John Bel Edwards

Edwards Wins Louisiana Governor's Race

Nov 22, 2015
Ted Jackson / nola.com

State Rep. John Bel Edwards defeated U.S. Senator David Vitter Saturday night to become Louisiana's next governor.

Edwards, a state representative from Amite, received 56 percent of the vote in the runoff election.  He becomes the first Democrat to win a statewide office since 2008.

Edwards maintained his lead following the October 24th primary, where he topped the field of candidates with 40 percent of the vote going into the November 21 runoff.  

Edwards, Vitter to Debate Tuesday Night

Nov 10, 2015
image courtesy / avalonboro.net

U.S. Senator David Vitter and state Representative John Bel Edwards will take part in one of two live debates tonight. The Council for a Better Louisiana and Louisiana Public Broadcasting host a debate from the LPB studios in Baton Rouge.

KEDM Public Radio, along with other media outlets around the state, will carry the debate live at 7 p.m.

The debate features an in-depth discussion of several of the major issues facing Louisiana. Questions will be posed by a panel of reporters and the candidates will also question each other on the issues being discussed.

Kevin Litten / nola.com

Republican Jay Dardenne, who ran unsuccessfully for governor, is rebuffing GOP contender David Vitter in the runoff election and backing Democratic candidate John Bel Edwards instead.

Edwards hopes Dardenne's endorsement, announced Thursday, will make Republican voters feel more comfortable with supporting a Democrat in the Nov. 21 runoff.

Edwards, Vitter Make Runoff In Governor's Race

Oct 25, 2015
Robert McClendon / nola.com/Times-Picayune

State Representative John Bel Edwards saw his status as the top Democratic candidate carry him to lead the field in Saturday's gubernatorial election.  He will face Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter in a November 21st runoff for governor.

Edwards gathered 40 percent of the vote in a race where the most polls showed him paired with one of three major Republican challengers in a runoff scenario.  

“Who the hell cares what Grover says?”

Apparently the Senate does, while the House could not care less. The Senate passed their “new and improved” version of the budget Monday, with the SAVE plan included, although Sen. Karen Carter Peterson did try to take SAVE out.

“It would take Grover Norquist out of the business of budgeting in the state of Louisiana,” Peterson said, arguing for her amendment to HB 1 -- the budget bill – which failed, 13-26.

Over in the House, there was an attempt to add the SAVE plan language to Adley’s SB 93. Rep. John Bel Edwards and the amendment’s author, Rep. Alan Seabaugh, discussed what SAVE is—and does.

“This is not, and should not be a partisan issue, Rep. John Bel Edwards said last Thursday.

When it comes to Medicaid expansion, want to bet? The same concept with the same arguments supporting it was heard from a different author in a different committee Monday, and got a very different reception.

Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckley’s resolution sailed through House Appropriations yesterday, while Democratic Rep. John Bel Edwards’ resolution failed to pass out of House Health and Welfare last Thursday.

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