Mary Landrieu http://wrkf.org en 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 MONDAY: Longtime Political Consultant Raymond Strother http://wrkf.org/post/monday-longtime-political-consultant-raymond-strother <p>Today on The Jim Engster Show, longtime political consultant Raymond Strother&nbsp;joins us for the full hour to discuss the upcoming U.S. Senate battle: Democrats v. Republicans. Considered the father of modern political consulting, Strother's&nbsp;former clients include Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Gary Hart. He predicts a Landrieu&nbsp;victory in the Louisiana Senate election coming up this November; talks on how campaigns strategically target gender; and even chimes in on Governor Bobby Jindal's&nbsp;bid for the presidency.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:07:18 +0000 Jim Engster 29357 at http://wrkf.org 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 GOP Strategy To Run Against Health Law Hits Snags http://wrkf.org/post/gop-strategy-run-against-health-law-hits-snags Last year, the Republican playbook for keeping control of the House of Representatives in 2014 and winning the Senate consisted of a fairly simple strategy: Run against Obamacare.<p>But now that the 2014 races are starting to take shape, that strategy isn't looking quite so simple. Democrats are fighting back. Thu, 22 May 2014 12:49:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 26951 at http://wrkf.org GOP Strategy To Run Against Health Law Hits Snags As Obamacare Deadline Nears, Louisiana Gets Special Attention http://wrkf.org/post/obamacare-deadline-nears-louisiana-gets-special-attention With only four days left before the March 31 enrollment deadline, the White House is kicking into high gear trying to round up more Affordable Care Act enrollees – and Louisiana got special attention Thursday.<p>Why? Enrollment in the federal healthcare exchange there has lagged behind other states and, perhaps as important, citizens are getting bombarded with anti-ACA ads as Democratic Sen. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 24386 at http://wrkf.org As Obamacare Deadline Nears, Louisiana Gets Special Attention Senator Landrieu Among Those Banned From Russia http://wrkf.org/post/senator-landrieu-among-those-banned-russia <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wwno/audio/2014/03/FlemingLandrieuRussiaWEB.mp3" class="asset-audio">Democratic US Senator Mary Landrieu has tangled with the Russian government in the past.</a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Russian government has not released its reason for banning Democratic US Senator Mary Landrieu and eight other officials from the country. But there are at least two possibilities: orphans and energy.</span><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:01:40 +0000 Eileen Fleming 24106 at http://wrkf.org Senator Landrieu Among Those Banned From Russia Democratic Sen. Landrieu Walks A Fine Line In Red Louisiana http://wrkf.org/post/democratic-sen-landrieu-walks-fine-line-red-louisiana If Democrats are going to keep their majority in the Senate, they'll need to hang on to a few critical seats they hold in conservative states.<p>Mary Landrieu of Louisiana has one of those, and like some of her colleagues up for re-election, her support of the Affordable Care Act could be the mountain to overcome this fall.<p>The question for Landrieu is: Will Louisiana voters define her by Obamacare, or judge her on the entire record she's built over nearly two decades as a senator?<p><strong>For Some, Obamacare's A Dealbreaker </strong><p>There's a sprawling, twisty live oak in Galliano, La. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 23011 at http://wrkf.org Democratic Sen. Landrieu Walks A Fine Line In Red Louisiana For Obama And Senate Democrats, The Goal Is Mutual Protection http://wrkf.org/post/obama-and-senate-democrats-goal-mutual-protection For President Obama and Senate Democrats, who gathered in a White House meeting Wednesday, it's all about mutual aid at this point.<p>If Obama is to maintain any leverage in Congress, he needs Democrats to keep control of the Senate since the House appears likely to remain in Republican hands. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:51:52 +0000 Frank James 21442 at http://wrkf.org For Obama And Senate Democrats, The Goal Is Mutual Protection WEDNESDAY: Kirsten Alvanitakis, Sandy Parfait http://wrkf.org/post/wednesday-kirsten-alvanitakis-sandy-parfait <p>Jim Engster interviews Kirsten Alvanitakis, Communications Director for Louisiana Democrats about political issues and Sandy Parfait of the Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council highlights the Laurel Street Palooza event.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:25:27 +0000 Jim Engster 21028 at http://wrkf.org GOP's 2014 Resolution: Keep Pounding Democrats On Obamacare http://wrkf.org/post/gops-2014-resolution-keep-pounding-democrats-obamacare When a reporter asked Reince Priebus Tuesday if Republicans would respond to a question about any issue by somehow directing the conversation back to the Affordable Care Act, the Republican National Committee chairman answered tongue-in-cheek.<p>"The answer is Obamacare," he said. "No, I'm just kidding."<p>Well, yes and no. The ACA is the definitely the gift that keeps giving as far as national Republicans are concerned. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Frank James 20989 at http://wrkf.org GOP's 2014 Resolution: Keep Pounding Democrats On Obamacare