Recognizing the Baton Rouge Bulge

With the 2014 U.S. Senate race, East Baton Rouge Parish reinforced its status as a leading force in statewide Louisiana elections. EBR voters cast 131,389 ballots in the Dec. 6 runoff, more than the next most active parish, Jefferson, which accounted for 109,672 votes. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu carried EBR in the runoff, besting Congressman […]

The Party’s Over For EWE

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A day or two before Edwin Edwards reported to federal prison in 2002, he had lunch in Baton Rouge with his friend and attorney, Lewis Unglesby. The two men had a pleasant meal at Gino’s Restaurant and afterward walked to their cars. What stuck out for Unglesby is what happened next. “He hugged me, which […]

After 18 Years, Mary Landrieu Reaches The End of the Line

On Friday afternoon U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu stepped into the upstairs bar at a downtown Baton Rouge restaurant to raucous cheers from a group of about 100 supporters. Her voice hoarse from a string of last-minute campaign stops across the state, the New Orleans Democrat delivered a brief but fiery speech that focused almost entirely […]

JMC Polls Show GOP Sweep

According to a new poll released to LaPolitics, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s prospects for a fourth term are less than promising and the payroll scandal of her opponent was only barely beginning to stick at the beginning of the week. A survey of 749 likely voters conducted Monday and paid for by JMC Analytics and Polling has Congressman Bill Cassidy […]

Marijuana Issue Will Resurface

Marijuana Issue Will Resurface

After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills. Danny Ford, lobbyist for the Louisiana Cannabis Industry Association, said narrowing the focus of such a proposal is a smart move. […]

Drinking in Some Huey Long History

Drinking in Some Huey Long History

Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” last month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat. Acknowledging the donkey in the room, in the way of explanation, Cassidy told his supporters in the […]

Vitter, Nungesser-Young Lead Early 2015 Poll

Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host. But that didn’t stop the Metairie-based research firm Multi-Quest from going into the field for 606 live interviews with likely voters to gauge the races for governor and lieutenant governor. Conducted over three days beginning Oct. 22, it has […]

VIDEO: Louisiana Runoff – A Blue State Turns Red

By Axel Gerdau (NYT) Mary L. Landrieu, a three-term senator, is in the race of her career against the Republican Bill Cassidy as Louisiana voters head to the polls for a runoff vote on Dec. 6.

Business Shaping School Board Elections

Business Shaping School Board Elections

The business communities in East Baton Rouge Rouge, Jefferson and Lafayette parishes helped steer the primary school board elections in their own backyards during the primary and they shaped campaign dialogues. The activism is continuing into the runoff as well. But the question moving forward, despite the various outcomes, is whether this is the beginning […]

Noticeable Turnover Expected on Local Levels

Noticeable Turnover Expected on Local Levels

Roughly 20 percent or more of the municipal officials elected this cycle will be new to their offices. “It could possibly be higher than that, based on what we saw last spring,” said Ronnie Harris, executive director of the Louisiana Municipal Association, referring to a one-third turnover from the last municipal cycle. “That’s going to […]