Congressional race 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 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