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 →

Landrieu endorsed by 500 La. elected officials

If there’s strength in numbers, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., must be feeling pretty good about her re-election chances this fall. Landrieu, a three-term incumbent in a tough struggle to win again, released a list Monday of more than 500 elected officials from across the state — and to some extent, across party lines — who have … Continue reading →

Gov. Jindal courts primary voters

Advocate staff file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- La. Gov. Bobby Jindal

— On a Saturday afternoon edging toward Louisiana hot, Gov. Bobby Jindal climbed onto a farm trailer in front of a weathered barn and spoke about party unity and the American dream to a couple hundred Republicans scattered across the grass by a cornfield. It was a short speech — fewer than 10 … Continue reading →

Landrieu, Cassidy hone in on issues of Senate campaign

AP file photosCassidy    Landrieu

Republicans cackled for days over the entanglement of one of their main Democratic targets in the fall elections, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, in a controversy over charter airplane flights. But in terms of chartergate’s ultimate effect on the outcome of the vote, it may be a case of too little, too early. The disclosures … Continue reading →

Vance McAllister qualifies for re-election to U.S. House seat

Associated Press photo by Melinda Deslatte -- U.S. Rep. Vance McAlister is takes the ice bucket challenge Friday after filing his qualifying paperwork at The Secretary of State's office for his Nov. 4 reelection bid.

After being stuck in traffic and missing qualifying yesterday, U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister was waiting for the secretary of state to open the front doors Friday morning to sign the paperwork, pay the fees and officially begin his re-election campaign. The Swartz Republican followed qualifying by donning a No. 23 jersey of retired New Orleans Saints running … Continue reading →

Second day of qualifying a bit quieter than first

Advocate staff photo by MARSHA SHULER -- Former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards officially qualified to run for the 6th Congressional District Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at the Secretary of State's office.

Baton Rouge’s famously snarled traffic Thursday kept one incumbent congressman from getting to the Secretary of State’s Office in time to officially sign up to run for re-election. U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, was stuck in traffic and could not get to the office before the 4:30 p.m. deadline, an official with his campaign told reporters. McAllister … Continue reading →

Landrieu, Cassidy among first-day election qualifiers

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, talks to reporters after signing her qualifying paperwork to run for re-election on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La. Landrieu is seeking a fourth term. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu weaved her way through “Air Mary” signs as she qualified Wednesday to run again amid controversy about her travel expenses. Almost 40 candidates for congressional, public service commission and judicial offices signed up with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office on the first day of qualifying. Candidates can qualify to run for election … Continue reading →

U.S. Sen. Landrieu facing more charter plane revelations

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

More potentially damaging revelations about the use of charter planes by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., rolled out in the political media Monday, adding to the challenge she faces in trying to limit the impact of the reports on her high-profile re-election campaign. In their drive to win the six seats they need … Continue reading →

6th District campaign fundraising going slow

Baton Rouge lawyer Cassie Felder says she never asked anyone for a nickel before and admits that her initial efforts at campaign fundraising were kind of clumsy. Her lack of prowess prompted her consultants to quit, according to their termination letter. They later joined an opponent in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. … Continue reading →

Landrieu hit on her support of abortion rights

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu

At election time, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu always has a tricky line to walk on abortion, balancing her Catholic faith and Louisiana’s strong anti-abortion stances with her Democratic politics and her support of abortion rights. Heading into the Nov. 4 election appears to be no different, and Landrieu critics are hoping to use the wedge issue to … Continue reading →

Landrieu extends fundraising lead

Advocate photo by MARK BALLARD -- Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., talks to the Press Club of Baton Rouge in April 2014,

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu widened her fundraising lead over her best-financed Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, in the April-June quarter this year, according to information released Wednesday by both campaigns in this fall’s Senate election. Landrieu, a three-term incumbent, reported raising $2.15 million in the quarter, which would bring her total … Continue reading →

Monroe mayor to run for Congress

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo speaks during the 5th District Forum sponsored by the East Feliciana Parish Democratic Executive Committee during the last campaign for the congressional seat.

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo announced Wednesday that he would run again to represent the 5th congressional district in Congress. He’s the first Democrat to announce he would challenge U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, in the Nov. 4 election. McAllister, who has been hampered by being caught kissing a married aide, announced last week that he … Continue reading →

Contenders bob, weave in 6th Congressional District forum

Advocate staff photo by MARK BALLARD -- The East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Party held a forum Tuesday for GOP candidates competing to replace U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy in Congress. The Republican candidates are, from left, Garret Graves, Dan Claitor, Bob Bell, Paul Dietzel, Charles 'Trey' Thomas, Craig McCulloch, Cassie Felder and Lenar Whitney. A Libertarian and two Democrats also have announced their intentions to run.

Even though neither Common Core nor the City of St. George are federal issues, these local concerns were among the few areas of subtle differences Tuesday among the eight Republican candidates for the Baton Rouge-based congressional seat. Speaking over the clinking silverware of more than 100 eating lunch, all the announced Republican candidates met for the first … Continue reading →

Could plans be changing for kissing congressman?

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.

U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, Louisiana’s infamous kissing congressman, scheduled a press conference for Monday morning during which many expect he’ll recant his declaration from April and announce he will seek re-election this fall. Whether he announces he plans to run or not, there will be a lot attention paid to what McAllister’s staff is calling a “special … Continue reading →

Candidates debate Congress preparation

It was kumbaya time on issue after issue when two of the many Republican candidates running for the Baton Rouge-based congressional seat addressed a local GOP group Tuesday. But they did disagree on whether experience in government or in business was better preparation for working in Congress. GOP candidates for the 6th congressional district who … Continue reading →

Libertarian Craig joins 6th District race for Congress

Rufus Craig

Libertarian Rufus Craig announced his candidacy for the Baton Rouge-based c ongressional 6th District seat. “If you are satisfied with the results of the Democrats and Republicans in Congress, then by all means, keep them,” Craig said in prepared statement. “I am ready to bring real solutions to the people of Louisiana and America.” Craig … Continue reading →

Former congressman running for state attorney general

Jeff Landry

Former U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry announced Monday that he would run for Louisiana attorney general in fall 2015 elections. Landry, a lawyer, will challenge fellow Republican Buddy Caldwell for the state’s top legal job. “He’s definitely not pro-business and definitely not conservative,” Landry said of Caldwell. Having a conservative governor and attorney general will be important … Continue reading →

Candidates address flood insurance

Two of the six candidates for the 6th congressional district called the government-underwritten flood insurance program wasteful, but said Tuesday Louisiana property owners should not have to pay higher premiums. “It’s another government boondoggle,” Bob Bell, of Baton Rouge said. “It’s a bail out.” Charles “Trey” Thomas said the federal government needs to eliminate the waste in the … Continue reading →

Super PAC fights for ability to raise unlimited contributions

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  The organizer of a Super PAC formed to support U.S. Sen. David Vitter argues that it should not be subject to Louisiana campaign contribution limits because it is operating independent of Vitter.

The organizer of a super PAC formed to support U.S. Sen. David Vitter argues that it should not be subject to Louisiana campaign contribution limits because it is operating independent of Vitter. But the organizers of the super PAC — the Fund for Louisiana’s Future — have a direct tie to Vitter’s political operations. Two of the … Continue reading →

The organizer of a Super PAC formed to support U.S. Sen. David Vitter argues that it should not be subject to Louisiana campaign contribution limits because it is operating independent of Vitter. But the organizers of the Super PAC — the Fund for Louisiana’s Future — have a direct tie to Vitter’s political operations. Two of the … Continue reading →

Thomas running for Congress

Charles

Charles “Trey” Thomas, a Baton Rouge teacher and businessman, entered the race for the 6th Congressional District. “Amazing things happen when people come together to find solutions to problems,” Thomas stated in his prepared announcement. “When we understand and take pride in the fact that we are Americans and live in the greatest country on … Continue reading →

Senate race now deemed a tossup

Advocate photo provided by Univeristy of VirginiaLarry Sabato is the widely published and often-quoted professor of politics at the University of Virginia. His influential 'Crystal Ball' website on Thursday called the November U.S. Senate race a 'Toss Up' between incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and several Republican challengers.

The re-election bid of Sen. Mary Landrieu started to look better last year during the partial government shutdown, but political pundits now have the race squarely considered a tossup again. Prominent University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato had been scoring the race as “Leans Democratic” on his Sabato’s Crystal Ball website in … Continue reading →

Race pits incumbent against former sheriff, new challenger

Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman.

It would be an understatement to call 2013 a bad year for Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. In March, two high-ranking underlings pleaded guilty in federal court to separate kickback schemes, admitting they had taken thousands of dollars in bribes from contractors who benefited from steady work at Gusman’s jail complex. Weeks later, a four-day federal … Continue reading →

Hollis announces for U.S. Senate

Rep. Paul B. Hollis

Republican state Rep. Paul B. Hollis released Wednesday two television commercials promoting his bid for the U.S. Senate. Hollis is officially announcing his candidacy for the November election, said Roy Fletcher, the Baton Rouge political consultant handling the campaign. Hollis plans to tour the state next week. Hollis, 41, is a Republican from Mandeville. He Continue reading →

Maness opposes flood insurance program

Rob Maness, in red tie, is running for the U.S. Senate from Louisiana as a Republican. He spoke Jan. 14, 2014, to the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish.

Rob Maness, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, said Tuesday that he doesn’t support — but would vote for, if in office — legislation being pushed by the Louisiana congressional delegation to slow dramatic increases in flood insurance premiums. “I support the part where we have a moral obligation to take care of the folks who were … Continue reading →

Landrieu retains fundraising lead

Sen. Mary Landrieu continued to outpace her opponents in fundraising for her re-election campaign in the fourth quarter of last year, but her top opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, made gains in bridging the gap between their overall war chests for the 2014 election. Landrieu, D-La., reported raising nearly $1.4 million in … Continue reading →