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2:12 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Kip Holden Announces Run for Lt. Governor

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden announces his run for lieutenant governor.
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

    

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden made it official today. He is running for Lieutenant Governor.


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3:57 am
Sun December 7, 2014

A Long Election Season Finishes in a Brief Runoff

Garret Graves gives his victory speech.
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

On the same night that Republican Bill Cassidy beat out Sen. Mary Landrieu for senate, the GOP held on to congressional seats. In North Louisiana Ralph Abraham took home the 5th district seat, currently held by Rep. Vance McAllister. And Garret Graves won here in the 6th district.


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9:56 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

East Baton Rouge School Board Runoff Results

Unofficial results posted as of 10:40 p.m. Dec. 6, 2014.

Member of School Board -- District 1

Jennifer Andrews (D)          
40.82%
4,891

Mark Bellue (R)              
59.18%
7,092

Click here for Results by Precinct

 

Member of School Board -- District 5

"Jerry" Arbour (R)                
34.27%
4,142

Evelyn Ware-Jackson (D)      
65.72% 
7,942

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Politics
6:30 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

Senate and 6th District Runoff Results

Polls close at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.  Refresh this page for the latest returns from the Louisiana Senate and House races.

Politics
4:09 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Landrieu Loss Predicted In Louisiana Senate Race

Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy wait for the start of their final debate for the Senate election runoff in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 1:35 pm

After 18 years in office, Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu may lose her seat in tomorrow’s Louisiana runoff election. Landrieu is competing with Louisiana Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is predicted to win the race.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Sue Lincoln, reporter for WRKF in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, about the Senate runoff.

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4:19 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Secretary of State Projects Turnout for Runoffs at 40%

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler

We’ve come to the final act in the fall elections. Saturday voters will cast their ballots in runoffs for Senate, Congress, school board, and judge. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is projecting turnout will be around 40 percent statewide, down from about 50 percent for the primary.


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8:01 am
Thu December 4, 2014

One-on-One: Graves Talks Coastal Protection, Climate Change, and Congress

The final votes in the 6th District Congressional race will be cast Saturday, Dec. 6.

Former four-term governor and veteran of Congress Edwin Edwards is in a runoff with first-time candidate Garret Graves.

Graves is no stranger to politics though, having worked with former Congressman Billy Tauzin, Sen. David Vitter, and former Sen. John Breaux in Washington. And, until February Graves was Gov. Bobby Jindal’s coastal chief.

But none of that apparently prepared his voice for the long campaign season.

Graves was still a bit hoarse when WRKF’s Amy Jeffries reached him by phone Wednesday afternoon.


Politics
3:43 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

17 States Sue Obama Over Immigration Actions

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:01 pm

Updated at 5:58 p.m.

Seventeen states, led by Texas, are suing the Obama administration over its recent executive actions on immigration.

"The Constitution prescribes immigration policy be fixed by Congress — not by presidential fiat," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the state's governor-elect, said at a news conference in Austin.

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7:53 am
Tue December 2, 2014

One-on-One: Edwards Talks Traffic, Political Gridlock, and Transgressions

Edwards calls prospective voters Sept. 17, 2014.
Credit Debbie Elliott / NPR

This Saturday, Dec. 6, voters in the 6th District — from Baton Rouge to Houma — will select their next Congressman.

Garret Graves — Gov. Bobby Jindal’s former coastal chief — is in a runoff with Louisiana political legend Edwin Edwards.

Of the 26 times Edwards has been on a ballot, he’s only lost once, but he’s considered a longshot in this one. A recent poll has him down by more than 25 points.

But Edwards says he takes the projections with a grain of salt.  


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6:54 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Governor Searches the Couch Cushions to Pay State's Bills

Credit aliceintheflowers

It has not been a terrific few weeks for state finances.

Oil revenues dropped. And then a $180 million hole appeared in the state budget.

Melinda Deslatte, AP reporter on the state budget beat, explains how Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to close the gap.


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