New Orleans voters will elect a new mayor Saturday, capping an increasingly bitter campaign that will make history regardless of who wins, with a woman winning the job for the first time since the city's founding in 1718.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
With less than 48 hours to go before the polls open, Desiree Charbonnet came out swinging against front-runner LaToya Cantrell on Thursday night in the final debate of the city's mayoral runoff campaign.
“Traffic Time” TV show host D. Nicole Sheppard starts in the pole position in Saturday’s runoff for an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judgeship, but fellow attorney Omar Mason is still running the race.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Polls in Louisiana will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday for voters to cast ballots on a variety of elections, include the New Orleans mayor's race and the state treasurer's race. Also, there are a number of propositions and other races on l…
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Mayoral candidates LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet pledged Wednesday to support a landmark ordinance that would force New Orleans politicians to refuse campaign contributions from owners of companies that do business with the city -- a move…
The race for the New Orleans City Council’s District B seat — already a scrappy contest before last month's primary — has turned into a bare-fisted brawl ahead of Saturday’s runoff.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Voters in New Orleans' largest City Council district will decide Saturday whether to return James Gray to the District E council seat or elect Cyndi Nguyen, who would be the first Vietnamese council member.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Insults are hardly unusual in political races or on talk radio. But Rob Maness, who is running for the state House District 77 seat, blew his top when a caller to his WGSO-AM radio show asserted that anyone to the right of Sen. Ted Cruz — presumab…
Sunday, November 12, 2017
The dénouement of an 11-month race to choose a new state treasurer will come Saturday when Louisiana voters – though not many – will cast ballots.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Normally, a runoff is an opportunity for candidates to distinguish themselves from their opponents on the issues, sharpening and amplifying their messages once they’re no longer competing with a crowded field.
St. Tammany Parish Recreation District 14, which serves Madisonville, Goodbee and parts of unincorporated Covington, was one of the few governmental agencies that succeeded in getting voters to approve a tax in April's election, albeit with only 5…
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Later this week, voting machines will be moved from their secured warehouses to 3,904 precincts around the state.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
The state legislative auditor is looking into how New Orleans City Council members use their taxpayer-funded credit cards — a move apparently prompted by the recent controversy over spending by Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell.
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Secretary of State Tom Schedler seems downright depressed about the Nov. 18 runoff, when only one of 10 voters are expected to participate in deciding who handles the state’s money. Not a taciturn fellow, Schedler laments democracy’s future and sh…
Friday, November 03, 2017
Thursday, November 02, 2017
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Businessman Troy Henry, the fourth-place finisher in the New Orleans mayoral primary, swung his support behind LaToya Cantrell on Tuesday.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
In a highly unusual escalation of a political controversy in the New Orleans mayor's race, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro — a major backer of candidate Desiree Charbonnet — has formally and publicly referred allegations against her opponent, La…
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell has used her taxpayer-funded city credit card to pay for at least $8,950 in personal or political expenses since she took office in late 2012, later reimbursing the city in several payments, sometimes …
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The two women vying to be the next mayor of New Orleans offered differing strategies Tuesday for keeping young talent in the city over the long term and ensuring corruption has no place in their administration.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet have already shattered the glass ceiling. Next year, a woman will for the first time take charge of City Hall in New Orleans.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Reggie Laurent, who lost a bid for a judgeship on the north shore last week, said Saturday that he didn't want to comment on his sister's angry Internet post concerning the election, and is instead "moving forward" with other justice-related efforts.
Friday, October 20, 2017
LaToya Cantrell’s campaign for mayor picked up a key endorsement from third-place finisher Michael Bagneris on Friday, extending the momentum she gained with the surprisingly wide margin of her first-place finish in the Oct. 14 primary.
Margaret "Mel" Laurent resigned Friday from her job as a victim assistance coordinator at the 22nd Judicial District Attorney's Office on the north shore — a move that took place after she posted a rant on Facebook, laced with profanity and racial…
Thursday, October 19, 2017
John Fortunato, the longtime Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman, kicked off his campaign for sheriff Thursday evening, portraying himself as a law-and-order leader who would place policing over "political correctness" and adopt the no-non…
It's official. Kristin Gisleson Palmer will return to her former seat on the New Orleans City Council after a recount of Saturday’s election confirmed she had bested Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey in a close and hard-fought race.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The Democrat vying to be Louisiana's next treasurer is asking the state ethics board to waive a $2,100 fine for not filing his campaign finance report on time, saying difficulty associated with his paralysis delayed the filing.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The 112-vote margin that put Kristin Gisleson Palmer back in her old District C seat on the New Orleans City Council has sparked a rare recount of the ballots, or at least a small fraction of them.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Even with two races still to be decided, Saturday’s election already represents a shake-up of the New Orleans City Council, which will see a maximum of three of the seven incumbents keep their seats for another term.
In a New Orleans mayoral primary that demonstrated voters’ readiness to put a woman in charge of the city, LaToya Cantrell can thank a diverse segment of the city for her considerable lead over Desiree Charbonnet, an analysis of vote totals shows.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell surged past former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet to achieve a first-place finish in Saturday’s mayoral primary,
David Fitzgerald won easily Saturday in the race to represent District 2 on the St. Tammany Parish Council. He'll fill out the remainder of Dennis Sharp's term, which is just over two years.
Jason Williams has clinched a second term on the New Orleans City Council in Saturday's primary vote, avoiding a runoff for the Division 2 at-large seat, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State's office.
One-term incumbent Jared Brossett is cruising to an easy re-election Saturday against challenger Joel Jackson, according to complete but unofficial results from the Secretary of State's website.
Incumbent James Gray and challenger Cyndi Nguyen are headed to a runoff for the New Orleans City Council District E seat after no candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote, according to complete but unofficial results from the Secretary of St…
Perhaps feeling that voters are reaching the end of their tolerance for dysfunctional government, Louisiana House members of both parties gathered Thursday to talk about how to deal with the impending “fiscal cliff.”
Kenner City Councilman Dominick Impastato handily defeated State Sen. Danny Martiny in the race for Jefferson Parish Council District 4, according to results from the secretary of state's office.
Craig Greene, a Baton Rouge orthopedic surgeon making his first bid for public office, won Saturday’s election to the Louisiana Public Service Commission.
State Rep. Helena Moreno defeated fellow Democratic lawmaker Joe Bouie as well as Kenneth Cutno on Saturday night to claim the Division 1 at-large New Orleans City Council seat being vacated by Stacy Head.
It's Election Day in Louisiana. And you can view complete results for the biggest races in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas.
Two St. Tammany Parish fire protection districts succeeded in getting voters to renew property taxes Saturday that provide the majority of their funding.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday for voters to cast ballots on a variety of contests, include the New Orleans mayor's race, the state treasurer's race and three constitutional amendments. Also, there are a number of propositions a…
The race for Division E on the 22nd Judicial District bench ended with a neck-in-neck finish that saw Billy Burris, a Franklinton attorney, edge out his less well-funded opponent, Jay Adair, by 292 votes.
Rob Maness, who twice ran for the U.S. Senate, had better success in pursuing a state legislative seat, leading a field of four candidates for House District 77 to reach the Nov. 18 runoff with Covington City Councilman Mark Wright.