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Louisiana Republicans Kill Equal Pay For Women, One Day After ‘Strippergate’ Amendment

BATON ROUGE – Republicans on the House Labor and Industrial Relations committee today voted against an amendment to ensure the women of Louisiana equal pay for equal work. GOP lawmakers, including Reps. Alan Seabaugh and Blake Miguez, voted 10-5 against moving the bill out of committee. This slap in the face to the women of our state, who comprise more than 50% of our workforce and act as breadwinners in more than 40% of our family households, comes only a day after an already-infamous “joke amendment” was offered on the House floor.


While Republicans are happy to waste their time and taxpayers’ money on “joke” legislation that would mandate a maximum age and weight for dancers at adult clubs, they lacked the political courage to send a bill mandating equal pay for equal work to the full House for a debate.


“Louisiana Republicans have made their priorities crystal clear this week,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Instead of standing up for our mothers and daughters on pay day, they are wasting their time on the floor of the legislature with ‘joke amendments’ and blatant disrespect for women.”



Florida Gov. Rick Scott Wasting Taxpayer Dollars On Plea For Attention

BATON ROUGE – Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida today announced on social media his plans to waste time and taxpayer dollars on a delusional stunt to push the same failed GOP policies Gov. Bobby Jindal inflicted on Louisiana families. While Gov. John Bel Edwards and leaders in the legislature are fighting to rebuild from the wreckage Jindal’s policies left behind, Scott and others are clinging to discredited Jindal-era tactics.

“Rick Scott is a disciple of the Jindal brand, only he is too thick to take any lessons from the devastation that brand leaves in its wake,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party.

“Scott isn’t in any position to tell Louisiana voters how to handle their business. He failed to deliver on the jobs he promised Florida voters, all the while slashing vital funding to education and scholarships.  These actions have consequences – the very same consequences Gov. John Bel Edwards is fighting to repair here in Louisiana.

“The Jindal nightmare is still fresh in the minds of Louisiana voters, and Scott’s pleas are falling on deaf ears. We only hope that the news of Jindal’s failed experiment here spreads in time to shut down the GOP wave of devastation elsewhere.”





BATON ROUGE – In hearings before the House Committee on Appropriations today at the Louisiana Legislature, Rep. Cameron Henry resorted to an unconstitutional maneuver in an attempt to break out a separate budget for the state’s Republican Attorney General. Henry and other Republicans repeatedly made light of the state Constitution and went out of their way to “set aside the legality” of their attempted power grab. Having failed the test of leadership during the special session and left the state facing down a $600 billion shortfall, the “Jindal caucus” once again put obstructionist politics ahead of Louisiana’s people.

While Louisiana families are concerned with hospital closures and ongoing threats to funding for higher education, Henry and his cohorts in the state legislature continue to waste their time and our money attempting to do an end-run around the will of the voters. In defiance of state law and the language of Louisiana’s constitution, the hardline extremists of the “Jindal caucus” are attempting to exploit the budget crisis they helped create.

In his testimony before the committee, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said: “The bill that you’re looking at right now is unconstitutional in its intent, and in its content.”

“Rep. Henry’s stunt today just goes to show that the Jindal Caucus is alive and well,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Last year, these same usual suspects helped inflict the SAVE money-laundering scam on the legislature. This year, they are going farther still— attempting to flout the law, because they didn’t get their way at the polls last fall. Make no mistake, Washington DC-type politics has arrived here in Louisiana, and it was brought to us by the Jindal Caucus.”


Qualified At-large and PLEO Delegate Candidates

In an effort to provide the most access possible, below you will find a list of candidates who as of the date listed, have qualified to be on the ballot for Delegate.  For additional information about qualifying and running to be a Delegate to the 2016 DNCC please click here.

Last Updated: 6:00PM 5/23/2016 (Post Presidential Candidate Review). These are our At-Large and PLEO delegate Candidates.  

Qualified At-Large Delegate Candidates

Clinton At-Large Delegate Candidates
(3 Men and 5 Women to be elected)
Sanders At-Large Delegate Candidates
(1 Man and 2 Women to be elected)
Jennifer Andrews
Torris Armstead
Stiel Aubrey
Souvana Auzenne
Brenda Leroux Babin
Austin J. Badon, Jr.
Matt Bailey
Andrea Wardsworth Baker
Melba Walker Baker
Jay H. Banks
Frederick D’Wayne Bell, II
Katherine “Katie” Bernhardt
Aprill Springfield Blanco
Mary Bonier
Alicia Walker Breaux
Dacia Briley
Joseph Berton Briscoe, II
Nina S. Broyles
Sean Bruno
Billye Joyce Burns
Alicia “Cocoa” Calvin
Antonio Carriere
Alicia Plummer Clivens
Shelia Collins-Stallworth
Justin Lashan Conner
Kenton Cooper
Deborah A. Corrao
Kenneth Cutno
Joseph Dantin
Elbert S. Dawson
Brian Lee Dickinson
Lisa Ray Diggs
Rosa H. Edwards
Dina M. Esquinance
Darlene Fields
Nancy Grandquist Fields
Lea Sinclair Filson
Nicholas A. Fisher
Marcus Fontenot
Randy Franks
Richard Fuller
Rev. Willie Gable, Jr.
Ludwig Gelobter
Rodney J. Glover
Angelina Going
Deborah J. Green
Martha Christian Green
Lynda T. Guidry
Mark J. Guillory
Anne D. Guste
Alice Hammond
James K. “Jim” Harlan
Julie Harris
Janis Mickles Hernandez
Matthew Benoit “Benny” Hernandez
Leona Anne Hillman
Tracette Hillman
Vivian Hiner
Donald Hodge
Sibal Suarez Holt
Kenneth H. Hooks, III
Eric Jared Iglesias
Edward “Ted” James
Patrick O’Neal Jefferson
Linda M. Johnson
Allison Anne Jones
Gayle Joseph
Carolyn G. Kolb
Rose Aimee LaLanne
Mitch Landrieu
Jackie Lansdale
Carol R. Leblanc
Darren Lombard
Adele Granderson London
Cade J. London
Salvador Gonzalez Longoria
Robert Manard, III
C. Denise Marcelle
Dr. Jonathan May
Jacob Allen McCon
Charlotte C. McDaniel McGehee
Deborah Jean Meaux
Maria Isabel Medina
Mary J. Menutis
Patrick Miller
Janet Cecile Moulder
Richard Barry Nettles
Dennis O’Brien
Lester Perryman
Samuel Pierre
Kindrell L. Plains
Erin Powell
Patricia Ellen Powell
Winter Claire Randall
Julie Ellen Ray
Sebastian Rey
Cheredith Rhone
Shane Riddle
Doris A. Royce
Mary J. Ruffins
Nicholas S. Russell
Adam Salup
SL Simpson
Emily Yonts Sparks
Linda Spruel-Joseph
Remy Voisin Starns
Doniele Nicole Staten
Nita Steele
Ernest C. Stephens
Tenisha Terez Stevens
A. Wayne Stewart
Timothy Tennant
Jordan Thomas
Sandra Green Thomas
Robin Triche-Fields
Jenny Tripkovich
Eileen Velez, M.D.
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine
Glenn R. Vinson
Nelson W. “Chip” Wagar
Christopher Jermaine Walker, Sr.
Daryl Joy Walters
John Ward
Mary Louise Wardsworth
Kathleen Rhorer Wascom
Christopher James Wheelahan
Kerrel Wilson
W.T. Winfield
Lynda Woolard
Elizabeth Davis Wren
Heather Ann Ames
Westley Bayas, III
Bruce D. Beach
Mozella Bell
Joshua R. Bertalotto
Nicholas A. Champion
Hunter C. Christopher
Quyen D. Chu, MD
Jay J. Colar
Harvey Lytle Dillahunty
Daniel James Druilhet
Lee Ann Dugas
Jim Dunphy
Tiffany L. Foxworth
Myles Giardina
Caina Munson Green
Kyle Mark Green, Jr.
Cheryl G. Hensley
Ralph “R.J.” Johnson
Robert Johnson
Victor M. Jones
Susan M. Kaufman
Davante Lewis
Armand Link
Donald Lirette
Lance Mallia
Claudia Natali Martinez
Kimberly Melton
Adrian Perkins
Ryan M. Preatto
Megan Ramsey
George Greg Richardson
Claire Roy
Ardith R. Sanders
Elizabeth B. Scott
Gretchen S. Shotwell
James E. Slaughter
Fabien Strauss
Emanuel LoLuda Wani
Judyth A. Wier
Hugh F. Wilson
Clinton PLEO Delegate Candidates
(2 Men and 3 Women to be elected)
Sanders PLEO Delegate Candidates
(1 Man and 1 Woman to be elected)
Jennifer Andrews
Brenda Leroux Babin
Austin J. Badon, Jr.
Melba Walker Baker
Wesley Bishop
Mary Bonier
Alicia Walker Breaux
Joseph Berton Briscoe, II
Alicia Plummer Clivens
Nancy Grandquist Fields
Richard Fuller
Mark J. Guillory
James K. “Jim” Harlan
Vivian Hiner
Sibal Suarez Holt
Edward “Ted” James
Allison Anne Jones
Mary Loretta Landrieu
Mitch Landrieu
C. Denise Marcelle
Patrick Miller
Dennis O’Brien
Kindrell L. Plains
Erin Powell
Remy Voisin Starns
Reginald Tatum
Jenny Tripkovich
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine
Mary Louise Wardsworth
Belinda Parker Brown
Caina Munson Green
Kyle Mark Green, Jr.
Ralph Johnson




BATON ROUGE – As Donald Trump consolidates his death-grip on the Republican presidential nomination, former Governor Bobby Jindal has eagerly abandoned any pretense of principle to jump on the bandwagon and endorse a candidate he once described as a “madman who must be stopped.” With his own vanity campaign long since run into the ground, and with the people of Louisiana focused on rebuilding from the ruins of his disastrous administration, Jindal showed the depth of his conviction by voicing support for a “narcissistic egomaniac” for president.

The failed former candidate’s endorsement has already proven to be a virtual kiss of death in this election cycle. In a similar pathetic bid for relevance, Jindal endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio just as the Rubio campaign began its own terminal slide in the polls. Closer to home, Jindal’s support has doomed the candidacies of state Rep. Neil Riser for Congress, and helped pile-on to the end of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 2012 run for president. Jindal’s political life is pockmarked with “too-little, too-late” endorsements displaying his poor judgment and lack of character— the very qualities that make Donald Trump unelectable.

“On the verge of winning the Republican nomination, it looks like Donald Trump just received the political ‘Kiss of Death,’” said Michael McHale, Vice Chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Getting the support of a failed governor and a failed candidate like Bobby Jindal shows you just what kind of a disaster Trump would be. Jindal and Trump are peas in a pod: both cynical opportunists without real ideas or real solutions. Hopefully Mr. Trump’s campaign will receive the same kind of support as Jindal’s presidential campaign, and we can move them both into the ash bin of history.”




BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Legislature’s Senate Democratic Caucus today elected state Sen. Troy Carter, Sr. as their new chair. A former New Orleans City Councilman with a distinguished career of public service, Sen. Carter will assume the chairmanship on the strength of his record as a consensus-builder with support from across the political spectrum.

The youngest of six children, Carter was educated in the Orleans Parish school system and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration at Xavier University. He later served there as an adjunct instructor of political science, and was awarded a Green Foundation Fellow to Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. His political career has been distinguished by a series of groundbreaking firsts. In 1991, Carter became the first African American to be elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from the 102nd District of New Orleans. In 1994, his election to the New Orleans City Council representing District C marked the first time an African American was elected to that position.

Senator Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, said: “Our warmest congratulations to the new chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, my friend and colleague, Sen. Troy Carter, Sr. I am excited to work with him in his new role, and confident his leadership and acumen will help our lawmakers continue to move Louisiana forward”

“I am excited to take on this new role and humbled by the endorsement of trust my colleagues have shown me.  Our Caucus has some outstanding leaders not the least of which is Senator Eric LaFleur, who has led the caucus for the last two terms” said Sen. Troy Carter, Sr.  “We have only just begun pulling ourselves out of the hole our former governor dug for us – but we are committed to working with our new governor to find the best solutions for our state and our people.”




BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today announced the results of elections for district level delegates to this year’s presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia. The winning candidates, who will comprise our state party’s delegation to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, are listed below by congressional district according to the candidate they will be supporting.


1st Congressional District

Clinton, male: Tom Anderson

Clinton, female: Lila Tritico Hogan

Sanders, male: David F. Easley

Sanders, female: Gilda Werner Reed


2nd Congressional District

Clinton, male: Troy C. Carter Sr., Jared C. Brossett, Walt Leger

Clinton, female: Diana E. Bajoie, Cynthia Hedge Morrell, Felicia Kahn

Sanders, male: Preston J. Edwards, Sr.

Sanders, female: Keisha Lewis*

*There was a tie for this race, winner determined by official coin toss in keeping with tradition and LDP rules governing delegate elections.


3rd Congressional District

Clinton, male: Charles Bennett

Clinton, female: Sheryl Romero Abshire and Carla Webb Clark

Sanders, male: Zachary Bertrand Edwards

Sanders, female: Theresa Rohloff


4th Congressional District

Clinton, male: Bernie Woods, Sr., Roy Burrell

Clinton, female: Terika Williams-Walker, Barbara Norton

Sanders, male: Ryan Trundle


5th Congressional District

Clinton, male: Marcus Hunter, Rodney McFarland, Sr., Ronnie Lamar Traylor

Clinton, female: Katrina Jackson, Charla Nicole Burns

Sanders, female: Chelsea Gravel


6th Congressional District

Clinton, male: Michael Bernhard, Randal L. Gaines

Clinton, female: Patricia Haynes Smith, Sheila D. Lewis, Ph.D.

Sanders, male: Mike Drey


Full Election Results Here

Results are not final until they are certified.




BATON ROUGE – Democratic lawmakers in the Louisiana House today stood united against a Republican power-grab that sought to override the will of local governments and municipalities. Seven members sitting on the House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs stood united to protect the freedoms of local municipal officials to make decisions affecting their local communities.


Reps. Pat Smith, Barbara Norton, Cedric Glover and Denise Marcelle led the effort to push back against state usurpation of local decision-making. The House bill under consideration, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Carmody of Shreveport, sought to override local decision-making by imposing the will of state lawmakers on city governments. Similar legislation in the state senate, sponsored by Sen. Beth Mizell of Franklinton, failed in committee last week. Both measures sought to intervene in local efforts to remove Confederate monuments by imposing new state regulations. Carmody has gone so far as to hint at considering a parliamentary maneuver to circumvent the normal process.


“We are proud of the Democratic lawmakers who stood up for local government today, and stood against the latest attempt at a power grab by Republicans trying to rewrite the rules,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Republican lawmakers were quick to abandon their principles and try to overrule local decision making when things didn’t go their way. I’m glad our members were there today to speak with one voice, and to insist on the freedom of small, local government.”





BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today announced confirmed poll locations for this year’s district-level delegate elections. Any registered Louisiana Democrat who has not completed a mail-in ballot may vote in person at any of the following locations. Polls will be open for in-person voting between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

In addition to the extremely successful Vote By Mail program currently in progress, with nearly 4,000 ballots mailed, the Louisiana Democratic Party will have 7 sites where any Democrat (who hasn’t already voted by mail) can cast their vote for who they would like to represent them at the 2016 DNCC.


Lake Charles
Gayle Hall
4380 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70609


Shreve Memorial Library–Cedar Grove Branch
8303 Line Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71106

polling locations-Shreveport


Ouachita Parish Public Library–Main Branch
1800 Stubbs Ave.
Monroe, LA 71201


Rapides Parish Library–Administrative Offices, Huie-Dellmon House
430 St. James St.
Alexandria, LA 71301


Baton Rouge
Louisiana Democratic Party Headquarters
701 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802


Lafayette Public Library–Main Library (Room 2-A)
301 W. Congress Street
Lafayette, LA 70501



New Orleans
City Hall
1300 Perdido St.
New Orleans, LA 70112




BATON ROUGE – Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, released the following statement regarding Governor Edwards’ signing of Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11:

“Louisiana finds itself in some hard times right now, and what the Governor has done today sends a clear message that if you are willing to help dig this state out of the mess we are in, and you do good work, then you are welcome. I have fought hard for equality in the workplace and this is a huge step forward. I thank the Governor for taking such bold action today.”

Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, released the following statement regarding Governor Edwards’ signing of Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11:

“I am so very proud of Governor John Bel Edwards for today taking a solid step forward for the state of Louisiana. It’s going to take all of us – together – to pull our state out of the ditch that we find ourselves in right now and kicking people out because of who they love or how they identify is wrong and not a Louisiana Value.

“Opponents of equality, like Gene Mills and his ilk, and those fueled by hatred, are likely to offer their usual boilerplate predictions of disaster and imaginary boogey-men. But one only need look at Shreveport as an example. They have had virtually the same protections in place since 2009 and none of the horrible predictions have come to pass. The Louisiana Democratic Party will be here to remind everyone of this as we move forward as a more welcoming and accepting state.”



BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana State Senate today passed a bill designed to close the gender pay gap, calling on employers to compensate women with equal pay for equal work. Sponsored by state Sen. JP Morrell, SB 254 cleared the senate on a vote of 28-10, despite the resistance by a cadre of GOP lawmakers. Sen. Barrow Peacock (R, Bossier), Sen. Norby Chabert (R, Houma), and Sen. Neil Riser (R, Columbia), along with seven other Republicans, bowed to the demands of corporate special interests and voted against the mothers and daughters of Louisiana.

Louisiana currently ranks at the absolute bottom of national rankings for gender pay equality, coming in 51st place behind every other state and the District of Columbia. Women in Louisiana make scarcely .66 cents for every dollar a man brings home. Despite making up more than half the state’s workforce and functioning as the breadwinner for nearly 40% of the families in our state, Louisiana women continue to be undervalued and under-compensated. Morrell’s bill, strongly supported by Gov. John Bel Edwards and a range of responsible lawmakers, addresses that inequity.

“Today we saw the majority of our state senators do the right thing and stand up for women in Louisiana,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Unfortunately, some lawmakers care more about their corporate special interests than about equal rights for their mothers and daughters. This vote puts their priorities in sharp contrast with the Louisiana family values embraced by Gov. Edwards and the Democratic Party.”



BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today released a statement congratulating the entire roster of officers elected to leadership positions with the Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Committee. The full body of the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) met for the first time since electing new members during the Presidential Preference Primary on March 5th. Pursuant to the organization’s by-laws, the body convened their first organizing meeting over the weekend and elected leadership for the 2016-2020 term. In addition to re-electing Sen. Karen Carter Peterson as chair, the body elected Michael McHale as the 1st Vice Chairman. The entire roster of new officers is listed below.

McHale returns to a leadership role with the party after a one-term hiatus. He previously served as First Vice Chairman in the 2008-2012 term, when he was called up to serve for several months as acting chair. His service to the Democratic Party stretches back decades to his role as a former president of the Young Democrats of Louisiana.

“I strongly believe in the ideals of the Democratic Party and am looking forward to working with Sen. Peterson to build a stronger Party and a stronger Louisiana,” said McHale.

Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, said: “We are honored and excited to welcome back Michael McHale as our party’s First Vice Chair. His enthusiasm, expertise and experience will be a tremendous asset to the state party as we join hands to move Louisiana forward.  That holds true for our entire slate of leaders for our 2016-2020 term.  I am excited for what this team will be able to accomplish as we continue our fight for the working men and women of this state.”


The full list of elected officers follows:

Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Committee

(2016- 2020)

Senator Karen Carter Peterson


Michael McHale

1st Vice Chair

Councilwoman Arlanda Williams

2nd Vice Chair

Senator Wesley Bishop

3rd Vice Chair

Kyle Green

4th Vice-Chairman

Deborah Langhoff

DNC Committeewoman

Arthur Morrell

DNC Committeeman

Representative Randal Gaines

Vice Chair for Elected Officials

Dawn Collins


Sean Bruno


Rémy Starns

Legal Counsel

Irma Dixon


Aaron Delong

1st Congressional Dist.

Alicia Walker Breaux

1st Congressional Dist.

Daniel Banguel

2nd Congressional Dist.

Lisa Diggs

2nd Congressional Dist.

Jolan Jolivette

3rd Congressional Dist.

Katherine Bernhardt

3rd Congressional Dist.

Larry Paige

4th Congressional Dist.

Representative Barbara Norton

4th Congressional Dist.

Greg Richardson

5th Congressional Dist.

Bambi Polotzola

5th Congressional Dist.

Kirk Green

6th Congressional Dist.

Jennifer Andrews

6th Congressional Dist.




BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today released a detailed breakdown of the gender make-up of each presidential candidates’ awarded delegates to this year’s nominating convention in Philadelphia. In keeping with the party’s values and stated goals for the delegate selection process, every effort has been made to assemble delegations which most accurately reflect the demographic composition of Louisiana Democrats in each congressional district by gender.


Pursuant to the rules governing the delegate selection process, the following determinations have been made regarding the gender composition of each candidates’ delegation:


Clinton Sanders Totals
Congressional District Male Female Male Female
CD1 1 1 1 1 4
CD2 3 3 1 1 8
CD3 1 2 1 1 5
CD4 2 2 1 0 5
CD5 3 2 0 1 6
CD6 2 2 1 0 5
PLEO Delegates 2 3 1 1 7
At Large 3 5 1 2 11
Totals 17 20 7 7  
At Large Alternate 2 1 0 1 4



Note that Party Leader and Elected Official (“PLEO”) delegates, At-Large delegates, and At-Large alternates will be elected by the Democratic State Central Committee on their May 28th meeting in Baton Rouge.


In addition, in keeping with the ideals of inclusiveness and the rules of the delegate selection process, the party has set the following demographic goals for the ultimate composition of our convention delegation— determined by demographic percentages within the Democratic electorate in Louisiana:


% in Democratic Electorate Numeric Goals for Delegation
African Americans 53% 35
Hispanics 2% 2
Native Americans <1% 1
AAPI <1% 1
LGBT Americans 8% 6
People with Disabilities 2% 2
Youth 22% 15
Labor 8% 6



For additional information on the Louisiana delegate selection plan, please download the full plan by clicking here.






BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party congratulates Sen. Karen Carter Peterson on her re-election as chairperson of the state party. After serving with distinction from 2012 to the present, she was re-elected this morning by the Democratic State Central Committee. The state party congratulates her on the victory, and looks forward to another four years of hard work and collaborative success.

The Democratic State Central Committee, which serves as the governing body of the state party, elected new members to its body during the Presidential Preference Primary elections on March 5th. Their first meeting since that time, an Organizing Meeting, was held today and— pursuant to their bylaws— began with the election of a state party chair for the 2016-2020 term. Sen. Peterson stood for re-election on the strength of her previous four-year term, which saw fundraising up dramatically over previous administrations and the tripling of the state party staff.

“I am humbled by the honor, and excited to continue the great work we have done together,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson. “I am extremely proud of all we have accomplished together, and honored to serve our state party.”




BATON ROUGE – A cadre of Republican lawmakers in the Louisiana Legislature is flagrantly wasting their own time and taxpayers’ money by playing games. The efforts by House Republican leaders to hold meaningless veto override votes represent the very worst partisan, pointless political gamesmanship—- the kind our state can least afford. These hardliners represent the “Jindal caucus”, and their stubbornness and craven obedience to Jindal’s former henchmen already resulted in disaster during the special session. The state of Louisiana is preparing to face over $70 million in cuts to essential services, due in large part to the failures of the Republican leadership.

Instead of looking for solutions, Rep. Cameron Henry and Speaker Taylor Barras are wasting time with empty theatrics. Responsible lawmakers in the state senate will not entertain the House leaderships’ childish antics, making any efforts at a veto override a non-starter.

“This whole stunt is dead-on-arrival, and it should be,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Where were these House Republicans when Gov. Jindal was laying waste to healthcare services and higher education? Where were they when responsible leaders were trying to salvage Jindal’s budget nightmare?”

“Cameron Henry and the rest of the Jindal Caucus in the House are playing the same partisan games that helped Gov. Jindal drive our state into the ditch. This stunt is unworthy of the moment, when the state is facing financial disaster and crippling budget cuts. Now is not the time for these sort of childish games.”




BATON ROUGE – With time all but lost to resolve the catastrophic budgetary crisis left behind by Gov. Bobby Jindal, Republican leaders in the legislature have failed to offer anything resembling a viable way forward. Neither Rep. Cameron Henry nor Speaker Taylor Barras have managed to produce legislative instruments capable of addressing the fiscal crisis. New members have been thrown into the fire, bereft of leadership or coherent direction by so-called leaders that have utterly failed to rise to the occasion.


For more than three weeks, Henry and Barras have talked and talked, and fundamentally failed to produce legislation equal to the task before lawmakers. The House leadership has failed to command the cooperation of its members, while the Speaker and top committee chairs have refused to even vote on bills that would begin to address the crisis.


“How can anyone call these men leaders, or mistake their stubbornness and lack of direction for leadership?” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Responsible representatives like Walt Leger, Kenny Cox, Julie Stokes, Jay Morris, Ted James and Katrina Jackson, along with Andy Anders and Malinda White, have all worked to put forward bills that would credibly and responsibly address the crisis. Nothing from the House leadership— none of them have even put together an instrument that could help address the problem. Cameron Henry and Taylor Barras’ failure to lead is endangering the entire state budget and doing taxpayers a grave disservice.”



BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today released the formal results of their delegate allocation for this weekend’s presidential preference primary.


  • Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton will be awarded 37 delegates, and 3 alternates.
  • Senator Bernie Sanders will be awarded 14 delegates, and 1 alternate.


A full breakdown of the results can be found here. Awarding of Pledged Delegates for the Democratic Presidential Convention are governed by the Louisiana Democratic Party’s Delegate Selection Plan which is published on our website.






BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party tonight released a statement congratulating Hillary Clinton on her victory in the Louisiana presidential preference primary. Both the Clinton campaign and the supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders ran robust, enthusiastic operations in the state and worked hard to turn out Democratic voters.

“Congratulations to Hillary Clinton, to her supporters across the state, and to her entire campaign operation,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chairwoman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Both of our major Democratic candidates ran vital, engaging campaigns in Louisiana. The race goes on, but the people of Louisiana have made their voices heard. We look forward to coming together this fall, and to standing united behind our nominee.”

The state party will award delegates to both candidates, in proportion to voting totals in each congressional district. Delegate allocation totals will be formally announced in a forthcoming statement from the party, contingent upon the Secretary of State’s final certification of the results.




BATON ROUGE – Hardline opponents to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ efforts to address the catastrophic budget disaster have still offered no discernible plan of their own. With five days remaining in the special session and dwindling options available to confront the historic fiscal crisis, no credible alternative to the governor’s plan has been put forward. Stubborn partisanship and blind loyalty to corporate special interests by certain elements of the legislature is threatening to derail what limited progress has been made.

With setbacks last night which nearly doubled the amount of the anticipated budgetary shortfall, it became that much more imperative for state lawmakers to rise to the occasion and step up to do their jobs. Called upon today by Gov. Edwards to “lead, follow, or get out of the way,” a stubborn cadre of holdouts in the legislature continues to resist any pathway forward. Those opposed to the governor’s plan have utterly failed to provide alternatives of their own, or to show genuine leadership in any respect.

“We are staring down a legitimately catastrophic financial shortfall, and time is ticking away,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, “If lawmakers have objections to what the governor has proposed, it’s past time they stepped forward and offered a plan. Failing that, they have a duty to put aside their stubborn opposition and do the job they were elected to do— work with the governor to move our state forward.”




BATON ROUGE – Hardline lawmakers in the Louisiana Legislature continue to insist that any talk of raising taxes focuses only on working families. Clinging to stubborn partisanship, these holdouts are refusing to do the hard work of governing. Instead of insisting corporate interests pay their fair share, certain elements of the GOP are only willing to talk about raising sales taxes that impact consumers and working families.


Democrats and a broad swath of responsible Republicans have gone to great lengths in a bipartisan effort to address the budget debacle. But the hardline partisans are protecting their corporate backers at the expense of the people who elected them. Irresponsible holdouts threaten to wreck the progress that has been made in finding solutions to the $2 billion budget gap left behind by the Jindal administration. Responsible lawmakers from across the political spectrum are working together to address threats to higher education, healthcare and essential services. Faced with such potentially dire consequences, hardline partisan holdouts are trying to protect corporations from having to pay their fair share.


“Our state’s lawmakers are paid to do a job, and we’re calling on them now to step up and get their work done,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “The hardliners who are holding out against compromise to protect corporations at the expense of working people aren’t doing their job. The state is facing a crisis, and this is no time for stubbornness and partisanship. We need leaders who will help move our state forward.”




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