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

'Pro-Life', 'Pro-Gun' Judge Heads to Supreme Court

Dec 10, 2012

Republican appeals court judge Jeff Hughes is moving up to Louisiana's highest court.

Hughes was the winner Saturday of a runoff election for an open seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court representing the eight-parish Baton Rouge region.

The seat is vacant because Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball is retiring at the end of January.

Hughes, a former state District Court judge from Livingston Parish, defeated one of his colleagues for the position: John Michael Guidry, a Democrat and former lawmaker from Baton Rouge.

Boustany Defeats Landry for Congressional Seat

Dec 10, 2012

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.

Judge John Guidry (right) and Judge Jeff Hughes face off in a runoff election Dec. 8, 2012.
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Baton Rouge area voters will pick the next state Supreme Court justice in a runoff election Saturday. 

John Pierre, professor and vice chancellor at the Southern University Law Center, says the new justice will likely help decide the biggest battles of the past legislative session. The fight over private school vouchers is just one of them. 


The congressman who became known as "Dollar Bill" Jefferson appears to have run out of options in his bid to overturn a 2009 corruption conviction.

The Supreme Court just announced it will not hear an appeal from former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. So, as The Times-Picayune says:

Lt. Gov. Criticizes Jindal, Looks Forward to 2016

Nov 19, 2012

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is looking ahead to 2016. At the Baton Rouge Press Club today, Dardenne anticipated that Gov. Jindal would be running for president and indicated he would consider running to be the chief executive of Louisiana.

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy addresses supporters at his watch party on Election Night 2012.
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U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is headed back to Washington to represent Louisiana's 6th Congressional District.

Louisiana voters approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday to strengthen gun possession rights in the state.

Term Limits for EBR Parish School Board Members

Nov 7, 2012

East Baton Rouge Parish School Board members will now be limited to a maximum of 12 years in office.

Mayor Holden Wins Third Term

Nov 7, 2012
Kip Holden surrounded by supporters as he accepts a third term as mayor-president of East Baton Rouge.

Melvin "Kip" Holden easily defeated three challengers Tuesday to win a third term as Mayor-President of Baton Rouge.

Holden won with 60 percent of the vote. Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker, Holden's toughest competitor in the race, came in a distant second with only 34 percent.

Ballot Amendment would Restrict Medicaid Fund Use

Nov 5, 2012

The first of nine constitutional amendments on the ballot in Louisiana would prevent the legislature from raiding the state’s Medicaid Trust Fund to balance the budget. But LSU Political Scientist Robert Hogan says it could also hamstring the budgeting process if Louisiana’s demographics shift.