Politics

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

The four men running for West Baton Rouge sheriff are speaking out about how the Josef Richardson case has been handled, as well as other community issues.

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

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

  A look at the candidates running for EBR coroner

  Metro council begins hearing input on local constitution re-write

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Lawsuit claims District 61 candidate doesn’t live in district

  Veteran pollster paints bleak picture for Louisiana Democrats

Candidate drops out of Louisiana lieutenant governor’s race

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

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

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

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

Louisiana’s AG jumps back into federal suit over executions

Governor: Louisiana again has $300M estimated budget surplus

New Louisiana abortion, marriage laws take effect Thursday

John Alario ends 48-year tenure in Louisiana Legislature

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.

  Trump says US, Mexico reach agreement to prevent tariffs

The president says Mexico "has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border."

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

La. legislative session ends; gov. signs 45 bills into law

The 2019 Regular Legislative Session ended Thursday, June 6, and on Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards signed 45 bills into law.

  Louisiana legislature adjourns, and some lawmakers aren’t coming back

Thursday’s Sine Die adjournment was the last for more Louisiana lawmakers than any other session since 2008.

Sens. Cassidy, Kennedy say NFIP extension proposal lacks sustainability, affordability

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been extended for another five yeas, but U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy say the legislation “lacks critical reforms to ensure the sustainability and affordability of the program for American homeowners.”

Louisiana fantasy sports betting rules fail to win passage

Louisiana voters agreed to legalize fantasy sports betting in three-quarters of the state's parishes months ago, but they won't actually get to compete for online cash prizes anytime soon

Bossier teachers excited for state raise but still pursuing better pay

Louisiana lawmakers have approved a $1,000 pay raise for K-12 teachers.

  Session comes to an end with passage of budget including raises for teachers

A calm legislative session has come to a quiet end. Louisiana lawmakers adjourned for the year after passing the state’s budget without objection.

Louisiana House reverses course, minimum marriage age passes

Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to set 16 as the minimum age for someone to marry in the state

Louisiana pushes presidential primary back to April in 2020

Louisiana will shuffle its election dates in 2020, moving the presidential primary from March to April because of Easter-related scheduling conflicts

New Ala. law lets nurses work across state lines with compact license

A new Alabama law will allow nurses who don’t have an Alabama nursing license to work anyway with a multi-state license.

Former Brusly ticket clerk accused of stealing over $80k, malfeasance in office

A former ticket clerk for the town of Brusly is accused of felony theft and malfeasance in office.

  Bill to prevent wrongful convictions based on flawed eyewitness testimony signed into law

Wilbert Jones is living his best life two years after he was officially exonerated for a 1971 crime he did not commit.

As last day of session approaches, gov. signs another rounds of bills into law

The 2019 regular legislative session in Louisiana ends Thursday, June 6, and on Wednesday, Governor John Bel Edwards signed 71 bills into law.

Louisiana voters asked to support anti-abortion amendment

Louisiana voters will decide whether to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it doesn't offer protections for abortion rights, but not until the November 2020 presidential election.

Louisiana to ban freestanding ERs to protect rural hospitals

Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to prohibit the creation of most new freestanding emergency rooms, a protectionist effort for the state's fragile rural hospitals

Louisiana’s medical marijuana inhalation bill wins passage

Louisiana's medical marijuana patients will be allowed to inhale cannabis, under a bill headed to the governor's desk

Budget unresolved as Louisiana session reaches final days

Louisiana lawmakers have entered the final two days of their legislative session with disputes raging about sports betting and minor skirmishes about next year's budget needing resolution

Legislature passes bill to widen Hooper Road through Central

The Louisiana Legislature passed an infrastructure plan that uses money from the BP Oil Spill fund for much needed projects around the state. One of those is a $15 million plan to widen Hooper Road between Sullivan and Greenwell Springs.

  Lawmakers approve industrial hemp, CBD product regulations

A bill to regulate the growth of industrial hemp is headed to the governor’s desk after winning final legislative approval. It also paves the way for licensed retailers to legally sell hemp-derived products, including CBD oil.