Tag Archives: Louisiana

Louisiana Holds 6-Candidate U.S. Senate Debate

Ballot Access News:

On October 27, Louisiana held a televised U.S. Senate debate in which six candidates participated. See this story. The debate sponsors invited each political party nominee, and also invited anyone who had either held elected office recently, or who had raised or spent $50,000. That enable two of the independent candidates to be invited.… Read more ...

Libertarian Randall Hayes: Baton Rouge NPR station gives 5 minutes of airtime to each U.S. Senate candidate

Email from Randall Hayes to conatct.ipr@gmail.com:

WRKF, the NPR affiliate in Baton Rouge, offered five minutes of unedited airtime to each of the twelve candidates in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race. Seven of those candidates accepted the offer and their addresses were broadcast over the last several days. Each weekday morning, a different candidate’s address was broadcast at 6:30am and again at 8:30 am.… Read more ...

Louisiana Legislator Leaves GOP to Become Independent and Files For U.S. Senate

Ernest D. Wooton has been a Republican Representative in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, since 1999. Wooton recently changed his registration to Independent and filed for the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana, against GOP incumbent David Vitter.

Rep. Wooton represents the parish which is geographically closest to the oil spill and is expected to make that his main issue in running.… Read more ...

Former Constitution Party Vice Presidential Candidate Offers Advice to Bobby Jindal

In 2008 the Constitution Party nominated Darrell Castle of Tennessee to be their Vice Presidential nominee for 2008. Castle has penned an article in which he both criticizes and lauds Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for his response to the BP oil spill off the coast of Louisiana.

Dear Gov. Jindal:Thank you for the remarkable degree of restraint and dignity you have exhibited in your efforts to protect the State of Louisiana from the catastrophe that is now upon it.

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Prominent Independents Consider Running For LA-2

Tommie Vassel, a New Orleans resident and Orleans Parish Sewage and Water Board member, is considering an Independent run for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District. He isn’t the only independent considering the race, though. Reverend Byron Clay, the immediate past President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, is being urged by many to enter the race too.… Read more ...

Independent Legislator in Louisiana Wants to Freeze Per Diem Payments

Rep. Dee Richard (No Party – Thibodaux) wants to freeze per diem payments to legislators for the next two years. That is to say, Rep. Richard does not want to eliminate the payments, but suspend the growth of those payments by putting a pay-ceiling on them.

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the measure on a 9-7 vote after a motion to kill the idea died on a 9-8 vote.
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Louisiana Newspaper Editorializes Against Top Two Primary Bill in Louisiana

In an unsigned editorial in The Daily Advertiser, a Lafayette, Louisiana, based newspaper, yesterday comments onthe current movement back towards “open primaries” or “top two primaries” in Louisiana.

The first and loudest objection will be the one we cited earlier: Open primaries let everyone vote for anyone they want. But it’s important to remember that primaries are creatures of political parties, and their purpose is to choose political party nominees.

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Green Party of Florida calls on Obama and Crist to declare State of Emergency for the Gulf Coast

A press release sent to me via e-mail by the Green Party of Florida:

We sent this out yesterday to the governor and the media…



For Immediate Release – April 29, 2010
Contact:  Michael Canney  (352) 278 4031  alachuagreen@gmail.com

Green Party of Florida calls on President Obama and Governor Crist to declare immediate State of Emergency on Gulf Coast in response to oil rig disaster; all available federal and state resources must be mobilized to protect threatened communities and wildlife habitats in four states

Eleven oil rig workers died in the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform, operated by oil giant British Petroleum.
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December Congresional Runoffs Bill Passed by Louisiana Senate Committee

Ballot Access News has the latest from Louisiana’s re-imposition of their jungle primary.

On April 28, the Louisiana Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee passed HB 292. It moves congressional elections back to the pattern used between 1998 and 2006. There are no congressional elections until November. All voters use the same ballot, and that ballot lists all candidates.

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Independent Elected to Leadership Position in Louisiana Legislature

An independent legislator in Louisiana has risen to the second highest position of power in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Joel Robideaux was elected Speaker Pro Tempore at the State House over Democrat Noble Ellington in a 53-48 vote.

Rep. Robideaux is one of three independents in the Louisiana House and four in the legislature.… Read more ...

Malik Rahim tackles Superbowl

From Democracy Now!, by way of On The Wilder Side

DAVE ZIRIN: I was speaking to [former Green Party Congressional candidate] Malik Rahim, who I know you’ve had on your show before, a former Black Panther Party member, someone who has been a community activist in New Orleans for thirty years.… Read more ...