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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.

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CLEAR AND DECISIVE VICTORY FOR BROOME IN WBRZ MAYORAL DEBATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Additional information:

Drew Prestridge. – 225-336-4155 or drew@lademo.org

November 29, 2016

CLEAR AND DECISIVE VICTORY FOR BROOME IN WBRZ MAYORAL DEBATE

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.

SCOTT ANGELLE IS PLAYING GAMES

NOT SERIOUS ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN, OR IS INEPT

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LAFAYETTE, LA –The Louisiana Democratic Party reacted to the CD03 debate and mailers that are hitting Democratic and African American household by Scott Angelle. Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party released this statement:

“During the LA03 Debate moderated by Jim Hummel of KATC and sponsored by UL, AOC Community Media and KATC , “Angelle frequently laments that we have too many ‘free riders’, ‘too many people riding in the cart and not pulling the cart.’ Seems extremely craven and holistically inconsistent position. After all he full throatily said in the same debate that he supports a HUGE free rider, the biggest most flamboyant free rider we have ever seen! Donald Trump, who brags that he is “too smart” to pay taxes. This Free Rider is riding in the cart made of gold and pulled by the taxpaying citizens of CD03 who deserve much better than Scott Angelle.

“Then this mailer hits. “Clearly a game is being played here by Angelle. First and foremost, the wording of the bullets favor Rader – after all more than 2/3 of voters in this state favor increasing the minimum wage. Secondly by sending this to Democratic and African American Households he is either playing a game or he is completely inept, and after the race he ran last year I’d say our chances there are 50/50. Larry Rader got into this race knowing full well he would have an uphill battle, but he knew were it not for him this could end up being a coronation and not an election. Where working people of the district will be ignored for tired right wing talking points.

“A good question for Angelle – Are you planning to file an ‘in-kind’ donation report to Larry Rader’s campaign for this mailer and the ads you are running digitally?”

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Release: DNC Chair Donna Brazile to attend JJ Dinner October 1, 2016

Baton Rouge-Today Louisiana Democratic Party announces DNC Chair, Donna Brazile will be a special guest at this year’s Jefferson-Jackson in New Orleans.

Political commentator, Presidential campaign manager, and interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile is a trailblazer in democratic politics. The Louisiana native will be taking trip home to share her wealth of experience with a room full of Louisiana Democrats.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have my friend, Donna Brazile coming to join us at our JJ Dinner” said Karen Carter Peterson, chair of Louisiana Democratic Party.  “After the year we have faced here in Louisiana to have the chair of Democratic Party coming to Louisiana, just month before election day, this is big deal.”

The annual dinner was postponed due to the devastating flooding that hit so much of our state.  Given the date change and the increased attention to the event additional seating has been added, but space is limited and we encourage those wishing to attend this year to get their tickets now.

 
2016 JJ Dinner
October 1, 2016 
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
7pm Dinner with Candidate Hospitality Suites opening between 4 and 5 and Patron’s Reception at 6pm
Tickets and discounted room rates available at www.LouisianaDemocrats.org 
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Congressman Castro and DNC Chair Donna Brazile Special Guests at #2016JJ

The annual dinner was postponed due to the devastating flooding that hit so much of our state. Given the date change and the increased attention to the event additional seating has been added, but space is limited and we encourage those wishing to attend this year to get their tickets now.

2016 JJ Dinner
October 1, 2016
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
7pm Dinner with Candidate Hospitality Suites opening between 4 and 5 and Patron’s Reception at 6pm.

Congressman Joaquin Castro, who serves as U.S. Representative for Texas’ 20th Congressional District, will be a special guest of honor at next week’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Congressman Castro will deliver the keynote speech at the event, addressing Democrats from across the state at the year’s biggest fundraising event.

Congressman Castro has represented San Antonio in the U.S. Congress since 2013. He serves on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees and was recently appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He founded and currently Co-Chairs the bipartisan US-Japan Caucus in addition to serving as Chief Deputy Whip for House Democratic leadership. From supporting military families to investing in education, Congressman Castro is committed to helping mold an Infrastructure of Opportunity for Americans around the country.

“Having a rising star like Congressman Joaquin Castro headlining this year’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner is a tremendous honor, and a cause for celebration,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Congressman Castro has proven himself to be a remarkable leader and an inspiring speaker, and we look forward to welcoming him to Louisiana next week.”

We also are exceptionally pleased to announce that Interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile will be joining us too!

Political commentator, Presidential campaign manager, and interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile is a trailblazer in democratic politics. The Louisiana native will be taking trip home to share her wealth of experience with a room full of Louisiana Democrats.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have my friend, Donna Brazile coming to join us at our JJ Dinner” said Karen Carter Peterson, chair of Louisiana Democratic Party. “After the year we have faced here in Louisiana to have the chair of Democratic Party coming to Louisiana, just month before election day, this is big deal.”

This is the place to be on October 1, 2016 and we hope you will get your tickets now!

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Where is Congressman Boustany?

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BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Democrats call on Congressman Boustany to explain his noticeable absence from this morning’s House Subcommittee hearing regarding the Louisiana flood.

Boustany is the longest serving member in the House from Louisiana and was the only member representing affected areas to not attend the House Governmental Oversight subcommittee. Attending the committee hearing today was Congressmen Graves, Scalise and Richmond, who like Congressman Boustany, all had portions of their districts impacted by the Flood last month. Interestingly, Boustany was able to make time to cast his vote to protect the super-wealthy via H.R. 5424 today.

“This guy wants a promotion but decided not to show up for the job he has?” Stephen Handwerk executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party said. “Where is he? Congressman, as one of your constituents I seriously want to know.”

 

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Louisiana Democrats Honoring Elsie Burkhalter

The Louisiana Democratic Party is excited to announce that democratic champion, Elsie Burkhalter will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award at this years Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in New Orleans. Each year the party honors leaders who have given freely of themselves to make this world better for others. Previous winners have included leaders like Senator John Breaux, Ambassador Lindy Boggs and Congressman Buddy Leach. This year we have already announced one of our recipients, Felicia Kahn.

Today we announce another amazing woman, in a historic year for women. This year the party will also honor Elsie Burkhalter.

Elsie Burkhalter is a champion of democratic values having served in numerous roles inside our party and most recently as First Vice Chair. She is a former Slidell City Council member, longtime St. Tammany Parish teacher union leader and she has attended every DNC since 1984 to 2012. She also represented teachers locally and nationally through the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

“She has been unwavering in her work, efforts for educators, our community and ultimately our state. We appreciate and respect all that she has done to make sure that this state is better for our continued generations. Thank you for your service, Elsie.” Said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party 

 

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See you at #2016JJ

Be there as we honor Elsie Burkhalter. Get your JJ tickets HERE!

 

Felicia Kahn to be Honored at Annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

The Louisiana Democratic Party is proud to announce that lifelong democratic activist Felicia Kahn will be receiving a Lifetime achievement award at this year Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in New Orlean. She has been making headlines as a face of the Democratic Party since 1976, when she met with President Carter, to now, appearing as a media sensation at the convention this past July.

 

“Now, after nearly nine decades of fighting for women’s rights and democratic value, it’s our turn to give back and recognize her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Said Lynda Woolard, President of IWO. I’m honored to be introducing this exemplary woman, one I’m lucky enough to call a mentor and a friend.”

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Rescheduled–Congressman Joaquin Castro to Deliver Keynote Speech at 2016 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Oct. 1

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today announced that Congressman Joaquin Castro, who serves as U.S. Representative for Texas’ 20th Congressional District, will be the guest of honor at next week’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Congressman Castro will deliver the keynote speech at the event, addressing Democrats from across the state at the year’s biggest fundraising event.

Congressman Castro has represented San Antonio in the U.S. Congress since 2013. He serves on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees and was recently appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He founded and currently Co-Chairs the bipartisan US-Japan Caucus in addition to serving as Chief Deputy Whip for House Democratic leadership. From supporting military families to investing in education, Congressman Castro is committed to helping mold an Infrastructure of Opportunity for Americans around the country.

The Louisiana Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, to be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, is the biggest gathering of Democrats from across the state every year. In addition to the keynote from Congressman Castro, those attending will hear from party leaders and rising stars — with further details to be announced in the coming week.

“Having a rising star like Congressman Joaquin Castro headlining this year’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner is a tremendous honor, and a cause for celebration,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Congressman Castro has proven himself to be a remarkable leader and an inspiring speaker, and we look forward to welcoming him to Louisiana next week.”

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Congressman Joaquin Castro and other federal office holders and/or candidates are appearing at this event only as a featured speakers. Congressman Joaquin Castro and other federal office holders and/or candidates are not asking for funds or donations.

State Democratic Party Responds To Shooting of Baton Rouge Law Enforcement Officers

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party released the following statement in response to the shooting of several law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge:

 

“We are disgusted and horrified by the news of today’s attack in Baton Rouge. Our heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the law enforcement officers, to their families, and to the entire community shaken by this assault,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party.

 

“As we all struggle to grapple with what seems like an endless drumbeat of horror and misery, we call on our friends and neighbors to join us in reaffirming that violence is not and can never be the answer to the challenges we face. Our thoughts are consumed with the tragedy and its victims, and our prayers are devoted to their support and comfort. But thoughts and prayers are simply not enough. We must come together, as a state and as a nation, to change things for the better and break out of the cycle of violence and death.”

 

 

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Just Like Jindal: Trump’s New VP Embarrassed His Home State, Wrecked State Economy

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today responded with extreme dismay that Donald Trump has named as his running mate Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, the most extreme and fundamentally unqualified vice presidential candidate in a generation. As governor, Pence alienated businesses, divided communities and embarrassed Hoosiers by signing divisive and discriminatory legislation. The result was economic catastrophe for Indiana’s economy and small businesses.

A selfish, reckless governor more concerned with advancing his national profile than serving the needs of his constituents is a familiar, unwelcome story for Louisiana families. While working people in Louisiana are still grappling with the fallout from 8 years of failed Jindal policies, Indiana is suffering under a governor whose anti-business, anti-family polices have driven jobs out of their state and lowered wages for working people.

“It won’t surprise voters in Louisiana to hear the Republicans are pushing a candidate with an extreme agenda, somebody that gave sweetheart deals to corporate donors at the expense of working families,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “What should surprise them is how incredibly bad Mike Pence has been at his job, and that Donald Trump and the GOP want to promote him to VP as a reward for his failures.”

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State Democratic Party Responds To Shooting Of Alton Sterling

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today released the following statement in response to the shooting of Alton Sterling by officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department:

 

“We are deeply saddened, and just as deeply disturbed, by the shooting death of Alton Sterling and the events surrounding his death,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “The video footage that we have all seen by now depicts an extremely troubling, horrifying incident and leaves many questions unanswered. We stand with the community in sadness and in the demand for answers.”

 

“We call on the Baton Rouge Police Department to address the questions raised in the video immediately, and with full transparency. And we call on our fellow Louisianans across the state to stand with the community in this moment of crisis. As a party, we ask people to pray for the family left behind, and for the community seeking answers.”

 

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Seabaugh Mired In Hypocrisy, Unable To Defend Repeated Failure

BATON ROUGE – With nothing to show for his repeated failures in the state legislature this year, Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R- Shreveport) today took to social media with a distorted sob story that bears no resemblance to reality. Seabaugh’s bad-faith attempts to rewrite recent history and blame his own failures on others ignores his own voting record. Given more than a half-dozen opportunities to help generate badly needed funds for TOPS and the LSU medical school in Shreveport, Seabaugh put politics over people and voted “No”, every time.

While Governor John Bel Edwards and responsible leaders from across the political spectrum have worked tirelessly to address the state’s budget crisis, Alan Seabaugh has wasted his time and taxpayers’ money playing partisan games. At every opportunity, he has failed the test of leadership. When the governor and his allies put forth a plan to fully fund TOPS and LSU’s medical schools, Alan Seabaugh let petty partisanship trump his sworn duty to the people of District 5.

“Alan Seabaugh failed his district, and he failed the people of Louisiana,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Now that the consequences of his failure are becoming apparent, he’s taking the coward’s way out and trying to blame others for his own fiscal irresponsibility. The people of District 5 deserve better than the repeated failures and weak excuses Alan Seabaugh is offering.”

For additional background, see the following links to Seabaugh’s voting record:

HB 14 by Rep. Leger to raise the tax on tobacco – Seabaugh voted NO (3/3/16)

HB 62 by Rep. Jackson to raise the sales tax by a penny – Seabaugh voted against adopting the conference report (3/9/16)

HB 61 by Rep. Jay Morris to reduce sales tax exemptions on utilities and manufacturing equipment – Seabaugh voted NO to Adopt the conference committee report (3/9/16)

HB 39 by Rep. Stokes to raise the tax on rental cars – Seabaugh voted NO (2/25/16)

HB 27 by Rep. Cox to raise the tax on alcohol – Seabaugh voted NO to Concur with the Senate Amendments (3/9/16)

HB 46 by Rep James to reduce business tax credits for property tax on inventory – Seabaugh Voted NO (3/7/16)

HB 33 by Rep. Leger to adjust income tax brackets – Seabaugh Voted NO (3/7/16)

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Louisiana Democrats Announce Full Delegation to 2016 Convention

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today released the complete roster for this year’s state delegation to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The delegation includes 59 voting delegates, 4 alternates, 6 appointees to the convention’s standing committees, and 2 official pages. Elections were held this spring by congressional district to determine district-level delegates, while party leaders and elected officials (“PLEO”) and at-large delegates were voted upon by members of the Democratic State Central Committee last weekend.

 

The full roster of the Louisiana delegation is as follows:

 

 

Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials (8):

 

Governor John Bel Edwards

Rep. Cedric Richmond, Congressman for LA 2nd District

Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of Louisiana Democratic Party

Michael McHale, 1st Vice Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party

Arlanda Williams, 2nd Vice Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party

Ben Jeffers, DNC Committeeman At-Large

Deborah Langhoff, DNC Committeewoman

Arthur Morrell, DNC Committeeman

 

 

Congressional-Level Delegates (33):

 

1st Congressional District, Clinton

Tom Anderson

Lila Tritico Hogan

 

1st Congressional District, Sanders

David F. Easley

Gilda Werner Reed

 

2nd Congressional District, Clinton

Diana E. Bajoie

Jared C. Brossett

Troy C. Carter Sr.

Felicia Kahn

Walt Leger

Cynthia Hedge Morrell

 

2nd Congressional District, Sanders:

Preston J. Edwards, Sr.

Keisha Lewis

 

3rd Congressional District, Clinton

Sheryl Romero Abshire

Charles Bennett

Carla Webb Clark

 

3rd Congressional District, Sanders

Zachary Bertrand Edwards

Theresa Rohloff

 

4th Congressional District, Clinton

Roy Burrell

Barbara Norton

Terika Williams-Walker

Bernie Woods, Sr.

 

4th Congressional District, Sanders

Ryan Trundle

 

5th Congressional District, Clinton

Charla Nicole Burns

Marcus Hunter

Katrina Jackson

Rodney McFarland, Sr.

Ronnie Lamar Traylor

 

5th Congressional District, Sanders

Chelsea Gravel

 

6th Congressional District, Clinton

Michael Bernhard

Randal L. Gaines

Sheila D. Lewis, Ph.D.

Patricia Haynes Smith

 

6th Congressional District, Sanders

Mike Drey

 

 

 

PLEO (7) and At-Large (11) Delegates:

 

Clinton PLEO

Wesley Bishop

Sibal Suarez Holt

Mary Landrieu

Mitch Landrieu

Jennifer Vidrine

 

Clinton At Large

Jay H. Banks

Sean Bruno

Lisa Diggs

James K. “Jim” Harlan

Carol R. Leblanc

C. Denise Marcelle

Nita Steele

Lynda Woolard

 

Sanders PLEO

Caina Munson Green

Kyle Mark Green, Jr.

 

Sanders At Large

Mozella Bell

Davante Lewis

Elizabeth B. Scott

 

 

At Large Alternates (4):

 

Clinton At Large Alternates

Frederick D’Wayne Bell, II

Darlene Fields

Edward “Ted” James

 

Sanders At Large Alternate

Gretchen S. Shotwell

 

 

Standing Committee Appointments:

Platform

Robert Johnson (Sanders)

Jackie Lansdale (Clinton)

 

Credentials

Jolan Jolivette (Clinton)

Dr. Eileen Velez (Clinton)

 

Rules

Cleo Fields (Clinton)

Vivian Hiner (Clinton)

 

 

Pages:

Bruce Ford

Natalie Johnson

Results from May 28th PLEO and At-Large Delegate Elections

Clinton PLEO  (3 women, 2 Male)

Sibal Suarez Holt

Mary Landrieu

Jennifer Vidrine

Wesley Bishop

Mitch Landrieu

 

Clinton At Large  (5 women, 3 men)

Lynda Woolard

Carol R. Leblanc

Nita Steele

Lisa Diggs

C. Denise Marcelle

Jay H. Banks

Sean Bruno

James K. “Jim” Harlan

 

Clinton At Large Alternates  (1 woman, 2 men)

Darlene Fields

Frederick D’Wayne Bell, II

Edward “Ted” James

 

Sanders PLEO (1 woman, 1 man)

Kyle Mark Green, Jr.

Caina Munson Green

 

Sanders At Large (2 women, 1 man)

Elizabeth B. Scott

Mozella Bell

Davante Lewis

 

Sanders At Large Alternate (1 woman)

Gretchen S. Shotwell

 

Standing Committee Appointments:

Platform:

Sanders Male:  Robert Johnson

Clinton Female:  Jackie Lansdale

 

 

Credentials:

Clinton Male:  Jolan Jolivette

Clinton Female:  Dr. Eileen Velez

 

Rules:

Clinton Male:  Cleo Fields

Clinton Female:  Vivian Hiner

 

 

 

Louisiana Democratic Party Endorses Cedric Richmond for 2nd Congressional District

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today formally endorsed Rep. Cedric Richmond in his bid to be re-elected to represent Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District. The Democratic State Central Committee, meeting as a body for the second time this spring, voted to endorse Richmond’s re-election campaign on the strength of his service and his commitment to Democratic family values.

Rep. Richmond has served with distinction in the US Congress since he was first elected by the people of CD2 in 2010. During his time in office, he has worked as a tireless champion for the working men and women of his district, and embodied the values that Louisiana Democrats believe in. Richmond currently serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on the Judiciary. He has advocated strongly for coastal restoration along the gulf coast, and worked hard to shore up flood and hurricane protection in our vulnerable regions. He is recognized by President Obama as a leader in the efforts to reform our broken criminal justice system.

Raised in New Orleans by a public school teacher and small business owner, Richmond graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School, Morehouse College, and Tulane University Law school.

“The Louisiana Democratic Party is proud to endorse Rep. Cedric Richmond for another term representing the people of CD2 in Louisiana,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the state party. “In his tenure to date as our representative in Congress, Cedric has proven himself a capable leader and a true friend to the people of his district.”

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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LA GOP RESPONDS TO BUDGET CRISIS WITH UNCONSTITUTIONAL POWER GRAB

 

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.”

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