This time in 2019, Louisiana voters will cast their ballot for Governor
Posted on 11/13/2017 3:30:00 AM.

This week, two years from now, voters will cast their ballots for Louisiana’s next governor. Current Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards is planning to run again. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry could challenge Edwards and tensions between the two continue to escalate. He says expect GOP leaders to keep attacking the governor on various issues.
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Governor Edwards calls for a special session to fix budget deficit
Posted on 1/27/2017 11:01:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards announces he will call a special session so legislators can make what he calls "painful" cuts to address a 304-million dollar shortfall. Edwards says the 11-day special session would start February 13th.
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Gov. John Bel Edwards' approval rating up 13 points from May
Posted on 9/22/2016 3:01:00 AM.

A new poll released by Southern Media and Opinion Research finds Governor John Bel Edwards’ approval rating is at 63%. That’s a 13% increase from May. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says there is a saying by a lot elected officials, you never let a crisis go by without taking advantage of it. He says that what Edwards did by being very visible during the tragic shootings and the flooding.
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Edwin Edwards turns 89
Posted on 8/7/2016 9:26:00 AM.

Former four-term governor Edwin Edwards says he is well on his way to becoming the oldest governor of Louisiana, as he turned 89-years-old on Sunday. Edwards’s youngest son Eli just turned 3, and he says it’s given him a chance to be a better father than he was to his first four children. He has some advice for young fathers.
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Transportation task force holds first meeting
Posted on 7/12/2016 3:22:00 AM.

A transportation task force created by Governor John Bel Edwards holds its first meeting today. The panel will make various recommendations that could lead to major changes for Louisiana’s roadways. State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says the task force holds its first meeting as the state faces a nearly 13-billion dollar backlog in transportation projects.
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Gov. Edwards looks for businesses to share in higher taxes
Posted on 3/7/2016 12:47:00 PM.
With the special session set to end Wednesday night, lawmakers are scrambling to come up with a plan to address the state's large budget deficit. There's talk about increasing Louisiana's four-cent sales tax by as much two-cents, but Governor John Bel Edwards believes the tax burden should be spread out, impacting businesses as well.
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Governor Edwards to deliver bad budget news to taxpayers
Posted on 2/11/2016 4:29:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards will address Louisiana citizens tonight to discuss the state’s historic budget deficit. This address comes ahead of the special legislative session that begins Sunday, where lawmakers will have to come up with a plan to combat an 870-million dollar budget deficit.  UL Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says that this kind of speech is unprecedented.
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Edwards says no campaign promises have been broken
Posted on 1/30/2016 11:52:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards argues against those who say he is breaking a campaign promise by proposing to raise taxes to address Louisiana’s massive budget shortfall. Edwards says the proposals he’s made are different than talked about during the election, because the facts are different. He also says these proposals are not what he wanted, but necessary.
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Analyst anticipates lawmakers supporting some of governor's tax proposals
Posted on 1/22/2016 3:25:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has proposed raising some taxes in efforts to help with the state’s fiscal issues. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross believes lawmakers might approve these tax hikes but it depends on what they are and who the taxes impact. He says if republican lawmakers agree to the increase, it likely won’t affect their reelection.
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Governor John Bel Edwards takes the oath of office
Posted on 1/11/2016 1:58:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
John Bel Edwards was sworn in today as Louisiana's 56th governor. In his first address, the new Democratic governor said the structural budget deficit needs a major overhaul before any of our other problems can be fixed. He says we must make it possible for all Louisiana citizens to be healthy and prosperous.
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