As part of ABC News’ “14 For 14″ project, which is tracking 14 political races that matter between now and November, we’re rolling out a new segment in which we’ll pick the candidates’ brains, asking them what’s animating their candidacy, what they think of their opponent, and a few personal questions too.
The director of state parties for the Republican National Committee will speak at Press Club Monday, Feb. 3.
Matt Pinnell will discuss the new "Project: Geaux Red" campaign in which national and state Republican leaders will join together to defeat Democratic Sen.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Crime and punishment loomed large as issues in New Orleans' elections Saturday - a test of the popularity of incumbent Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who won big four years ago, and the survivability of the city's sheriff, Marlin Gusman, who was heavily criticized after a video surfaced last year showing blatant drug use and the waving of a loaded gun in the jail he runs.
For months, Louisiana political observers have been waiting for David Vitter to make it official. Today, he confirmed the worst kept political secret in state history. In 2015, Vitter will run for Governor of Louisiana. The advantage for Vitter is that he does not have to relinquish his U.S. Senate seat to run for Governor. He also has universal statewide name recognition and is leading in pre-election polls.
So it is officially official. Republican US Sen. David Vitter presumably, after checking with family and his maker, has decided to jump into the ring for the next Louisiana governor's mansion occupant.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeowners worried that new federal flood maps will send their flood insurance premiums skyrocketing would get some short-term relief under a provision tucked into a massive government-wide funding bill.
But other changes to the federal flood insurance program, including higher premiums on businesses, vacation homes and frequently flooded properties will remain in place, as well as a new rule blocking homeowners from passing insurance subsidies on to the people who buy their homes.
The provision is authored by Louisiana lawmakers and political rivals - Democrat Sen.
Why would a senior judge at the Civil District Court of New Orleans give up the prestige, the career stability the respect and all of the trappings that go with it to run for mayor against a man with the golden last name?
The Center for Responsive Politics has compiled information on the biggest sources of funding for both candidates, effective through mid-December.
For Landrieu, the biggest donations are coming from the following business/industrial or advocacy interests: Lawyers/firms, $797,933; oil and gas, $456,300; Leadership PACs (representing other politicians) $294,000; lobbyists, $293,543; retired people, $262,250; electric utilities, $193,700; real estate, $182,417.
Cassidy, a doctor, did well with health professionals, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
I must tell you that I am surprised if not shocked. Why? Because the Orleans Parish Democratic Party has recently decided to support, not Mitch Landrieu, not a Landrieu in New Orleans, but Judge Michael Bagneris for the next New Orleans mayor.