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Politics
1:06 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Louisiana Delegation Split on Fiscal Cliff Vote

Louisiana's delegation was divided as Congress agreed to a compromise to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" of middle-class tax increases and spending cuts.

While Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican Sen. David Vitter supported the legislation, most of the state's U.S. House delegation opposed it.

Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond and Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander voted Tuesday night for the bill sent to President Barack Obama, amid concerns that without a deal, the tax increases and spending cuts could send the nation's economy back into recession.

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Honors
6:06 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Hurricane Isaac rescuers nominated for award

Sen. Mary Landrieu has nominated a father and son credited with rescuing dozens of neighbors from Hurricane Isaac's floodwaters for an award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

The Louisiana Democrat said Friday that she nominated 53-year-old Jesse Shaffer III and his 25-year-old son, Jesse, for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors award because they showed "an extraordinary amount of courage, sacrifice and selfless service" during the storm.

Politics
5:21 am
Sun September 16, 2012

Congress Bets On Post-Election Edge, Delaying Action

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 7:36 am

Congress roared into town last week after a five-week break. Lawmakers will be heading back home just as quickly this week. They're expected to complete exactly one big item before pulling the plug on this briefest of sessions: a stopgap spending measure that keeps the government from shutting down during the next six months.

Members of both parties prefer tackling the mountain of unfinished business they leave behind only after the November election.

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Election 2012
3:44 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Congressmen sign up for races as qualifying opens

All of Louisiana's incumbent congressmen signed up for their re-election bids on the opening day of qualifying.

The most heated congressional race is expected between two Republican incumbents forced into the same district. Reps. Charles Boustany of Lafayette and Jeff Landry of New Iberia are battling for a reconfigured 3rd District because Louisiana's population didn't grow enough to hold on to seven congressional seats.

Candidates must file paperwork and pay their fees by Friday if they want to run in the Nov. 6 election.

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Higher Education
1:44 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Ex-Rep. Bob Livingston donates papers to Tulane

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Livingston, who spent 22 years in Congress, has donated his congressional papers to the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University, his alma mater.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

House Investigator Issa Has Faced Allegations As Well

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House oversight committee, made news recently for going after the Justice Department's botched gun operation, known as Fast and Furious. Here, Issa listens during Attorney General Eric Holder's testimony in February.
Kevin LaMarque Reuters/Landov

The man driving the investigation into the General Services Administration, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, took the top seat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after the GOP won a majority in 2010.

Issa has led several splashy investigations since. But he's also been dogged by allegations of his own.

Issa has made news in recent months by threatening to subpoena Attorney General Eric Holder, and by calling a panel of only men to talk about women's contraception.

The Car Alarm Voice

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Politics
3:59 am
Tue December 9, 2008

Profile of Congressman-elect Joseph Cao

For the first time in over a hundred years, New Orleans has elected a non-Democrat to represent Louisiana's Second Congressional District in the U.S. Congress. But Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao breaks more records than this. Mr. Cao is the first Vietnamese-American to serve in the House of Representatives, and he joins just over a dozen Congressman who were born outside of the United States.

Anh Cao ran for Congress using his baptismal name, Joseph, which comes from his patron saint, St. Joseph the worker.

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Elections
9:54 am
Fri December 5, 2008

2nd Congressional District Candidates

On Saturday's election for Representative of Louisiana's Second Congressional District, three men hope to unseat 18-year incumbent William Jefferson: Libertarian Gregory Kahn, Republican Ahn 'Joseph' Cao, and Green Party candidate Malik Rahim.

None of Congressman Jefferson's challengers has been elected to government office, but Republican candidate Anh 'Joseph' Cao, a Vietnam-born lawyer from New Orleans East, sidesteps this issue by comparing himself to one recent candidate whose personal qualities trumped experience.

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Elections
6:02 am
Mon November 3, 2008

Democratic Voters to Choose Second District Candidate

Democratic voters will be choosing a candidate in the Second District to face off next month in a general election.