Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:42 pm
If you've enjoyed the battle for control of the Senate over the past many months, here's some good news: The drama could well spill over into next month â€” or even next year.
While Republicans are increasingly optimistic â€” and Democrats, pessimistic â€” about their prospects Tuesday, there are plausible scenarios that could have America waiting well beyond Nov. 4 to know which party will have a Senate majority.
Voters all over the state are facing unusually lengthy ballots on Election Day. Between the Senate race, all the congressional races, judicial races, school board and other contests, there are more than 4,400 candidates for more than 2,400 offices statewide. No matter where you are in Louisiana, you can expect to see at least 20 items on your ballot. And once youâ€™re in the voting booth, you wonâ€™t have much time to decide.
Weâ€™re in the midst of the final push before election day. Early voting has begun.
In the latest poll commissioned by Raycom Media, 23 percent are undecided in the Senate race. Sen. Mary Landrieu is leading with 36 percent, Rep. Bill Cassidy with 32 percent, and Col. Rob Manness pulling 6 percent.
Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, says we'll find out -- likely in a Dec. 6 runoff -- whether campaign messages on policy issues particular to Louisiana or the broader national political context win out.
Louisianaâ€™s 2nd congressional district, which encompasses North Baton Rouge and a large part of New Orleans, is whatâ€™s called a majority minority district. In this case, itâ€™s predominantly black. Districts like this are required by federal law to protect minority representation, but ironically, it may be doing the opposite.
The Baton Rouge Press Club hosted a forum Monday for the top five contenders in the 6th congressional district race. Itâ€™s one of the only times these candidates will get together, to each answer the same questions on issues including the minimum wage and healthcare.
Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:42 pm
When you talk about "outside" money in politics, there's a good chance you'll talk about billionaire activists David and Charles Koch.
Especially if you're Harry Reid. The Senate majority leader regularly takes to the Senate floor to slam the Kochs for financing a network of conservative groups. Back in March, he said he was criticizing "two very wealthy brothers who intend to buy their own Congress, a Congress beholden to their money and bound to enact their radical philosophy."