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Assumption Parish sheriff resigns; chief deputy to run agency until sheriff-elect takes office

Sheriff Mike Waguespack

After 16 years as Assumption Parish sheriff, Mike Waguespack retired suddenly Wednesday, saying he has accepted a job with a private firm. Waguespack, who is a certified public accountant, ran for his first term in office in 2000 on the promise to run the Sheriff’s Office like a business. Waguespack said Thursday that he resigned… Continue reading →

'Drastic change' coming as Louisiana shifting to iPad voting, and it won't be cheap

Photo provided by Secretary of State -- Vendors show Louisiana elections officials want to replace the state's 10,000 voting machines with tablet computers.

When Louisiana voters go to the polls to elect a governor in 2019 — if all goes to plan — they will cast their ballots on iPads. Secretary of State Tom Schedler said he’ll ask the incoming administration of Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards and the Legislature for money to roll out this new way of voting.… Continue reading →

Scott Angelle looks at U.S. Senate race, will anounce his decision after holidays

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Scott Angelle speaks at the Acadiana Center for the Arts on election night.

Scott Angelle, who scored a strong third in the governor’s race, said Monday he’s considering a run for the U.S. Senate, and will announce a decision after the holidays. Angelle’s first public comments about his political future come after an independent poll released this week show him with significant leads over likely Republican opponents.… Continue reading →

Jay Dardenne reveals team as he preps to take over as Louisiana's commissioner of administration

Jay Dardenne has started putting together his team for when he takes over as commissioner of administration for incoming Governor-elect John Bel Edwards. Barbara Goodson, deputy commissioner for finance and administration at the Board of Regents, will become Lt. Gov. Dardenne’s chief assistant as deputy commissioner of administration. She held the post from 2008 to 2010. Dardenne also tapped Monday… Continue reading →

'You’re crazy if you believe that': John Bel Edwards takes remarkable journey to improbable landslide in governor's race

Image from video provided by John Bel Edwards -- Louisiana Democratic Gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards is pictured here in a political advertisement promoting his campaign. ORG XMIT: BAT1510271533063521

One day in early 2013, two seatmates in the Louisiana House — Reps. John Bel Edwards and Sam Jones — were discussing a familiar topic: their belief that Gov. Bobby Jindal was leading the state in the wrong direction. Edwards looked intently at his friend. “Sam, I’ve had enough of fighting with this guy,” Edwards said.… Continue reading →

Governor-elect John Bel Edwards grew up on small-town values, was taught politics a noble calling

Not quite a tow-headed boy carrying a pole to the fishing hole with his father the sheriff, but Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards grew up the son of the most important man in Tangipahoa Parish, running around a small rural town where everyone knew everyone else. “I grew up in… Continue reading →

Need a gig? John Bel Edwards launches new website, seeks applications for political positions

Looking for a job in Louisiana Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards’ administration? Edwards’ transition team launched a website Wednesday where people can apply on-line for a variety of politically appointed positions in the governor’s office and state agencies. The governor-elect’s website -- OnwardLouisiana.com -- contains a form for job seekers to fill out.… Continue reading →

How Bobby Jindal's meteoric rise in GOP ended with him crashing down to earth with failed presidential bid

Advocate Staff Photograph by Travis Spradling.Picture shot on 2-12-98 Secretary of the Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals Bobby Jindal talks on camera  Thursday, discussing the new  gambling hotline billboards (like one background, on Florida Blvd. near Wooddale Blvd. ) while making a video feed for news stations around the state. The crew in the foreground includes (from left)  Randy Knaps,and David Landry, both of the local production company Digital FX, and DHH spokesman Rusty Jabour. (Knaps is correct) The project is sponsored by the La. Dept of Health and Hospitals, and the Lousiana Lottery Corporation.       Keyword Gambling abuse aid advertising

At 24, Bobby Jindal, an Ivy League graduate and Rhodes scholar, was picked by Gov. Mike Foster to head the state Department of Health and Hospitals, commanding an agency with 12,000 employees that accounted for 40 percent of the state budget. At 28, he was appointed the youngest… Continue reading →

With Bobby Jindal exit, GOP candidate Jeb Bush names Louisiana campaign team

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s campaign on Tuesday named his Louisiana steering committee and finance chairs. St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister; state Sen. Conrad Appel, of Metairie; state Rep. Nancy Landry, of Lafayette; and former state Commissioner of Elections Suzie Terrell will work to build Bush’s grass-roots infrastructure. Fundraising efforts will be led by New… Continue reading →

GOP leader says Edwards backs New Orleans Democrat for House speaker

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- In his first major address since winning election Saturday, Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards spoke Monday at the Louisiana Federation of Teachers Convention on Monday.

Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards told Republican House leaders Tuesday that he backs New Orleans Rep. Walt Leger III, a fellow Democrat, as speaker of the Louisiana House. “He told me that this afternoon at a meeting,” House Republican Majority Leader Lance Harris said in an interview Tuesday night while driving to his home in Alexandria. “I… Continue reading →

Lt. Gov.-elect Billy Nungesser: 'I'm not giving anybody a pink slip'

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Lt. Gov. candidates  Billy Nungesser, left, and Kip Holden, right, speak at the BR Press Club.

. Lt. Gov.-elect Billy Nungesser visited his soon-to-be state offices Monday, assuring employees they would still have a job after his January inauguration if they wanted it. “I’m not going in there and cleaning house. That doesn’t benefit anybody,” Nungesser said. “I’m not giving anybody a pink slip. I’m going to call every one of them personally and… Continue reading →

Pollster: David Vitter’s campaign doomed by divided GOP base, unpopular incumbent, methodical opponent

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Gubernatorial candidate David Vitter announces endorsements from LABI, Louisiana Home Builders Association, ABC Merit PAC and ABC Pelican PAC.

Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s campaign for governor was doomed by a fractured GOP base and a methodical Democratic opponent in Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards, according to an analysis of Saturday’s runoff results. John Couvillon, of JMC Analytics, said during the Press Club of Baton Rouge lunch on Monday that Edwards’ landslide win doesn’t mean the state… Continue reading →

Why Medicaid expansion supporters say they can't just halt efforts just because John Bel Edwards is governor-elect

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- In his first major address since winning election Saturday, Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards spoke Monday at the Louisiana Federation of Teachers Convention on Monday.

Just because Democratic Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards favors Medicaid expansion, it’s not time for its supporters to get complacent, a Together Louisiana leader said Monday. Governors of Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming, Florida, Missouri and Virginia have backed Medicaid expansion only to have their Legislatures veto the idea, the Rev. Lee T. Wesley said. “We are committed… Continue reading →

Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards names chief of staff and transition team, faces questions about Medicaid expansion

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana Governor Elect John Bel Edwards speaks about his plans after winning the election the day before at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. He has chosen Senator Ben W. Nevers, right, as Chief of Staff

So now what? Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards began answering those questions Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours after being elected governor, as he hired a chief of staff, named six co-chairs to oversee the transition and backed away from his campaign promise to expand Medicaid to the working poor on his first day in office. In… Continue reading →

David Vitter’s decision not to run for third Senate term opens race for Republicans

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Sen. David Vitter and wife Wendy greet supporters after conceding to John Bel Edwards in the runoff for governor Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, during his election-night party at the Airport Hilton in Kenner.

If nothing else, David Vitter simplified the 2016 U.S. Senate election in Louisiana with his announcement Saturday night after losing the governor’s race that he won’t try for a third term in the Senate next year. Now that the 2016 election shapes up as an ordinary contest for an open Senate seat, it likely will draw a… Continue reading →

Plenty of cash spending, mud slinging gives way to Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards' historic win over David Vitter

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- John Bel Edwards get a hug from his wife, Donna, after at the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, after defeating David Vitter to become governor of Louisiana.

. John Bel Edwards, a former U.S. Army Ranger and small-town lawyer, soundly defeated once-invincible Republican David Vitter to become the first Democratic governor elected in the Deep South in more than a decade. The two-term legislator, who was elected to his first office in 2007, also ended the Democratic Party’s losing streak of 15 statewide races.… Continue reading →

Across Louisiana, new attorney general, lieutenant governor create Republican stronghold on statewide offices

Kip Holden

. Former U.S. congressman Jeff Landry ousted two-term Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in a nasty Republican battle that exposed the wide political chasm within party ranks Meanwhile, Republican Billy Nungesser — the former Plaquemines Parish leader and vocal BP critic — outdistanced Democratic Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden for lieutenant governor — dashing Holden’s hope of… Continue reading →

How'd he do it? Stephanie Grace breaks down John Bel Edwards' gameplan to win governor's race in ruby-red Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- John Bel Edwards followed by his son John Miller Edwards second lines through the crowd at the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 after winning the governor's race.

They say it’s better to be lucky than good, but Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards didn’t have to worry about the distinction in the march toward his remarkable victory Saturday. Edwards, a relatively unknown Democratic legislator from Amite, was both. And he needed to be in order to take down… Continue reading →

Five more crime prevention districts in East Baton Rouge Parish approve mandatory fees for extra policing

Mandatory annual fees for five new crime prevention districts in East Baton Rouge Parish were approved by the voters of their respective neighborhoods. The neighborhoods approved annual parcel fees for property owners to fund additional police protection and beautification projects for the neighborhoods. Each of the districts approved the fees by more than 60 percent.… Continue reading →

District 66 incumbent Darrell Ourso loses seat to Family Forum Vice President

State Representative for District 66 incumbent Darrell Ourso lost his seat Saturday evening to Family Forum Vice President Rick Edmonds. Ourso, a former Baton Rouge Metro Councilman, had only held the seat for a few months. He was elected to the seat earlier this year during a special election after former state Rep. Hunter Greene became… Continue reading →

After defeating David Vitter, John Bel Edwards: Louisiana voters 'have chosen hope over scorn, over negativity'

Louisiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards watches election returns in a hotel suite at his election night watch party in New Orleans, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

10:06 p.m. Democrat John Bel Edwards says Louisiana voters "have chosen hope over scorn, over negativity" in electing him as the state's next governor. With a brass band playing, Edwards led a second-line parade at his victory party Saturday night after speaking about his win over Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter. He thanked those supporters who he said "believed we could confound the… Continue reading →

Voters approve measure to give City of Central cut of parish’s industrial property taxes

The City of Central is about to get a bigger cut of tax dollars collected by the East Baton Rouge Parish government. Parish voters approved the change, 64 to 36 percent, in the Plan of Government which will redistribute property tax dollars collected from the industrial areas of the parish making up the petrochemical… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Councilwoman Ronnie Edwards wins District 29 State Representative race

Baton Rouge Councilwoman Ronnie Edwards easily won the District 29 state representative seat over local attorney Edmond Jordan. Edwards, a Democrat, is a second term council woman. She beat Jordan, also a Democrat, 59 percent to 41 percent. The seat was left vacant by State Representative Regina Barrow who ran for and won a state senate… Continue reading →

Live coverage: John Bel Edwards delivers victory speech; David Vitter concedes governor's race

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- John Bel Edwards get a hug from his wife, Donna, after at the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, after defeating David Vitter to become governor of Louisiana.

The race for governor between Democratic candidate John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter tops the election ballot. But voters will also decide who will be lieutenant governor and attorney general... Continue reading →

Louisiana election central: Sample ballot, recommendations, stories on candidates, issues, more

Advocate staff photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Ernest Blunt casts his vote at Saturday's runoff election, at a booth in the 8th Ward's Precinct 26 at Benjamin Franklin High School in Gentilly, Saturday November 21, 2015.

Here’s everything you need to know about upcoming Louisiana elections: Election Day is Nov. 21. Early voting ended Nov. 14. First, check out this personalized sample ballot. Statewide, there are more than 150 candidate races including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general as well as legislators. Additionally, there are 116 propositions in 51… Continue reading →

Election Day: On the ballot are a series of state and Baton Rouge-area races and propositions

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- With help from Bobby Clark, right, Darryl Honore, 20, works to move voting machines onto a truck for delivery to voting locations, Friday, November 20, 2015, ahead of Election Day on Saturday.

Months of campaigning come down to Saturday as voters across the state go to the polls to decide who will lead Louisiana government through the turbulent financial times ahead. The race for governor between Democratic candidate John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter tops the ballot, but voters also will decide who will be lieutenant governor and… Continue reading →

Election Day: On the ballot are a series of state and Acadiana races and propositions

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Senator David Vitter speaks during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule.  The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

Months of campaigning come down to Saturday as voters across the state go to the polls to decide who will lead Louisiana government through the turbulent financial times ahead. The race for governor between Democratic candidate John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter tops the ballot, but voters also will decide who will be lieutenant governor and… Continue reading →

On election eve, here's how David Vitter, John Bel Edwards spending their days

Voters head to the polls Saturday to decide Louisiana’s next governor, and Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter will be spending Election Day eve a bit differently. According to Edwards’ campaign, he will spend the night calling supporters and volunteers as part of get out the vote efforts. Edward has led every poll since the Oct. 24 runoff but… Continue reading →

In district that mirrors state trends, here's what sways governor's race votes: Prostitution issue, attack ads, Bobby Jindal

John Bel Edwards, left, and David Vitter

Raymond Steiner had just finished loading groceries into the back of his red pickup at the Wal-Mart in Franklin, but before he drove off, he discussed whom he’s voting for in Saturday’s gubernatorial runoff. John Bel Edwards, Steiner said. But he hastened to say his decision is less a validation of the Democratic state representative… Continue reading →

David Vitter, John Bel Edwards both seek to reject Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to plug $500 million deficit

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana Representative John Bel Edwards applauds next to U.S. Senator David Vitter during a governor debate at the New Orleans Jazz Market in New Orleans, La. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.

Both candidates for governor are urging the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to reject Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan for plugging the state’s $500 million deficit this week. But neither Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards nor Republican U.S. David Vitter has offered up an alternate plan for state lawmakers to consider, and the clock is ticking. The state… Continue reading →

Interactive map: Check out parish-by-parish results in Louisiana governor's race, see who's voting for John Bel Edwards, David Vitter

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gubernatorial candidates, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Baton Rouge, left, and U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., shake hands ahead of tonight's debate, Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at LPB Studios in Baton Rouge, La.

View the map below to see parish-by-parish voting results in the Louisiana governor's race... Continue reading →

John Bel Edwards or David Vitter? Take our quiz, see if you can guess where candidates stand on certain issues

John Bel Edwards, left, and David Vitter

Reaching information overload on the upcoming Louisiana governor's runoff election? Let's test your knowledge. Check out the quiz below and see if you can guess where the John Bel Edwards and David Vitter stand on certain issues.… Continue reading →

Did Bobby Jindal time his announcement to upstage David Vitter days before runoff? Maybe, one analyst says

Jindal announced he is suspending his candidacy.

Gov. Bobby Jindal provided no favors to David Vitter’s gubernatorial campaign when he announced Tuesday that he is suspending his candidacy for president. U.S. Sen. Vitter is making a last-ditch effort to overtake his Democratic opponent, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, before Saturday’s election by tapping into public concerns that Syrian refugees might strike in Louisiana, following… Continue reading →