Louisiana Politics

Fourteen people running on 5th Congressional District card

Voters in the 5th Congressional District will have a crowded ballot this fall. Fourteen people qualified to run for the House of Representatives.

State Senator Rick Ward III pulls out of national Congressional race

District 17 State Senator Rick Ward III has pulled out from the national Congressional race. His main reason for dropping out of the race is to have more time to raise his children.

Governor Jindal issues statement on on Act 1

Governor Jindal has issued the following statement regarding the Louisiana Association of Educators' press conference on Act 1:

CATS-Baker town hall meeting scheduled for Aug. 26

City of Baker Mayor Harold Rideau and Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniel will be hosting a CATS-Baker Town Hall Meeting at the Baker Auditorium, 3325 Groom Road in Baker, on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

State Bond Commission approves over $145M for local projects

The State Bond Commission approved over $145 million for projects statewide and approximately $898,000 in savings from refinancing existing public debt at its August 15 meeting, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy.

Metro Council approves resolution calling for higher standards for CATS board

The East Baton Rouge Metro Council believes it found a way to improve the management of CATS. But a heated debate ended with a decision that may not actually make a difference.

Baton Rouge city workers rack up thousands of hours of overtime

An NBC33 investigation shows that many city employees are working hundreds of hours of overtime, costing taxpayers millions of dollars. A handful made more money in 2012 from overtime than they did from their base salary.

Livingston Parish Council votes against further tax incentive for Juban Crossing project

Juban Crossing has gotten a lot of money from Livingston Parish, but it will not get any more.

Central Mayor Mac Watts not seeking re-election

Central’s first and only mayor says he will not be seeking a third elected term in next April’s city elections.

Residents say progress made in Port Allen

People living in Port Allen hope the battle over fixing Mayor Deedy Slaughter's salary is starting to wrap up.

Louisiana’s First Lady receives nod from Vanity Fair on Best Dressed list

Louisiana’s First Lady earned top honors for her sense of style and her husband turned to social media to express his approval.

Hundreds of newly-passed laws take effect in Louisiana

The next time you drive your car, bake a cake, or buy a gun, be aware of new laws that took effect Thursday. Nearly 250 of them took effect August 1 after making their way through the state legislature earlier this year.

Holden announces more new staff members

More new staff members that will be working with Mayor Kip Holden have been announced. Twenty-four hours after naming a new Chief of Police, he announced three more people who will fill high-level positions in city government.

Mayor Holden appoints assistant chief administrative officer, 2 department heads

Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden announced today that Juvenile Services Director Gail Grover has been promoted to Assistant Chief Administrative Officer. Grover replaces Gwen Hamilton, who is retiring.

Change to Louisiana Safe Haven Law extends cutoff age to 60 days

Effective August 1, a parent can use the Louisiana Safe Haven law to relinquish a baby up until they are 60 days old. Previously the age limit was 30 days.