Election 2023

Opponents and a supporter of restrictions on library content, each holding signs backing their stance, talk before a St. Tammany Parish Council meeting

Local election results could forecast future Louisiana library battles 

BY: - November 20, 2023

As results rolled in Saturday evening, Louisiana elected a slate of new Republicans to statewide offices. Hidden among local election results were outcomes that could offer insight into the future of library battles around the state.  For several years, conservative activists have protested against certain library materials — primarily those with LGBTQ+ themes. But over […]

Henry Whitehorn

Caddo Parish sheriff’s race decided by one vote; recount expected

BY: - November 20, 2023

A recount is anticipated after Saturday’s election results saw Henry Whitehorn claim the Caddo Parish sheriff’s race against John Nickelson by just one vote out of more than 43,000 cast.  Nickelson is expected to ask for a recount before a 4:30 p.m. Tuesday deadline, according to KSLA-TV in Shreveport. The recount would take place Monday, […]

A voter makes his choices in at a New Orleans Garden District polling place

Louisiana voters back three of four constitutional amendments

BY: - November 18, 2023

Three of four proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution were approved Saturday, when voters also decided statewide runoffs for attorney general, treasurer and secretary of state.  The changes to the state charter will clarify the legislature’s options for veto overrides, close out a handful of dormant state funds and provide property tax breaks to first […]

Liz Murrill superimposed over the Louisiana Capitol

Liz Murrill becomes Louisiana’s first woman attorney general

BY: - November 18, 2023

Voters have chosen Liz Murrill, a chief deputy to Attorney General and Gov.-elect Jeff Landry, to succeed her boss and become the state’s first woman to hold the key post.  Murrill comfortably led her opponent, Democrat Lindsey Cheek, with 67% of vote in Saturday’s runoff election as of 8:30 p.m..  With Murrill’s election, Louisiana becomes […]

John Fleming superimposed over a drone phone of the Louisiana Capitol

Former Congressman John Fleming takes Louisiana treasurer race

BY: - November 18, 2023

Conservative former Congressman John Fleming was expected to clinch his runoff  Saturday over progressive Democrat Dustin Granger to become Louisiana’s state treasurer, helping to complete a Republican sweep of statewide elections this year.  Fleming led Granger with 66% of the vote as of 8:30 p.m., according to incomplete, unofficial totals from the Louisiana Secretary of […]

Nancy Landry superimposed over a drone photo of the Louisiana Capitol

Nancy Landry runs away with Louisiana secretary of state race

BY: - November 18, 2023

Projections call for Republican Nancy Landry to defeat Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup in the race for Louisiana secretary of state. Landry, who is not related to Gov.-elect Jeff Landry, was widely expected to run away with a win in Saturday’s general election. As of 8:30 p.m., she had received 68% of the vote to Collins-Greenup’s 32%.  […]

Gov.-elect Jeff Landry and his wife, Sharon, address reporters Oct. 25, 2023, at R.L. "Tigue" Moore Stadium at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.

Landry’s inaugural ball to be open to public

BY: - November 15, 2023

LAFAYETTE — Gov.-elect Jeff Landry announced Wednesday his inaugural ball will be open to the public. Tickets for the event, which will be held at the Raising Cane River Center in Baton Rouge following his inauguration at the capitol on Jan. 8, will be available on Landry’s transition website, oneteam.la. Members of the public can […]

Louisiana voters have stark contrast in state treasurer candidates on the ballot

BY: - November 15, 2023

Voters in Saturday’s state treasurer election will have to pick between a lifelong conservative who held multiple jobs in President Donald Trump’s administration and an unabashed progressive who believes climate change is a major threat to Louisiana.  Democrat Dustin Granger, 43, and Republican John Fleming, 72, are facing off in one of three statewide runoff […]

Solicitor General Liz Murrill speaks to the press Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, after qualifying for the attorney general’s race at the Louisiana State Archives building in Baton Rouge.

AG candidate Liz Murrill boasts close working relationship with governor-elect 

BY: - November 14, 2023

Then Attorney General-elect Jeff Landry didn’t think he could afford Liz Murrill.  It was 2015 and Landry, a former congressman, was seeking help with his transition from the state’s conservative legal luminaries. Chief among them was Murrill, who had been former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive counsel.  Murrill was brought in for advice, Landry told a […]

Polling location sign that reads, "Early Voting Here"

Dismal early voting turnout in Louisiana suggests big win for Republicans, pollster says

BY: - November 14, 2023

Louisiana’s early voting results indicate upcoming victories for Republicans in the remaining statewide races on the ticket, snuffing out any hopes the Democratic Party might have had to win at least one seat.  The 2023 general election, which includes races for secretary of state, attorney general and state treasurer, saw its seven-day early voting period […]

Rep. Mandie Landry speaks July 18, 2023, during the veto override session at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

What do progressives want for the future of Louisiana Democrats?

BY: - November 10, 2023

Progressive politicians in Louisiana say that the Democrats’ big loss in the state’s gubernatorial primary last month shows that the party’s push to bring back the moderate rural and suburban voters it has lost to the GOP in the past few decades is misguided. They believe there needs to be a more aggressive push for […]

Louisiana Gov.-elect Jeff Landry delivers a victory speech to supporters Oct. 14, 2023, at The Ballroom in Broussard after claiming an outright win in the primary election.

Louisiana’s new governor is one of the fossil fuel industry’s biggest defenders

BY: and - November 9, 2023

Climate change looms larger in Louisiana than it does almost anywhere else in the United States. The state is facing down monster hurricanes as well as sea-level rise, and it still relies on a fossil fuel industry that pollutes the state’s air and erodes its wetlands. But the state’s incoming governor, Republican Jeff Landry, doesn’t […]