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Baton Rouge GOP strays from state party, backs incumbent Buddy Caldwell for Attorney General

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell spoke May 12 to the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish about the accomplishments of his office.

Taking a position at odds with the state party, the largest parish Republican organization on Tuesday will announce it is backing Buddy Caldwell’s re-election bid for state attorney general. Addressing one of the reasons why the state GOP backed another candidate, Woody Jenkins, chairman of the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish, said of Caldwell,… Continue reading →

Governor’s race about to heat up as candidate ads expected to roll in

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, left, and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, both candidates for Governor, visit between turns speaking at a candidates forum hosted by Louisiana State Troopers Association at the Crown Plaza hotel on Aug. 15.

Though the four major candidates for governor have spoken at forum after forum, the public is paying little attention to the race. But that’s all about to change. “I go to a lot of meetings. They are not talking about the governor’s race at all,” Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere said. Billy Nungesser, who has… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Republicans back Vitter and Angelle for governor

Two of the GOP candidates for governor — Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, of Breaux Bridge, and U.S. Sen. David Vitter, of Metairie — received the endorsement Thursday of the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish. The organization, which is the state’s largest parish Republican Party group, interviewed the candidates and reviewed questionnaires on… Continue reading →

David Vitter to launch his first gubernatorial TV ad Thursday

U.S. Sen. David Vitter, sitting on the largest campaign account in the Louisiana governor’s race, is finally pumping some of the money into TV advertising. The Republican candidate from Metairie launches his first 30-second TV ad Thursday, the second gubernatorial contender to do so. Campaign spokesman Luke Bolar said the spot will run in every market… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal criticizes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's 'Obamacare-lite' health care plan during stops in Iowa

Advocate Photo by ELIZABETH CRISP -- Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses a crowd in Council Bluffs, Iowa Tuesday night.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took aim during campaign stops in Iowa on Tuesday at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other “establishment” Republicans running for president. Walker, who was the Iowa favorite in the race until earlier this month, unveiled a plan Tuesday to repeal and replace… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal stumps in Iowa

Advocate Photo by ElLIZABETH CRISP -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke to about 70 people crammed into the Sioux City Elks lodge on Monday night as he campaigned for the Republican presidential nomination.

Gov. Bobby Jindal was standing in a Elks lodge Monday night in a small city in a rural, northern part of the state, trying to woo potential voters. It may sound like a story out of the 2007 run for governor that had Jindal on countless tours across… Continue reading →

Louisiana isn’t part of the ‘SEC Primary’ but parties say that’s OK

Voters in six Southern states will head to the polls March 1 to participate in what’s being dubbed the “SEC Primary” in the presidential race. But Louisiana — home to one of the most recognizable schools in the athletic conference for which the election date is nicknamed — won’t have its say until four days later.… Continue reading →

Candidates can fluctuate between rich, poor with new money rules in dramatically changing world of presidential election financing

Associated Press file photoGov. Bobby Jindal gestures as he delivers a speech Nov. 3 for Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

A pair of political action committees supporting former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has raised nearly $17 million to propel him to the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, with almost all of that super PAC cash still available to spend. But last week, Perry stopped paying the workers he had hired for… Continue reading →

Poll shows David Vitter’s numbers slipping for Louisiana governor

U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s support is slipping in the contest for Louisiana governor, according to the results of a poll commissioned by a group of New Orleans and Baton Rouge businessmen. Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle is benefiting from the shift and under one scenario has taken the lead. But when adjusted for historical voting… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal, at presidential forum, blasts those 'trying to divide us,' says nation needs to get off 'the path to socialism'

Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Gov. Bobby Jindal played familiar rhetorical notes in his appearance Monday in a nationally televised forum featuring most of the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential candidates, who produced few if any surprises or shocks. “I’m so tired of this president and the left trying to divide us,” said Jindal, 44. “We’re all Americans. We’re not hyphenated Americans.”… Continue reading →

National poll hurts Bobby Jindal's chances for making the cut for the first Republican presidential debate

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (AP FILE PHOTO)

. A national poll of Republican primary voters shows Gov. Bobby Jindal drawing 1 percent support, damaging his already dim chances of appearing in prime time Thursday in the first nationally televised debates of the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The NBC News/Wall St. Journal poll, released Sunday, put Jindal and former U.S.… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal TV buy in Iowa part of ‘early state’ strategy

Image from video provided by YouTube/Jindal Campaign -- United States Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is seen on his campaign commercial We're All Americans that has been available for veiwing on YouTube.

— In farmhouses, suburban split-levels and studio apartments across Iowa, the image of Gov. Bobby Jindal shimmers on television screens as he talks up his belief in an America where ethnic identities dissolve in the melting pot of assimilation. “I am tired of hyphenated Americans,” Jindal, the U.S.-born child of immigrants from… Continue reading →

Presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders makes stop in Baton Rouge; Racism, 'rigged' economy among topics he spoke about

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- US Sen. Bernie Sanders, No Party-Vermont, speaks at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Presidential Gala, Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge, La.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his fiery, long shot bid for the presidency to Baton Rouge on Saturday night, blasting what he called entrenched racism, income inequality and a “rigged” economy that penalizes the middle class. “This country has more crises probably than at any time since the Great Depression,” he said during a 35-minute speech.… Continue reading →

Judge: State should pay $137M more to local school districts

Louisiana owes local public schools $137 million because state lawmakers didn’t properly pass previous school funding formulas, a state district judge ruled Monday. The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board filed a lawsuit claiming the Legislature didn’t meet passage requirements for the formula used in the 2013-14 budget year. Thirty other local school boards, nearly half… Continue reading →

David Vitter has strong showing, raises $1M-plus in governor's race funds in latest quarter

U.S. Sen. David Vitter continues his strong fundraising in the Louisiana governor’s race. The Republican candidate for governor said Monday he raised more than $1.3 million in the most recent fundraising quarter ending July 16. Vitter’s campaign says it closed the period with $5 million in the bank for the Oct. 24 election. A political action… Continue reading →

Candidates for governor support more limits on tax giveaways

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- From left John Bel Edwards, Jay Dardenne, and Scott Angelle during the Louisiana gubernatorial candidate forum at the Alario Center in Westwego on Wednesday, June 18, 2015.

The political pendulum swung against continued tax giveaways during the just-concluded legislative session, and that swing will continue next year, each of the four gubernatorial candidates promised Wednesday in Westwego. Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, U.S. Sen. David Vitter and state Rep. John Bel Edwards — the sole Democrat — all said they… Continue reading →

Location, ticket details revealed for Bobby Jindal's big announcement in June

. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s big announcement will take place at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner on June 24. Jindal, 43, announced last week that he would announce whether he will seek the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination on that date but provided few details. Today, Jindal’s top political adviser Timmy Teepell emailed a “special invitation” to family and friends… Continue reading →

Gumbo PAC forms to target Sen. David Vitter's governor bid, releases video referencing reported ties to DC madam, New Orleans prostitute

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- U.S. Senator David Vitter

A new political action committee called Gumbo PAC has launched with the expressed purpose of targeting U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s bid to become the next governor of Louisiana. Gumbo PAC launched a website and YouTube video today that takes aim at Vitter’s time in elected office. He was first elected to Congress in 1999 and… Continue reading →

'The big thing that stands out' so far among the four major candidates running for Louisiana governor

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- Louisiana gubernatorial candidates. From left, John Bel Edwards, David Vitter, Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle.

The four major candidates for governor spent the past week in different ways. U.S. Sen. David Vitter hosted embattled but popular New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a brewery in Baton Rouge. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne traveled the state with an elaborate Mardi Gras “mascot” in a van decorated to highlight the successes of… Continue reading →

U.S. Senator David Vitter: N.J. Governor Chris Christie a 'mentor, no-nonsense leader'

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks in support of Louisiana gubernatorial candidate U.S. Senator David Vitter at a rally at Tin Roof Brewery Tuesday.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a Republican running to become the next governor of Louisiana, said he sees New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as “a mentor,” despite any cloud of controversy that might hang over Christie in the wake of a bridge closure scandal in New Jersey. “He is a strong, no-nonsense leader,” Vitter said, appearing alongside Christie… Continue reading →

David Vitter, Scott Angelle praises oil, gas industry at Baton Rouge event

Two of the four major candidates for governor spoke at an oil and gas industry event in Baton Rouge on Monday. U.S. Sen. David Vitter and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, both Republicans, took turns praising the industry, which is the state’s largest employer. “Things are changing fast and Louisiana is trying to adapt to those… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal: Louisiana won’t take steps to preserve health-insurance subsidies if U.S. Supreme Court strikes down 'Obamacare'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom 15th Annual Spring Kick Off, in Waukee, Iowa, Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

If the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down health insurance subsidies when it rules this summer on a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, Louisiana will not take steps to preserve the subsidies for the more than 150,000 state residents now relying on them for coverage, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday. That… Continue reading →

Gubernatorial candidates report millions in the bank with 6 months until Election Day

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- Gubernatorial candidates. From left at table, John Bel Edwards, David Vitter, Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle.

The race to replace Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is shaping up to be one of the most expensive competitive gubernatorial campaigns in the state’s history. Based on campaign finance reports filed this week, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is leading the pack, having raised $1.14 million since the beginning of the 2015. Vitter’s campaign has… Continue reading →

Mitch Landrieu says commitment to New Orleans will keep him out of governor's race

Advocate staff file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

After criticizing the Jindal administration’s approach to balancing the state’s budget, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said emphatically Monday that he will not run for governor in 2015. “We have made tremendous progress that was admirable of the city, but we have a very long way to go, and because of that I don’t intend to… Continue reading →

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 →