Scalise’s Political Force

**This article was originally published in Issue 949 of LaPolitics Weekly on Aug. 29, 2013. D.C. moves increasing clout for Jeff lawmaker With two fellow delegation members in the process of stepping down, Congressman Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, may be uniquely positioned to not only ramp up Louisiana’s influence on the Hill, but also become an inside […]

Three-Way GOP Race in 5th

Jay Morris’ outsider message, deep pockets make him a contender Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, may have had a head start in the 5th Congressional District race, but Rep. Jay Morris, R-Monroe, is the first candidate up on TV in the compressed election campaign. With only three weeks to go until the start of early voting, […]

Morris: Running as an Outsider with Much Ground to Make Up

Whereas former Congressman Clyde Holloway, in his 13th run for public office, is well-known throughout the sprawling 5th District, Rep. Jay Morris faces a steep name recognition curve before he can vie for a runoff spot against his better-known GOP rivals. To overcome that, Morris aims to flood the Monroe and Alexandria markets with TV […]

Vitter Opposes Syria Action, Candidates Split

Sen. David Vitter has come out against military action in Syria. He said in a statement that Syria poses no direct threat to the nation, adding, “I am extremely concerned that getting involved in Syria, after Iraq and Afghanistan, would make mustering our resolve to stop a nuclear Iran impossible.” Sen. Mary Landrieu likely will […]