elections

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9:43 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Vitter Enters Race for Louisiana Governor

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 1:08 pm

Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be a candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race.

Vitter announced his plans in an email to supporters on Tuesday, saying "I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana."

The Associated Press obtained the announcement from Vitter's staff.

Vitter's announcement ends months of speculation. His decision is expected to influence which other potential candidates enter the race.

Gov. Bobby Jindal is term-limited.

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Politics
7:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Pressure Rising In New Orleans Mayoral Race

More than 400 people packed a debate held at Dillard University where Mayor Mitch Landrieu highlighted accomplishments of his four-year term. His two challengers — NAACP New Orleans chapter President Danatus King and former judge Michael Bagneris — then slammed the incumbent for what they say is not being done.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Two At-Large Seats Open On New Orleans City Council

Candidates for several New Orleans elected offices are appearing at forums throughout the city. Some will be chosen by districts; others by voters throughout the city.

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Politics
7:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

President Obama Endorses Mitch Landrieu In Mayor's Race

President Barack Obama delivered a speech on the economy and the Affordable Care Act during his appearance at the Port of New Orleans last year.
Jason Saul WWNO

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is getting some high-powered backing of his re-election campaign. It comes from the White House.

President Obama has stepped in to offer his support to Mayor Landrieu.

University of New Orleans political science professor Ed Chervenak says it’s a significant step in a mayoral race.

“You know, it’s unusual, but the mayor said he was going to use every resource and press every advantage,”   Chervenak said.

Landrieu says it’s vital to the city’s recovery to have a good relationship with the federal government.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Early Voting Begins Saturday

Early voting begins Saturday, Nov. 2 for the election to be held on Nov. 16.

There will be elections in 39 parishes, according to the reminder sent out by La. Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office. Early voting will continue through Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (excluding Sunday, Nov. 3).

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Identity Theft
5:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Panel's Proposals Protect Voters From ID Theft

The State Board of Election Supervisors has recommended changes in state election laws.

The Advocate reports one of the proposals would make it a felony to copy or otherwise reproduce a completed voter registration application. The change would protect the confidentiality of such information as the individual's full date of birth and Social Security number, which could be used for fraudulent purposes.

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Elections
6:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Qualifying Slated for March 2 Special Election

Qualifying begins Wednesday for the March 2 special election to elect two state representatives, one from Central and another from Metairie.

The Advocate reports qualifying continues until Friday at 5 p.m.

The special elections, which will have April 6 runoffs if necessary, will replace state Reps. Clif Richardson, R-Central, who retired for health reasons, and Tony Ligi, R-Metairie, who resigned to take another job.

Latest News
7:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Two New Members Elected To New Orleans City Council

There are two new members of the New Orleans City Council. One political expert sees the result as a wash for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

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Union Election
12:55 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Union seeks to represent workers at ConAgra plant

Employees at ConAgra Foods' Lamb Weston sweet potato processing plant near Delhi will decide next week whether to unionize.

Workers will vote Wednesday in an election administered by the National Labor Relations Board to determine whether they will join the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, reports The News-Star reports.

A ConAgra spokeswoman at the firm's Omaha, Neb., headquarters says it doesn't want a middleman between managers and employees.

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Kenner Campaigning
10:23 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Kenner Voters to Decide on Politics Ban

Kenner voters will go to the polls in November to decide whether to change the city's Home Rule Charter to prohibit city workers from participating in politics.

Councilman Keith Reynaud proposed the measure. He says it's a good-government concept and the proposal stems from his campaign for election in April. 

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