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[RELEASE]One Week After A Promise To “Work Through Christmas” To Avert A Shutdown, Rep. Abraham Takes Five Days Off Work Without A Peep

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December 14, 2018
Contact: Eric Holl, eric@lademo.org

One week after saying he wanted to “work through Christmas” to avert a government shutdown, Representative Abraham is taking five days off to come home while negotiations are stalled in Congress.

When asked about the government shutdown and border wall funding fight in a radio interview on WGSO just one week ago, Rep. Abraham said “if we need to work through Christmas, at Christmas, on Christmas, let’s get this done. Because this is the people’s money we’re dealing with. We’ve got a government shutdown looming again.”

But now, as Politico reported last night, “the House and Senate left town Thursday with no strategy to avert a partial government shutdown next week, putting Congress on the brink of an intractable conflict that could drag out through New Year’s Day — furloughing hundreds of thousands of workers and costing taxpayers millions… The House isn’t planning to return until the night of Dec. 19 — leaving only about 72 hours to reach a border wall deal that has eluded both parties for months.”

Rep. Abraham has quietly left Washington and won’t return until Wednesday. While other Republican Members of Congress have publicly protested the decision to go home with a looming shutdown, Rep. Abraham hasn’t said a word since the decision was made.

“One week ago, Rep. Abraham told the people of Louisiana he’d work through Christmas to avert a government shutdown. Now the government is set to shut down in seven days, and Rep. Abraham is taking the next five days off work to go home. Other Republicans have spoken out. Why has Rep. Abraham quietly gone along with his leadership’s call for a five-day weekend? Probably because what he said earlier this month is true—he can’t focus on his job in D.C. and run for governor at the same time,” said Eric Holl, communications director for Victory 2019, the Democratic Coordinated Campaign.

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BACKGROUND
Listen To Rep. Abraham’s Remarks On The Shutdown HERE And Read A Transcript HERE

Listen To The Full Interview At WGSO’s Website HERE

OTHER REPUBLICANS HAVE FORCEFULLY CALLED FOR CONGRESS TO STAY IN DC
Georgia Republican Rep. Austin Scott On The Border Wall Fight That Has Threatened A Shutdown: “I Wish We Were Doing It Now Rather Than Going Home.” “GOP conservatives are urging leaders to bring forward a bill with the $5 billion as soon as possible and said they’re disappointed to be leaving Washington without voting on it. “I wish we were doing it now rather than going home,” said Georgia Representative Austin Scott.” [Bloomberg, 12/13/18]

Ultra-Conservative Congressman Steve King On The Border Wall Fight: “We Should Act Now.” “Anti-immigration hardliner Steve King of Iowa said every day that goes by makes it more certain that Pelosi’s new Democratic majority will pass the next spending bill and will use that leverage to insert Democratic priorities in January. “That’s a bad thing,” King said. “We should act now while we still have the majority.”” [Bloomberg, 12/13/18]

RELEASE: Gwen Collins-Greenup Fought Hard, Made History

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December 8, 2018                                                                             Kaleb@lademo.org

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Gwen Collins-Greenup Fought Hard, Made History

BATON ROUGE, LA – On Saturday, Louisiana Democratic Party endorsed Secretary of State candidate Gwen Collins-Greenup fell short in her campaign to become our next Secretary of State.

“Gwen came out of a crowded pack of candidates all vying to become our next Secretary Of State with a solid finish that she accomplished with little money but a lot of amazing people,” Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party said. “It is extremely difficult to fight against an incumbent candidate who holds the office and also oversees the entire election process. Despite the barriers that Gwen has had to overcome, her people-powered campaign, beliefs, and goals for the office clearly resonated with the people of Louisiana. The values Democrats hold of fair and open elections and protecting your right to participate in them benefit all of Louisiana and we will continue fighting for these beliefs in 2019.  The Louisiana Democratic Party was proud to step in and help deliver tens of thousands of text messages, thousands of phone calls to targeted voters, and spread her message across the state. While Gwen was ultimately not successful today, we are excited to see what is in store for her in the future.”

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RELEASE: Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Committee Endorses Gwen Collins-Greenup for Secretary of State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13th, 2018

CONTACT: Kaleb Harmon
Kaleb@lademo.org
(504) 206-7427

Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Committee Endorses Gwen Collins-Greenup for Secretary of State

BATON ROUGE, LA – On Tuesday, the Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Committee voted to endorse Gwen Collins-Greenup for Secretary of State. Collins-Greenup is currently in a runoff election against interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin. The runoff election will be held on December 8th.

“Gwen is an exciting candidate with so many things to offer the Secretary of State’s office,” Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the LDP said. “Between the incredible grassroots work she did in the primary, the strong platform she’s based her campaign around, and the leadership skills she’s displayed. We look forward to working with her in the runoff election!”

“It’s such a privilege to receive an endorsement from the Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Committee,” Gwen Collins-Greenup said. “We have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time but I’m confident that the tireless work we’ve done in the primary will carry over into the runoff. My message has resonated with people all across Louisiana and I know it will continue to do so in the coming weeks. The people of Louisiana are ready for someone to fight for them and restore their confidence in the Secretary of State’s office, and I promise to do just that.”

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RELEASE: Louisiana Democrats thank Renee Fontenot Free and Congratulates Gwen Collins-Greenup

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November 6th, 2018

CONTACT: Kaleb Harmon
Kaleb@lademo.org
(504) 206-7427

Louisiana Democrats Thank Renee Fontenot Free and Congratulate Gwen Collins-Greenup

BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana Democrats released the following statement on the results of the Secretary of State race.

“It’s always a good sign to see a Democratic candidate resonating with voters in Louisiana, and Gwen Collins-Greenup did exactly that,” Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk said. “Democrats have a strong record of protecting voter rights, upholding our electoral integrity, and restoring trust in whatever office they’re in. Louisiana cannot afford to have another year of scandals, inefficiency, and oversight that has plagued the office in the past. It’s time for a change.

“We’re so thankful for all the work Renee has done throughout her campaign,” Handwerk said. “She brought a level of professionalism and experience to the race that was needed to keep the other candidates honest. We’re certain her message of electoral integrity and electoral security will be held to keep the next Secretary of State in check and move our state forward.”

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RELEASE: Louisiana Democratic Party’s Third Congressional District Candidate Mimi Methvin Ends Race

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November 6th, 2018

CONTACT: Kaleb Harmon
Kaleb@lademo.org
(504) 206-7427

Louisiana Democratic Party’s Third Congressional District Candidate Mimi Methvin Ends Race

BATON ROUGE, LA – On Tuesday, the Louisiana Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District, Mimi Methvin fell short of forcing a run off against Congressman Clay Higgins.

“We’re very proud of the campaign Mimi has run,” LDP Executive Director Stephen Handwerk said. “Congressman Higgins is the antithesis of everything the 3rd Congressional District stands for. Between his crude and malicious comments toward everyone who he disagrees with, his disgusting fundraising video in the Nazi Concentration Camp Auschwitz, and horrible demeanor and persona representing us in Congress, Mimi has performed a service to this district that we can’t thank her enough for. We can not thank Mimi Methvin and her entire team enough for the hard work that they put into this race – they should all be exceptionally proud of the work they did – we certainly are. ”

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RELEASE: Louisiana Democratic Party’s First Congressional District Candidate Dr. Tammy Savoie Finishes Hard-Fought Race

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November 6th, 2018

CONTACT: Kaleb Harmon
Kaleb@lademo.org
(504) 206-7427

Louisiana Democratic Party’s First Congressional District Candidate Dr. Tammy Savoie Finishes Hard-Fought Race

BATON ROUGE, LA – The Louisiana Democratic Party released the following statement seeing the results of the election.

“The team that jumped in with both feet to support Dr. Savoie was inspiring!” Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director said. “Congressman Scalise is one of the most powerful legislators in Congress and to see the determination of our endorsed candidate along with countless volunteers and supporters show that more than ___% of the district would rather see someone else represent them is powerful and something you can bet we will build on.”

These last few months have been some of the toughest – but also the most inspiring – of my life. I’m incredibly proud to have fought for my country in uniform for 38 years. But I can honestly say that meeting thousands of hardworking Louisiana families and small business owners all over Southern Louisiana – and fighting for them – fighting to fully fund our kids schools, fighting against unfair tariffs that target Louisiana – fighting to protect and extend our access to quality, affordable health care – has been the proudest moments of my life. Louisiana deserves someone who will fight for her. We may not have won the election, but we were indeed victorious tonight in all the things that matter the most. Raising our voices, practicing a peaceful and positive democratic campaign that took our message directly to the voters – and always remembering it was never about me – it was always about all of you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity. I won’t ever forget it.”

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RELEASE: Louisiana Democratic Party’s Fourth Congressional District Candidate Ryan Trundle Ends Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6th, 2018

CONTACT: Kaleb Harmon
Kaleb@lademo.org
(504) 206-7427

Louisiana Democratic Party’s Fourth Congressional District Candidate Ryan Trundle Ends Race

BATON ROUGE, LA – On Tuesday, the Louisiana Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District, Ryan Trundle, conceded the race to Republican incumbent Congressman Mike Johnson. Trundle came in second out of the three candidates running for the seat.

“Ryan’s work over these past months have been incredible for his district,” LDP Executive Director Stephen Handwerk said. “How successful a campaign is can’t just be measured in winning or losing. Ryan kept a conservative Congressman honest and helped combat him pandering to big business and corporations. That is a much needed victory to every citizen who doesn’t identify with the conservative minority in this state.”

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RELEASE: Louisiana Democratic Party’s Sixth Congressional District Candidate Justin Dewitt Concedes Election

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November 6th, 2018

CONTACT: Kaleb Harmon
Kaleb@lademo.org
(504) 206-7427

Louisiana Democratic Party’s Sixth Congressional District Candidate Justin Dewitt Concedes Election

BATON ROUGE, LA – On Tuesday, the Louisiana Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District, Justin Dewitt, conceded the race to Congressman Garret Graves. Dewitt ran a close race keeping on Congressman Graves the entire election and holding him to a new standard.

“Justin has ran a race that we’re confident will change how people perceive politicians in Louisiana,” LDP Executive Director Stephen Handwerk said. “An openly gay, blue collar worker with no prior college experience took on and held accountable a deeply entrenched Republican Congressman. We fully expect to see that change the qualifications of candidates. The traditional mold of what makes a politician no longer needs to apply and we can’t wait.”

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RELEASE: Louisiana Democratic Party’s Endorsed Second Congressional District Candidate Congressman Cedric Richmond Wins Re-Election

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November 6th, 2018

CONTACT: Kaleb Harmon
Kaleb@lademo.org
(504) 206-7427

Louisiana Democratic Party’s Endorsed Second Congressional District Candidate Congressman Cedric Richmond Wins Re-Election

BATON ROUGE, LA – The Louisiana Democratic Party congratulates Congressman Cedric Richmond on his resounding re-election to his 5th Term representing the good people of the 2nd Congressional District.

“We’re so proud of the Congressman for all the incredible work he’s done,” Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party said. “His overwhelming victory in this race is a clear signal from the people that they support the work he’s done and want him to keep fighting for the values he’s promised to uphold. His work in congress continues to make us proud each and every day and I am so excited to see what he is able to deliver for Louisiana in this next term.”

“I’m honored that the people of Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District chose to allow me to continue to serve them,” Congressman Cedric Richmond said. “Representing my district has been one of the greatest experiences of my life and I’m excited to continue it. I promise to continue fighting for all of my constituents and make sure we can continue the incredible progress we’ve made.”

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RELEASE: Louisiana Democratic Party’s Fifth Congressional District Candidate Jessee Fleenor Discusses Future Elections

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November 6th, 2018

CONTACT: Kaleb Harmon
Kaleb@lademo.org
(504) 206-7427

 

Louisiana Democratic Party’s Fifth Congressional District Candidate Jessee Fleenor Discusses Future Elections

BATON ROUGE, LA – On Tuesday, the Louisiana Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, Jessee Fleenor, ended a hard-fought race against Congressman Ralph Abraham. Fleenor met with thousands of his constituents throughout the district and spent months spreading his message of hope to the people of Louisiana.

“Jessee is an incredible candidate who still has a lot to offer this district,” LDP Executive Director Stephen Handwerk said. “He ran a tough race and stayed honest to the people of the 5th Congressional District and his message truly resonated with a lot of them. Jessee’s not done. We’re confident he still has a lot more to give this district and we’re excited to stand with him every step of the way.”

“Being given the opportunity to fight for the good people of my district has been one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Fleenor said. “I’ve been met with such great energy and gratitude in all 24 parishes of the 5th District and have had so many people tell me that they stand with me and my platform and message.  There is such incredible need in the many impoverished areas of the 5th District and the time to start taking better care of each other is now, not later. My campaign has always been people focused and this state deserves leaders who can empathize with the actual needs of the people, instead of just cutting corporate taxes and shaming the poor.

“I still believe that’s what this district needs and that’s what we deserve, which is why I’m announcing my intent to run for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District in 2020.  In three short months, we have begun the work of building a coalition of people from all different backgrounds, brought together by our shared belief in caring for each other as one American community.  This is just the beginning and I’m going to keep fighting for my friends, family, and neighbors to ensure they have someone in the political arena who is always putting them first. I’m going to take some time to sell a few vegetables and enjoy a break with Amanda and our three amazing children (Kai, Sia & Ari) who have encouraged and stood by me throughout this entire process – then it’ll be back to the road to continue to organize the wonderful people of the 5th District into a political force to be reckoned with.  Louisiana deserves better representation than what we have right now and I’m ready to continue the work of finding that better together.”

 

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RELEASE: LDP Chair Karen Carter Peterson Stands with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Following Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

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September 27, 2018

CONTACT: Kaleb Harmon

Kaleb@lademo.org

(504) 206-7427

LDP Chair Karen Carter Peterson Stands with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Following Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

BATON ROUGE  On Thursday, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Ford’s testimony underwent hours of cross examination by prosecutors and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“After listening to Dr. Ford’s testimony today, I am convinced of the credibility of her recounting of Brett Kavanaugh’s horrific sexual assault on her,” Senator Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party said. “As a sexual assault survivor, I know what Dr. Ford is feeling.  I know too well the trauma and feelings of embarrassment survivors go through.  Sexual assault and sexual abuse have no place in our society. Anyone who commits any such act has no place in our government or to serve the nearly 20 million sexual assault survivors in America. 

“Today’s hearing made it clear that Kavanaugh is unfit to be promoted to the Supreme Court.  It takes courage to tell your truth and when survivors stand up we should listen and believe them.  The Senate needs to turn down this nominee.  Senator John Kennedy and Senator Bill Cassidy are making a grave error if they continue to discount, disbelieve and disrespect women – #TimesUp.”  

 

 

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Release: Louisiana Democrats Respond to Senator Kennedy’s Disrespect of Our Veterans

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September 20, 2018                                                            allyson@lademo.org

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Louisiana Democrats Respond to Senator Kennedy’s Disrespect of Our Veterans

BATON ROUGE, LA – On Thursday, Lamar White Jr. of the Bayou Brief released this tweet detailing an event occurring on September 7th at the National Airport in Washington, D.C. An Honor Flight of veterans arriving at National Airport left their plane to a standing ovation of passengers heading to New Orleans, welcoming them home and thanking them for their service to our country. The only member of the crowd who failed to stand was Louisiana’s Junior Senator John Neely Kennedy.

“The video that emerged today showing Senator Kennedy disrespecting war veterans is shameful,” said Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Senator Kennedy has said in the past that it’s ‘imperative’ that we as Americans honor our veterans ‘every day.’ He needs to explain to the people of Louisiana—and in particular its 300,000 veterans—why he refused to stand up and honor the brave service-members exiting the Honor Flight. Every person at that airport gate stood up and paid those veterans their due respect except our United States Senator.”

Background on the Honor Flight Program:

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.

Via Honor Flight

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UPDATED: Democratic State Central Committee Endorsed Candidates and Passed Four Resolutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2018
Contact:  Allyson Sanders  225-336-4155

Baton Rouge, LA – Saturday, the Louisiana Democratic Party voted to endorse Democratic candidates for Congress and Secretary of State as well as passed four important resolutions.

Here is the full list of endorsements the Louisiana Democratic Party has made this year, all of which were passed at this meeting except for Congressman Richmond who was given an early endorsement in March.

  • Renee Fontenot Free for Secretary of State.
  • Tammy Savoie for the 1stCongressional District.
  • Congressman Richmond for the 2nd Congressional District.
  • Mimi Methvin for the 3rdCongressional District.
  • Ryan Trundle for the 4thCongressional District.
  • Jessee Fleenor for the 5thCongressional District.
  • Justin Dewitt for the 6thCongressional District.

“I want to congratulate the candidates we endorsed today and say thank you to each Democrat who stepped up to run and asked for our endorsement,” Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Sen. Karen Carter Peterson said. “Running for office is one of the bravest things you can do, and we’re lucky to have so many strong candidates run in each Congressional district and Secretary of State race.”

The Party also passed 4 significant resolutions

  1. Full support of the passage of the Constitutional Amendment before Voters requiring unanimous Jury Verdicts.
  2. Condemnation & Call for re-unification for families that have been separated at the border.
  3. Honoring the life and work of Ken Carter, father of Chair Karen Carter Peterson
  4. Honoring the life and work of Felicia Kahn

“Separating children from their parent as infants is reprehensible and never needed to happen – this must be solved.  Our members also unanimously passed a resolution supporting the work of Senator JP Morrell and many others calling on voters to pass the constitutional amendment that requires unanimous jury verdicts” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party.

“The committee also paused to recognize the loss of two pioneers of our party and of our state.  Ken Carter and Felicia Kahn will be missed more that words can state, but their legacy and teachings will endure and shape future generations.”

 

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Background:

Renee Fontenot Free played a key role in merging the Secretary of State’s office with the Department of Elections. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Renee was instrumental in rebuilding our election system from the ground up. Her entire career has prepared her to do this job, and she is the only candidate who can credibly claim that politics will never play a part in a Secretary of State’s office under her leadership.

Tammy Savoie is a decorated Air Force veteran and clinical psychologist. Tammy will work across the aisle to increase access to affordable health care, support mothers and children, stand up for veterans, and get our economy working for all families.

Mimi Methvin has 28 years experience as a federal and state judge with a track record as a successful attorney and mediator. Mimi supports universal health coverage, public education, and developing new methods of clean-energy technology.

Jessee Fleenor is a new type of Democrat. One who is unafraid to stand up to special interests and a local farmer and father who believes the common American family is at the heart of what makes this country so great. When elected, Jessee wants to focus on reconciliation, universal healthcare, environmental realism, and increased funding for educators.

Justin Dewitt has worked for a land surveying company for over a decade. After the 2016 flood, Justin decided it was time to run for office to stand up for the average working people of Louisiana – like himself. Justin refuses to have a PAC or take any corporate money.

Download Resolutions: Final Resolutions Packet

RELEASE: LDP Executive Committee and Democratic State Executive Committee Endorse Candidates for Congress and Secretary of State

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   Contact: Allyson Sanders

August 18, 2018                                                                                   allyson@lademo.org

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LDP Executive Committee and Democratic State Executive Committee Endorse Candidates for Congress and Secretary of State

 

Baton Rouge, LA – Saturday, the Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Committee and Democratic State Executive Committee voted to endorse Democratic candidates for Congress and Secretary of State.

During a meeting at the State Capital, candidates asked for the committees’ support. Committees then voted to endorse one candidate from each district and one candidate for Secretary of State.

  • The committees endorsed Renee Fontenot Free for Secretary of State.
  • Tammy Savoie won the endorsement for the 1st Congressional District.
  • The committees endorsed Mimi Methvin, from the 3rd Congressional District.
  • Ryan Trundle won the endorsement for the 4th Congressional District.
  • The committees endorsed Jessee Fleenor, from the 5th Congressional District.
  • The committees also endorsed Justin Dewitt for the 6th Congressional District.

“I want to congratulate the candidates we endorsed today and say thank you to each Democrat who stepped up to run and asked for our endorsement,” Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Sen. Karen Carter Peterson said. “Running for office is one of the bravest things you can do, and we’re lucky to have so many strong candidates run in each Congressional district and Secretary of State.”

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Background:

Renee Fontenot Free played a key role in merging the Secretary of State’s office with the Department of Elections. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Renee was instrumental in rebuilding our election system from the ground up. Her entire career has prepared her to do this job, and she is the only candidate who can credibly claim that politics will never play a part in a Secretary of State’s office under her leadership.

Tammy Savoie is a decorated Air Force veteran and clinical psychologist. Tammy will work across the aisle to increase access to affordable health care, support mothers and children, stand up for veterans, and get our economy working for all families.

Mimi Methvin has 28 years experience as a federal and state judge with a track record as a successful attorney and mediator. Mimi supports universal health coverage, public education, and developing new methods of clean-energy technology.

Jessee Fleenor is a new type of Democrat. One who is unafraid to stand up to special interests and a local farmer and father who believes the common American family is at the heart of what makes this country so great. When elected, Jessee wants to focus on reconciliation, universal healthcare, environmental realism, and increased funding for educators.

Justin Dewitt has worked for a land surveying company for over a decade. After the 2016 flood, Justin decided it was time to run for office to stand up for the average working people of Louisiana – like himself. Justin refuses to have a PAC or take any corporate money.

 

 

RELEASE: Karen Carter Peterson Releases Statement on Racist Threat Sent to Mayoral Candidate

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August 16, 2018                                                                                   stephen@lademo.org

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Karen Carter Peterson Releases Statement on Racist Threat Sent to Mayoral Candidate

 

Baton Rouge, LA – Thursday, Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, released the following statement after a racist death threat letter was sent to Commissioner Steven Jackson, Shreveport Mayoral candidate:

“Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s I am not sure I knew what the year 2018 would look like, but I am sure I thought that racist anonymous death threats showing up on people’s porches would be relegated to history.  As we saw yesterday that is not the case.

“Attacks like these have no place in our political system, which is the resounding message coming from Democrats and our Republican brothers and sisters.  While these acts certainly shock people, they also tend to empower the Candidates to fight harder, longer and smarter.  We are encouraged by the way the Commissioner is handling this and we agree that it is always the right time to stand up to racism and bullies.”

The Louisiana Democratic Party urges candidates facing this sort of harassment, intimidation, or bullying to contact law enforcement and please report it to us as well. Contact the Louisiana Democratic Party by calling our office at 225-336-4155 or sending us an email at communications@lademo.org.

 

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Background:

‘GET OUT OF THE RACE N—–.’ Shreveport mayoral candidate says he was threatened with lynching | Shreveport Times

Shreveport mayoral candidate says racially charged threat left at home | KTBS

Shreveport commissioner claims he was threatened with lynching unless he drops out of mayor’s race | The Advocate

 

 

 

Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Statement on the Passing of Ken Carter

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August 3, 2018                                                                                   allyson@lademo.org

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 Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Statement on the Passing of Ken Carter

 

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Sen. Mary Landrieu issued the following statement Friday on the passing of Ken Carter, a champion for his community, New Orleans’ first African-American tax assessor, and father of Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson.

“Ken Carter was a trailblazer in our city and state. He opened doors of opportunity for thousands of students and political activists with his passion and commitment to justice and fairness. He was widely admired and will be missed by his close and loving family and many friends.”

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RELEASE: The Louisiana Democratic Party Announces Record Qualifying Season, Trouncing LA GOP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 2, 2018

CONTACT: Allyson Sanders

allyson@lademo.org

(318) 464-2028

The Louisiana Democratic Party Announces Record Qualifying Season,
Trouncing LA GOP

 

BATON ROUGE, LA – Thursday, the Louisiana Democratic Party analyzed and reported candidate data, which shows more Democrats are running for office than Republicans in Louisiana.

The numbers show a wave of Democrats qualified for upcoming elections, especially on the local level. Using candidate data from the Secretary of State, the Louisiana Democratic Party determined it was a record qualifying season, with nearly 300 more Democrats running for office than Republicans. For every one Republican candidate, approximately five Democrats qualified. In over 300 elections, the Democratic candidate is unopposed.

“The numbers don’t lie,” Executive Director Stephen Handwerk said. “Democrats are thriving in Louisiana, particularly on the local level. A Democrat heads our great state, Democratic women lead our largest cities, and Democrats are running for office on every level. You can’t count us out in Louisiana; these numbers are the latest proof of that. Last year, the Louisiana Democratic Party made big investments in training and recruiting candidates in all areas of the state.  Wait ‘till you see what we do in 2019!”

In addition to over 1,000 Democratic candidates on the local level, the state party also fielded Democratic challengers to each Republican Congressman and the interim Secretary of State.

“When I stepped into my position as Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, my goal was to see Democrats running in each district and corner of Louisiana,” Sen. Karen Carter Peterson said. “Now, Democrats aren’t just running for office – they’re winning. If these numbers are an indication of what’s to come, I’m excited for the future of Democrats in Louisiana.”

 

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RELEASE: Setting the Record Straight on Gov. JBE’s Record for Senator Kennedy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 11, 2018

CONTACT: D’Seante Parks

Dparks@lademo.org

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Louisiana Democratic Party Sets the Record Straight on Governor John Bel Edwards’ Achievements for Senator Kennedy

 

This morning, in response to a question about his intention to run for Governor, Senator John Kennedy said to WAFB, “I don’t think Edwards has been a very effective governor, he hasn’t done anything.”

Kennedy is so busy trying to run for higher office that he obviously isn’t paying attention to what is happening here in the state. To help him get up to speed, we have compiled a list of facts and translated them into his own language- since he has decidedly become the Senator of one-liners.

  • Just yesterday, the Governor announced the success the state has benefitted from due to Medicaid expansion. It’s saving lives while growing the economy. More than 470,000 Louisianians have received health coverage under Medicaid expansion and it has created 19,000 jobs and $3.5 billion in economic activity. That’s a win win like the Saints winning the Super Bowl during Mardi Gras.
  • The unemployment rate is lower than it’s been in ten years and it’s steadily dropping like a hot potato out of delicate hands.
  • Folks are bringing home more money than they have been: per capita personal income rose 2.9% in 2017. Even a blind squirrel could see this nut!
  • Governor Edwards has reached across the aisle to work with the Trump administration to secure $1.2 billion in Louisiana flood funding for infrastructure and flood risk reduction. That’s good news like a short line at your favorite snowball stand in the middle of a summer Saturday.
  • Governor Edwards fully funded higher education for the first time in a decade. That’s a smart move if we ever saw one.

Governor Edwards has clearly been extremely effective and we mean no disrespect, but Kennedy hasn’t passed a single bill in the Senate, hasn’t held a single town hall with constituents, and is already looking to quit the job he couldn’t win until his third try. Kennedy’s one-liners might be funny, but misinforming the public is no laughing matter.

 

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RELEASE: LDP STANDS WITH DEYSHIA HARGRAVE AND LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS AT PROTEST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2018                                         

 

Contact: D’Seante Parks

Dparks@lademo.org

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THE LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC PARTY STANDS WITH DEYSHIA HARGRAVE AND LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS AT PROTEST

 

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk will join the Louisiana Association of Educators and Vermilion Parish educators to protest the disgraceful arrest of Vermilion Parish teacher Deyshia Hargrave for speaking up about the mistreatment of educators.

The arrest occurred at a school board meeting after Hargrave questioned a vote to give the superintendent a sizable pay raise when other district employees hadn’t received one in close to a decade while class sizes increase exponentially.

Ahead of his participation in the protest, Handwerk issued the following statement.

This is unacceptable. Citizens have the right to ask questions of their elected leaders and the arrest of this award-winning educator because she was brave enough to ask a question is wrong. Furthermore, we must remember that this is illustrative of a larger problem in this Parish and in our state. This isn’t the first time teachers have been singled out and vilified in the region. Representative Nancy Landry (R) represents a significant portion of Vermilion Parish and has lead efforts to disrespect, punish and belittle our educators and support staff for years. The Louisiana Democratic Party is working to recruit and replace elected leaders who do not serve hardworking Louisianians, especially educators who work every day to prepare our children to be the future of our state. Teachers deserve our praise and respect. We have to be there now and on Election Day for our teachers.

The rally will be held Thursday, January 11th at 3:45 p.m. at Magdalen Square in Abbeville, LA.

 

 

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RELEASE: SENATOR KENNEDY COULD DO SOMETHING, IF HE WANTED TO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  1/5/2018

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:  stephen@lademo.org

SENATOR KENNEDY COULD DO SOMETHING, IF HE WANTED TO

In response to Senator John Kennedy’s recent remarks concerning the urgent need to renew the CHIP program, Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party released this statement:

“It’s encouraging that Senator Kennedy has finally joined Governor John Bel Edwards in urging members of Congress to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program. What’s even better news is the awesome power he holds as a United States Senator!  If he is as serious about this as he claims, he can stand with the Democrats in blocking any legislative action until CHIP is back at full strength. Absent any action, though, Senator Kennedy’s words aren’t worth much more than a pint of weedkiller. As he mentioned, 122,000 Louisiana children depend on it.

“Is Senator Kennedy brave enough to stand up to Republicans in Washington and demand that they work toward compromise with Democrats for the good of our state and country, or is this another instance of Senator John Kennedy seeking media attention before quietly caving in to Mitch McConnell?”

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