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Rob Maness is late to politics

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Rob Maness, a tea party backed Republican running for the U.S. Senate, spoke to the Family Research Council rally Saturday.

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of profiles examining the major candidates in the U.S. Senate race. Rob Maness, who is making his first run for elective office, says he only started paying attention to politics as a Harvard University graduate student. “I was getting taught by… Continue reading →

Grambling leader outlines plan to address deficit

Facing a more than $3 million deficit, Grambling University plans to increase faculty teaching loads while requiring furloughs, provide incentives for 15 faculty members to retire, and possibly even shutter the Grambling Laboratory Schools. Interim President Cynthia Warrick announced the drastic measures to help cash-strapped Grambling regain sound financial footing during a meeting with faculty and staff… Continue reading →

Jindal officials says Kennedy could delay projects

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration says Treasurer John Kennedy’s refusal to sign state borrowing paperwork could cost the state money and delay construction projects if a deal can’t be reached soon. And the administration is asking lawmakers to put pressure on Kennedy. Kennedy disputes the claim, saying no construction work is in jeopardy. The dispute centers on… Continue reading →

Landrieu embraces bringing federal dollars to La.

Trying to combat the national undertones of Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu is traveling the state this week on a sort of pork celebration tour, telling voters about the projects and aid she’s delivered to Louisiana. The retail style of politicking has been Landrieu’s hallmark in office and in her campaign heading into Tuesday’s… Continue reading →

Southern’s Human Jukebox picked to perform in Atlanta

Southern University’s “Human Jukebox” marching band will perform for thousands in Atlanta early next year as part of the 13th annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase. The university will receive a $20,000 grant from Honda to support music education programs, plus travel to and hotel accommodations in Atlanta, as one of eight bands participating in… Continue reading →

UNO Poll: Louisiana headed in ‘wrong direction’

A majority of Louisiana voters say the state is heading in the “wrong direction.” The state’s biggest problems are education and unemployment, they told researchers from the University of New Orleans in a recent survey. Both Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and Democratic President Barack Obama are not well-liked — earning 40 percent and 38 percent… Continue reading →

Complaints target I-10 Miss. River bridge

Complaints about daily backups on the Interstate 10 Mississippi River Bridge surfaced repeatedly Thursday during the final stop of state hearings on local road and highway needs. West Baton Rouge Parish President Riley “Pee Wee” Berthelot said he often hears gripes about bridge traffic. “They ask me, ‘When are you going to fix the bridge?’ ”… Continue reading →

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration accused of improperly destroying records

A flap between Secretary of State Tom Schedler and the Jindal administration over destruction of state health insurance program records boiled over Thursday. The state Office of Group Benefits this summer stopped sending Schedler’s office original copies of member medical claims for preservation. OGB oversees health insurance for nearly a quarter million state employees, public school teachers,… Continue reading →

Bill Cassidy, Rob Maness bash Barack Obama in Senate debate; Mary Landrieu sticks to her plan

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- US Senate candidates, from left, Col.Rob Maness, Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu have their final debate on live television Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at LSU.

The candidates wasted no time in reinforcing the overall partisan divide that sets Republicans Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness on one side and Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, on the other. Continue reading →

Parties ponder meaning of high early voting numbers

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Early voting starts Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Massive get-out-the-vote efforts by both parties yielded record-setting results during early voting for next Tuesday’s election, particularly among groups seen as vital to Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s re-election campaign. But the effect of that turnout on the three-way race among Landrieu and her Republican challengers, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy and retired Col. Rob Maness, will depend on… Continue reading →

Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness make their case to Louisiana voters

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- US Senate candidates, from left, Col.Rob Maness, Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu have their final debate on live television Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at LSU.

With an under-the-klieg-lights U.S. Senate election just days away, incumbent Mary Landrieu and her two leading challengers — U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, and retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, of Madisonville — met in a largely polite debate that broke little new ground in their campaigns. The candidates wasted no time in reinforcing the… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Five big takeaways from U.S. Senate debate

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- US Senate candidates, from left, Col.Rob Maness, Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu have their final debate on live television Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at LSU.

Here are five of Grace's big takeaways from the hour-long debate. Continue reading →

Court settlement reached in Medicaid case

The state health agency has entered into a settlement in a federal lawsuit over the inadequacy of notices denying Medicaid recipients access to services. U.S. District Judge Jim Brady, of Baton Rouge, approved the settlement, in which the state agrees to do a better job of providing specific information about the reasons for the service denials. He… Continue reading →

At-risk youth program draws federal complaint

Two civil rights groups called for a federal investigation into a Jindal administration program that they allege is failing to deliver on promised services to keep at-risk youth with mental health problems out of detention centers and hospitals. In response, the state health chief acknowledged Wednesday that there are “challenges” in getting providers to meet the… Continue reading →

Bill Cassidy explains the importance of being earnest

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, the leading Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, holds Hannah Evans following a campaign rally Saturday.

Editor’s Note: This is second of a series of profiles examining the major candidates in the U.S. Senate race. In a state known for its colorful politicians, Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy pushes earnestness in his bid for the U.S. Senate. Though he lives at the gates of the… Continue reading →

Judge to rule Friday if charter schools continue receiving MFP funding

Louisiana is improperly spending $60 million a year for two types of charter schools that are not entitled to the aid, an attorney for a teachers’ union charged Wednesday in urging a Baton Rouge state judge to halt the assistance. But lawyers representing state education leaders and an umbrella group for charter schools statewide asked District Judge… Continue reading →

La. early-voting totals: Orleans, East Baton Rouge parishes lead early vote tallies; see vote breakdowns by political parties

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Early voting starts Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Some 236,000 people have cast their votes in advance of Tuesday’s election when the race for U.S. Senate tops the statewide ballot, state elections officials reported Wednesday. The statewide total is almost double that of the last mid-term federal election in 2010. But it comes up far shy of the 356,603 early votes cast in advance of… Continue reading →

Richmond favored in revamped 2nd District

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond addresses Mt. Zion First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

The 2nd Congressional District looks different, but U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, of New Orleans, is a heavy favorite to win a third term. “I think that in a short period of time I have become a key member of Congress,” said Richmond, who enjoys huge financial and name-recognition advantages in the Nov. 4 primary. He… Continue reading →

Scalise faces three opponents

Associated Press Photo by MELINDA DESLATTE -- Republican House Majority Whip U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., is seeking a fourth full term representing the New Orleans suburbs in Congress.

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise is seeking a fourth full term representing the 1st Congressional District, stressing his conservative credentials. Victory in his suburban New Orleans district him translates into virtually assured re-election by his GOP colleagues to House Majority Whip, the third highest leadership post in Congress. Three candidates… Continue reading →

WISE Fund plans move forward

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Louisiana Board of Regents Chairman W. Clinton 'Bubba' Rasberry addresses members of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge on the state of higher education in Louisiana at Boudreaux's last year.

LSU is preparing to add tenure-track faculty positions in computer science, chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, kinesiology and other fields. Southern University at New Orleans will beef up its computer information systems program with lab upgrades and assistantships to help students pay for books and tuition. Similarly, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will provide dozens… Continue reading →

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu well known for being tenacious

Associated Press Photo by GERALD HERBERT -- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks Monday at a campaign event in Baton Rouge for her senate reelection race. Landrieu said  she is

Editor’s Note: This is first of a series of profiles examining the major candidates in the U.S. Senate race. Sometimes, it sounds as if Mary Landrieu is looking to land a spot on the Olympic boxing team as much as win re-election to the U.S. Senate. “I keep my eyes on… Continue reading →

‘Too skinny’ to run for president? Report says Bobby Jindal beefing up

Wearing a Kansas City Royals jersey, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, left, looks on as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, gives a speech at New Steel and Pipe Supply in New Century, Kan., Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Jindal was in the Sunflower State stumping for Brownback, who is running for reelection against Democratic candidate Paul Davis. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has gained 13 pounds as he mulls a run for president, according to the National Review. The conservative news outlet cites “a source close to” Jindal in its report on his weight gain. See the complete story here.Continue reading →

Hillary Clinton to stump for Mary Landrieu in New Orleans

Hillary Rodham Clinton shakes hands with the crowd after campaigning for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gina Raimondo, not pictured, at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I., Friday Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in New Orleans this weekend to campaign for Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu — just days ahead of Tuesday’s election. Saturday’s event featuring Clinton is being dubbed as a “Women with Mary Geaux Vote” rally. The event will be held at the Sugar Mill in New… Continue reading →

U.S. Senate candidates Mary Landrieu, Rob Maness square off in debate

Republican Rob Maness; Democrat Mary Landrieu

A politician who is not on the ballot and a candidate who didn’t show up added zest to a U.S. Senate campaign debate in New Orleans on Monday night between incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu and tea-party Republican Rob Maness. The politician, of course, is Barack Obama, the Democratic president whom Maness, in a standard Republican tactic in… Continue reading →

Early voting ends at 6 p.m. for Nov. 4 election

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Cheryl Coleman helps her uncle, Arthur Joseph, vote during early voting at New Orleans City Hall on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Early voting ends tomorrow, Tuesday, with voting in Orleans Parish at City Hall, the Algiers Courthouse, Lake Vista Community Center, and the Chef Menteur Voting Machine Warehouse Site.

New Orleans-area voters have until 6 p.m. Tuesday to cast early votes for the Nov. 4 primary election for U.S. senator and House members, plus a host of local offices. They also will decide on 14 amendments to the state constitution and many local ballot propositions. Topping the ballot is the heated battle for U.S. senator… Continue reading →

Southern submits improvement plan

Southern University is trying to improve customer service and reach out more to students who are struggling. The efforts, outlined in a recent report to the state Board of Regents, are a direct response to the university’s failure to meet the state’s GRAD Act measures, which are meant to improve student outcomes. The Board of Regents… Continue reading →