- La. congressional members ask for extension on new ID rules Updated: Oct-06-15 4:31 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Most of Louisiana's congressional delegation asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to let state residents continue to use their driver's licenses to enter federal courthouses and offices.
- Leaders who follow: What candidates' Twitter lists reveal Updated: Oct-05-15 2:34 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Jeb Bush follows Donald Trump on Twitter but that's a one-way street: Trump mainly follows people with a connection to himself. Ted Cruz's follow list is a big tea party, though he keeps an eye on President Barack Obama, too.
- Branstad reiterates he cannot cut Planned Parenthood funding Updated: Oct-05-15 12:23 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad has reiterated he does not have the legal authority to stop a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Iowa from receiving state funding, despite public calls to do so from presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal and others.
- Democrat Edwards trying to break party slump in Louisiana Updated: Oct-02-15 3:05 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Democratic candidate for governor John Bel Edwards has surged in recent polls, raising hopes among Democrats that they might reclaim a top position in a state where Republicans hold every statewide elected job.
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- Vitter's Republican challengers: He lied about our records Updated: Oct-01-15 9:53 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Two Republican contenders to be Louisiana's next governor charged GOP front-runner David Vitter with lying about them Thursday, seeking to capitalize on Vitter's recent slip in the polls as the four major candidates in the race squared off in their first TV debate together.
- Louisiana budget deficit includes $12M gap in fund transfers Updated: Oct-01-15 2:33 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's budget deficit from last year was worsened because $12 million in fund transfers that had been planned to plug holes weren't made.
- Trump, Rubio, Bush among candidates going to state GOP event Updated: Oct-01-15 12:27 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Donald Trump, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio are among at least six presidential candidates that will attend a summit hosted by the Republican Party of Florida.
- PACs pump $1.3M so far into Louisiana governor's race TV ads Updated: Oct-01-15 12:09 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Outside political groups have poured $1.3 million into TV advertising for the Louisiana governor's race, meaning the conversation about candidates is being at least partially shaped by a small number of donors with hefty bank accounts.
- Field for SC's Republican presidential primary set at 15 Updated: Sep-30-15 6:32 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina Republican Party officials say 15 candidates have paid the $40,000 fee to be on the state GOP presidential primary ballot next year.
- Clinton, Bush steady fundraising amid GOP summer Trump slump Updated: Sep-30-15 7:28 am
WASHINGTON - Voters won't cast their first ballots in the presidential race until February, but donors have been making their picks for months.
- Group wants next governor to raise gas tax, expand Medicaid Updated: Sep-28-15 8:34 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A group of businessmen and executives - including many supporters of Gov. Bobby Jindal - are calling on the next governor to expand Medicaid, raise the gasoline tax and tweak TOPS, Louisiana's popular tuition-paying program.
- GOP religious conservatives channeling anger toward victory Updated: Sep-27-15 5:11 am
WASHINGTON - Religious activists in the Republican Party, bolstered by House Speaker John Boehner's sudden exit, say the next GOP presidential nominee must share their uncompromising stance on abortion rights, gay marriage and other priorities to get to the White House.
- Dardenne announces statewide tour for La. governor's race Updated: Sep-23-15 4:10 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Republican candidate for governor Jay Dardenne has announced a statewide tour in his campaign for the Oct. 24 election.
- Planned Parenthood, Alabama in court over Medicaid money Updated: Sep-22-15 7:05 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Planned Parenthood went to court Tuesday and asked a federal judge to prevent Gov. Robert Bentley's administration from ending Medicaid payments to the organization's two Alabama clinics.
- Senate blocks anti-abortion bill; new showdown set Updated: Sep-22-15 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats thwarted a Republican effort to ban late-term abortions on Tuesday as GOP leaders strained to avoid a government shutdown in eight days over the dispute - all against a tangled backdrop of presidential politics.
- Clinton seeking to curb rising costs of prescription drugs Updated: Sep-22-15 12:00 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton is laying out a new plan to rein in the rising cost of prescription drugs, moving to build upon President Barack Obama's health care law.
- Judge reinstates Arkansas' Planned Parenthood contract Updated: Sep-18-15 7:42 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A federal judge on Friday ordered Arkansas to temporarily reinstate its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood after the state blocked funding over concerns about secretly recorded videos released by an anti-abortion group.
- New Hampshire voters: Still a long way to go for decision Updated: Sep-18-15 5:16 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The pair of Republican presidential debates on CNN this week spanned five hours - long enough for someone to drive clear across New Hampshire and back again. But some voters in the state that will host the first primaries in 2016 still have a long way to go in settling on a favorite.
- Hillary Clinton planning Baton Rouge campaign stop next week Updated: Sep-17-15 6:10 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to Baton Rouge next week for a campaign visit.
- $80M in new construction work approved by state officials Updated: Sep-17-15 5:13 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration won approval Thursday for $80 million in state construction plans, using all available spending capacity for the budget year before the governor exits office in January.
- At debate, GOP candidates try to tie themselves to Reagan Updated: Sep-17-15 8:18 am
ATLANTA - Standing in Ronald Reagan's presidential library, GOP White House hopeful Jeb Bush argued that the 40th president would agree with him, and not the front-running Donald Trump, on immigration.
- Judge rejects Jindal injunction request in Common Core suit Updated: Sep-16-15 1:47 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A judge Wednesday rejected Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's request to block federal officials from penalizing his state if it quits using the Common Core education standards, saying Jindal failed to show any such threat exists.
- Analysis: Candidates have 6 weeks to sell Louisiana voters Updated: Sep-13-15 5:41 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's three-day candidate registration always provides a dose of political theater, but the latest qualifying period also offered clues about individual strategies, talking points and areas that contenders want to dodge.
- Sign-up period for Oct. 24 election ends with few surprises Updated: Sep-10-15 7:03 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - No unexpected twists stirred up things at the top of the ballot, as the candidate sign-up period for Louisiana's Oct. 24 election ended Thursday.