Gov. Edwards vetoes 2 bills authored by Republican lawmakers during second special session

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday, Oct. 27 he vetoed two bills authored by Republican lawmakers during the second special legislative session of 2020.

  Gov. Edwards suing legislature to defend coronavirus rules

  Early vote total exceeds 2016; GOP chips at Dems' advantage

  Battleground postal delays persist with mail voting underway

  EBR mayoral candidates debate at SU Law forum

  Some still undecided about EBR mayor-president race as Election Day approaches

President Trump and Joe Biden to meet in final presidential debate

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  Deadline looms, but COVID relief deal may be far off

  Candidates for open 21st JDC seat tout experience, differ on issues most pressing on the bench

  La. lawmakers advance compromise on emergency election rulemaking process

  EBR councilman posts rant on Facebook over campaign signs

Jefferson Parish school system urges lawmakers to reject 'Ka’Mauri Harrison Act’

  Two bills that could help bar owners amid pandemic advance to La. Senate floor

  Judge puts Wisconsin capacity limit order back into effect

Wisconsin last week set new daily records for positive coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations.

  Early voting turnout high in Baton Rouge

More than 250,000 people voted early this weekend. This is double the turnout for the same period in 2016.

  Forest Community Park continues to have a steady flow of early voters

Thousands spent the afternoons in-line at polling site across the capital region on the second day of early voting.

Secretary of State announces digital ‘I voted’ sticker

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is announcing a digital, downloadable sticker for the upcoming November 3 and December 5 elections.

Voters line up outside of Smoothie King Center as early voting begins in Orleans Parish

  Political sign with offensive language causing stir in Baton Rouge neighborhood

  REMINDER: Early voting site on Coursey to be relocated over social distancing concerns

  La. lawmakers move to give themselves more say in nursing home visitation rules

Louisiana lawmakers want more say over high school sports

  A breakdown of the amendments on your November ballot

New Orleans City Council could sue Secretary of State over lack of ballot drop locations

As it stands now, voters can drop off absentee ballots at two locations, New Orleans City Hall and the Algiers Court House

  BRAC holds debate with several EBR mayoral candidates

The candidates vying to be the next mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish took part in a debate Tuesday, Oct. 13.

La. House passes ‘Ka’Mauri Harrison Act’ in Jefferson Parish BB gun case

House Bill 83, better known as the “Ka’Mauri Harrison Act”, will give families more protections during virtual learning.

  La. abortion amendment has little impact unless Roe v. Wade is overturned

Soon, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether Louisiana’s constitution allows for any access to abortion.

Virginia voter registration portal restored after fiber cut caused outage

According to The Virginia Information Technology Agency, a fiber cut caused the voter registration portal to experience an outage.

  VIDEO: How to fill out absentee ballots

In the last few days, Parish Registrars of Voters across the state began sending out absentee ballots.

  La. lawmakers vote down unemployment increase, move to suspend business tax hike

Louisiana lawmakers are moving forward with a few plans to keep taxes from going up on businesses.

Fly on Pence’s head generates buzz in VP debate

A fly was all the buzz online when it landed in Vice President Mike Pence’s hair during the debate.

  La. lawmakers move to give 4th-grader suspended for having BB gun visible during online class chance to appeal

Lawmakers want schools to spell out exactly how they expect students to behave while they’re engaging in virtual learning.

  ‘Red Sweater Guy’ Ken Bone shares thoughts on 2020 presidential race

He became an overnight sensation following his question during the second presidential debate of 2016 as an undecided voter, but Ken Bone is now sharing his thoughts on the 2020 race.

La. Secretary of State’s Office launches GeauxBot voter information resource

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin announced the launch of GeauxBot, a virtual voter assistance that was created in partnership with IBM.

State lawmakers discuss grant program for businesses, including bars

State lawmakers are discussing numerous measures related to the pandemic during the second special session of the year.

  Bill in La. House would prevent schools, employers from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations

Doctors are at least months away, by the best estimates, from having access to a COVID-19 vaccine but it’s already become a topic of discussion by lawmakers at the Louisiana State Capitol.

  What does the revised $2.2 trillion HEROES Act mean for your wallet?

There’s no stamp of approval just yet on another official coronavirus relief bill. The Democrat-led House of Representatives passed a revised version of its HEROES Act, but discussions on Capitol Hill are progressing slowly.

  Baton Rouge Press Club hosts mayoral candidate forum; candidates address violence in the city

The Press Club of Baton Rouge hosted an in-person forum for the candidates running for mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5.

  Some La. lawmakers look to remove state fire marshal’s ability to punish businesses for coronavirus violations

Some republican lawmakers in the Louisiana Legislature are looking to remove the power the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal has in punishing companies that do not follow the governor’s coronavirus rules for businesses.

  Biden aims to expand map as Trump recovers from coronavirus

The Democratic presidential nominee made his second trip to Florida in a little over two weeks on Monday.

  La. lawmakers want to make it more difficult to cut police budgets

Some Louisiana lawmakers want to make it harder for local governments and universities to cut their police budgets.

  Virtual learning protections bill expected to be filed after BB gun suspension case

It’s the school suspension that garnered attention from across the country, and attorney Chelsea Cusimano says that should show why the Jefferson Parish school district should expunge 9-year-old Ka Mauri Harrison’s school record.

  Former EBR metro councilman Smokie Bourgeois dies at 78, colleagues say

Rodney “Smokie” Bourgeois, former East Baton Rouge metro councilman, has died after battling pancreatic cancer, according to his collogues.

  GOP seeks to call off Senate work, but not Barrett hearings

Positive tests among lawmakers have raised fears of virus outbreak.

  Trump’s age, health woes raise his risk for COVID-19 illness

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, who also tested positive, “are both well at this time” and plan to remain at the White House while recovering and being closely monitored, according to a statement from his physician, Dr. Sean Conley.

  La. voters to decide on legalizing sports betting in individual parishes Nov. 3

Voters will get to decide whether sports betting should be allowed in their parishes during the presidential election, though it would not happen where it is approved for at least another year.

  About 21k absentee ballots to be sent out to voters in EBR Parish who requested them beginning Friday

The East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Votes will begin sending out mail-in ballots to nearly 21,000 people Friday, Oct. 2.

  Lawmakers look for way to make it easier for people to testify at parole hearings

Louisiana lawmakers want to make it easier for some people to attend public meetings online through apps like Zoom, even after the coronavirus pandemic is over.

  La. lawmakers push for more control over Phase 3 plan, future emergencies

At the capitol, lawmakers are trying to take more control over how Louisiana reopens its economy.

  CATS connecting passengers to the polls, passing out voter registration forms

Representatives of the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) of East Baton Rouge Parish will hand out voter registration forms to the community on Wednesday, September 30th and Thursday, October 1st.

Lawmakers to discuss seating capacity inside stadiums for sporting events

Governor Edward’s proclamation says capacity cannot exceed 25 percent of the venue

Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

The 74-year-old president and the 77-year-old former vice president are similar in age, and they share a mutual dislike. But they differ starkly in style and substance. All of that was evident from the outset.

Legislative task force looking at ways to lower car insurance rates in Louisiana

A legislative task force is looking for ways to lower car insurance rates in Louisiana.

  La. lawmakers buy time to solve unemployment crisis

Louisiana’s lawmakers are expected to make an important vote at the state capitol Tuesday, Sept. 29 in how to provide unemployment benefits for the state’s jobless residents without raising taxes on businesses.

  Nearly 100-million will watch the presidential debates but experts expect few minds to change

With parts of the country already voting, Tuesday night, the presidential candidates debate each other for the first time. The event is sure to create headlines and drama but academic experts say you shouldn’t expect for it to change minds.

  Community organizations help to encourage people to fill out census before Oct. 5 deadline

The deadline to fill out the 2020 Census has been extended to Oct. 5, but Governor John Bel Edwards says Louisiana is lagging behind in participation.

  La. lawmakers to discuss unemployment crisis, Hurricane Laura relief during special session

Lawmakers will begin a special legislative session at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 to try to spare Louisiana businesses from a looming tax increase, and to try to give themselves more say in how the state reopens its economy.

  Judge Barrett would help decide high-profile cases soon after being confirmed to the Supreme Court; legal experts weigh in

Confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett are expected to begin on October 12 and a vote on her nomination could be a couple of weeks later.

  La. lawmakers call special session to address unemployment, budget issues

Louisiana lawmakers have called themselves into a special legislative session beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, to address dwindling unemployment funds and adjust the state operating budget.

‘A source of pride,’ Metairie native nominated for empty SCOTUS seat

As the president stepped out onto the Rose Garden, judge Amy Coney Barrett stood by his side, her family following closely behind.

Gov. Edwards requests $175M unspent Main Street Recovery funds to be reallocated

Money would go to the unemployment trust fund, local governments, and businesses closed during Phases 2 and 3

  Unemployment trust fund, long list of other items on special session agenda

Gov. John Bel Edwards is calling on the legislators to narrow the scope of the special session.

Ascension, EBR, and Livingston sheriff’s offices to receive more than $222K from DOJ, Rep. Graves says

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will be giving $222,190 to three law enforcement agencies in the Baton Rouge area to reduce and prevent crime, according to Rep. Garret Graves.

  Gov. Edwards endorses incumbent Mayor-President Broome

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his support Wednesday, Sept. 23 for fellow democrat Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome in East Baton Rouge Parish’s mayoral race.

Democrats accuse Ardoin of ‘voter suppression, gross incompetence' over website outage; Ardoin says it was maintenance

Sept. 21 through 25 is Voter Registration Week in Louisiana, but many who tried to access the Secretary of State’s website Wednesday, Sept. 23, on National Voter Registration Day, were unable to do so.

Locals react to Metairie native Amy Coney Barrett being considered for U.S. Supreme Court; discuss originalist views

President Trump is expected to announce his Supreme Court nominee this week.

Trump asks Supreme Court for fast action in census case

In court papers filed Tuesday, the Trump administration suggested the court hear arguments in the case in December, potentially with a new justice appointed by the president in place.

  EBR Registrar of Voters offices will have extended hours for Voter Registration Week Sept. 21-25

The East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters is hosting a Voter Registration Week event Sept. 21 through 25 and will have extended office hours during that time period as well.

Report: Order to shorten count wasn’t made by Census Bureau

The report by the Office of Inspector General did not identify who made the decision to shorten the 2020 census from the end of October to the end of September, but it said bureau officials confirm it was not made by them.

  Baton Rouge mayoral candidates debate crime, traffic at first forum

A number of candidates seeking to run East Baton Rouge parish pitched their solutions for traffic, crime, and community development during a forum Friday, Sept. 18.

Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren interviews President Trump

Gray Television’s primetime election special, “Full Court Press: Election Countdown” hosted by Chief National Political Analyst Greta Van Susteren, includes interviews with President Donald Trump and former Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a m

Barr under fire over comparison of virus lock-in to slavery

This is not the first occasion that Barr has condemned stay-at-home orders.

  Court issues ruling on upcoming elections in La. amid pandemic

The United States District Court Middle District of Louisiana has issued a ruling pertaining to upcoming elections in the state.

USPS sends vote-by-mail postcard to households

The mailing comes in the aftermath of questions about whether the agency was up to the task and questions from the White House about the validity of mail-in and absentee voting systems in various states.

Cruz urges Department of Justice to investigate Netflix film ‘Cuties’

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wants the Department of Justice to investigate Netflix over the film “Cuties.”

Kansas City Chiefs fans boo teams during display of unity against racism, social injustice

The Chiefs chose to stay on the field for the national anthem while the Texans decided to remain in the locker room.

Prosecutor looking into the origins of Russia probe resigns

Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin.

Challenger to QAnon supporter bows out of race in Georgia

Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal bowed out of the race for “personal and family reasons."

  La. congressmen, political analyst respond to controversy over Trump downplaying seriousness of COVID-19

President Trump gave journalist Bob Woodward various interviews for the new book.

Russian hackers targeting U.S. campaigns, Microsoft says

Most of the infiltration attempts by Russian, Chinese and Iranian agents were halted by Microsoft security software and the targets notified.

  Judge to hear final arguments on fall elections in La.

A federal court judge will hear the final arguments at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 that challenge Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s proposed emergency election plan for the state’s Nov. 3 and Dec. 5 elections.