Politics http://wrkf.org en As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter http://wrkf.org/post/political-disenchantment-soars-lines-polls-grow-shorter Several new surveys show voter interest is low, anti-incumbent sentiment is high, and voters from both parties are questioning whether their elected leaders should return to Congress next year.<p>In short, the electorate is disengaged and disgusted with politics.<p>Voter turnout in the 2010 primaries was only about 18 percent, and now it's even lower. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 29929 at http://wrkf.org As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter Insight: Common Core Dispute Probes Policymaking Through Procurement http://wrkf.org/post/insight-common-core-dispute-probes-policymaking-through-procurement <p>Competing lawsuits were filed over the Common Core state standards in Louisiana this week, and specifically over the contracts for testing related to those standards.</p><p>Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, has been following the back and forth.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:55:08 +0000 Amy Jeffries 29885 at http://wrkf.org Vote on 'Fairness Ordinance' Will Have to Wait http://wrkf.org/post/vote-fairness-ordinance-will-have-wait <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Baton Rouge Metro Council heard hours of public comment Wednesday on an anti-discrimination ordinance. But&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the meeting time expired before the council could vote.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:30:03 +0000 Amy Jeffries 29831 at http://wrkf.org Vote on 'Fairness Ordinance' Will Have to Wait Insight: Lots of Forgiveness in Congressional Elections; Lots of Money in Senate Race http://wrkf.org/post/insight-lots-forgiveness-congressional-elections-lots-money-senate-race <p>A couple of this fall’s congressional races could be particularly entertaining — with the “kissing Congressman”, Vance McAllister running for re-election in the 5th District in northern Louisiana, and ex-con/ex-governor Edwin Edwards running here in the 6th District.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeremy Alford, publisher of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.lapolitics.com" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">LaPolitics.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says both will be asking voters for forgiveness.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Meanwhile, the Republican field in the senate race got a little thinner this week, with State representative Paul Hollis of St. Tammany dropping out. Congressman Bill Cassidy, of course, is still the GOP frontrunner to unseat Mary Landrieu. But another Republican, retired Air Force Col. Rob Manness, who has Tea Party support, is proving to be a factor.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And Alford says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">this Senate race is already the most expensive Louisiana has ever seen.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:21:58 +0000 Amy Jeffries 29571 at http://wrkf.org Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails http://wrkf.org/post/democratic-effort-override-hobby-lobby-ruling-fails A Democratic effort to override the Supreme Court's recent ruling on contraceptive coverage failed in the Senate on Wednesday.<p>Bill sponsors fell four votes short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the measure.<p>But the purpose of the vote may have been less about trying to move legislation than to put Republicans on record, NPR's Laura Sullivan <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/16/331899899/senate-democrats-aim-to-overturn-high-court-s-hobby-lobby-ruling" target="_blank">reports</a>. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:39:00 +0000 editor 29480 at http://wrkf.org Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails Temporary Fix For Highway Money Is Well-Traveled Road http://wrkf.org/post/temporary-fix-highway-money-well-traveled-road If <a href="http://grammarist.com/usage/kick-the-can-down-the-road/">kicking the can down the road</a> were a competitive sport, the championship trophy would never leave Washington.<p>When the need to make a difficult choice collides with an unyielding deadline, the tendency in a city where partisan gridlock is the norm is to put the tough decisions off for another day.<p>That has happened once again with the short-term highway spending bill that Congress and <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/legislative/sap/113/saphr5021r_20140714.pdf">President Obama</a> have lined Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:54:00 +0000 Frank James 29448 at http://wrkf.org Temporary Fix For Highway Money Is Well-Traveled Road Insight: Protection from Discrimination for LGBT People in Baton Rouge Too? http://wrkf.org/post/insight-protection-discrimination-lgbt-people-baton-rouge-too <p>New Orleans passed a so-called "fairness ordinance" in 1999, banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation. <a href="http://blog.nola.com/politics/print.html?entry=/2013/12/fairness_ordinance_shreveport_lgbt_gay_la.html" target="_blank">Shreveport</a> followed suit last year. Later this month, the Baton Rouge Metro Council is slated to consider an <a href="http://theadvocate.com/csp/mediapool/sites/dt.common.streams.StreamServer.cls?STREAMOID=w0BiPSnsMUfzk7Wj2nkK0JM5tm0Zxrvol3sywaAHBAnzd3OpEt2NmtrL5SKqvqqRE0$uXvBjavsllACLNr6VhLEUIm2tympBeeq1Fwi7sIigrCfKm_F3DhYfWov3omce$8CAqP1xDAFoSAgEcS6kSQ--&amp;CONTENTTYPE=application/pdf&amp;CONTENTDISPOSITION=Fairness%20Ordinance.pdf" target="_blank">ordinance</a> to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, veteran status, and, yes, gender identity and sexual orientation. But here it looks to be a tougher sell.</p><p>Rebekah Allen, city hall reporter for&nbsp;<em><a href="http://theadvocate.com/home/9578346-125/br-council-to-consider-anti-discrimination" target="_blank">The Advocate</a>, </em>discusses the dynamics at play.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:32:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 29230 at http://wrkf.org Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle http://wrkf.org/post/meet-newest-american-running-mate-rifle <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P2b8cJNdQw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTjkgE6OTGY</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:25:00 +0000 John Burnett 28706 at http://wrkf.org Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad http://wrkf.org/post/meet-new-stars-campaign-ads-mom-and-dad It's the summer of a campaign year and once again the airwaves, the Internet, and likely your own Facebook and other social media feeds are full of political ads.<p>In the primaries, we've already seen ads featuring <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EIMkxNhClQ">cartoon turtles</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBNQBx6JOcw">gator wrestling</a>, lots of dogs, horses and, of course, guns — propped against pickup trucks or resting over shoulders.<p>And in one case, there's the candidate <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns">shooting a drone</a> out of the sky. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:25:46 +0000 Don Gonyea 28475 at http://wrkf.org Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad The Politics Of The Common Core http://wrkf.org/post/politics-common-core Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday that he wants to cut ties with the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/05/27/307755798/the-common-core-faq">Common Core State Standards</a>, the benchmarks in reading and math that he helped bring to the state four years ago, and replace them with new, Louisiana-specific standards.<p>"We won't let the federal government take over Louisiana's education standards," Jindal said in a statement. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:25:03 +0000 Juana Summers 28474 at http://wrkf.org The Politics Of The Common Core