Politics

Coverage of politics from the Louisiana statehouse in Baton Rouge and beyond.

Sue Lincoln

An open seat in the U.S. Senate, combined with Louisiana’s unique “jungle primary” system, means a record number of candidates on the November 8th ballot. 21 have qualified so far, with one more day to sign up.

As always, there are those with catchy nicknames.

“My name is Donald “Crawdaddy” Crawford and I’m running for U.S. Senate as a Republican.”

He qualified Thursday, along with five others, including perennial candidate Bob Lang of Natchitoches.

Wallis Watkins

Wednesday was the first day of qualifying for Louisiana elections on the November 8th ballot. So far, fifteen candidates are seeking the Senate seat held by David Vitter, who announced he would not run again after losing the Gubernatorial race to John Bel Edwards. 


Sue Lincoln

After expressing their sorrow and condemning the killing of police officers, Together Baton Rouge made an announcement Tuesday.

“The Governor’s office and the Department of Justice have asked us – Together Baton Rouge – to give leadership to community policing,” Rev. Lee Wesley, one of the leaders of the cross-cultural interfaith organization stated.

Sue Lincoln

“Pure, unadulterated evil,” was how Governor John Bel Edwards described the killing of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge during a Monday press conference.

“There is no doubt whatsoever that these officers were intentionally targeted and assassinated,”

Louisiana State Police Commander Mike Edmonson stated.

He gave the media a detailed description of Sunday’s firefight between Baton Rouge  cops and deputies, and the gunman, Gavin Long – including showing photos of the multiple weapons Long brought to the attack..

Sue Lincoln

Three law enforcement officers are dead, three others wounded as shots rang out and through Baton Rouge once again, at another convenience store – this one, just blocks from Baton Rouge Police headquarters.

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