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  • La. lawmaker - from crisis of faith to Congress (Replaced "Cold Cash" Jefferson)

    01/18/2009 5:59:51 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies · 654+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 1/18/2009 | Neely Tucker
    Anh "Joseph" Cao - the hot new property in Congress, Mr. Upset, the first Vietnamese American elected to the U.S. House or Senate, the first Republican to win Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District since before Louis Armstrong was born - is driving across this Gothic American bayou. He's relating how, as a Jesuit seminarian in the slums of Mexico nearly 20 years ago, he experienced a crisis of faith. He was dispirited by how God could let such human misery exist, he says and then stops himself. "Do you ever read Kierkegaard?" he asks. Um, the 19th century Danish philosopher is...
  • Indifferent to Obama

    01/12/2009 5:55:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 1,006+ views
    New Statesman ^ | 12 January 2009 | Joseph Mackertich
    Abandoned by their government, many residents of New Orleans have little optimism about the arrival of Barack Obama in the White House on 20 January Jonny Trask - pictured outside his family's home - is disillusioned by the way he and others have been treated Jonny Trask is black, in his forties, American, and completely indifferent to Barack Obama. "It doesn't make any difference to me," he says referring to the next president. "Or to most of the black people in New Orleans." Trask, a former gang member who has served time both in the military and in prison ("Jail...
  • A New Status Cao

    12/08/2008 5:54:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 762+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 8, 2008
    Politics: The election of a Republican as the first-ever Vietnamese-American congressman is not an "odd news" item. Joseph Cao represents the future of the GOP — if it wants success.The latest Republican standard-bearer was a Navy pilot who was tortured as a POW in North Vietnam. How ironic that in the wake of John McCain's loss, the most exciting victory for Republicans is that of one of the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese boat people who fled their country's communist regime. Anh "Joseph" Quang Cao over the weekend won Louisiana's gerrymandered 2nd Congressional District over Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, who...
  • (Joseph Cao): The Jesuits Produce A Great Political Candidate

    12/07/2008 3:07:41 PM PST · by Publius804 · 25 replies · 1,574+ views ^ | 11/19/08 | Deal W. Hudson
    The Jesuits Produce A Great Political Candidate by Deal W. Hudson 11/19/08 Joseph Cao is a Catholic lawyer and former Jesuit scholastic from New Orleans. He is running as a Republican for the Congressional 2nd district seat in Louisiana presently held by Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), who is best known for the $90,000 found in his freezer. The election will be held December 6. Few candidates for public office are as forthright as Cao when asked about their position on abortion. “I am very anti-abortion,” he told me without hesitation. Cao would like to overturn Roe, but in the meantime,...
  • Louisiana Voters Oust Indicted Rep. William Jefferson

    12/07/2008 5:15:59 AM PST · by Joiseydude · 50 replies · 1,693+ views ^ | Saturday, December 06, 2008
    NEW ORLEANS -- Voters in Louisiana ousted indicted Democratic Rep. William Jefferson on Saturday, instead electing a Republican attorney who will be the first Vietnamese-American in Congress. Unofficial results showed Anh "Joseph" Cao denying Jefferson a 10th term. Republicans made an aggressive push to take the seat from the 61-year-old incumbent, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, laundering money and misusing his congressional office. Cao, 41, won a predominantly black and heavily Democratic district that covers most of New Orleans.
  • Louisiana Voters Oust Rep. William Jefferson

    12/07/2008 5:59:31 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 35 replies · 1,455+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-07-08 | The Wall Street Journal
    NEW ORLEANS -- Voters in Louisiana sent two Republicans to Congress Saturday, ousting indicted Democratic U.S. Rep. William Jefferson in one race and narrowly keeping a seat vacated by a retiring incumbent in the other. In the 2nd Congressional District, which includes most of New Orleans, Republican attorney Anh "Joseph" Cao won 50% of the vote to Rep. Jefferson's 47% and will become the first Vietnamese-American in Congress. His only previous political experience was an unsuccessful 2007 bid for a seat in the state legislature.
  • Caos Do Fly, At Least In New Orleans (The Dirt: GOP pummels Dems in LA election wins shockers)

    12/07/2008 2:51:46 AM PST · by flattorney · 103 replies · 6,190+ views
    National Journal ^ | December 07, 2008 | Tim Shad
    In a shocker, there will be a GOP Rep. in New Orleans. In a surprising twist, GOPers won a sweep in LA tonight in two general elections, picking up embattled Rep. Bill Jefferson's (D-LA 02) seat in New Orleans, and holding retiring Rep. Jim McCrery's (R) seat in the Shreveport-based Fourth District. But the surprise of the night, and possibly the cycle, was in the Big Easy. Atty Ahn “Joseph” Cao (R) defeated Jefferson 50-47%. Dems outnumber GOPers here 6-1, and African Americans make up 61% of the vote. But the NRCC must've had an inkling that something was up...
  • LA U.S. House Election Results: In upsets, Republicans win both Districts 2 & 4

    12/06/2008 9:50:43 PM PST · by flattorney · 66 replies · 5,584+ views
    Louisiana SOState/Local News Articles ^ | December 6, 2008 | Staff
    LA-2 , Orleans, Jefferson Parish: In a huge upset win, little known Republican attorney Anh "Joseph" Cao beat nine term and criminally indicted William Jefferson(D). Jefferson had been expected to easily win. Cao becomes the first Vietnamese member of U.S. Congress. LA-4, Shreveport-Bossier City, Sabine Parish, et. al., Western LA, TX/AR border: Republican Dr. John Fleming wins. Fleming was trailing by about 3% early in the election results but came on strong in the end to beat Carmouche(D) by 356 votes. Carmouche has not conceded election – recount probably pending. With these results, the 111th U.S. House of Representatives...
  • Carmouche, Fleming in close race for 4th Congressional District seat

    12/06/2008 7:29:16 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 82 replies · 1,402+ views
    KTBS Channel 3 ^ | December 6, 2008
    Democrats took aim at a reliably Republican congressional seat Saturday night as Paul Carmouche narrowly led Republican John Fleming in the hotly contested 4th Congressional District race. With 63 percent of precincts reporting, Carmouche had 50 percent of the vote to 47 percent for Fleming. Two independent candidates had the rest of the vote. The winner succeeds Republican Congressman Jim McCrery, who decided not to seek re-election after 20 years in the House of Representatives. Carmouche is retiring after being district attorney in Caddo Parish for 30 years. Fleming is a Minden physician and businessman.
  • Fleming up 356 votes with all precincts reporting! (Louisana CD4 Race)

    44,141 47.69% Paul J. Carmouche, D - 44,497 48.07% John Fleming, R
  • GOP Holds McCrery Seat (Fleming wins by 356 votes)

    12/06/2008 8:48:27 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 10 replies · 930+ views ^ | Dec 6th, 2008 | Roll Call
    In a campaign that drew heavy spending by both national parties, Republican John Fleming appears to have staved off a vigorous challenge from Democrat Paul Carmouche to keep Louisiana's 4th district seat in GOP hands Saturday.
  • Should Congress Have a Cao ? (Vietnam-born Joseph Cao should be the next Louisiana Congressman)

    12/06/2008 8:27:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 1,700+ views
    American Spectator ^ | Nov 20,2008 | Quin Hillyer
    Sit down and make yourself comfortable, because this one of those stories you just won't want to miss. It's the kind of story for which this poor pen might not do justice. And it's the kind of story of which the world of politics needs more examples. It's a story that effectively starts three days before the fall of Saigon in 1975, when eight-year-old Joseph Cao escaped South Vietnam with a brother and sister and eventually made his way to the United States, where he settled with an uncle. As the story continues today, Cao is the Republican nominee for...
  • La. voters oust indicted Rep. William Jefferson

    12/06/2008 8:35:20 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 104 replies · 2,996+ views ^ | Dec 6th, 2008 | By CAIN BURDEAU
    Unofficial results showed Republican attorney Anh "Joseph" Cao denying Jefferson a 10th term. Republicans made an aggressive push to get rid of the 61-year-old incumbent, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, laundering money and misusing his congressional office. Cao won a predominantly black and heavily Democratic district that covers most of New Orleans. He will become the first Vietnamese-American in Congress. He came to the U.S. as a child after the fall of Saigon in 1975. He went on to earn degrees in philosophy, physics and law.
  • Joseph Cao: Louisiana’s Newest Congressman

    12/07/2008 2:34:47 AM PST · by uglybiker · 45 replies · 3,705+ views ^ | 12/07/08 | Ignatius Reilly
    In a stunning upset, Republican Ahn “Joseph” Cao, a Vietnamese immigrant with no political experience, has defeated Democratic incumbent William Jefferson for the U.S. House of Representative’s seat of the 2nd District of Lousiana. Ahn Joseph Cao Ahn “Joseph” Cao will represent the 2nd District of Lousiana in the new Congressional term after defeating William Jefferson. Cao, an immigration attorney, is a newcomer to politics and will be the first person of Vietnamese descent to become a representative in Congress. His opponent William Jefferson was plagued by allegations of corruption throughout his campaign and is currently facing federal indictments related...
  • Early returns show Anh 'Joseph' Cao ahead of Rep. William Jefferson in 2nd Congressional District

    12/06/2008 7:26:05 PM PST · by BBell · 60 replies · 1,872+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | December 06, 2008
    Political newcomer Anh "Joseph" Cao, a Republican, holds an early lead over nine-term incumbent William Jefferson, a Democrat, in the 2nd Congressional District. With 139 of 492 precincts reporting around 9:15 p.m., Cao, a Venetian Isles attorney who has enjoyed strong backing from local and national GOP organizations, is leading 58 percent to 39 percent over Jefferson. Green Party candidate Malik Rahim has 2 percent, while Libertarian Gregory Kahn is trailing with 1 percent. The district, which was drawn to give African Americans an electoral advantage, covers most of New Orleans, most of Jefferson Parish's West Bank and parts of...
  • Obama, Jindal Take Sides on Louisiana Congressional Race (LA-04 run-off on Dec. 6)

    12/02/2008 8:31:21 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 21 replies · 985+ views
    KATC ^ | December 2, 2008 | AP/Staff
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- President-elect Barack Obama and Gov. Bobby Jindal entered opposing sides of a bitter Louisiana congressional race, appearing in advertisements in support of their parties' contenders while the candidates readied for their only debate on Tuesday night. The president-elect lent his voice to a radio ad praising a fellow Democrat, saying "To change America, and to get Louisiana's economy back on track, I need leaders like Paul Carmouche working with me in Washington." The governor appeared in a television ad in support of fellow Republican John Fleming. The ads first aired on Monday, the day before Jindal...
  • Sentencing postponed for Congressman Bill Jefferson's D-La sister (Billy Jeff up for reelection)

    09/02/2008 11:30:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 401+ views
    NOLA ^ | 8/27/08
    Sentencing postponed for Congressman Bill Jefferson's sister by The Associated Press Wednesday August 27, 2008, 8:38 AM **SNIP** Brenda Jefferson, the youngest sister of Bill Jefferson, pleaded guilty in June to helping three of her relatives conceal an alleged scheme to pocket more than $600,000 in state and federal grant money. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon agreed to reschedule Brenda Jefferson's sentencing from September 24 to February 11. She pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony. Prosecutors said they need more time to evaluate her cooperation in the case against her sister, New Orleans tax assessor Betty Jefferson;...
  • La.'s "Rush" quits 'pub party of Jindal frustrations

    11/09/2008 9:33:27 AM PST · by rvoitier · 97 replies · 378+ views is biased but the fact remains
  • Carmouche (D), Fleming (R) advance to runoff for LA's 4th Congressional Dist.

    11/05/2008 9:29:42 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies · 579+ views
    Former Caddo Parish District Attorney Paul Carmouche and Minden Doctor John Fleming have advanced to the runoff election for Louisiana's 4th Congressional District. Carmouche won the Democratic Party Primary runoff over challenger Attorney Willie Banks with 62 percent of the vote in complete but unofficial results. The republican runoff race between Fleming and Businessman Chris Gorman was filled with negative advertising and accusations of false claims against each other. Fleming topped Gorman with 56 percent of the vote. While the federal elections have ended for most of the country, Carmouche and Gorman have another month of campaigning ahead of them....
  • LA Senate Race: Landrieu (D) 45, Kennedy (R) 44

    10/31/2008 8:59:32 PM PDT · by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief · 56 replies · 2,691+ views
    The Dead Pelican ^ | October 31, 2008
  • Louisiana Senate Race Narrows to 5 Points

    10/17/2008 3:38:30 PM PDT · by HailReagan · 27 replies · 865+ views
    State Treasurer John Kennedy (R) Says He's Closing In On Sen Mary Landrieu (D). Quoted below is from an email his campaign sent out this afternoon: Folks, By now you've probably heard rumors about a campaign polling memo that shows this race is too close to call. We're happy to report that the rumors are true - John Kennedy has closed the gap on Mary Landrieu to just five points! You can read the full memo below. And we've got more breaking news for you - The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) confirmed today that they are staying in this...
  • Many surprised at strength of Jefferson win in 2nd Congressional District race

    10/06/2008 12:27:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 39 replies · 1,376+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 10/6/8 | David Hammer
    There was a strange mixture of stalwart support and utter abandonment at U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's election party Saturday night as the indicted congressman claimed a primary victory in his 10th election campaign for the 2nd District seat. The party was at Flavorz by Mattie, a little-known restaurant in an eastern New Orleans neighborhood ravaged by the post-Katrina jack-o'-lantern effect. The room was half empty, with only about 35 supporters and family cheering on Jefferson and eating a late dinner of jambalaya and croissant sandwiches. There were no big political names in the crowd. Supporters appeared to be outnumbered by...
  • 6 seek to unseat scandal-plagued La. congressman (D-William 'Cold Ca$h' Jefferson)

    10/04/2008 5:29:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 749+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/4/08 | Kevin McGill - ap
    NEW ORLEANS – A 28-year political career was on the line Saturday for indicted U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, who is fighting bribery charges as he tries to fend off six Democrats in the primary for his New Orleans-based congressional seat. No one was expecting Jefferson or any of the other six candidates to garner the majority needed to win the nomination outright. Jefferson, seeking his 10th term, hoped to survive by taking either first or second place and moving on to a Nov. 4 runoff. A victory then would put him in a Dec. 6 general election in the heavily...
  • McCain Holds Solid Lead in Louisiana

    09/27/2008 9:44:00 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 7 replies · 481+ views
    While Barack Obama has gained ground against John McCain in many places over the past few weeks, Louisiana is not among them. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Bayou State finds the Republican on top 55% to 40%, and those results are virtually unchanged from a month ago. Full demographic crosstabs are available for Premium Members. Nationally, Obama has opened a modest lead in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. In Louisiana, McCain is viewed favorably by 63% of voters, the Democrat by 46%. For both men, those figures reflect a three-point improvement over the past month....
  • Louisiana Politics: New Commercial Shows Problems For Kennedy In US Senate Race

    09/26/2008 9:51:29 AM PDT · by Impy · 8 replies · 652+ views
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 9-22-08 | Jeff Crouere
    In her new campaign commercial, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu highlights the endorsement of St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain. In the commercial, Strain touts Landrieu’s leadership and what she has delivered to the parish post-Katrina. The fact that a prominent Republican in the only Republican majority parish in the state is not endorsing the Republican candidate is quite telling. Strain is not alone either, for other Republican elected officials on the Northshore are also endorsing Landrieu. For example, St. Tammany Parish Assessor Patricia Schwartz Core and St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis are both supporting Landrieu. What makes matters even...
  • GOP delights in Jindal's cool during crisis

    09/04/2008 2:07:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 253+ views
    The Times-Picayune) ^ | Thursday September 04, 2008 | Jonathan Tilove
    Even in absentia, Gov. Bobby Jindal has emerged as a star of the Republican National Convention. His in-command handling of Hurricane Gustav has become a point of pride for a party that feared another Hurricane Katrina could wreck their week in Minnesota. "Thank God for Bobby Jindal," said U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico, issuing what has become something like a salutation at the convention this week. Jindal, a first-term governor, was prominently mentioned as a potential running mate for Arizona Sen. John McCain, and before Hurricane Gustav, Jindal was slated for a prime speaking role Wednesday night. But...
  • The Convert [Bobby Jindal]

    08/30/2008 5:38:10 PM PDT · by mathprof · 15 replies · 342+ views
    nyt ^ | 8/29/08 | DEBORAH SOLOMON
    As a 37-year-old governor and a rising star of the Republican Party, you are scheduled to speak at the convention on Wednesday night. Is there anything you care to tell us in advance? I’ve actually not been on the floor of a convention. It will be my first time. You oppose abortion and stem-cell research, and just this month, you declined to renew a bill prohibiting discrimination in the workplace. Do you see yourself as an archconservative? I am conservative. No doubt about it. But when you go back to what it means to be a conservative, I also think,...
  • McCain to visit La. but won't meet with Jindal

    08/18/2008 7:25:27 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 23 replies · 129+ views ^ | 08/18/08 | MELINDA DESLATTE
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate John McCain's trip to Louisiana won't include a visit with GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose mention as a potential McCain running mate has fallen off in recent weeks. McCain is scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on Monday night and plans to visit an oil rig off Louisiana's coast on Tuesday.
  • Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) just threw Pelosi under the Bus on H&C

    08/04/2008 6:41:37 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 76 replies · 360+ views
    Landrieu said she does not know what Pelosi is going to do, but it is a problem for her (Pelosi) Corker, Hannity, Landrieu say drill here drill now.
  • Poll: Kennedy (R) leads Landrieu (D) for LA Senate seat

    08/01/2008 7:58:24 PM PDT · by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief · 41 replies · 566+ views ^ | August 1, 2008 | Dave Cohen
    A Zogby poll shows Republican John Kennedy has taken the lead in the U.S. Senate race against Democrat Mary Landrieu. According to the Zogby International website, "Republican John Kennedy is among the GOP's best hopes to oust a Democratic incumbent. He leads Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu, 47%-41%." The poll's margin of error is less than 5%. "I wouldn't be surprised if the lead changes a bunch of times," says University of Louisiana Political Scientist Pearson Cross. Pollster John Zogby says, "In Louisiana, Sen. Mary Landrieu faces a strong conservative challenger in John Kennedy. The state was profoundly shaken by Hurricane...
  • Western oil shale becomes issue in La. Senate race

    08/01/2008 6:24:27 PM PDT · by NickFlooding · 7 replies · 110+ views
    Tri-Parish Times ^ | August 1, 2008 | MELINDA DESLATTE
    Western oil shale becomes issue in La. Senate race By MELINDA DESLATTE A supply of oil sealed in rock out West is becoming a flash-point in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, in a bid to gain the attention of drivers feeling the pinch of gasoline prices. Republican candidate John Kennedy said unlocking the energy source from oil shale - as much as 800 billion barrels of oil locked in underground rock in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah - could shrink the nation's dependence on foreign oil and could help ease prices at the pump. Kennedy, the state treasurer, said his Democratic opponent,...
  • McCain May Pay Jindal a Call

    07/22/2008 9:21:10 AM PDT · by Mila · 34 replies · 110+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | Tuesday July 22, 2008 | Bruce Alpert,
    WASHINGTON -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain is expected to be in New Orleans on Wednesday night amid reports that he'll sit down with Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is often mentioned as a possible running mate for the Arizona senator. Jindal said he has no meeting with McCain on his schedule, but McCain staffers told that McCain will be talking to the governor. The New Orleans stopover raised eyebrows in political circles because it broke with McCain's schedule of appearances in battleground states -- he is well ahead in Louisiana -- and provided no details about his agenda...
  • Landrieu Leads in Louisiana Senate Bid

    07/17/2008 7:22:24 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 188+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 15, 2008
    U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu now attracts 49% of the vote in her bid for re-election while Republican challenger John Kennedy earns 44%. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows that, when “leaners” are included, it’s Landrieu 51% Kennedy 45%.
  • Recall attempt mounted against Jindal (JindalWatch® Alert)

    06/27/2008 12:47:33 PM PDT · by abb · 140 replies · 887+ views
    WWL-870AM ^ | June 27, 2008 | Mike Conti
    Officials in the Louisiana Secretary of State's office say a recall petition has been filed for Governor Bobby Jindal, making him the fifth elected official to face a recall attempt since the state legislature voted itself a payraise earlier this month. For a recall election to be called, the signatures of one-third of all registered voters in the state must be collected. That would be a total of 960,285 voters. Ryan Fournier of Jefferson submitted the recall petition. Other lawmakers facing recall attempts include House Speaker Jim Tucker (R-Terrytown), Rep. Steve Pugh (R-Ponchatoula), Rep. Joseph Lopinto (R-Metairie) and Rep. Franklin...
  • Federally Indicted Democrat Congressman William Jefferson To Seek Tenth Term

    06/18/2008 2:41:40 AM PDT · by Quaker · 26 replies · 139+ views
    Stuck On Stupid ^ | June 18, 2008 | Quaker
    Another alleged Democrat Party felon is trying to hold on to any power he has left in Washington. New Orleans congressman William Jefferson(D-New Orleans) who is facing trial on federal corruption charges will seek re-election to a 10th term. In a news release on Tuesday, Democrat William Jefferson touted his experience and portrayed himself as a person who still has power in Congress despite his indictment in the corruption case.
  • Louisiana: Indicted Lawmaker to Run for Re-election (William Jefferson D-La)

    06/17/2008 9:22:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies · 183+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/18/08
    Louisiana: Indicted Lawmaker to Run for Re-electionBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 18, 2008 Representative William J. Jefferson, a Democrat facing trial on corruption charges, has announced that he will seek re-election to a 10th term. Mr. Jefferson made his announcement in a news release that emphasized his experience and portrayed him as someone who still wielded power in Congress despite the case against him. The last time he ran for re-election was in 2006. The corruption accusations were a persistent problem for him then, but he overcame the odds and won in a landslide. He has since been indicted,...
  • Gingrich: Jindal 'Best Candidate' for VP

    06/16/2008 7:55:23 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 69 replies · 742+ views ^ | June 16, 2008
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is “far and away the best candidate” for John McCain’s running mate on the Republican ticket. Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Gingrich said former congressman Jindal has been a “spectacular” governor and predicted he would be a presidential candidate in the future. Asked if Jindal, 37, would be ready to take over the presidency if he had to replace McCain, Gingrich said Jindal’s “experience in the executive branch and in the legislative branch is greater than” that of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Gingrich opined: “It strikes...
  • Gallot considers run for Congress

    06/13/2008 2:45:21 PM PDT · by kms61 · 2 replies · 101+ views
    wire reports | June 13, 2008 | Greg Hilburn
    story can't be excerpted due to copyright issues, here's the URL: This is LA-05, which is basically the eastern half of north Louisiana. Rodney Alexander was a Democrat who switched parties, and the Democrats have never forgiven him, but this is the first time they've been able to recruit a serious candidate to challenge him. This is probably a safe sear (although in this climate who knows) but the GOP will have to play defense in a district that they ordinarily wouldn't have to worry about.
  • Jefferson throws his support to Obama

    06/06/2008 6:53:21 PM PDT · by RDTF · 24 replies · 156+ views
    nola ^ | June 4, 2008 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON -- On a day that Sen. Barack Obama moved closer to clinching the Democratic presidential nomination, embattled Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, Tuesday became the first of Louisiana's four Democratic congressional members to back his candidacy. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is expected to join 14 other uncommitted Democratic senators today in announcing support for Obama. -snip-
  • Jindal Excites GOP As a Possible Running Mate

    06/05/2008 8:59:09 AM PDT · by MissouriConservative · 105 replies · 153+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2008 | COREY DADE and ELIZABETH HOLMES
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Before Sen. John McCain could begin speaking at a town-hall meeting here Wednesday, he first had to quiet a crowd gone wild for Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal -- a politician who not long ago would have been inconceivable in Louisiana. ***** The similarities between the 36-year-old Gov. Jindal and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama are tantalizing to many in the Grand Old Party. After only 143 days as the nation's youngest sitting governor, Gov. Jindal's name is being bandied about as a potential running mate for likely Republican presidential nominee Sen. McCain. ***** Gov. Jindal has done...
  • McCain Distances Himself From Bush and Jabs Obama

    06/03/2008 9:01:54 PM PDT · by pissant · 82 replies · 262+ views
    ny times ^ | 6/3/08
    KENNER, La. — Senator John McCain marked the unofficial beginning of the general election with a speech here Tuesday in which he sought to distance himself from President Bush and to argue that he has stronger credentials as an independent agent of change than his all-but-certain Democratic rival, Senator Barack Obama. “For all his fine words and all his promise, he has never taken the hard but right course of risking his own interests for yours, of standing against the partisan rancor on his side to stand up for our country,” Mr. McCain said of Mr. Obama in a prime-time...
  • Election 2008: Louisiana President Louisiana: McCain 50% Obama 41%

    06/01/2008 9:01:53 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 15 replies · 191+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 1, 2008 | Scott Rasmussen
    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Louisiana shows John McCain with a nine-percentage-point lead over Barack Obama, 50% to 41%. McCain is viewed favorably by 55% of the state’s voters, Obama by 45%. George W. Bush won the state by fifteen points in Election 2004 and by eight points four years earlier. McCain leads among voters over 40, Obama leads among those under 30, and 30-somethings are evenly divided. McCain is supported by 86% of Republicans but Obama has just a 63% to 27% advantage among Democrats. The likely Democratic nominee has a seven-point advantage among unaffiliated voters in...
  • Louisiana Senate: Landrieu (D) 47% Kennedy (R) 44%

    06/01/2008 7:35:10 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 28 replies · 247+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 31, 2008
    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Louisiana shows U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu with a three-percentage point advantage over Republican challenger John Kennedy 47% to 44%.
  • Who Is Bobby Jindal?

    05/24/2008 7:25:29 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies · 225+ views
    Donklephant ^ | May 23rd, 2008
    When I first caught the buzz about Bobby Jindal, I thought it was nothing more than a pipe dream. “Who is this guy anyway?” I wondered. “And who is he to really compete with the likes of Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee for the #2 spot?” I was reading the India Times and thought it just sounded like more of the same “Wouldn’t it be COOL if we had a black president or a woman president?” chatter.However, after closer inspection, there are a few qualifications that’d make him the right McCain VEEP at the right time… He was appointed secretary...
  • Stuperdelegate Nagin endorses Obama for president

    05/13/2008 12:12:31 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 30 replies · 186+ views ^ | Tuesday May 13, 2008 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON - New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin endorsed Barack Obama for president today, giving the Illinois Democrat another superdelegate in his battle for the Democratic nomination. "Since the immediate days following the storm, I have been traveling to our nation's capitol to advocate for policies that aid our rebuilding effort," Nagin said in a statement released by the Obama campaign. "I know first hand, we desperately need the leadership of someone committed to changing the system in Washington that can hold us back from moving forward." Obama said he shares Nagin's commitment to "renewing the great city of New Orleans."...
  • A Louisiana Lesson for the GOP

    05/10/2008 8:42:34 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 22 replies · 944+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9 May 2008 | A Louisiana Lesson for the GOP
    No, not the lesson the national press is pushing, that Mr. Jenkins's loss is a sign of GOP disaster this fall, or that it demonstrates how difficult it will be for Republicans to link local competitors to the liberal Mr. Obama. Republicans face tough odds, yes. But that's because they've yet to prove they've learned a lesson, as they demonstrated again with Mr. Jenkins. By the lazy standards of the GOP, Mr. Jenkins should've been a cinch to win a Baton Rouge district in Republican hands for 34 years, and that President Bush won with 59% in 2004. Their candidate...
  • Analyst: Democrat's win in Louisiana could be false hope

    05/04/2008 7:38:46 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 14 replies · 89+ views ^ | 05/04/08 | DOUG SIMPSON
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Even as Democrats rejoiced Sunday at having snatched a Louisiana congressional seat long held by Republicans, an observer warned it doesn't mean voters are spurning the GOP and said the victor's hold on the seat is shaky. State Rep. Don Cazayoux polled 49 percent Saturday to beat Republican publisher Woody Jenkins, who received 46 percent, for the 6th District seat in the U.S. House. Cazayoux and Jenkins share conservative positions on gun rights and abortion, but interest groups' ads attacked the Democrat as a tax-happy liberal and accused the Republican of tax evasion. Some ads...
  • Dems Win LA, GOP Sees An Opening

    05/04/2008 11:16:54 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 28 replies · 198+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 4th, 2008 | Reid Wilson
    State Representative Don Cazayoux defeated a former state legislator in Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District last night, marking the second time in two months that Democrats have won a special election seat previously held by Republicans. Cazayoux took 49% of the vote to newspaper publisher and longtime political hand Woody Jenkins' 46%. Cazayoux won Baton Rouge, the southern and western suburbs and most of West Feliciana and St. Helena Parishes, as well as the precincts surrounding Lake Pontchartrain. Jenkins took more traditionally Republican territory south and east of the city, as well as most of Livingston Parish. The two candidates split...
  • Nagin Picked As Superdelegate

    05/04/2008 3:39:22 AM PDT · by chemicalman · 37 replies · 108+ views
    99.5 fm WRNO ^ | Saturday, May 3, 2008 | 99.5 fm wrno
    Nagin Picked As Superdelegate Hasn't said if he will support Obama or Clinton Saturday, May 3, 2008 New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been elected a superdelegate to the Democratic Party's presidential nominating convention. The state party's central committee picked Nagin over four other candidates, including Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu, who unsuccessfully challenged Nagin for mayor in 2006. Nagin won 83 votes in voting Saturday, Jerry McKernan of Baton Rouge had 50 and Landrieu had 28. Nagin is one of 11 Louisiana superdelegates who will go to the convention and do not need to pledge their support to a candidate...
  • Democrat Cazayoux wins congressional seat in Louisiana

    05/03/2008 9:38:21 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies · 125+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2008
    Democrat Don Cazayoux has won a special congressional election, bolstering his party's majority status on Capitol Hill and taking a seat held by Republicans since 1974. Cazayoux, a state lawmaker, beat Republican Woody Jenkins to cap a campaign that drew attention and cash from the national parties and from interest groups in Washington. The seat opened when Republican Richard Baker, a 20-year incumbent, resigned to take a lobbying job. With all precincts reporting, Cazayoux had 49 percent to 46 percent for Jenkins, a community newspaper publisher.