator a 'hot commodity' among headhunters, lobbyists, consultants

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks to supporters as she concedes defeat in her Senate runoff election against Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Left is her husband Frank Snellings. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

One door will soon close for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, but it sounds like another will quickly open for her. As an outgoing senior member of Congress, Landrieu is a "hot commodity" among lobbying and consulting groups, according to a Politico report. “I think K Street would welcome [Landrieu] with open arms,” Ivan Adler,… Continue reading →

U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy returns to Washington Tuesday, has 1 main priority in mind for transition to Senate

Louisiana senate candidate, Bill Cassidy, takes a call while going to meet supporters at his election watch party in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy returns to Washington on Tuesday, to begin preparations for his transition to the Senate, after his decisive weekend victory over Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. In addition to the many orientation tasks, Cassidy also has a meeting scheduled with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, where he expects talk of committee… Continue reading →

Newcomer Garret Graves delivers election defeat to Edwin Edwards

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., shakes hands with Garret Graves, right, after entering Zolia Bistro at Graves' election night party at II City Plaza, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 in Baton Rouge. Graves, a Republican, was vying for the 6th District Congressional seat against four-term Gov. Edwin Edwards, a Democrat. At left is Tim Creswell, who is on the Governor's Advisory Commission on Hurricane Protection and Coastal Erosion, and at center is Wendy Vitter, the Senator's wife. Graves, a Republican, was vying for the 6th District Congressional seat against four-term Gov. Edwin Edwards, a Democrat.

Republican Garret Graves, who has never held elected office, won the 6th Congressional District race Saturday by trouncing Democrat Edwin Edwards, a former four-term governor who tried a comeback after nearly a decade in prison. Graves collected 139,194 votes, or 62 percent, to 83,773 votes for Edwards, or 38 percent. “Tonight I promise I will honor… Continue reading →

Delaney wins Ascension School Board seat

Robyn Penn Delaney is the new Ascension Parish School Board member for District 1, in the Donaldsonville area on the West bank of the Mississippi. With 48.4 percent total voter turnout, Delaney received 55 percent of the vote, 1,615 votes, compared to candidate Jevella Williamson, who received 45 percent of the vote, 1,327 votes. District 1… Continue reading →

Bill Cassidy wins, Mary Landrieu concedes Senate race; Garret Graves takes 6th District

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Bill Cassidy makes a speech to his supporters after winning the US Senate race at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.

Follow The New Orleans Advocate throughout the evening for the most up-to-the-minute election results and other information relating to the historic 2014 election. Mobile and tablet users: Click here to access the live chat.… Continue reading →

Graves wins 6th; Edwards concedes

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Newly elected 6th Congressional District Rep. Garret Graves hugs a supporter, after his victory speech at his election night party at II City Plaza on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Baton Rouge. Graves, a Republican, won the 6th District Congressional seat over four-term Gov. Edwin Edwards, a Democrat, in the runoff.

Updated at 9:51 p.m. — First-time candidate and former Jindal aide Garret Graves defeated four-term former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards in the race for the Baton Rouge-based 6th Congressional District seaat. Graves jumped to an early lead and The Associated Press called the election moments after the Secretary of State began counting after polls closed. With 574 of the… Continue reading →

Bill Cassidy wins U.S. Senate; Mary Landrieu concedes

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Bill Cassidy makes a speech to his supporters after winning the US Senate race at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.

Updated at 10:13 p.m. — Finishing his speech by saying “Boom!” U.S Rep. Bill Cassidy defeated three-term incumbent Mary Landrieu to become Louisiana’s second Republican in the U.S. Senate. With 3,897 of the state’s 3,931 precincts reporting, Cassidy, a Republican from Baton Rouge, had 702,087 voters or 56.78 percent of those cast. Three-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from New… Continue reading →

Voters head to the polls

Bill Cassidy, left, and Mary Landrieu

After months of relentless campaigning the denouement of Louisiana’s most expensive election begins when polls open at 7 a.m. Saturday. Both candidates spent Friday making their final pleas for votes. Three-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans, began the day in Lake Charles, rallied in Lafayette, lunched in Baton Rouge and ended the day in Metairie.… Continue reading →

Mary Landrieu vs. Bill Cassidy; runoffs in many parishes: What you need to know about Louisiana Election Day

Bill Cassidy, left, and Mary Landrieu

After months of relentless campaigning, the denouement of Louisiana’s most expensive election begins when polls open at 7 a.m. Saturday. Both candidates spent Friday making their final pleas for votes. Three-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans, began the day in Lake Charles, rallied in Lafayette, lunched in Baton Rouge and ended the day in… Continue reading →

Mary Landrieu campaigns hard, Bill Cassidy not so much

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- ongressman Bill Cassidy and Senator Mary Landrieu prepare for the start of the final debate, Monday, Dec. 1, at WAFB Studios on Government Street in Baton Rouge.

It’s a scenario any Hollywood screenwriter could whip up: As the clock ticks down toward the big election, the candidates busily crisscross the state, delivering speeches, shaking hands, hurling attacks at the opposition and tirelessly stumping for every last vote. Except, in Louisiana this week, that script has applied to only one of the two candidates for… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s guide to BR elections

The Advocate’s voter guide As a handy guide for voting in the Dec. 6 election, here’s a recap of The Advocate’s positions on various proposals on the ballot in the Baton Rouge area. The Louisiana secretary of state’s election division offers the following guidance on casting a… Continue reading →

Cassidy and Landrieu focus on turnout

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., at a ceremonial investiture for new U.S. Attorney Walt Green, aAugust 1, 2014 at Russell B. Long Federal Building and Courthouse.

With the last act of the 2014 U.S. Senate campaign in Louisiana just days away, both Democrats and Republicans are tightening their focus on getting their voters to the polls Saturday for the runoff election. Opinion polls show Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, with a double-digit lead, so the task is especially critical for… Continue reading →