Politics

  Insurance commissioner candidates split on solutions for high auto insurance rates

Louisianans paid an average of $2,298 for their yearly car insurance premiums in 2019, according to Insure.com. Only Michigan had a higher average rate.

Last day to register to vote in-person is Wednesday

Louisiana Gray Television stations announce statewide debate in governor’s race

  Marijuana legalization, impact of trade war dominate LDAF commissioner race

  EBRSO looking for person who sprayed derogatory slurs on campaign signs

  Republican candidates for governor talk about why they deserve your vote

  Organization knocking on doors to register people to vote, especially former inmates

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  Well-known councilwoman challenging 7-term clerk

Louisiana voting rights change not causing surge in signups

Candidate in Louisiana’s governor race uses racial slur in radio interview

  Louisiana secures $76 million to address traffic

  Independent poll shows where Gov. Edwards stands against opponents

  Ascension Parish president candidates want to restore ‘integrity’ to position

  Voter information cards mailed to 40k+ EBR voters due to changes in polling place, precinct numbers

The East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters has announced it’s mailing out about 43,000 new voter information cards for voters in 34 precincts to notify them of a new polling place and/or a new precinct number.

  ‘Not one discriminatory bone in my body’ Rep. Ralph Abraham says about campaign ad

U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham’s second television ad outperformed the campaign’s expectations, the Republican candidate for governor told WAFB Tuesday, Aug. 27.

New Louisiana ‘I Voted’ sticker released

Say goodbye to the Blue Dog.

Three candidates in Louisiana governor’s race disqualified after failing to file tax returns

Three candidates for governor in Louisiana were disqualified after failing to file their income tax returns.

  East Baton Rouge state senate candidates on the issues

  Candidates for WBR sheriff speak on Josef Richardson shooting, other issues

  Rewrite Louisiana’s constitution? Or amend existing law? Debate heating up ahead of October primary

  Sheriff Ard now running unopposed in Livingston Parish after other candidate disqualified

Opponent disqualified, C. Denise Marcelle to serve another House term

  Sen. Kennedy speaks to Republican Women of Baton Rouge

  Remembering Kathleen Blanco: Tributes pour in after former governor’s death

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, the first woman to be elected governor of Louisiana, has died at the age of 76.

  Louisiana’s first female governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco dies at 76

Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco died at the age of 76.

  A look at the candidates running for EBR coroner

Dr. Beau Clark is seeking a third term as the East Baton Rouge Parish coroner, but his path to re-election is not uncontested. Dr. Rani Whitfield, better known as the “Hip-Hop Doctor,” is running for the position as well.

  Metro council begins hearing input on local constitution re-write

The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council began taking public comment Wednesday, Aug. 14 on a proposed rewrite of the city-parish’s constitution, called the plan of government.

Lawsuit claims District 61 candidate doesn’t live in district

Three Baton Rouge residents filed a lawsuit Wednesday, Aug. 14 claiming one of the two candidates in the race for Louisiana House District 61 does not meet the legal residency requirements to run for the seat.

  Veteran pollster paints bleak picture for Louisiana Democrats

It’s no secret that Louisiana is “fire-engine red," as veteran pollster, Bernie Pinsonat, says.

Candidate drops out of Louisiana lieutenant governor’s race

One of the Democratic candidates that registered to run for Louisiana lieutenant governor has withdrawn from the race

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the United States, or what's called a "public charge," but the new rules, made public on Monday, detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

Candidate for Ascension Parish President responds to remarks made by brother seeking votes in sheriff’s race

Candidate Rick Webre issued a statement Saturday, August 10 about his decision to run for Ascension Parish President.

As qualifying ends, here are the multi-parish candidates who will be elected unopposed

Qualifying for the October elections ended Thursday, Aug. 8. Each candidate for statewide office has at least one challenger, though some local politicians will win re-election unopposed.

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa will not run for office again

WAFB has learned that Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa will not run again for the office.

  Former judge makes last second entry into West Baton Rouge sheriff’s race

There’s now a four-man race for sheriff in West Baton Rouge Parish after a last minute entry by a former state district judge.

A look at the candidates signed up for October’s election

The sign-up period for Louisiana's Oct. 12 primary election runs through Thursday. The top of the ballot will include the governor's race and competitions for six other statewide positions.

Surprise candidate Rick Webre enters Ascension Parish president’s race

In a surprise, Ascension Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Rick Webre has qualified to run for parish president.

Most Louisiana statewide elected officials draw opponents

Louisiana's state treasurer has signed up for the fall ballot, becoming the last of seven statewide elected officials to register for re-election

  All 3 big names officially running for governor; here’s where the race stands

All three of the big names made it official Tuesday, Aug. 6. Congressman Dr. Ralph Abraham, Eddie Rispone, and incumbent governor, John Bel Edwards, signed the papers to qualify to run for governor of Louisiana.

Louisiana’s AG jumps back into federal suit over executions

Louisiana's attorney general is rejoining a long-running legal battle over lethal injections of death row prisoners

Governor: Louisiana again has $300M estimated budget surplus

Gov. John Bel Edwards says Louisiana will close the books on the last budget year with a surplus around $300 million, the third year in a row the state has taken in more money than it immediately spent

New Louisiana abortion, marriage laws take effect Thursday

More than 260 new laws take effect Thursday in Louisiana, requiring people to be at least 16 years old to marry, allowing medical marijuana patients to inhale cannabis and adding new restrictions on abortions done via medication

John Alario ends 48-year tenure in Louisiana Legislature

Louisiana State Senate President John Alario announced Thursday, July 25 that he will not seek election in his corresponding House of Representatives District, District 83, when his Senate term expires in January of 2020.

Sens. Kennedy, Cassidy, others introduce legislation to cut costs of prescription drugs

Senators John Kennedy and Dr. Bill Cassidy, along with several other colleagues, introduced the Phair Relief Act Wednesday, July 24 to lower drug costs for the elderly and improve financial certainty for some community pharmacies.

  LDH to begin enforcement of new crawfish and shrimp labeling law

Restaurants and distributors that offer cooked or prepared crawfish or shrimp must notify their customers if these seafood items came from outside the United States.

  Senator Kennedy: Gretna chief did ‘the right thing’ in firing 2 officers

Senator John Kennedy said the officer needed to face the consequences after calling AOC a "vile idiot" on Facebook and posting that she "needs a round."

Joe Biden tours New Orleans community youth center

Biden, his wife and Rep. Cedric Richmond toured the Youth Empowerment Project Tuesday afternoon (July 23). Watch their speeches live:

Louisiana governor candidate Rispone releases first TV ad

One of the Republican candidates in the Louisiana governor's race has released his first TV ad, touting support of President Donald Trump

  DRAINAGE DILEMMA: Homeowners concerned over status of FEMA mitigation dollars promised to capital-area parishes

With more storms likely as hurricane season ramps up, some cannot help but worry about what’s next, and wonder where federal dollars promised to help keep the public safe went.

Louisiana senators work on bipartisan bill to improve National Flood Insurance Program

Barry has come and gone in Louisiana, and in it's aftermath, there was flooding and damage. But Senator Bill Cassidy says this storm could've been much worse for the state.

  Sens. Cassidy, Kennedy introduce legislation to reauthorize, reform National Flood Insurance Program

U.S. Senators Dr. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, both Republicans, are leading a bipartisan effort to unveil a new piece of legislation to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years.

Congressman said he’d buy tickets for congresswoman to leave

Louisiana Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham says he'll pay for four minority congresswomen to leave the country, piggybacking off comments by President Donald Trump

  More on Eddie Rispone, Republican running for La. governor

On Tuesday, July 9, WAFB heard from the third person making a run for governor, and he’s from Baton Rouge.

La. federal legislators weigh in on hate crimes, bias incidents

WAFB reached out to members of Louisiana’s federal delegation, requesting they elaborate on legislation they’ve sponsored to tackle hate crimes nationally and in the state.

Louisiana governor says he has $9.6M for re-election bid

Gov. John Bel Edwards will report a sizable $9.6 million in his re-election campaign account, despite barely being able to fundraise in the most recent donor solicitation quarter

Louisiana lawmakers write rules for self-driving trucks

Louisiana lawmakers have written rules of the road that companies designing self-driving commercial vehicles that don't need a human in the driver's seat will need to follow to truck commerce across the state

  Treasurer to withhold some money approved in state budget

Louisiana lawmakers again budgeted with unclaimed money that isn’t theirs to spend, State Treasurer John Schroder said in an interview with WAFB Friday, July 5.

  Sen. John Kennedy calls out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “Her hypocrisy is breathtaking”

Sen. John Kennedy and Rep. Mike Johnson take sides on US-Mexico border crisis

Edwards completes bill decisions from Louisiana session

Gov. John Bel Edwards has made decisions on every bill from this year's legislative session that reached his desk, signing all but six of them into law

  Sen. Kennedy pushing to make generic drugs more accessible

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are working on a couple of ideas that could change your trip to the doctor’s office.

  G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over the values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they face calls to fend off threats to economic growth.

Metro council deletes controversial resolution as LGBTQ+ community calls for civil rights ordinance

A proposed resolution that sparked criticisms in the community was removed during an East Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting June 26.

CBD business owner worries new guidelines will force shops to close

New CBD permits awarded to handful of New Orleans businesses.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems’ missteps on climate, wages in debate

A look at some of their statements and how they compare with the facts:

Abraham campaign crops Dodge Super Bowl ad to use as its own

As of Monday, June 24, more than 22,000 Facebook users have watched a Ralph Abraham for Governor ad that is a cropped copy of a Dodge 2013 Super Bowl commercial.

Cast of Hollywood stars to perform live reading of Mueller report tonight

The 448-page report compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office apparently translates into a 10-act play that takes 18 actors to perform.

State gets $400K grant to redevelop polluted ‘brownfield’ sites in South Louisiana

South Louisiana received a $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help communities safely clean up contaminated properties and encourage economic growth.

Louisiana governor signs law on health insurance coverage

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation that could eventually lead to health insurance coverage for some residents if the federal Affordable Care Act is overturned

  Gov. Edwards vetoes St. George transition bill

A bill outlining the transition process for the proposed city of St. George should voters approve a split from Baton Rouge has been vetoed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, Friday, June 21.

La. restaurants face new rule for shrimp and crawfish

Locals say a new law will help protect the reputation of local seafood.

  Gov. signs state budget with $200 million more for education

Governor John Bel Edwards signed the state operating budget Tuesday, June 18 without a single line-item veto.

Louisiana governor: Abortion ban decision wasn’t political

Gov. John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, says he's not concerned about losing support among his party's voters because of a strict abortion ban he signed into law

  Gov. Edwards discusses teacher pay raises, future of education with local teachers

The first pay raises for Louisiana teachers highlighted in the recently completed legislative session; but was the hike big enough to stem the flow of teachers seeking better pay elsewhere?

Louisiana leaders at odds on how to monitor Medicaid participants

Senator John Kennedy wants a new law to assure the eligibility of Medicaid participants, but Governor John Bel Edwards says there’s already a functioning system in place.

  Medicaid projected to cost Louisiana $400 million less than expected

Louisiana will spend around $400 million less on Medicaid than expected in 2019, according to new Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) projections.

  National Seersucker Day is June 13

National Seersucker Day is June 13, and Senator Bill Cassidy is inviting citizens to wear their best seersucker attire Thursday.

Edwards signs Louisiana ride-hailing regulations into law

Louisiana's mid-sized and rural communities are hopeful they'll see Uber and Lyft drivers on their streets now that lawmakers passed a measure creating statewide rules for the ride-hailing services

How La. lawmakers voted on the fetal heartbeat bill

WAFB reached out to each lawmaker requesting they elaborate on their decision to either support or oppose the law.

  Lawmakers approve new minimum marriage age in Louisiana

Louisianans younger than 16 will not be able to marry if Governor John Bel Edwards signs a bill lawmakers sent to his desk in the final minutes of this year’s legislative session.

Ala. governor signs chemical castration bill into law

The legislation requires anyone convicted of a sex crime with a child younger than 13 to undergo chemical castration as a condition of their parole.

Louisiana expands foster care for youth with jobs, in school

Louisiana is expanding its foster care program to cover youth in the state’s care until age 21.