State Politics

  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.

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

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

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

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

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith wins another term

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

  Edwards, Rispone visit New Orleans on eve of election

Bossier City lays out some ground rules for Trump rally

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

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

Eddie Rispone declines statewide debate invite

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

  Trump stumps for republican candidates; Edwards also rallies voters

  Candidates for governor reach out to voters on election eve

  Louisiana’s gubernatorial race draws national attention

  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.

  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).

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.

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.

  Gov. Edwards: $20 million to be sent to New Orleans for infrastructure work

Much of the money will go towards Sewerage and Water Board debt, but Governor Edwards said it will be a huge help moving forward.

‘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.

  Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority honors Kathleen Blanco

The late former governor was instrumental in the formation of the CPRA.

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.

  St. Bernard Parish leaders appeal for federal disaster relief money for fishermen

Fishermen returned to their docks after the threat from Barry diminished Monday (July 15), hopeful the storm brought in enough salt water to knock out the toxic algae bloom that has been hurting their catch for weeks.

  Race for Louisiana governor picks up steam

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

  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.

  Jefferson Parish Pres. Mike Yenni says its too early to discuss selling East Jeff Hospital

The office of the hospital's CEO says Yenni's appointment on the hospital board is vacant.

  Mike Yenni still weighing a reelection bid

Mike Yenni not ready to say yet if he will seek reelection.

Lawsuit challenges Louisiana’s training mandate for hair braiding

Few cosmetology schools offer the course; and the state doesn’t appear to offer the required exam

  The dean of the La. legislature discusses his legacy and ponders his future

He has been in the state legislature for 48 years and even has a hallway named for him and now Senate President John Alario is pondering whether he will attempt to return to the legislative chamber where his legendary political career began.

  La. restaurants face new rule for shrimp and crawfish

Locals say a new law will help protect the reputation of local seafood.

Gov. signs state budget with $200 million more for education

Governor John Bel Edwards signed the state operating budget Tuesday, June 18 without a single line-item veto.

Louisiana governor: Abortion ban decision wasn’t political

The governor said his decision on the legislation wasn’t a political one, but that he was “being true” to himself and consistent with how he ran for the governor’s job, as an anti-abortion candidate.

  Louisiana leaders at odds on how to monitor Medicaid participants

Senator John Kennedy wants a new law to assure the eligibility of Medicaid participants, but Governor John Bel Edwards says there’s already a functioning system in place.

GNO Inc., approves of latest effort to extend, reform national flood insurance program

New legislation being weighed by members of Congress would reform the troubled National Flood Insurance Program.

La. Dept. of Health to begin issuing permits for hemp, CBD manufacturers

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has announced it will start to begin issuing permits to CBD manufacturers after the sale of such products was made legal with the passage of House Bill 491.

How La. lawmakers voted on the fetal heartbeat bill

WAFB reached out to each lawmaker requesting they elaborate on their decision to either support or oppose the law.

Lawmakers approve new minimum marriage age in Louisiana

Louisianans younger than 16 will not be able to marry if Governor John Bel Edwards signs a bill lawmakers sent to his desk in the final minutes of this year’s legislative session.

Louisiana expands foster care for youth with jobs, in school

Louisiana is expanding its foster care program to cover youth in the state’s care until age 21.

  Sen. Danny Martiny talks failure of sports betting bills to win final legislative approval

Sen. Danny Martiny defends his stance on sports betting.

  Gov. Edwards signs bills to help New Orleans tackle serious drainage problems

Gov. John Bel Edwards came to New Orleans Friday to sign bills into law that will help the city pay for drainage improvements.

  State budget passes on final day of session

The last day of the regular legislative session came to and end Thursday at the Louisiana State Capitol. Among a series of last minute bill approvals, the house also passed a budget to fund state agencies.

Several abortion bills passed by Louisiana lawmakers

House and Senate lawmakers passed several abortion bills Wednesday (June 5), less than a week after Louisiana’s governor signed the strict ‘fetal heartbeat’ ban into law.

Louisiana voters asked to support anti-abortion amendment

Louisiana voters will decide whether to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it doesn't offer protections for abortion rights, but not until the November 2020 presidential election.

Veggie products face new labeling restrictions in Louisiana

Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to labeling restrictions that will keep veggie products from being called meat, non-rice products from being described as rice and sugar alternatives from being marketed as sugar.

New Louisiana penalties passed for referee-harassing parents

Louisiana lawmakers want to crack down on parents who scuffle with referees at children's sporting events, backing a bill to create new penalties for the behavior.

  Teacher pay raises win final legislative approval at the state Capitol

A proposed pay raise for public school teachers won final legislative approval at the state Capitol on Monday afternoon.

House spurns bill to set minimum marriage age in Louisiana

Opponents of a minimum age touted marriage benefits and said they don't want to prohibit pregnant teenagers from marrying.

Louisiana to create veteran business certification, database

Consumers will be able to search a database to find those businesses, under the bill that won final passage Sunday with a 98-0 House vote.

Louisiana budget deal near as school plan clears key hurdle

House Republicans previously blocked the $39 million increase in district's flexible block grant money.

Louisiana lawmakers add new regulations for abortion clinics

After passing one of the nation's strictest abortion bans, Louisiana lawmakers also passed new abortion clinic regulations that critics said would create additional hurdles to access.

House committee approves governor’s version of K-12 formula

On Thursday, May 30, the House’s education committee approved Louisiana’s k-12 operating formula, which includes $1,000 raises for teachers and a $39 million bump for school districts.

  La. lawmakers debate for hours before passing controversial abortion bill

Hours' worth of debate pitted pro-life legislators against pro-choice legislators.

  Governor Edwards to sign heartbeat bill after House gives final approval

Gov. John Bel Edwards released a statement after the House approved the "fetal heartbeat bill," saying he is ready to sign the bill when it reaches his desk.

Gov. Edwards signs first bills of 2019 regular legislative session into law

On Wednesday, May 29, Governor John Bel Edwards signed the first bills of the 2019 regular legislative session into law. He also issued his first veto.

Bill to conceal names of companies manufacturing execution drugs dies in La. senate

Another bill that would have abolished the death sentence, sponsored by Landry, was also rejected in the House earlier this month.

Lawmakers to vote on bill to expand ride-sharing statewide

Ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, have become a vital resource for travelers. However, those services aren’t available to everyone in Louisiana. Lawmakers are now discussing a bill that could expand services and regulations statewide.