politics

WRKF
6:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

What Business Interests Get with New School Board Majority

BRAC CEO Adam Knapp

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:45 pm

Business-backed candidates secured a new 5-to-4 majority on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board last Saturday.

FuturePAC, which is affiliated with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, put up about $50,000 for candidates in these school board elections. BRAC CEO Adam Knapp discusses what business interests are investing in.


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WRKF
2:12 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Kip Holden Announces Run for Lt. Governor

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden announces his run for lieutenant governor.

    

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden made it official today. He is running for Lieutenant Governor.


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Latest News
7:56 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Cassidy To Meet With McConnell Over Committee Assignments

Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy is returning to Washington to begin preparations for his transition to the Senate.

Cassidy has a meeting later Tuesday with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. They are expected to discuss upcoming committee assignments.

He knows he's getting on the energy committee. That's a promise McConnell made to Cassidy to help undercut Democratic incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu touting her committee position as essential to Louisiana.

Cassidy posted a 12-point victory in Saturday's runoff over Landrieu. 

New Orleans Saints
10:36 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Saints Fans Desperate For Relief From 'Third Down Siren'

Petitioners seeking the White House's intervention.
Credit WhiteHouse.gov

The Superdome has long been known as hostile territory for visiting teams. The crowd prides itself on the cacophonous din raised when their beloved Saints need their help — drowning out visitors' play calls and forcing false starts and bad matchups.

That is, until this year. Now, a great many fans are saying it is they who are being drowned out — by an egregiously bad Superdome sound effect.

It's the Dome Siren, a piped-in air raid alarm-style noise played at ear-splitting intensity each time an opposing team gets ready to play a third down.

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Latest News
7:43 am
Mon December 8, 2014

St. Bernard Parish Voters Reject Multiple Financial Ballot Measures

Voters in St. Bernard Parish rejected several tax measures to pay for a number of public services.

It’s seen a sign of growing frustration over the cost of rebuilding their parish since Hurricane Katrina.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports that most tax renewals pass in most elections. But the rejection of several financial matters in Saturday’s election could show the discontent in a parish that’s much smaller post-Katrina.

Voters also recently rejected a proposed new tax for their parish hospital.

Politics
7:35 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Cassidy Victory Signals Longtime Shift In Louisiana Politics

The defeat of incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu after 18 years in office could indicate a major shift in Louisiana politics. One expert sees Republicans taking charge for at least a generation.

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Le Show
12:00 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Le Show For The Week Of Dec. 7, 2014

Harry Shearer

This week on Harry Shearer's Le Show: Karzai Talk, Just the Losing Kind, News of the Olympic Movement, What the Frack, News of the Warm, News of Inspectors General, News of the Atom, The Apologies of the Week, and more.

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Politics
6:38 am
Sun December 7, 2014

GOP Unseats Sen. Mary Landrieu In Louisiana

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 11:25 am

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Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The final election battle of 2014 is now over. And Republicans have reason to celebrate. The GOP picked up a ninth Senate seat yesterday. Congressman Bill Cassidy defeated Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu 56 to 44 percent in a runoff.

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WRKF
3:57 am
Sun December 7, 2014

A Long Election Season Finishes in a Brief Runoff

Garret Graves gives his victory speech.

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 7:24 pm

On the same night that Republican Bill Cassidy beat out Sen. Mary Landrieu for senate, the GOP held on to congressional seats. In North Louisiana Ralph Abraham took home the 5th district seat, currently held by Rep. Vance McAllister. And Garret Graves won here in the 6th district.


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Politics
10:24 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

Bill Cassidy Defeats Mary Landrieu In La. Senate Runoff

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., hugs supporters after conceding defeat in her Senate runoff election against Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., on Saturday.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 11:47 am

Republican congressman Bill Cassidy has defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana's runoff Senate election, boosting the Republican majority in the incoming Senate.

NPR's Debbie Elliott reported Friday that Cassidy, who has pledged to repeal Obamacare, followed a campaign strategy of linking Landrieu to Obama, highlighting her support of the unpopular president.

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