Congressional race http://wrkf.org en Insight: Congressman's Scandal Yields Political Turf War http://wrkf.org/post/insight-congressmans-scandal-yields-political-turf-war <p>Vance McAllister swept into Congress six months ago, elected in a special election to finish out Rodney Alexander's term representing the 5th District in north Louisiana. And already, McAllister has been ensnared in a scandal, caught on tape kissing a woman who is not his wife.&nbsp;</p><p>Now political opportunists on all sides are calling for McAllister's resignation and chomping at the bit to fill his seat.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>JR Ball, <a href="http://www.nola.com/baton-rouge/" target="_blank">NOLA.com's </a>news manager in&nbsp;Baton Rouge, has had an ear to the frenzy.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:07:12 +0000 Amy Jeffries & JR Ball 25044 at http://wrkf.org Insight: Congressman's Scandal Yields Political Turf War Edwin Edwards Draws Spotlight with Congressional Campaign Announcement http://wrkf.org/post/edwin-edwards-draws-spotlight-congressional-campaign-announcement <p></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-076291aa-d1b7-cf56-c6a6-940d11400694" style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">86-year-old Edwin Edwards spent 7 years in Congress, <span id="docs-internal-guid-076291aa-d1b7-cf56-c6a6-940d11400694" style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">16 years as Louisiana’s governor, </span>and then 8 years in prison for racketeering. And wherever he goes in the state, he draws a crowd, as he did Monday when he announced his run for Congress in the 6th District. </span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:38:22 +0000 Amy Jeffries 23891 at http://wrkf.org Edwin Edwards Draws Spotlight with Congressional Campaign Announcement Will New Congressman Make a Mark with Pragmatism? http://wrkf.org/post/will-new-congressman-make-mark-pragmatism <p></p><p>Vance McAllister took the oath of office Thursday, assuming the seat representing north Louisiana in Congress.</p><p>McAllister, a political newcomer, ran as a pragmatist and was not expected to win the 5th District seat.</p><p>State Sen. Neil Riser, a known quantity in Louisiana’s GOP, &nbsp;had launched his campaign almost as soon as Rep. Rodney Alexander stepped down to take a job in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet last summer.</p><p>And, as Associated Press capitol correspondent Melinda Deslatte discusses with WRKF’s Amy Jeffries, Riser had been the obvious front-runner. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:53:07 +0000 Amy Jeffries 19133 at http://wrkf.org Name Recognition Key to Down Ballot Races http://wrkf.org/post/name-recognition-key-down-ballot-races <p>Many names follow Obama and Romney on the Nov. 6 ballot here in southeast Louisiana. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 21:33:00 +0000 Lisa Lovello 1813 at http://wrkf.org Congressional Candidates Debate Federal Deficit, Farm Bill http://wrkf.org/post/congressional-candidates-debate-federal-deficit-farm-bill <p><span class="BodyCopy">Two long-shot contenders for Louisiana's Third Congressional District seat were the only candidates to attend a debate Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club. </span> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:03:26 +0000 Ashley Westerman & Lisa Lovello 1188 at http://wrkf.org Congressional Candidates Criticize Obamacare http://wrkf.org/post/congressional-candidates-criticize-obamacare <p><span class="BodyCopy" style="line-height: 19px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">Incumbent Congressman Bill Cassidy and his two long-shot opponents all want a rewrite of the healthcare law that was passed under President Obama. The candidates met at a debate Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club.</span></p><p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:35:05 +0000 Drew Walker 1146 at http://wrkf.org Libertarian Congressional Candidate Rufus Craig http://wrkf.org/post/libertarian-congressional-candidate-rufus-craig <p>Jim talks with Libertarian candidate for the 6th Congressional district, Rufus Craig, who is challenging Republican incumbent Bill Cassidy.</p><p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Jim Engster 1985 at http://wrkf.org