Politics

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

Name Recognition Key to Down Ballot Races

Nov 5, 2012

Many names follow Obama and Romney on the Nov. 6 ballot here in southeast Louisiana.

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Louisiana voters will decide Tuesday on nine state constitutional amendments.

Amendment Two seeks to change Louisiana's regulations of firearms. If passed, Louisiana would have the strongest Second Amendment protection in the nation.

Sure protecting the right to bear arms may look good on paper, but is that all this amendment will do?


East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden in the WRKF studio.
WRKF/Amy Jeffries

Kip Holden is in pursuit of a third term as Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish.

In the last of the interviews with the mayoral candidates, WRKF's Amy Jeffries questions Holden on crime, traffic, and his involvement with the public school district.


Mayor Pro Tem and Republican candidate for mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish Mike Walker in the WRKF studio.
WRKF/Amy Jeffries

Mike Walker is East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden's most formidable opponent in his run for reelection to a third term.

Walker, who is the current Mayor Pro Tem and a 12-year veteran of the Metro Council, has the backing of the Louisiana Republican Party.

Crime has been the major focus of Walker's campaign, and that's where he started his conversation with WRKF's Amy Jeffries.


Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Dist. 6)
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.


Early Voting at Record Level

Oct 31, 2012

Over 340,000 people voted early ahead of the Nov. 6 election. That’s about 12 percent of Louisiana’s 2.9 million registered voters. By comparison, during the last presidential election, a little more than 290,000 voters cast early ballots.

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.


Mayoral candidate Steve Myers in the WRKF studio.
WRKF/Amy Jeffries

Lawyer and property manager Steve Myers knew he would have an uphill battle in his run to be the next mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish. But, as he tells WRKF's Amy Jeffries, he entered the race anyway to raise issues beyond crime and traffic that have been staples of the campaign.


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.


Mayoral candidate Gordon Mese in the WRKF studio.
WRKF/Amy Jeffries

Kip Holden is running for a third term as mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish. Among Holden's challengers is small businessman Gordon Mese. Mese is hoping to win a mandate to rewrite and enforce the Unified Development Code, which sets the rules for land use in the city parish.

In the first in a series of conversations with the mayoral candidates, Mese tells WRKF's Amy Jeffries the code is the key to everything that ails Baton Rouge... starting with taxes.


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