State Politics

La. judge denies House’s request to revoke executive orders

  Political parties in La. & others react as the vote count for the presidential election continues

  Sports betting wins but it could take a year or two

2020 Election Results: Constitutional amendments in La.

2020 Election Results: Rep. Garret Graves wins reelection of 6th Congressional District

Louisiana approves Amendment 1 stating abortion not a right

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2020 Election Results: Rep. Cedric Richmond wins reelection of 2nd Congressional District

ELECTION 2020: Results for high-profile races in the FOX 8 viewing area, around the state

Cedric Richmond re-elected to U.S. Rep. 2nd Congressional District seat

  Steve Scalise re-elected U.S. Rep of 1st Congressional District

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New Orleans leaders trade jabs with secretary of state of power to pull off election

Gov. Edwards vetoes 2 bills authored by Republican lawmakers during second special session

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday, Oct. 27 he vetoed two bills authored by Republican lawmakers during the second special legislative session of 2020.

Gov. Edwards suing legislature to defend coronavirus rules

Governor John Bel Edwards is still ignoring a petition from lawmakers that would halt all the state’s COVID-19 rules for a week.

Gov. Edwards files lawsuit defending his COVID-19 public health emergency proclamation

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced during a news conference Monday, Oct. 26 that his administration is filing a lawsuit in state court to defend his COVID-19 public health emergency proclamation.

  Pro-life, pro-choice forces work to impact the outcome of Amendment 1 on the Nov. ballot

Some other conservative states have approved similar constitutional provisions.

  First day of early voting sees largest turnout in Louisiana history

La. House passes ‘Ka’Mauri Harrison Act’ in Jefferson Parish BB gun case

State lawmakers discuss grant program for businesses, including bars

  State lawmakers begin debating bills that take aim at Gov. Edwards’ authority

  Judge Barrett would help decide high-profile cases soon after being confirmed to the Supreme Court; legal experts weigh in

  La. native is Trump’s choice for Supreme Court says CNN; political analyst reacts

  Unemployment trust fund, long list of other items on special session agenda

Gov. John Bel Edwards is calling on the legislators to narrow the scope of the special session.

Democrats accuse Ardoin of ‘voter suppression, gross incompetence' over website outage; Ardoin says it was maintenance

Sept. 21 through 25 is Voter Registration Week in Louisiana, but many who tried to access the Secretary of State’s website Wednesday, Sept. 23, on National Voter Registration Day, were unable to do so.

  Pandemic affects Labor Day campaigning; retail politics for the fall elections

The COVID-19 pandemic impacts the way politicians must interact with voters this campaign season.

  Legislative panel approves a fall election plan Gov. Edwards vows to block

The federal courts could ultimately decide opportunities for mail-in voting in Louisiana for the presidential election.

Gov. Edwards declares emergency for Nov. 3 election in La., says sec. of state’s plan does not protect public health

Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order Tuesday, Aug. 18 declaring an emergency currently exists for Louisiana’s Nov. 3 election because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  La’s secretary of state releases plan for voting by mail for fall elections; critics say it doesn’t go far enough

Louisiana's top elections official proposes an election plan for the fall elections that would require most registered voters to cast votes in-person.

  With new adjustments preparations are underway for Saturday’s elections

Local leaders urge voters to cast their ballots while promising to make it as safe as possible.

  La.’s unemployment trust fund running out of money; governor says jobs are available

The latest stimulus package Congress is working on could ease some of the state's fiscal pain.

  Changes in Jefferson Parish polling locations prompt concern for voter turnout

The August election may not drive as many people to the polls, but with three millage renewals on the ballot, Gretna mayor Belinda Constant says it’s a very important election.

Here’s the nearly 200 Louisiana laws that take effect Saturday

Close to 200 new laws take effect in Louisiana Saturday, Aug. 1.

  LABI applauds tax breaks for businesses; some legislators fear LA can’t afford them due to COVID-19

Lawmakers have already begin talking about a possible special session in the fall.

U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule on 2014 Louisiana abortion law

A state law that would limit who could perform abortions has been under a microscope since it was passed in 2014.

  Democrats & Republicans offer different police reform legislation; La. congressmen & FOP react

Votes are expected in the House and Senate soon on the competing police reform legislation.

Gov. Edwards signs bill making grants available to aid small businesses affected by COVID-19

The Republican-crafted bill will allow for $300 million in federal aid to begin a grant program.

Louisiana gambling board chairman removed by state Senate

The head of Louisiana’s gambling regulatory board has been ousted by state senators who refused to confirm his reappointment on the final day of the regular legislative session.

  Legislature ends regular session and begins a special session; Gov. Edwards says passing a budget must be a priority

State lawmakers began a special session moments after adjourning the regular session at the state capitol.

  Republican-led legislature exerts more independence; political analyst says the governor still has power

Democrats in the legislature say they were left out of the decision-making about the special session.

  Healthcare and higher education funding dominate budget committee hearing at the State Capitol

Budget cuts are anticipated over the pandemic's impact on the economy.

  House committee pushes forward resolution to strip Gov. Edwards of emergency declaration powers

While Louisianans across the state worked together to flatten the curve of coronavirus, it's now reached a tipping point as divisive politics were at play again in Baton Rouge.

  Sports wagering bill advances in the La. legislature; union for casino workers releases guidelines

A sports wagering bill makes it out of a legislative committee at the State Capitol.

Gov. Edwards, President Trump discuss testing, reopening Louisiana’s economy during private meeting

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced he will travel to Washington, D.C. Wednesday, April 29 to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss the state’s response to COVID-19.

How you can ask Gov. Edwards a coronavirus-related question

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will be answering questions from state residents during his daily news conferences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  La. lawmakers made a brief return to the capitol building due to COVID-19, budget still needs approval

State lawmakers will be notified when to return to the capitol building as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to climb.

Gov. Edwards focuses on education during opening remarks of legislative session

Governor John Bel Edwards told Louisiana’s lawmakers he wants the legislature to make education a priority for the state during a speech on the first day of the 2020 Legislative Session Monday, March 9.

Putting bodily fluids in food would be crime similar to tampering under proposed law

A state representative in Livingston Parish, Buddy Mincey, hopes lawmakers will agree to create a crime of adulterating a food product.

John Bel Edwards sworn in for second term as Louisiana governor

John Bel Edwards was sworn in for a second term as Louisiana governor on Monday, Jan. 13.

  Gov. John Bel Edwards kicking off second term

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is kicking off his second term without the budget crises of his first four years, but with a more conservative Legislature that could create new clashes over spending.

Rep. Schexnayder elected as La. House speaker

A divided Louisiana House elected Gonzales Republican Clay Schexnayder as speaker on Monday, Jan. 13.

State Superintendent John White announces resignation

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White announced that he is stepping down from the post he has held for eight years.

  La. congressmen react to the release of Articles of Impeachment against Trump

Democrats unveiled their charges against Republican President Donald Trump in the form of two Articles of Impeachment and members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation reacted to the move that will change Trump’s legacy.

  Sen. Cassidy introduces legislation to help families with newborns pay for early expenses

Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy introduces legislation to help families with newborns shoulder some of the expenses.

'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.

  Political analysts weigh in on Gov. Edwards’ defeat of Rispone

Now that the lawn signs are coming up and it’s back to business as usual for both of Louisiana’s gubernatorial candidates, political analysts are weighing in on why businessman Eddie Rispone lost the election.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith wins another term

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith secured another term with a victory over Tim Lentz.

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

Kyle Ardoin has been elected Secretary of State in Louisiana during a General Election held Saturday, Nov. 16. Ardoin defeated the lesser-known Democratic challenger Gwen Collins-Greenup for the second time.

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

The office of Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says service has been restored after a temporary outage of the GeauxVote Mobile app and Secretary of State’s Voter Portal Saturday. Nov. 16.

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

The two candidates, Democrat incumbent John Bel Edwards and Republican challenger Eddie Rispone both made a big final push with multiple stops across the state.

  Edwards and Rispone seek votes on election eve

Gov. John Bel Edwards and his challenger Eddie Rispone worked to secure more votes on election eve.

  Edwards, Rispone visit New Orleans on eve of election

Louisiana voters are about to make a choice about the future of the state. Friday is ostensibly last day of campaigning on the eve of the high-stakes and extremely close runoff in the governor's race.

Bossier City lays out some ground rules for Trump rally

Here are some do’s and don’ts, including what you cannot bring in with you

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

A new FOX 8 poll on the governor's race gives insight on where the two runoff candidates stand as voters prepare to go to the polls on Saturday (Nov 16).

FOX 8 Exclusive Gubernatorial Runoff Poll

The poll of 625 registered Louisiana voters shows Edwards with 48 percent of the vote while Rispone has 46 percent. Six percent say they are still undecided

  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.

Trump campaign announces rally in Monroe on Nov. 6

The president is expected to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone.

Eddie Rispone declines statewide debate invite

Baton Rouge businessman, Eddie Rispone, has declined an invitation to appear in a debate to be televised across Louisiana on the state’s highest-rated television stations.

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.

  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.

  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.

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.

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.