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Mary Landrieu looks to seniors in tight race

Facing a tight re-election bid, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is ramping up efforts to court seniors, hoping older voters will help push her over the edge to win a fourth term. Landrieu on Tuesday made several stops across the state to tout an endorsement from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a Washington-based… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal: Only office I’d seek is presidency

Associated Press photo by JUSTIN HAYWORTH -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition fall fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa, in September

Gov. Bobby Jindal would not respond Tuesday to the flurry of GOP congressional candidates grading his governorship, often with below-average marks, repeating what he called his accomplishments and saying the only accurate grade was “incomplete.” Jindal also told a news conference that he was not interested in any other future office but president of the United States.… Continue reading →

Secretary of State Tom Schedler eyes voter turnout

Louisiana election turnout could be low for Nov. 4 statewide balloting based on historical data, Secretary of State Tom Schedler said Tuesday. Schedler said past history in recent federal elections indicates a potential 45 to 50 percent voter participation rate. “I hope I’m wrong,” Schedler said. “This election should draw 70 percent because of the magnitude… Continue reading →

State: 28% of schools get D or F

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White is shown speaking in the cafeteria of the W.D. & Mary Baker Smith Career Center in Lafayette on Oct. 6, 2014. White was visiting schools around Lafayette Parish as part of his Louisiana Believes tour.

Shielded from any nosedives, public school letter grades were largely unchanged for the 2013-14 school year, with 28 percent of schools receiving a D or F, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday. However, state Superintendent of Education John White said schools will have to show improvements to meet higher expectations starting with the 2015-16 school year.… Continue reading →

Jindal orders Ebola policy

Associated Press file photo by Molly Riley -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered Monday state agencies to develop policies covering travel to Ebola stricken countries by their employees, students and faculty. The executive order covers those who travel as a result of educational trips or work-related missions to countries identified by the federal Centers for Disease Control as having an epidemic of the deadly virus,… Continue reading →

Dan Claitor’s parents involved in car crash

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- From left, as mom Nancy Claitor and son Sam Claitor watch, Dan Claitor, right, signs in to qualify to run for office at the Secretary of State's office.

State Sen. Dan Claitor’s parents remained hospitalized Monday after an automobile wreck on Airline Highway near Siegen Lane. Nancy Claitor, 80, and Robert Claitor, 88, were transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center after the collision on Saturday, State Police Troop A spokesman Jared Sandifer said Monday. Nancy Claitor was in serious condition and… Continue reading →

Rape victim billing fix proposed

Rape victims won’t get bills from hospitals for exams and tests under a plan unveiled Monday by the state health agency. But the plan requires a change in state law and in some agency regulations, both of which will take months to accomplish, so victims still could receive the bills in the meantime. Legislators… Continue reading →

U.S. Senate campaigns in Louisiana relying on social media to deliver messages

While the leading candidates in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race debated on a stage in Shreveport and on TVs throughout the state last week, their Twitter feeds battled it out online. “Senator Landrieu is clearly desperate. My bill in the state Senate was voluntary and market-based, unlike #Obamacare,” Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s campaign blasted out about… Continue reading →

Magazine notes Jindal comments on Ebola

Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s incursion in the world of Ebola politics brought him some ink in the latest edition of The New Yorker magazine. The article, by Michael Specter, is titled “The Fear Equation” and Jindal is the example used for fueling public fears. “Actually, all it takes to discombobulate a… Continue reading →

LSU gets OK for self-insurance

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- The LSU Campanile.

LSU’s Baton Rouge campus on Friday became the first state college given approval to leave the state-run insurance program and buy its own coverage. The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget gave the go-ahead for the pilot program, which LSU executives said would cut costs and allow purchase of insurance coverage suited to university needs. LSU… Continue reading →

Louisiana officials demand President Barack Obama ban travel from Ebola-ravaged countries

La. bond panel OKs spending

The state Bond Commission on Thursday agreed to a $125 million new project spending list submitted by the Jindal administration. Gov. Bobby Jindal picked the projects from a long wish list included in the state’s capital construction program. The state has a borrowing limit of $355 million in the fiscal year that began July 1. Legislators inserted… Continue reading →

BESE approves emergency Ebola policies for public schools

Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) President Chas Roemer.

Facing questions and worries about Ebola, the state’s top school board on Wednesday approved emergency rules that give local superintendents sweeping new authority to close public schools and send students home if they sense a threat. Chas Roemer, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, said the panel took the action as… Continue reading →

Landrieu outraises opponents

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., raised $2.7 million for her re-election campaign from July through September, outpacing the fundraising of her best-financed Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, according to campaign finance reports and news releases. But Cassidy reported $4.4 million in cash on hand for the balance of… Continue reading →

Landrieu, Cassidy, Maness square off in Shreveport Senate debate

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., right, Senate candidate, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., left, and Republican candidate Rob Maness participate in a debate at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Tuesday night’s debate among the three leading candidates in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race featured few surprises but gave each a chance to point out their differences and challenge each other face-to-face. Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy and Republican retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness squared off on television for the first… Continue reading →

Senate candidates square off in Shreveport

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., right, Senate candidate, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., left, and Republican candidate Rob Maness participate in a debate at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Tuesday night’s debate among the three leading candidates in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race featured few surprises, but gave each a chance to point out their differences and challenge each other face-to-face. Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy and Republican retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness squared off on… Continue reading →