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 →

Landrieu launches first TV commercial

Sen. Mary Landrieu is planning to launch her first television advertisements Wednesday for her 2014 re-election bid. Landrieu, a third-term Democratic senator, is a critical target of a Republican Party that is eager to retake control of the Senate after the 2014 midterm elections. Politico, of Washington, D.C., first reported the … Continue reading →

Claitor is running for Congress

State Sen. Dan Claitor said Wednesday he will run for Congress in the 6th District after deciding he could bring some “reason” back to Washington. “I’m ready to say that I’m a candidate,” said the 52-year-old Republican from Baton Rouge. Claitor was leaning against running before receiving the support of his family … Continue reading →

McAllister apparent winner in 5th District congressional race

These images of state Sen. Neil Riser, left, and Vance McAllister, right, are provided by their campaigns.

Updated at 11:20 p.m. – WASHINGTON — Rookie Vance McAllister says he’s never visited Washington, D.C., but now he has a job in the nation’s capital. McAllister upset state Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, by winning the all-GOP runoff for the 5th Congressional District seat in much of northern and central Louisiana. McAllister had 54,449 votes, or 60 percent of those counted in the runoff, … Continue reading →

5th Congressional District, Port Allen recall on ballot

These images of state Sen. Neil Riser, left, and Vance McAllister, right, are provided by their campaigns.

Polls open at 7 a.m. Saturday in communities and parishes around the state to decide a smattering of issues and races. Voters in 24 parishes will pick a new congressman. Port Allen voters will be deciding whether to remove their mayor. West Feliciana Parish will choose its first parish president. Registered voters, in most cases, … Continue reading →

'Duck Dynasty' actor films ad for McAllister

Willie Robertson

“Duck Dynasty” television star Willie Robertson endorsed Republican businessman Vance McAllister for the congressional 5th District seat in a new television ad launched Wednesday. The advertisement is a last push for McAllister before Saturday’s all-GOP general election against state Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia. “Vote for my good buddy, Vance McAllister,” … Continue reading →

Schedler says vote for vets

With Saturday’s election fast approaching, Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging people to honor a military veteran by voting. Schedler launched the “Honor Vets … Vote” program in 2012. It allows people to dedicate their vote in an upcoming election to a current or former member of the military to honor their sacrifice. “People can … Continue reading →

5th district candidates clash on health care

Two Republicans running for the vacant 5th District congressional seat Friday night argued over what action is needed to repair the federal health care law known as Obamacare. State Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, who led the 14-member field Oct. 19, repeatedly called for repeal of the law despite a number of failed efforts to do so in … Continue reading →

Guillory won’t run for U.S. Senate, eyes lt. governor

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- State Sen. Elbert Guillory, D-Opelousas

State Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas, said he is most likely going to run for lieutenant governor in 2015, rather than pursue a U.S. Senate bid next year. Guillory, 69, has seen his popularity rise among conservative circles since switching from the Democratic Party earlier this year. The change made him the only … Continue reading →

Holloway backs McAllister in 5th congressional district runoff

Clyde Holloway

Former congressman and Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway said Monday that he is supporting Republican businessman Vance McAllister in the all-GOP runoff for the vacant congressional 5th District seat. Holloway, a Republican from Forest Hill, received nearly 11 percent of the vote to finish fourth in the Oct. 19 open primary election from … Continue reading →

Mayor Mayo endorses McAllister

Democratic Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said Tuesday that he is “strongly supporting” Republican businessman Vance McAllister in the all-GOP runoff for the vacant congressional 5th District seat. Mayo, who finished third in the Oct. 12 primary election, said he is endorsing McAllister because he is the candidate willing to work across party lines … Continue reading →

Maness gets influential endorsement in U.S. Senate race

The tea party-connected Senate Conservatives Fund announced Monday that it would support Rob Maness over fellow Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy in the 2014 U.S. Senate race. It’s the biggest endorsement yet for the retired U.S. Air Force Col. Maness. of Madisonville, and gives the tea party candidate greater ability to draw in national … Continue reading →

5th congressional race focuses on nuanced opposition to Obamacare

District 5 Congressional map

Two very similar Republicans facing each other in the runoff election for Louisiana’s staunchly conservative congressional 5th District hope to distinguish themselves with nuanced positions about how much each one hates Obamacare. It’s the first congressional election nationally since the end of the 16-day federal government shutdown caused when a GOP faction tried to defund President Barack … Continue reading →

McAllister spent $355,000 to win a spot in the 5th congressional runoff

Monroe businessman Vance McAllister invested $355,000 of his personal funds to surprise many and win a spot in the all-GOP congressional 5th District runoff against state Sen. Neil Riser. After being “completely stunned” that McAllister secured a runoff spot, University of Louisiana at Monroe political scientist Joshua Stockley said McAllister may have to … Continue reading →

Riser, McAllister in 5th district runoff

In his first try for elected office, Vance McAllister, who is backed by a “Duck Dynasty” television star, found himself Saturday night in a runoff for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district. State Sen. Neil Riser, as expected, led the field in complete but unofficial returns. The two Republicans, … Continue reading →

Voters face light ballots

One congressional seat and a series of tax renewals highlight a modest list of topics on Saturday’s election ballots. The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. In East Baton Rouge Parish, voters will be asked to decide a $24.6 million property tax renewal for the sheriff’s office and an $11 million renewal … Continue reading →