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  • Louisiana Senate rejects smoking ban extension

    May 23, 2012 7:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Senate has refused to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to any building where smoking already is banned, even after the measure was limited to state-owned buildings. Louisiana prohibits smoking in restaurants, public places, public buildings and many places of employment.... more »
  • Jindal retirement revamp gets Senate panel backing

    April 17, 2012 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - It was a battle of legal opinions as the Senate Retirement Committee combed through Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposals to push back the retirement age for about 50,000 rank-and-file state workers and public college employees and to charge them more for their pensions. Without objection... more »
  • Teacher Tenure Bill Passes, On Its Way To Governor's Office

    April 5, 2012 8:19 PM

    Both the Louisiana State House and Senate passed the teacher tenure bill and the next stop is the governor's office. After weeks of teacher protests and debate by lawmakers, one part of Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform has passed and it's expected to be signed into law almost immediately.... more »
  • Proposed Bill Would Rewrite Louisiana's "Right to Bear Arms"

    April 4, 2012 7:18 PM

    The right to bear arms, and it's core values, will now go to discussion on Louisiana's state senate floor as part of Senate Bill 303. Senator Neil Riser's bill would change the wording of Louisiana's Constitution, making it harder for lawmakers to pass restrictions on people's right to own... more »
  • Senate poised for historic education vote

    April 4, 2012 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Senate is nearing a vote that could end the Legislature's historic resistance to state-funded tuition for students in private schools. A House-passed measure on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon would expand a pilot program in New Orleans into a statewide voucher system for students... more »
  • Senate panel Oks Jindal education bills

    March 30, 2012 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Complex legislation that paves the way to more easily create public charter schools and establishes a statewide private school voucher system - key parts of the governor's education package - was unanimously approved by a state Senate committee on Thursday. The measure also curbs local... more »
  • La. Senate backs early childhood education grades

    March 22, 2012 6:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's mishmash system of prekindergarten and early childhood education programs would be coordinated and graded on performance under a Jindal administration proposal that received unanimous backing Wednesday from the Louisiana Senate. The proposal would assign letter grades to preschools, streamline governance and pull funding for... more »
  • Senate approves states receiving Gulf spill fines

    March 9, 2012 6:20 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has approved using the bulk of water pollution fines stemming from the 2010 Gulf oil spill to pay for restoration in five Gulf states. The BP oil company could be fined $5.4 billion to $21.1 billion under the Clean Water Act, depending on whether it's... more »
  • House, Senate committee assignments released

    January 12, 2012 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senate President John Alario and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley released their committee assignments Wednesday, naming a bipartisan mix of committee chairmen, after months of behind-the-scenes work in consultation with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. In the Senate, the top budget-crafting job went to Mandeville Republican Jack... more »
  • Guillory & Cravins Sr. Sling Mud in Heated Debate

    November 7, 2011 11:24 PM

    Senator Elbert Guillory and Opelousas Mayor Don Cravins, Sr. are battling it out for the District 24 Senate seat. The two engaged in a heated debate at UL Monday, moderated by the university's chapter of Society of Professional Journalists. The gloves are off and it's Louisiana politics in full... more »
  • LSU Faculty Senate Supports New Union

    September 9, 2011 7:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The LSU Faculty Senate has voted in favor of supporting the faculty's organized labor union, called "LSUnited." The faculty group easily approved the resolution on Thursday after the language was weakened somewhat to urge the faculty to "support" the union, rather than the original language... more »
  • Senate gets federal approval on redistricting

    June 29, 2011 5:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The remapping of the Louisiana Senate's 39 districts received federal clearance Tuesday, paving the way for use of the redesigned seats in the fall election along with the 105 House districts that already had won approval. The Department of Justice announced the decision in a... more »
  • LA Senate Debates $25B Budget on Sunday

    June 19, 2011 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana senators are taking their turn at crafting a $25 billion budget for next year, with fewer cuts than the House sought. The full Senate is scheduled to debate the spending plan Sunday afternoon. Senate leaders are hoping they can sway the House on their... more »
  • Senate rejects bid to open governor's records

    June 14, 2011 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An attempt to open more of the governor's office records to public view was overwhelmingly rejected Monday by the Louisiana Senate, which sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal to keep the records secret. The Senate voted 22-14 against the bill by Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, despite... more »
  • Senate debates governor's public records exemption

    June 13, 2011 10:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators are considering whether to open more governor's office records to public view. Republican Sen. Robert Adley has failed in previous attempts to limit the governor's public records exemption, with staunch opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. With heightened tensions between Jindal and the Legislature,... more »
  • Senate approves transfer of UNO to UL system

    June 10, 2011 9:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The transfer of the University of New Orleans from the Louisiana State University System into a different college system that focuses more on regional universities is close to final approval at the Legislature. The Senate went on record in favor of the proposal when members... more »
  • Senate showdown over limiting debit card fees

    June 8, 2011 10:52 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A top senator mounted a populist-style attack on banks on Wednesday with a vote pending on whether to block a Federal Reserve plan to lower debit card fees. Financial institutions and their supporters on Capitol Hill have been fighting a Fed proposal to cap, at 12 cents,... more »
  • Senate to debate Louisiana income tax repeal

    June 7, 2011 9:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators are considering whether to repeal Louisiana's personal and corporate income taxes. The Senate planned a Tuesday afternoon debate on the idea by Democratic Sen. Rob Marionneaux, which would drain billions annually upon the complete removal of the taxes after 10 years. Marionneaux is recommending... more »
  • Senate Blocks GOP Bid to Speed Offshore Drilling

    May 19, 2011 6:07 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has rejected a GOP bid to speed up and expand offshore oil drilling in the face of $4-a-gallon gasoline prices. A procedural vote failed Wednesday, 57-42, on a GOP bid to speed decision-making on drilling permits and force the government to conduct previously scheduled lease... more »
  • Lousiana Senate backs ban on prisoners using Facebook

    May 18, 2011 5:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State prisoners would be banned from using social networking sites like Facebook, if the Louisiana House agrees to a proposal backed by the state Senate. Delhi Sen. Francis Thompson, a Democrat, calls his bill a bid to end inappropriate use of Internet sites. The only... more »
  • Redistricting Could Mean Splitting Up Acadiana

    April 8, 2011 11:39 PM

    It's a widely shared opinion - north and south Louisiana are practically two different states. But some politicians, including Governor Bobby Jindal, are pushing to put northern and southern parishes in the same congressional districts. After the 2010 Census Louisiana lost a congressional district, and must now consolidate from... more »
  • House and Senate redesigns up for debate Thursday

    March 24, 2011 9:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Plans to reshape state lawmakers' 144 districts are up for debate in the House and Senate redistricting committees. Both the House and Senate governmental affairs committees will meet Thursday to vote on proposed maps to redesign their chambers' political boundary lines. Among the major points... more »
  • Senate committee OKs Miss. deer breeding farm bill

    January 24, 2011 10:41 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A bill pending before the state Senate would authorize the raising of genetically enhanced deer on breeding farms in Mississippi. The bill, approved last week by the Senate Wildlife Committee, would allow the import and export of farm-raised white tail deer, it's semen, ova, and embryos.... more »
  • Fred Mills Elected to District 22 State Senate Seat

    January 22, 2011 9:30 PM

    Pulling in 60% of the vote, State Representative Fred Mills is headed to the State Senate. With all 111 precincts reporting, here are your election results: Simone B. Champagne (R) 19% 4,040 David Groner (N) 12% 2,534 Ruben LeBlanc (N) 1% 208 Fred "T-Fred" Mills, Jr. (R) 60% 12,812 Armond Schwing (R) 8% 1,644 Kenneth "Ken" Squires (R) 1% 172
  • District 22 Election Will Likely Change State Senate

    January 21, 2011 11:29 PM

    Saturday is the special election in Iberia and St. Martin Parishes for key State Senate seat, District 22. And it's an important one, because the outcome will mean big changes in Louisiana's State Senate. The District 22 seat has been held by a Democrat, but after Saturday, it's most... more »
  • Final Candidate Forum for District 22 Race

    January 18, 2011 11:42 PM

    Tuesday night was the last chance for State Senate District 22 candidates to get their messages out to a large group of people. The Iberia Chamber of Commerce hosted the public forum at the Sliman Theater in New Iberia. Each of the six candidates were given a few minutes... more »
  • Senate convicts La. judge on impeachment charge

    December 8, 2010 10:44 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has voted unanimously to convict U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana on the first of four impeachment charges, removing him from the federal bench. The decision makes Porteous just the eighth federal judge in U.S. history to be impeached and convicted by Congress.... more »
  • Senate takes up impeachment of Louisiana judge

    December 7, 2010 10:54 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is beginning the final stage of the impeachment trial of a Louisiana judge accused of corruption. The rare trial in the chamber could make G. Thomas Porteous just the eighth federal judge to be removed from the bench. The House voted unanimously in March to... more »
  • Senate Confirms Obama's Pick for Budget Director

    November 19, 2010 8:13 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's choice for budget director won Senate confirmation Thursday after a senator ended her protest over the administration's moratorium on deep-water oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The Senate confirmed by voice vote Jacob Lew as director of the Office of Management... more »
  • Democrats and Republicans Look Ahead

    November 2, 2010 11:15 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans marched confidently to the brink of House control Tuesday night in midterm elections shadowed by recession, promising a conservative majority certain to challenge President Barack Obama at virtually every turn. The GOP gained Senate seats, as well, but a takeover there appeared out of reach. "I'll... more »
  • Republicans Closing In on House and Senate

    November 2, 2010 10:28 PM

    In the 435 U.S. House races, the Republicans have won 138 seats and are leading in the races for 74 seats. The democrats have won 87 seats and are leading in the races for 51 seats. Independent and other party candidates have won or are leading for 0 seats. In... more »
  • Senate Candidates Debate in New Orleans

    October 28, 2010 1:41 AM

    Six of the twelve candidates running for U.S. Senate debated in New Orleans Wednesday night, including the front runners: Congressman Charlie Melancon and Senator David Vitter. Although not alone on stage, Melancon and Vitter seemingly looked past the other four candidates and essentially took jabs at one another. They... more »
  • Oil spill response at issue in La.'s Senate race

    October 7, 2010 9:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The latest point of attack from Democratic candidate Charlie Melancon in Louisiana's Senate race charges Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter with trying to protect companies like BP from financial liability in a massive oil spill. Melancon's campaign launched a statewide TV ad this week saying... more »
  • Senate Passed Bill to Require TV Stations to Turn Down Loud Commercials

    September 30, 2010 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Legislation to turn down the volume on loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it'll soon become law. The Senate late Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to require television stations and cable companies to implement industry standards capping the volume... more »
  • Landrieu Will Block Senate Vote to Protest Moratorium

    September 23, 2010 4:56 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu said Thursday she will block a Senate vote to confirm the nominee to a key White House economic office to protest the six-month moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling in the Gulf. Landrieu, a Democrat, said she will object to a vote... more »
  • Vitter Ethics Complaint

    September 22, 2010 12:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A government watchdog group in Washington is seeking a Senate ethics committee investigation of Louisiana Sen. David Vitter. Complaints from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington center on Vitter's former aide, Brent Furer. Furer was arrested for an alleged knife attack on a girlfriend in... more »
  • Senate panel wraps up impeachment hearings

    September 22, 2010 9:52 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate impeachment panel wrapped up hearings Tuesday on corruption charges facing a Louisiana judge who could become just the eighth federal judge to be removed from the bench. Sen. Claire McCaskill, the chairman of the committee, said she expects to send the evidence against Judge G.... more »
  • Effort to Repeal Law Banning Gays in the Military Blocked

    September 21, 2010 3:17 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have blocked an effort to repeal the law banning gays from serving openly in the military. The partisan vote was a defeat for gay rights groups who saw the provision in a defense authorization bill as their last chance any time soon to overturn the... more »
  • Candidates for U.S. Senate Political Forum Tonight in Crowley

    September 8, 2010 11:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Candidates for U.S. Senate have made their first appearance at a political forum, a sign that the state campaign season is heating up. Incumbent Sen. David Vitter, the Republican nominee on the Nov. 2 ballot, received the endorsement of the New Orleans area Alliance for Good... more »
  • New Senate Poll Numbers Released

    August 20, 2010 2:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new statewide voter survey shows Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter with a 12-percentage-point edge in a likely November matchup with Democratic challenger Charlie Melancon. Vitter was the choice of 48 percent 1 12½ 11½ 5-5 by Washington-based Clarus Research Group, while 36 percent chose Melancon,... more »
  • Early Voting Numbers

    August 20, 2010 1:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As the early voting period nears its Saturday end, only a small slice of Louisiana's voters have cast ballots for the congressional party primary elections. The latest tally Friday showed about 18,300 people voting so far in the Aug. 28 primary. That's less than 1... more »
  • Senate Field Hearing In Lafayette On Drilling Moratorium

    August 17, 2010 7:15 PM

    Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter were in Lafayette today for what's called a "field hearing." The subject of the hearing was the moratorium on deep water drilling. It happened today at the LITE Center and played out very much like hearings you might have seen on C-SPAN, people... more »
  • Vitter, Melancon launch attack ads in Senate race

    August 12, 2010 9:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter launched his TV re-election campaign Thursday casting likely Democratic nominee Charlie Melancon as a congressional spendthrift who favors millionaires and illegal immigrants at the expense of working people. Melancon, who aired an ad earlier this week, previewed on Thursday his latest,... more »
  • Vitter Accuses Democrats of Bankrolling Challenger

    August 6, 2010 6:34 PM

    Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is accusing Democrats of bankrolling a GOP challenger to Vitter in the U.S. Senate race. The last-minute entrance of former Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor was a surprise challenge to Vitter in the Aug. 28 primary. Vitter's campaign claims Traylor's candidacy is a ploy... more »
  • Senate Making School Lunches Healthier

    August 5, 2010 4:23 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has passed legislation aimed at making school lunches healthier, a key part of first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to end childhood obesity. The legislation would create new standards for all foods in schools, including vending machine items, to give students healthier meal options. It would... more »
  • Senate Has Confirmed Elena Kagan

    August 5, 2010 3:52 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court. The vote was 63-37 for President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens. Five Republicans joined all but one Democrat and the Senate's two independents... more »
  • 16 To Run For Senate Seat

    July 9, 2010 7:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Sixteen people have signed up to run for the seat held by Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, including a former Louisiana Supreme Court justice who's challenging Vitter in the GOP primary. Chet Traylor, from Monroe, was the last candidate to... more »
  • David Vitter And Charlie Melancon Both Signed Up For The Senate Race

    July 7, 2010 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter and his Democratic challenger, Charlie Melancon, have both signed up for the Senate race on the opening day of qualifying. Vitter is seeking a second term, his first time facing voters after a 2007 prostitution scandal. Melancon is leaving a... more »
  • Vitters Long-Time Aide Resigns

    July 1, 2010 7:40 PM

    After years of being overlooked, Senator Vitter's aide--Brent Furer's past finally caught up with him. Furer resigned last week after ABC News released an investigative report, which revealed a long criminal history including a 2008 arrest for attacking his ex girlfriend with a knife, holding her hostage for... more »
  • Senate Voted Unanimously To Confirm New Commander Of Afghanistan

    June 30, 2010 3:50 PM

    The Senate today voted 99-0 to confirm Gen. David Petraeus as the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The vote was called at 12:28p. Sen. Roland Burris of Illinois was in the chair. It was always a foregone conclusion that Petraeus would be confirmed, but that... more »
  • Longest Serving Member Of The U.S. Senate Dies At 92

    June 28, 2010 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving member of the U.S. Senate, a fiery orator and hard-charging power broker who steered billions of federal dollars to his beloved West Virginia, died Monday. He was 92. A spokesman for the family, Jesse Jacobs, said that Byrd died at about... more »
  • Senate Special Election Date Set

    June 14, 2010 8:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A special election to fill a New Orleans-based seat in the Louisiana Senate will be held in October. New Orleans Sen. Ann Duplessis, a Democrat, is leaving the position June 27 to take a new job in the administration of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.... more »
  • Senate to Account for Third Deficit in Budget

    June 14, 2010 8:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana doesn't officially have a third budget deficit this year, but senators said Monday they will propose rebalancing the budget to account for economists' predictions of another drop in state income. Economists last week projected the state will end this year with at least a... more »
  • House Leaders Trying To Gain Ground In Dispute With Senate Over "Rainy Day" Fund

    June 10, 2010 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - House leaders are trying to gain ground in their dispute with the Senate over the state's "rainy day" fund by undoing the statute at the center of the complaint. Rep. Jim Fannin quietly slipped language into a Senate bill Wednesday that would repeal the part... more »
  • Guns in Churches Bill Being Reworked

    June 6, 2010 9:33 PM

    Churches are places where people come together and worship, but some state legislators believe churches need to have better security. Reverend Harold Trahan, pastor at St. Mary Catholic Church, said "I hope that if they do pass this law, that'll be up to the local pastor to say... more »
  • Senate Committee Backs Welfare Drug Testing

    June 2, 2010 9:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill requiring drug testing of welfare recipients is nearing final legislative passage after narrowly winning approval in a Senate committee Wednesday. Members of a Senate judiciary committee voted 4-3 to advance Rep. John LaBruzzo's bill to the full Senate for debate, after a political... more »
  • Senate Backs Bills to Tap Into Trust Funds

    June 2, 2010 9:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Senate backed a package of proposals Wednesday that would make it easier to tap into the state's protected funds, after the Senate president argued the measures were needed to avoid another round of deep cuts to public colleges and health care services. The... more »
  • Senate Passes Proposal -Tapping Into Protected Funds Easier

    June 2, 2010 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A package of proposals that would make it easier to tap into protected funds, to ease budget cuts, has won passage from the Louisiana Senate. Senate President Joel Chaisson pitched the measures as giving lawmakers and the governor more flexibility to deal with steep budget... more »
  • Disagreements Between House & Senate Stalled Work on Budget

    May 19, 2010 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - In a repeat of the divide that marred last year's budget haggling, disagreements between House and Senate leaders have stalled work on the budget. Lawmakers must rebalance this year's budget, which contains a $319 million deficit, and they need to shape spending plans for the... more »
  • License Bill Going to The House

    May 12, 2010 9:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Against the wishes of Governor Bobby Jindal's administration, the state Senate has voted to reverse a $15 increase in the price of a Louisiana driver's license. Lawmakers were caught unaware when the Department of Public Safety ordered the increase -- and several lawmakers say they... more »
  • Senate Backs Up on Rainy Day Fund

    May 12, 2010 7:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Senate has backed the use of the state's "rainy day" fund to help close a $319 million deficit and rebalance this year's budget. The Senate voted 35-zero Tuesday to authorize the use of as much as $198 million from the Budget Stabilization Fund... more »
  • UPDATE: Senate Hearings Prompting Spill Blame Game

    May 11, 2010 10:44 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of a key Senate committee says failures that led to the massive Gulf oil spill need to be closely examined so new safety measures can be imposed. New Mexico Democrat Jeff Bingaman opened the first congressional hearings Tuesday into the accident. Scheduled to testify are... more »
  • Senate Hearings Prompting Spill Blame Game

    May 11, 2010 10:09 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The blame game is in full throttle as Congress begins hearings on the massive oil spill threatening sensitive marshes and marine life along the Gulf Coast. Executives of the three companies involved in the drilling activities that unleashed the environmental crisis are trying to shift responsibility to... more »
  • Handheld Phone Ban While Drive Clears Committee

    April 27, 2010 5:45 PM

    Two bills that would ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving breezed out of the House Transportation Committee Tuesday morning. Both would allow drivers to talk using hands-free devices. One measure (House Bill 863), sponsored by Rep. Charmaine Stiaes, D-New Orleans, originally... more »
  • Senate Considers Tapping "Rainy Day" Fund

    April 21, 2010 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The haggling between the House, Senate and the governor's office over the best way to rebalance this year's budget and close a $319 million gap began Wednesday, when a Senate committee suggested lawmakers should consider tapping the "rainy day" fund. Without objection, the Senate Finance... more »
  • Sen. Marionneaux Brings Iguana to Senate Floor

    April 20, 2010 7:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Just call it "Afternoon of the Iguana" Tuesday in the Louisiana Senate. Sen. Rob Marionneaux brought an iguana to the Senate floor for debate on a bill that would require people to get an iguana education when they buy the reptile at a pet store.... more »
  • Lafayette Businessman: Mike Spears Running For U.S. Senate

    April 19, 2010 5:38 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette businessman and Gulf War veteran says he is running for the U.S. Senate. In his announcement Monday, Mike Spears said: "It's time to re-ignite the fight for liberty, to take the Tea Party into the halls of Congress, to take back our country." Spears... more »
  • Stormy Daniels Decides Not to Run

    April 15, 2010 11:55 AM

    Press Release: Today, Stormy Daniels issued the following statement announcing her decision on whether to run for United States Senate from Louisiana: “ Over the past year, since the inception of the “Draft Stormy” movement I have been fortunate and at times saddened to receive a crash education... more »
  • House and Senate: Voting To Select New Auditor

    April 6, 2010 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The House and Senate are planning a vote Tuesday afternoon to select the state's new legislative auditor. The auditor leads the office that reviews the financial books of state and local government agencies. A panel of lawmakers recommended Daryl Purpera - who has been working... more »
  • Stormy Should Make Decision on Senate Soon

    March 30, 2010 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The deadline day for filing federal tax returns also will be the day Louisiana-born porn star Stormy Daniels announces whether she will run for the Senate seat held by David Vitter. Brian Welsh, her political spokesman, said in an email Tuesday that Daniels will make her... more »
  • Letters ask Landrieu to oppose Senate bill

    December 17, 2009 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - One day after U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu committed to supporting the Senate health-care bill, 14 Louisiana chambers of commerce and trade associations sent her a letter Wednesday asking her to change her mind. Meanwhile, the White House and U.S. Senate Democrats are continuing to try to woo... more »
  • Vitter to appear on GMA / Health Care Roundtable

    November 23, 2009 1:48 PM

    Vitter to Health Care Roundtable in Lafayette Participants discuss the new Senate health care bill and its impact on Louisianians (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter will host a health care roundtable in Lafayette at the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce (804 East Saint Mary Blvd., Lafayette)... more »
  • Senator Landrieu secures $29 million

    October 7, 2009 1:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The United States Senate late yesterday, by a vote of 93-7, approved its annual Department of Defense appropriations bill, which included key provisions sponsored by United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La. These Landrieu requests strengthen the country's national defense, while providing funding for important military projects and... more »
  • Chosen States to Receive Unemployment Help

    September 24, 2009 8:17 AM

    Help is on the way for some 300-thousand unemployed Americans. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill extending jobless benefits for 13-weeks. But money will go only to 27-states where unemployment rates are 8-point-five percent or higher. Right now Louisiana is not considered a "high risk" state. The senate... more »

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