In the Nov. 6 election, the ballots include the congressional midterm races, as well as other state and local races, state constitutional amendments and local propositions. Below are some of the races and propositions of note in the Baton Rouge region.
Monday, October 22, 2018
U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins sailed into Congress on an anti-establishment wave in 2016, but the bombastic viral video star has maintained a relatively low profile as he seeks a second term to represent Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District.
Turnout for early voting, which begins Tuesday, and ultimately for the Nov. 6 election, could be higher than expected – not so much for what’s on Louisiana ballots but because of what’s happening nationally.
Monday, October 22, 2018
U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, the Benton Republican who represents northwest Louisiana, is facing his first reelection with 60-times more money than his nearest rival.
Louisiana’s lawmakers have traveled the country to meet with colleagues and attend conferences since their legislative sessions ended, trips that have cost taxpayers nearly $120,000.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, is facing a trio of challengers in his November bid for a third term representing the sprawling 5th Congressional District in northeast Louisiana.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Many around the state of Louisiana were baffled by a targeting penalty called against LSU's Devin White, and you can add Gov. John Bel Edwards to that list.
The race that began in May to replace Tom Schedler, who abruptly resigned as secretary of state after being sued by an employee accusing him of sexual harassment, hasn’t received much attention.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has granted pardons to more than 100 people since taking office — far outpacing his predecessor, who ignored actions on most recommendations sent to him by the board he appointed.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Two years after waist-high water flowed through homes and businesses, the City of Central begins going to the polls Tuesday to select the mayor for the next four years.
Friday, October 19, 2018
DENHAM SPRINGS — Sen. John Kennedy has developed a reputation for asking some sharp questions to federal judicial nominees. On Friday morning, he was the one facing interrogation from a room full of high school students.
U. S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, took the unusual and risky step of standing on Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge to film a 30-second TV ad that touts his assistance upgrading Louisiana's roads and bridges.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Voters on Nov. 6 will decide the fate of six constitutional amendments, including one that has sparked national attention on felony convictions.
Louisiana and federal officials on Thursday held a town hall meeting to raise awareness of the dangers of financial exploitation of the elderly and new protections in state law that may make it easier to prevent.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Louisiana leaders announced Wednesday their plans for spending much of the $8.54 million earmarked from criminal justice reform savings, with the largest portions headed to Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The legal settlement that ended a sexual harassment lawsuit against Louisiana's former secretary of state includes no admission of guilt and a gag clause to keep those involved from talking about it, according to documents released Wednesday.
Four of Louisiana’s highest-profile district attorneys are lending their support to a proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would require juries in the state to return unanimous verdicts in all felony cases – something every …
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Stand for Children once again looks to be a big player in races for East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
A year out from election day, Gov. John Bel Edwards has drawn his first official Republican opponent in the 2019 governor's race, but other potential challengers remain mum on their official plans.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Louisiana has agreed to pay nearly $150,000 to end a sexual misconduct lawsuit against a former Republican secretary of state who resigned in May, the state's highest public official felled by accusations during the #MeToo movement.
Louisiana is voiding a multimillion-dollar contract award to replace thousands of voting machines after a key official in Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration found flaws in the vendor selection.
Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to Israel later this month as part of an economic development mission with a focus both on cyber security and business opportunities for Louisiana companies.
More than $1 million has been donated to the campaign to end a controversial law allowing juries to render non-unanimous guilty verdicts in felony trials.
A campaign to undo an unusual Louisiana law allowing juries to render non-unanimous verdicts in serious felony trials has attracted big financial support from out of state — to the tune of more than $1 million.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
With less than a month to go before the Nov. 6 election for secretary of state, the top of the ballot is still a contest between nine little-known candidates, all of whom don’t have enough money to become known before voting starts.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday drew his first Republican challenger in next year's governor's race, a deep-pocketed Baton Rouge businessman who said he's ready to spend millions of dollars challenging the Democratic incumbent.
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
A paraplegic inmate testified in federal court Tuesday that conditions were so foul in one of the infirmaries at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola that he couldn't wait to return to the prison's general population.
Voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to ban the use of state road and bridge funds to finance traffic control by Louisiana State Police.
Today is the deadline to register in person to vote in Louisiana's Nov. 6 elections, which include Congressional races, a statewide elected office vacancy and multiple voter referendums.
Monday, October 08, 2018
Louisiana spent more than $1 billion on tax breaks for people and corporations during the budget cycle that ended in July.
The medical care provided to more than 6,000 inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary will be under the microscope for the next few weeks in Baton Rouge federal court.
Candidates for secretary of state promised Monday to remove a taint of scandal the interim holder of that office says doesn’t really exist.
Enforcement of new anti-abortion restrictions will have to wait as the physicians who challenged Act 620’s constitutionality asked for a review of an appellate court decision upholding the law.
Saturday, October 06, 2018
A casual observer of the Secretary of State’s race — and that includes pretty much everyone — could be forgiven for mistaking George Soros as the leading candidate.
Friday, October 05, 2018
WASHINGTON — All eyes in the U.S. Capitol were focused Friday on a handful of undecided senators who could tip the balance on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump put the final touch on new federal legislation designed to clear a number of bureaucratic and regulatory hurdles that were making it difficult for 2016 Louisiana flood victims to receive federal aid.
Former Secretary of State Tom Schedler and the woman who led to his abrupt downfall by suing him for sexual harassment have resolved their differences, their attorneys said in a court filing Friday.
Thursday, October 04, 2018
A state House panel earlier this year nixed efforts to allow customers to purchase wine or beer when they order dinner through a food delivery app, but a task force that includes various stakeholders of the idea has been plodding through the detai…
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
WASHINGTON — The fight on Capitol Hill over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, and the handling of sexual assault allegations against him, has brought out plenty of partisan insults and name calling.
Back from a short trip to California to promote the generous subsidies Louisiana offers to film and TV productions, Gov. John Bel Edwards says he expects the movie-making industry to continue to grow here.
WASHINGTON — Prominent Lafayette lawyer and former U.S. Attorney Donald Washington is President Donald Trump's pick to lead the U.S. Marshals Service, the White House announced.
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
WASHINGTON — Top-ranking senators have no plans to show the American public the results of the FBI’s week-long probe into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Prompted by reports of voter registration scams in other states, Louisiana's chief elections officer is warning residents to be wary of callers seeking personal information under the guise of registration assistance.
WASHINGTON — Corey Amundson, a longtime federal prosecutor in Baton Rouge who led the U.S. Attorney's Office during its investigation of the Alton Sterling shooting, will lead the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility.
Monday, October 01, 2018
A conservative organization funded by the Koch network launched a digital ad Monday aimed at ending Louisiana's law that allows split juries to convict people of serious felony crimes, an outreach effort that puts the group at odds with some of it…
Ten states began charging sales taxes on Internet purchases Monday, but Louisiana wasn't one of them because leaders are still working on efforts to modernize its collecting system.
Louisiana has been picked to host the 2019 Southern Republican Leadership Conference — one of the biggest GOP events leading up to presidential elections.