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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to return to Iowa for private meetings with pastors

Associated Press file photo -- Gov. Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is planning to return to Iowa in early January. Per an invitation obtained by The Advocate, Jindal will have two events planned on January 6 to meet with pastors. Check out our politics blog for more details on Jindal's plans.… Continue reading →

Politics blog: Latest move by Tea party darling Rob Maness shows he's unlikely to leave politics anytime soon

Advocate photo by Michelle Tripp   --  Colonel Rob Maness making calls for his U.S. Senate Campaign during his

Former U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness has announced the launch of a new political action committee. The group is called GatorPAC, and it's billed as a PAC that will "inspire and recruit" conservative political candidates. Check out our politics blog for more details.… Continue reading →

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu lands on list of 'weirdest political fundraisers' of 2014

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. acknowledges supporters at her election night headquarters in New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.  (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

U.S. Sen Mary Landrieu's cocktail event with Hillary Clinton and concert featuring Stevie Wonder didn't help her win her re-election bid. But it did help her land on the Sunlight's Foundation's "weirdest political fundraisers list" of 2014. Check out our politics blog to see where Landrieu landed on the list and whom she joined… 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 RollCall.com 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 →

South's shift to conservatism now complete with defeat of Mary Landrieu

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Senator Mary Landrieu holds her hand to her heart next to her husband Frank Snellings, left, as she gives her speech at the Roosevelt Hotel after losing reelection for senator to Republican congressman Bill Cassidy in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.

In retrospect, the bigger surprise of Mary Landrieu’s political career may not have been her defeat Saturday in her bid for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, but her victory in the Senate race six years ago. As it has turned out, that 2008 win by Landrieu was the last rung up by a… Continue reading →

Bill Cassidy defeats Mary Landrieu in Senatorial race

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.

Baton Rouge Congressman Bill Cassidy soundly defeated Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in her bid for a fourth term in the runoff election Saturday, adding to the string of Republican victories across the country this year that gave his party control of the U.S. Senate. Landrieu’s loss, by about 12 points, ends an era — more than… 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 →

Area election live updates

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.

Join Advocate editors and writers as they track results and developing storylines from runoff elections. Mobile and tablet users: Click here to access the live chat.… 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 →

A closer look at previously unreleased flight documents Mary Landrieu provided to the press

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., greet each other before the start of their final debate for the Senate election runoff in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

U.S. Sen Mary Landrieu, after her debate with U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy on Monday night, handed out undisclosed flight records to reporters from her first term in office. The motive to do so? Republicans had requested them. On the other hand, Landrieu requested Cassidy release records from his much-publicized work for LSU. Cassidy didn't release… Continue reading →

Louisiana joins group of 17 suing President Obama for his immigration actions

President Barack Obama signs two presidential memoranda associated with his actions on immigration in his office on Air Force One as he arrives at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, as he travels to Del Sol High School to speaks about the steps he will be taking on immigration. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Louisiana is following Texas' lead and joining a group of states suing President Obama for his executive actions on immigration. Obama's order that he made on Nov. 30 would protect about five million people living illegally in the U.S. from being deported. Texas filed a lawsuit in federal court. Check out our politics… Continue reading →

Why Bill Cassidy, Mary Landrieu missed votes in Congress on Monday, Tuesday

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Congressman 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.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy missed votes in Congress on Monday and Tuesday because of campaign and debate commitments. With the runoff election set for Saturday, Landrieu continued on the campaign trail Wednesday. Cassidy returned to Washington D.C. Check out our politics blog for more details.… Continue reading →

Louisiana Senate race: An ethics complaint and a TV station takes issue with ad

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., right, and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., greet each other before the start of their final debate for the Senate election runoff in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Today in the Louisiana Senate race: • New Orleans TV state Fox 8 is taking issue with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s latest campaign ad, which quotes — and misrepresents, the station says — remarks anchor John Snell made during a recent broadcast. • Louisiana Democrats announced that UNO instructor Gilda Werner Reed has filed… Continue reading →

Mary Landrieu tells newspaper: ‘Extremely disappointed’ with Democratic campaign committee

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in a Nov. 18, 2014 file photo.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, in an interview with The Washington Post, said her party’s national campaign arm abandoned her in her Dec. 6 runoff against Rep. Bill Cassidy. “I am extremely disappointed in the Democratic Senatorial [Campaign] Committee. I’ve said that. You know, they just walked away from this race,” Landrieu said in response to a question.… Continue reading →

Landrieu continues to question Cassidy’s work for LSU

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.

U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, a part-time Baton Rouge physician who is the Republican candidate in the U.S. Senate runoff election Saturday, claimed he worked 3.5 hours for the LSU health services system on the same day in 2013 that official House video and voting records show him taking his seat at a committee hearing in Washington just before… Continue reading →

Edwin Edwards and Garret Graves call each other liars

Edwin Edwards, left, and Garret Graves

The two candidates for the Baton Rouge-based 6th Congressional District accused each other on Tuesday night of lying in the only debate scheduled before Saturday’s election. Former Gov. Edwin Edwards, the Democratic candidate, tried to hang the policies of the current unpopular governor, Bobby Jindal, around the neck of his opponent, Republican Garret Graves. Graves,… Continue reading →

Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy clash in heated debate for open U.S. Senate seat

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

Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy clashed in an often contentious campaign debate Monday night as they count down the days to the U.S. Senate runoff election Saturday. Neither candidate stumbled badly or landed a knockout punch, but their exchanges were testier than their confrontations in earlier debates in the long campaign. Landrieu… Continue reading →

Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy take shots at each other in final U.S. Senate debate

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Supporters of Congressman Bill Cassidy and Senator Mary Landrieu line Government Street, campaigning for their respective senate candidate, outside of the WAFB Studios before the final debate, Monday, Dec. 1, in Baton Rouge.

Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy clashed in an often contentious campaign debate Monday night as they count down the days to the U.S. Senate runoff election Saturday. Neither candidate stumbled badly or landed a knockout punch, but their exchanges were testier than their confrontations in earlier debates in the long campaign. Landrieu… Continue reading →

Early voting brisk for Saturday’s Senate election

More than 220,000 people already have voted in advance of Saturday’s statewide U.S. Senate election. Secretary of State Tom Schedler is predicting a 40 percent turnout on election day as voters decide between veteran Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and challenger Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. Election statistics released Monday revealed brisk activity in an early… Continue reading →

Live coverage: Updates, analysis from U.S. Senate debate between Bill Cassidy, Mary Landrieu

Advocate staff photo by ELIZABETH CRISP -- U.S. Senate candidates Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy will square off in the only debate before the Dec. 6 runoff election Monday at 7 p.m. Editors and writers from The Advocate will provide live updates and analysis. Continue reading →

Politics blog: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal lags behind four others in Iowa events, visits

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Gov. Bobby Jindal praises the Louisiana Community and Technical College System after John Kallenborn, president of J.P. Morgan Chase, La., unveiled a check for $1 million, donated to the LCTCS Tuesday on the Baton Rouge Community College campus.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is headed to Iowa on Dec. 16 for his fourth trip this year, but he still trails four other presidential hopefuls in the amount of visits to and events held in the battleground state since the 2012 elections, according to the Des Moines Register. Check out our politics blog for more… Continue reading →

By the numbers: Statistics to consider before hitting the polls on Dec. 6

Mary Landrieu, left, and Bill Cassidy

The last 2014 U.S. Senate race in the nation ends Saturday — finally! — when incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu meets Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, in a Louisiana runoff. Here’s a look at the race, so far, by the numbers. 14: The percentage of the vote in the Nov. 4 open… Continue reading →

Conservative activist James O’Keefe targets Mary Landrieu for undercover video, says he has 'big story' ahead of runoff

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.,  speaks at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans about the election Senate election results in her contest with U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Tea Party candidate Rob Maness in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

Conservative activist James O’Keefe claims he has gone undercover at U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's campaign headquarters and says he has a "big story" to tell ahead of the Dec. 6 run off vs. U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. O'Keefe is known for these kinds of projects, which are usually intended to embarass liberals. O’Keefe and three others… Continue reading →

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 →