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RELEASE: How Cassidy Bill Will Impact Louisiana


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How the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson Repeal 

Bill Will Impact Louisiana


BATON ROUGE, La. – Like each of the previous Republican attempts, the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill would sabotage our health care system, gut Medicaid, increase costs, and strip health care away from millions of Americans. Once again, Republicans in Congress are ignoring the millions of Americans who pressured them into dropping their last health care repeal effort. While Republicans are pushing a bill to take health care away from working families, Democrats are working together to expand coverage for all Americans.

“Democrats believe that all Louisianians should have access to affordable healthcare. And as Republicans try to take health care away from working families, many of our communities will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill,” said Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party Stephen Handwerk. “This harmful bill will end Medicaid as we know it, cancel tax credits that help families afford health insurance, and eliminate subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for working families. Senator Cassidy and Senator Kennedy need to listen to the Louisianians they represent and join Democrats in their efforts to improve our health care system.”

Here is a look at a few of the ways Louisianians will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller bill:

  • Cancels tax credits that help over 110,000 Louisiana families – 90 percent of Louisiana marketplace enrollees – afford health insurance.
  • Eliminates subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for 70,000 Louisiana residents, which is 58 percent of the total marketplace enrollees in the state.
  • Slashes billions in federal funding to states for expanding health insurance coverage and lowering costs.


True Blue Gala – October 6th – NOLA

NEW DATE:  OCTOBER 6th, 2017 at 7:30pm

Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party announced that popular national figure Jason Kander will be the headliner at this year’s big annual dinner, now called the True Blue Gala. Kander, president of Let America Vote, is an Afghanistan veteran, and was the first millennial elected to statewide office in the U.S. His rise as a leader in the party catalyzed when he came within three points of winning a highly competitive federal senate race in a deep red state last cycle- in part fueled by a daring gun background check ad that went viral.

“We’re thrilled to have Jason at our dinner this year because we believe he speaks to the next generation of leadership in our country. Jason is exactly the sort of leader we need to progress the party in the South. He’s a young veteran who continues to put his country before himself,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “I’ve been inspired more than a few times hearing Jason speak at events. I also have the privilege of serving on The Democratic National Committee Commission to Protect American Democracy with him, where we fight against Republican efforts to make it harder to vote for eligible Americans across the country.”

The dinner will be held at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans on Friday, October 6th at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are available here.   Hotel reservations can be made here.

Previous year’s speakers include Senator Cory Booker, Representative Joaquin Castro, former Governors Martin O’Malley, Ed Rendell Jennifer Granholm and Charlie Crist, and great friend to Louisiana, Senator Amy Klobuchar.


Read more about Jason here.

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RELEASE: True Blue Gala Postponed Due to Harvey


Friday, August 25, 2017

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Louisiana Democratic Party Postpones Dinner


Baton Rouge, LA – Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party announced that the True Blue Gala will be postponed due to Hurricane Harvey, expected to make landfall on Friday. The party is encouraging people who can safely travel, to help neighbors in affected areas.

“Right now we are all focused on the safety of Louisianians and our neighbors,” said Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party Senator Karen Carter Peterson. “The True Blue Gala is intended as a night of fellowship, celebration and planning for the future. The storm’s impact on peoples lives combined with the state of emergency our Governor has issued because of the potential impact on Louisiana over the next five days clearly decided this for us.  We are working closely with the Hilton Riverside New Orleans to select a new date and are grateful to them for working with us. We will announce a new date after the storm has cleared. In the meantime we ask that everyone prepare for this storm and if possible do what you can to help those who may be in need.”







RELEASE: Mayor Landrieu To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award



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Mayor Landrieu Will Receive The Award At the True Blue Gala

Baton Rouge, LA – Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party announced that Mayor Mitch Landrieu will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the True Blue Gala on Saturday, August 26th.  Each year the party honors leaders who have given freely of themselves to make this world better for others.

“Mayor Landrieu has consistently been a strong leader in our community,” said Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party Senator Karen Carter Peterson. “During his tenure as mayor, the city has made great improvements due to the high ethical standards he implemented in city contracting, and his prioritization of public safety and fiscal responsibility. Though we know this is just the beginning of his work in public service, we couldn’t think of a better person to honor this year.”

Landrieu is entering the final year of his second and final term as Mayor of New Orleans. In May 2010, when Mitch Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans , the recovery from Hurricane Katrina had stalled, the city teetered on bankruptcy and the New Orleans Police Department was under federal investigation.  Under Landrieu, New Orleans has become one of America’s greatest comeback stories.  He kick-started the recovery by fast-tracking over 100 projects and securing billions in federal funding for schools, hospitals, parks and critical infrastructure. Landrieu brought sound fiscal management, balanced budgets, and ethical contracting to City Hall, leading to the City’s highest-ever credit rating and over $8 billion in development.  His top priority has been public safety– reforming the police department and implementing a comprehensive murder reduction strategy. Landrieu served as Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor for two terms. Prior to that he served 16 years in the Louisiana Legislature. In 2015, Landrieu was named Public Official of the Year by Governing.  Inducted in June 2017, he currently serves as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Senator John Breaux, Senator Mary Landrieu, Governor Kathleen Blanco, Felicia Kahn, and Elsie Burkhalter.

The True Blue Gala will be held on Saturday, August 26th at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit



RELEASE: Krista’s story, the high cost of the GOP Healthcare Bill

TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017                                                    


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 DNC & Louisiana Democratic Party Highlight Krista’s Story and Impact of Republican Repeal Bill


BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee and the are releasing a new video called “Krista’s Fight for Medicaid,” which highlights the story of Krista – a single mother from Louisiana, who would experience firsthand the damaging effects of the Republican health care repeal bill. The Senate Republican repeal bill would strip access to quality and affordable coverage away from 22 million Americans and gut Medicaid, which families across the country depend on every day. Under Governor John Bel Edwards, Louisiana benefited from the expansion of Medicaid but the Republican bill would jeopardize coverage for more than 433,000 people , affecting families like Krista’s and putting children’s health at risk.

“The Republican repeal bill is unconscionably cruel and hurts families like Krista’s who are working tirelessly to provide for their families. Our elected leaders should be doing everything possible to ensure that more people have access to affordable coverage – not less,” said LDP Executive Director Stephen Handwerk. “Democrats will continue to stand by Krista and others who believe that all people deserve access to affordable healthcare, and we will continue to fight each day until that becomes a reality for every Louisianan.”

Watch Krista’s story here.







RELEASE: LDP Congratulates Mayor Landrieu on New Role


MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017                                                            


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Senator Karen Carter Peterson Commends Landrieu For Being Named The President of The U.S. Conference of Mayors


Baton Rouge, LA – Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party offered a congratulatory message to Mayor Mitch Landrieu on his new position as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of LDP said, “I’m extremely proud of my mayor and friend, Mitch, who has been a fearless leader for our city. I look forward to his future work in this capacity. The U.S. Conference of Mayors is fortunate to have a hardworking, pioneering president.”

Notable quotes from Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors today:

  • “In this political climate, we as mayors must fight to occupy the radical center, where idealism meets reality and where we put people over politics.”


  • “America’s greatness is alive and well in cities and towns across this country from urban to rural to suburban and from coast to coast. . . It is in our cities where energy meets opportunity. Where grit and determination produce new jobs. . . It is in our city where hope hits the street.”


  • “This country is clearly hungry for results, and that is what a mayor delivers everyday. We govern in real time. We govern in reality. We never step back when duty calls. We don’t just talk about it. We don’t just debate it. We don’t have time for that.”





RELEASE: LDP Calls on Louisiana Senators to End Secret Process to Repeal ACA

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

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The Louisiana Democratic Party is Calling on Senator Cassidy and Senator Kennedy to End the Closed Door Process to Repeal the ACA

Director of the Party Stephen Handwerk Urged the Lawmakers to Stop the Secrecy

“Senate Republicans are creating a bill with no public input, no hearings, and are bypassing the normal committee process on an issue that affects tens of millions of Americans’ lives. Not only is the text secret, but there will be no committee markups, no opportunity for Democratic amendments or even questions, and no bipartisan negotiations. Republicans are now also restricting media access to Senate members to ensure continued secrecy. This process is a scandal against our democracy. It’s a stark contrast to the open legislative process Democrats used to develop and pass the Affordable Care Act in 2009-2010.

“We must be vigilant in holding our representatives accountable. No bill should be drafted and passed in the dark. We are calling on republicans to bring the process to the light. We call on Louisiana U.S. Senators Cassidy and Kennedy to reject this un-democratic process and stand up for their constituents.”


2017 Power UP Trainings


Everyone’s been asking what LDP is doing next for our SUMMER OF RESISTANCE and we’re excited to give you an advance look at our big events! We’re holding day-long training sessions across the state to recruit and train activists, staff, and new candidates who represent our progressive values! 
Power Up Trainings!
These events are designed to teach democrats the secrets of the trade so that they can be more effective than ever. The day will include talks from some of the best in the state on digital strategy, messaging and civic engagement, among other topics!
Join us in a city near you. Space is extremely limited and will fill up fast once we start advertising more widely so sign up today!  
Attendees to these trainings will learn the latest tools, how to run meetings, how to grow our base, how to hold protests and so much more!  Get your tickets NOW and you will help us plan the agenda for each city’s customised trainings!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Questions about these trainings reach out to our Public Affairs Director, D’Seante Parks at  

RELEASE: Chair Karen Carter Peterson Statement on Rep. Scalise Shooting



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Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party on Steve Scalise Shooting

Senator Karen Carter Peterson Offers Response in Light of The Senseless Act of Violence


“I am deeply saddened and troubled that anyone would inflict terror on public servants. Steve Scalise is my friend and former state legislative colleague. My heart goes out to him, the other victims involved, his family, and the brave law enforcement officers injured in this tragic incident.


The upcoming congressional ballgame that he and others were practicing for is one of few occasions that bring Democrats and Republicans together. I know personally that Steve and I share a core philosophy of standing up and fighting hard for what you believe in. He’s strong and I look forward to his full recovery.”




The Organization Brings On Seasoned Local As Director of Public Affairs


BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party announced that D’Seante Parks joined the organization as Director of Public Affairs. Parks’ family is from Shreveport, Louisiana and she graduated from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University.

Parks will manage communications and engagement statewide. An alumna of SKDKnickerbocker in Washington, D.C., she returned home to work on Mary Landrieu’s re-election campaign in 2014. Following the loss, she joined Kamala Harris’ successful U.S. Senate campaign in California. Most recently Parks served as political director for Afghanistan Veteran Jason Kander’s U.S. Senate campaign in Missouri.

“D’Seante is a vital addition to the team,” said Executive Director Stephen Handwerk. “In the face of growing resistance, we have seen folks wanting to run for office and get involved at every level so we’re excited to have a seasoned professional with personal ties to the state to support and grow those initiatives. D’Seante’s combined experience as a communications professional, political strategist, and community organizer are what made her the best candidate for the job.”

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to come back and work to ensure the right people represent Louisianans at every level,” said Parks. “I look forward to building partnerships across the state, recruiting candidates that reflect progressive Louisiana values and growing our voter base.”

“It’s exciting to see talent from Louisiana return. We strive to ensure that the party reflects our vast, diverse state so having someone in the office every day whose family is in Shreveport is a valuable addition,“ said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “D’Seante has worked on some important campaigns across the country and we are thrilled to have her back at such an important time for Louisiana.”


RELEASE: Landry Sued For Breaking The Law

Landry Sued For Breaking The Law
Pledged Transparency During 2015 Campaign

BATON ROUGE – This week, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has come under fire for failing to produce public records from his office.  The Advocate reported that despite having received a request for documents that are attainable under public records laws on September 30, 2016, Jeff Landry’s office is making excuses for why he cannot comply with the law.

“Jeff Landry is breaking the law,” said Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “No matter what the excuse is, the bottom line is that Jeff Landry is refusing to turn over public records.  In 2015, Jeff Landry touted transparency, but as soon as he took office, he immediately began hiding important information from the public.  Since he is going to such great lengths to hide these records from the public, the simple question is – what’s he hiding?”

According to the Louisiana Record in 2015, “An organization working to hold attorney general candidates accountable says Louisiana attorney general candidate Jeff Landry has made a pledge to be transparent in office.”

“Jeff Landry has been anything, but transparent,” Handwerk continued.  “The law clearly gives elected officials a timeline for turning over documents, but the AG isn’t complying.  For someone who is supposed to enforce the law, clearly, he thinks he is above it.

“What are you hiding, Jeff?”


What are you waiting on Jeff?



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What are you waiting for Jeff?

If the Attorney general is to be consistent, a lawsuit against President Trump is forthcoming.

BATON ROUGE – Late yesterday the White House issued a statement that President Trump will leave in place President Obama’s 2014 executive order.  That E.O. is nearly identical in its intent to the one Governor John Bel Edwards issued last year giving workplace protections to the LGBTQ community.  In both Executive Orders there are broad protections from workplace discrimination in government jobs as well as those who wish to contract with the Government.  The order by Governor John Bel Edwards has drawn the contempt of A.G. Landry so much so that it is currently being litigated.

Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party issued the following statement: 

“I have a simple question for the Attorney General – when should we expect your lawsuit against President Trump?”

Join the 2017 Blue Krewe!

Members of the Blue Krewe are individuals who are committed to developing our state party in order to “make Louisiana blue.” Each member makes a monthly or annual contribution and is asked to provide feedback and guidance on the direction of LDP efforts throughout the year.


Some Blue Krewe members will even receive “lagniappe” like official LDP car magnets, koozies, tote bags, lapel pins, invitations to occasional conference calls and events, and even exclusive discounts and tickets for our annual dinner — All you have to do is sign up for a monthly contribution!

Louisiana Democrats Congratulate Sharon Weston Broome Mayor-President Elect


East Baton Rouge Parish chose a leader for all the parish


BATON ROUGE, LA – After a long, hard race – East Baton Rouge has chosen their next leader

Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party released the following statement:

“Mayor-President Elect Broome showed throughout this campaign that she is someone who is serious about bringing this community together and making us whole and will never seek to divide.  That message clearly resonated with voters in a year that has been nothing short of difficult for Democrats.

“This community has been shaken to its core with shootings, floods, budget struggles, hospital closures, and more – there is simply no better choice to lead this region than my former colleague, my friend and now the Mayor President Elect – Sharon Weston Broome.”

Congressman Richmond Elected As Congressional Black Caucus Chair

Louisiana Democrats congratulate and support Richmond

BATON ROUGE, LA – The Louisiana Democratic Party congratulates Congressman Cedric Richmond as yesterday, members of the Congressional Black Caucus voted to elect him as their new chair.

The Congressional Black Caucus is a pivotal and prominent force in the US House of Representatives, advocating for African-Americans and influencing the Democratic Party agenda. With almost 50 members, Richmond will preside over the largest Congressional Black Caucus in history. Richmond has said he wants to “advance criminal justice reform, improve economic opportunities for the disadvantaged, and protect voting rights” as caucus chair.

“This is a huge win for Louisiana,” Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, said. “In this new position, Congressman Richmond will now have an expanded role in shaping important plans and policies. Louisiana just got a bigger seat at the table at this most critical time in our country’s history, and if I know Congressman Richmond, he’ll be sure to stand up for our issues and make our voices heard. I couldn’t be prouder of him — my only regret about his election is that this will mean less time for us to go fishing.”

“We’re very excited for Congressman Richmond,” Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, said. “He’s one of the hardest working men I know. There’s no higher honor than to be elected by your peers. We here at the Louisiana Democratic Party are looking forward to working with him and seeing him thrive in this new role.”

Richmond has represented Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district since first elected in 2010.




Additional information:

Drew Prestridge. – 225-336-4155 or

November 29, 2016


White Reiterates Divisive Record; Broome Shines As Best Candidate to Unite East Baton Rouge


BATON ROUGE, LA — Wrapping up only minutes ago, it is clear that Sharon Weston Broome handily won the WBRZ mayoral debate.  As citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish come together to choose their next leader on December 10, questions of traffic congestion, educational opportunities, and the divisive “St. George” proposal were discussed thoroughly.  Voters saw a leader in Sharon Weston Broome, who was clearly prepared to confront the issues facing the Capitol Area head on, honestly and truthfully.

Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director released the following statement:

 “Senator Broome showed the Greater Capitol Region tonight exactly what we need from our next Mayor-President — a leader who is present, addresses problems factually and logically, and who brings people together. No matter how hard that task may seem, Senator Broome is clearly the only candidate who can find common ground and make progress for East Baton Rouge Parish.

“As we have seen in the past year, when a community is shaken to its core with shootings, floods, budget struggles, hospital closures, and more – there is something worse than an absent leader.  That is a leader who seeks first to divide.  While some can poke fun at this seriously out-of-touch politician, we know that this community faces big challenges in front of us.  We need a leader who is just as serious.  We need Sharon Weston Broome.”


Louisiana Democratic Party’s Executive Committee unites to Endorse Campbell & Jones

Baton Rouge – The Louisiana Democratic Party’s Executive Committee met to discuss the two federal races that are proceeding to a run off and enthusiastically and unanimously voted to endorse Commissioner Foster Campbell for US Senate and Marshall Jones for the 4th Congressional District.  They have asked that the full Democratic State Central Committee to follow and are mailing ballots today.

Chair Karen Carter Peterson released the following statement on the US Senate Endorsement:

“Commissioner Foster Campbell is a lifelong champion of the working people of this state.  He is a tireless advocate for Education, teachers and especially for women.  Commission Campbell will serve this state with distinction and has always and will always put Louisiana First.

“Louisiana simply cannot afford someone like John Kennedy. He was Bobby Jindal’s biggest fan, serving as his right-hand man in the Treasurer’s office while Jindal decimated our state budget, cut higher education and closed our hospitals. And if helping Jindal bankrupt Louisiana wasn’t enough, John Kennedy even said that he and morally bankrupt David Vitter were ‘kindred spirits’. Kennedy’s own office has misspent hundreds of thousands of tax-payer dollars. John Kennedy is nothing more than a political weathervane that will keep pushing policies that rig the system for the wealthy and powerful. We deserve someone who will fight for us, not themselves. We must elect Foster Campbell.”

Chair Karen Carter Peterson released the following statement on the 4th CD Endorsement:

“Marshall Jones has shown he is an independent and fair minded business man who has offered himself up for service.  Marshall’s values have been shaped by his faith and closely align with the great people of the 4th Congressional District.  We are confident as voters get to know Marshall they will see a man committed to representing the entire congressional district and making sure their voices are represented in Congress.

“On the other hand, Representative Mike Johnson has made a career of putting hate and bias at the top of his list, earning a living from the taxpayers by catering to a small few special interests.  Since being elected he has little to show for the representation of his district.  If he can’t deliver for you in Baton Rouge, why in the world would we expect different from him in Washington D.C.?  Voters in the 4th Congressional district pay a lot in taxes and they deserve to have someone fighting to bring those taxes back home rather than go into a pay check for Mike Johnson.

“Voters will have a choice December 10th, and we are confident that Marshall Jones will earn their votes.”


Background:  The Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Committee are elected officers of the party and represent the full DSCC.  Given the short time-frame in this election cycle it was their decision to proceed in this manner.  DSCC Member ballots will arrive beginning today and will have until next Friday, November 18, 2016 to return them.  This method has been used several times in the past – especially when our run off straddles Thanksgiving.

Louisiana Democrats Congratulate Commissioner Foster Campbell in making Runoff

Baton Rouge, LA  – Upon learning the results in the U.S. Senate race to replace David Vitter, the Louisiana Democratic Party released the following statement which may be attributed to our chair, Senator Karen Carter Peterson:

“Commissioner Campbell prevailed because he connected with voters and especially with members of our party.  While we had a very spirited race, and regretfully some hurtful things were said, we as a party must unite.  We will do everything in our power to unify and support Commissioner Campbell as he continues to make the case that working together we can accomplish big things and that no one person or political party has all the right ideas.  Commissioner Campbell has a track record of working together and delivering for his constituents and we are excited to get to work for this great man.”


Louisiana Democrats Congratulate Marshall Jones in Making the Runoff in CD4

Baton Rouge, LA   Upon learning the results in the Congressional District 4 race the Louisiana Democratic Party released the following statement which can be attributed to our chair, Senator Karen Carter Peterson:

“Marshall Jones has shown he is an independent and fair minded business man who has offered himself up for service.  Marshall’s values have been shaped by his faith and closely align with the great people of the 4th Congressional District.  We know as voters get to know Marshall they will see a man committed to representing the entire congressional district and making sure their voices are represented in Congress.

“Voters will have a choice December 10th, and we are confident that Marshall Jones will earn their votes.”



Louisiana Democrats Congratulate Congressman Richmond on his decisive Re-election

Baton Rouge, LA   Upon learning the results in the Congressional District 2 race, the Louisiana Democratic Party released the following statement which can be attributed to our chair, Senator Karen Carter Peterson:

“Congressman Richmond’s resounding win tonight illustrates just how hard he fights for the residents of his district and all of Louisiana.  His steadfast leadership and tireless advocacy on judicial reform, educational opportunities and equal pay for women may make up what you see him fighting for the most, however it is the fighting he does for us behind the scenes that is so valuable and why voters didn’t hesitate to return him to congress for another term.  We congratulate our very good friend.”