Congress

Politics
10:34 am
Sun November 17, 2013

Newcomer Trounces State Senator for Congressional Seat

Support from the bearded men of the popular reality TV show combined with a deep pool of personal wealth has helped vault Republican political newcomer Vance McAllister into Congress.

He'll represent Louisiana's 5th District.

McAllister crushed GOP state Sen. Neil Riser in a special runoff Saturday, winning the race by 20 percentage points.

A political unknown only three months ago, McAllister managed to distinguish himself among a pack of 14 candidates to get into the runoff — with little outside help, no prior name recognition and no heavyweight fundraising.

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Elections 2012
9:20 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Boustany Defeats Landry for Congressional Seat

Tea party support wasn't enough to return Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry to Congress for a second term after Louisiana lost a U.S. House seat in redistricting.

His fellow GOP congressman, Charles Boustany, easily defeated Landry in Saturday's runoff election after the two men were forced into the same district.

Boustany, a retired doctor from Lafayette, will represent the 3rd District covering southwest Louisiana and Acadiana next year. It will be his fifth term.

Both men ran as conservative Republicans opposed to the policies of President Barack Obama.

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6th Congressional District Race
12:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Cassidy Clinches Third Term

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy addresses supporters at his watch party on Election Night 2012.
Credit WRKF/Ashley Westerman

U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is headed back to Washington to represent Louisiana's 6th Congressional District.

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6th Congressional District Race
5:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Cassidy Seeks A Third Term

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Dist. 6)
Credit Courtesy of Rep. Bill Cassidy

For the final installment of our conversation series with the 6th Congressional District candidates, WRKF's Ashley Westerman spoke with the incumbent.

Republican Representative Dr. Bill Cassidy is running for his third term in office. Cassidy says if he’s re-elected he’ll continue to work to repeal Obamacare as part of his agenda to reform Medicaid and Medicare, and balance the budget.


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6th Congressional District Race
12:26 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Craig Says Libertarian Party Is Best of Both Worlds

Rufus Craig, Jr., Libertarian, 6th Congressional District Candidate
Credit Courtesy of Rufus Craig Jr.

For the second installment of our series of conversations with the 6th Congressional District candidates, WRKF's Ashley Westerman spoke with Libertarian candidate Rufus Craig, Jr. 

This is the Baton Rouge attorney's second run for this seat. Craig wants to rein in the federal deficit, bring American troops home from Afghanistan and repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

But Craig is also concerned about an issue closer to home.


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6th Congressional District Race
12:31 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Torregano Wants More Clergy in Congress

For the first installment of our series of conversations with the 6th Congressional District candidates WRKF's Ashley Westerman spoke with independent candidate Richard P. Torregano.

Torregano is an electrical technician here in Baton Rouge. And a unique aspect of Torregano's run for office is a portion of his platform he calls "50+1".

Torregano told me it means he wants to see more religiously affiliated people elected to congress. Not just to address social issues but to help tackle the economic and healthcare policy issues dominating debate in Washington.


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