'How sweet it is:’ Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards elected to second term

Voters elected John Bel Edwards to a second term as Louisiana’s governor in a General Election held Saturday, Nov. 16, according to projections by WAFB Political Analyst Jim Engster.

  Mike Cooper wins St. Tammany Parish president seat in landside

WAFB PROJECTION: Ardoin defeats Collins-Greenup in race for Secretary of State

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Service restored to voter information app, Secretary of State’s voter portal after temporary outage

  Gubernatorial candidates make final state-wide push ahead of Election Day

  Edwards and Rispone seek votes on election eve

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  Edwards, Rispone visit New Orleans on eve of election

Bossier City lays out some ground rules for Trump rally

Louisiana man accused of threating President Trump on Facebook denied bond

  Cantrell doubles down, responds to criticism against bond and tax propositions

  New FOX 8 poll shows how Edwards & Rispone stack up with different groups of voters and statewide

FOX 8 Exclusive Gubernatorial Runoff Poll

  State sees another high turnout as early voting for run-offs end

Louisiana saw another high turnout for early voting with nearly 490,000 votes across the state.

  St. Tammany voters to choose between Pat Brister and Mike Cooper in the parish president’s race

The candidates in the St. Tammany Parish president's race talk about their priorities for the parish.

  Edwards and Rispone file new campaign finance reports; respond to LMA questionnaire

The candidates for governor have filed new campaign finance reports as election day nears.

President Trump to hold rally Nov. 14 in Bossier City

Congressman Mike Johnson confirmed the plans Wednesday

Republican Tate Reeves elected new Mississippi governor

Mississippi governor’s race most competitive in years

  Local members of Congress have different views on the impeachment rules vote in the House

Trump campaign announces rally in Monroe on Nov. 6

Final debate trades substance for vitriol

Eddie Rispone declines statewide debate invite

Vice President Mike Pence visits Baton Rouge to stump for Eddie Rispone

Vice President Mike Pence visited Baton Rouge Monday, Oct. 28, surprising guests at Dearman’s Diner & Soda Fountain and fundraising at the Country Club of Louisiana for Republican gubernatorial candidate, Eddie Rispone.

Governor’s office has 30 days to turn over sexual harassment records, judge says

A judge ruled Wednesday, Oct. 23 in favor of a plaintiff who accused Governor John Bel Edwards’ administration of dragging its feet in turning over public records, but granted the administration 30 days to complete the request.

Rispone thwarts Edwards’ chance at outright win in primary election

Incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards did not secure the votes needed to win a primary election held in Louisiana Saturday, Oct. 12. He will face Republican newcomer Edward “Eddie” Rispone in a runoff.

  Trump stumps for republican candidates; Edwards also rallies voters

Saturday is Election Day. Friday, candidates worked down to the wire to rally voters.

  Candidates for governor reach out to voters on election eve

The three top candidates for governor spent the final full day of campaigning reaching out to voters across the state.

  Voting machines placed at polling locations

Crews in Orleans Parish are in the process of getting voting machines in place on Friday (Oct. 11) for Saturday’s general election.

President Trump to campaign for GOP candidates in Louisiana on Friday

President Donald Trump will be in Lake Charles Friday to campaign for the Republican candidates for Louisiana governor.

President Trump visits Louisiana: What you need to know

With the Saturday election looming, Pres. Donald Trump will be in Lake Charles Friday campaigning on behalf of the Republican candidates for Louisiana governor.

  Louisiana’s gubernatorial race draws national attention

President Trump stumps in Louisiana, Friday, just a day before voters are set to choose a governor. He will be in Lake Charles working to ensure republican voters turn out to the polls. But democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards will be there, too, with a rally of his own.

  Gubernatorial candidates reach out to more voters following the final debate

The major candidates for governor took part in a final debate before the Oct. 12th election.

High early voter turnout could indicate early support for democratic candidates

When some hotly contested local races are paired with a nationally watched governor's race, it's a combination that seems to pull people to the polls.

Lawsuit filed against governor’s administration in Johnny Anderson sexual harassment case

A lawsuit involving the Johnny Anderson sexual harassment case has been filed against the governor’s administration.

Gray TV Poll: Louisiana voters would re-elect President Donald Trump

In a new, exclusive Gray Television poll looking ahead to next year’s presidential election, most Louisiana voters said they would re-elect Republican Donald Trump instead of replacing him with a Democrat.

  EXCLUSIVE: Edwards leading the race in Gray TV poll, political analyst reacts

A new exclusive Gray Television poll shows Democratic Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards with a sizable lead statewide over his two major Republican challengers, businessman Eddie Rispone and Congressman Ralph Abraham.

Exclusive Gubernatorial Poll: John Bel Edwards leads with 5 days until election

In a new exclusive Gray Television poll, Democratic Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards comfortably leads his two chief Republican rivals, Eddie Rispone and Ralph Abraham, with five days left to the primary election

  Vice President Pence rallies for GOP in Kenner

Vice President Mike Pence was in Louisiana today not for a particular candidate, just for a particular party.

  Supreme to hear case involving Louisiana’s abortion law, pro-life and pro-choice advocates react

The Supreme Court is getting involved in the abortion debate after agreeing to hear a Louisiana case.

Salacious anti-Edwards ads hit airwaves

Two new political ads have been released detailing alleged sexual harassment by a former high-ranking official in the administration of Governor John Bel Edwards.

Vice President Pence headed to New Orleans area for GOP rally

Vice President Mike Pence will headline a GOP rally in the New Orleans Metro Area on Saturday.

  Three Jefferson Parish President candidates square off in West Bank debate

The three Jefferson Parish President candidates: Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng, attorney and former parish president John Young, and independent candidate Lee Bonnecarrere met tonight for a debate on the West Bank.

  Congressman Steve Scalise weighs in on impeachment inquiry

While visiting Xavier University for Service Academy Day Saturday, Minority Whip Steve Scalise doubled down on his comment to President Trump and what he feels is a slew of unfair attacks over the alleged whistleblower complaint and the impeachment inquiry.

  Jefferson Parish voters to decide a council-at-large race on Oct. 12th

Early voting begins Saturday (Sept. 28) and voters in Jefferson Parish will cast ballots on a council-at-large race.

Louisiana early voting to feature high-tech touchscreen devices

Early voting runs Saturday through Oct. 5, with the exception of Sunday; hours are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. each day

  Members of La’s congressional delegation react to the now public whistleblower’s complaint against the White House

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana says the whistleblower at the center of the Democrats' decision to launch an impeachment inquiry of Pres. Trump is no real whistleblower.

Second TV debate coming Thursday in Louisiana governor race

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his two main Republican challengers are set to spar in their second statewide TV debate, two days from the start of early voting.

  A rematch of candidates in the Jefferson Parish sheriff’s race

Voters in Jefferson Parish will decide the sheriff's race on Oct. 12.

  La. Congressional Delegation reacts to possible impeachment

Members of the state’s congressional delegation say this impeachment inquiry is nothing to be taken lightly.

  Top Democratic leaders in New Orleans endorse Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. John Bel Edwards picked up a series of endorsements in New Orleans on Tuesday (Sept. 24).

Louisiana senators respond to Nancy Pelosi calling for impeachment of President Trump

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said she supports a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. She made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 24.

  Locals react to Democrats beginning formal impeachment inquiry against Trump

Members of Louisiana's congressional delegation and a political analyst react to Democrats launching a formal impeachment inquiry against Pres. Trump.

Governor’s debate not short on small jabs between candidates

The sharpest difference between the three candidates came as no surprise; taxes.

Candidates ready for first Louisiana Governor’s race debate

The three major candidates for Louisiana governor are facing off in their first debate

  Oil prices rise over attack in Saudi Arabia, members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation respond

Energy experts say oil prices are expected to rise over the attack in Saudi Arabia.

Louisiana surplus estimate grows to $500M, up from $300M

Louisiana's latest surplus will be larger than expected, reaching $500 million, rather than the $300 million previously discussed.

Louisiana Gray Television stations announce statewide debate in governor’s race

“Election 2019: The Final Debate” will air live statewide from the KSLA News 12 Studios on Oct. 9, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on KSLA-Shreveport, WVUE-News Orleans, WAFB-Baton Rouge, KNOE-Monroe, KPLC-Lake Charles and KALB-Alexandria.

  Sen. Cassidy and local lawmakers push for better National Flood Insurance Program

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy is pushing for a flood insurance plan that he says could save money for homeowners in designated flood zones.

Louisiana congressmen give their staffers thousands of dollars in bonuses annually

All six congressmen who serve Louisiana in the House of Representatives hand out thousands of dollars in bonuses to their staffs each year, a researcher says

  Politicians flocks to annual big labor picnic in New Orleans

The annual Labor Day event hosted by organized labor in New Orleans attracted the governor and other politicians.

  'We should support locals’: Seafood labeling law takes effect

Many New Orleans seafood restaurants who buy from local vendors say they support new law requiring source of seafood to be disclosed.

Louisiana voting rights change not causing surge in signups

A Louisiana law change earlier this year restored voting rights to thousands of convicted felons, but at most, only a few hundred have registered to vote so far.

‘Not one discriminatory bone in my body’ Rep. Ralph Abraham says about campaign ad

U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham’s second television ad outperformed the campaign’s expectations, the Republican candidate for governor told WAFB Tuesday, Aug. 27.

  WATCH: Malfunctioning voting machine switched votes in runoff for Mississippi governor

A video shared with WMC Action News 5 shows a voter selecting Bill Waller, only for the machine to select Tate Reeves instead.

  Car removed from Mid-City sewerage system

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans found at least one car in the sewerage system at the Lafitte Greenway and Jefferson Davis Parkway.

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the United States, or what's called a "public charge," but the new rules, made public on Monday, detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

A look at the candidates signed up for October’s election

The sign-up period for Louisiana's Oct. 12 primary election runs through Thursday. The top of the ballot will include the governor's race and competitions for six other statewide positions.

Candidates for governor prepare to qualify for the race

Candidates for La. governor will officially qualify for the race this week.

New Louisiana abortion, marriage laws among the 260 to take effect Thursday

People now must be 16 years old to marry in Louisiana, medical marijuana patients can inhale cannabis and women seeking medication abortions face new restrictions, as more than 260 new state laws take effect Thursday.

Lawsuit claims Louisiana Supreme Court districts are discriminatory

A civil rights organization has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the maps used to elect Louisiana's seven state Supreme Court justices as discriminatory against African American voters.

  Senator Kennedy: Gretna chief did ‘the right thing’ in firing 2 officers

Senator John Kennedy said the officer needed to face the consequences after calling AOC a "vile idiot" on Facebook and posting that she "needs a round."

  Joe Biden tours New Orleans community youth center

Biden, his wife and Rep. Cedric Richmond toured the Youth Empowerment Project Tuesday afternoon (July 23). Watch their speeches live:

  New Orleans court hearing on healthcare reform law attracted an overflow crowd

A lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act was heard in a New Orleans federal appeals court Tuesday (July 9).

Judge: New Orleans can’t take down Trump quotes mural

New Orleans cannot make a landowner take down a mural of infamous quotes recorded when Donald Trump was on “Access Hollywood” in 2005 because the city’s mural regulations violate freedom of speech, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  Race for Louisiana governor picks up steam

The race for Louisiana governor is taking shape with four candidates, including incumbent John Bel Edwards.

  ‘I have to see her’: Michelle Obama, Democratic hopefuls draw crowds at Essence Fest

While music and art take center stage at Essence, the political lineup is a welcome addition.

  Housing advocates: Lower property taxes could spur affordable housing growth

Affordability of housing in New Orleans remains a problem, according to housing advocates, who say rent in the city is often higher than the average salary.

Voting rights groups plan Louisiana registration bus tour

Two voting rights groups are holding a four-day bus tour across Louisiana, seeking to register thousands of convicted felons whose voting rights were restored earlier this year.

  Race for Jefferson Parish’s at-large council seats takes shape

Jefferson Parish voters will decide in the fall who will fill the parish’s two at-large council seats and Friday another candidate with local name recognition entered the race.

  Bins of radioactive waste removed from Gert Town

Crews started removing bins of radioactive material from a Gert Town neighborhood Friday morning.