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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     CONTACT: Allyson Sanders

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

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   Contact: Stephen Handwerk

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

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   Contact: Allyson Sanders

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

(225) 336-4155

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

(225) 336-4155

 

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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RELEASE: LDP Mourns Loss of Judge Brady

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2017                                          
Contact: D’Seante Parks

  

THE LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC PARTY MOURNS LOSS OF FEDERAL JUDGE JAMES J. BRADY

 BATON ROUGE, La. – Saturday, the Louisiana Democratic Party sent condolences to the loved ones of Federal Judge James J. Brady, who once chaired the organization.

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we offer our condolences to the loved ones of Judge James J Brady,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Senator Karen Carter Peterson. “He spent his life serving Louisianians and he will be greatly missed. Today we reflect on the example he set for all of us in devoting his career to justice and equality.”

Prior to being appointed to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana by President Clinton, Judge Brady served as the chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party.

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LDP CONGRATULATES MAYOR-ELECT LATOYA CANTRELL ON BECOMING THE FIRST WOMAN ELECTED MAYOR OF NEW ORLEANS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017

 

Contact: D’Seante Parks

Dparks@lademo.org

(225) 336-4155

 

LDP CONGRATULATES MAYOR-ELECT LATOYA CANTRELL ON BECOMING THE FIRST WOMAN ELECTED MAYOR OF NEW ORLEANS

 

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party congratulated New Orleans Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell. Cantrell will be the first Black woman to serve as mayor of the Big Easy.

My friend LaToya Cantrell has been a leader in the city for many years and I’m so proud of the campaign she ran in this historical election,” said Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “The campaign proved when people unite, talk with each other and wear out a few pair of shoes – knocking on doors – that work will pay off.”

Executive Director Stephen Handwerk said, “the campaign utilized technologies available through the state party and combined that with good old-fashioned door knocking and it was a winning combination!  We must thank all of the campaign staff and volunteers from BOTH campaigns who left everything out in the neighborhoods this week.  Both the Charbonnet and Cantrell teams worked countless hours, knocked on thousands of doors, rang phones and pushed voters out to the polls the leaders on the campaign and the volunteers who powered the effort. Everyone did a great job and we are excited for the implications this has for Democrats across the state.”

Lynda Woolard, president of the Independent Women’s Organization said, “As President of the largest and oldest Democratic women’s group in the state, I am so excited that we just elected the first woman to lead our city! History is being made tonight, and we could not be prouder that IWO’s endorsed candidate, Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell, broke through such a high glass ceiling by running a positive campaign focused on the issues, with a clear path forward for the people of New Orleans.”

 

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RELEASE: LDP Exec. Committee Recommends Derrick Edwards Endorsement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017                                            

Contact: D’Seante Parks

Dparks@lademo.org

(225) 336-4155

 

THE LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC PARTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS TO FULL COMMITTEE THE ENDORSEMENT OF DERRICK EDWARDS FOR STATE TREASURER

 

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party announced that the Executive Committee voted to recommend the endorsement of Derrick Edwards. The entire Democratic State Central Committee will vote on the matter October 28th at a scheduled in-person meeting where Edwards is invited to address the group. The vote was unanimous.

“We congratulate Mr. Edwards on gaining more votes than any other candidate in the primary,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Senator Karen Carter Peterson. “He has a masters in accounting and a law degree and we believe he is the right choice for the position.  Democrats from across the state have signed on to help Mr. Edwards – and it will take all of us to unite together to win.

“The second place contender has been running terribly misleading ads in which he promises to cut wasteful politician spending – that is not under the jurisdiction of the treasurer’s office. Either he is intending to lie to the voters or he has no idea what office he is running for. If he really wanted to cut wasteful spending, he would have done it while in the legislature — instead he chose to partner up with Bobby Jindal.”

 

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RELEASE: How Cassidy Bill Will Impact Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017    

Contact: D’Seante Parks

Dparks@lademo.org

(225) 336-4155

How the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson Repeal 

Bill Will Impact Louisiana

 

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

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

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

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

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True Blue Gala – October 6th – NOLA

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

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

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

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

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

 

Read more about Jason here.

Tickets are available at: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/tbjasonkander

RELEASE: True Blue Gala Postponed Due to Harvey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, August 25, 2017

Contact: D’Seante Parks

dparks@ledemo.org

225-336-4155

Louisiana Democratic Party Postpones Dinner

 

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

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

 

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RELEASE: Mayor Landrieu To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2017

Contact: D’Seante Parks

dparks@ledemo.org

225-336-4155 

LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC PARTY ANNOUNCES MAYOR MITCH LANDRIEU TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Mayor Landrieu Will Receive The Award At the True Blue Gala

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017                                                    

 

Contact: D’Seante Parks
dparks@lademo.org
(225) 336-4155

 

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

 

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

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

Watch Krista’s story here.

 

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RELEASE: LDP Congratulates Mayor Landrieu on New Role

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017                                                            

 

Contact: D’Seante Parks

dparks@ledemo.org

225-336-4155

 

CHAIR OF THE LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONGRATULATES MAYOR MITCH LANDRIEU ON IMPORTANT NEW ROLE

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

Contact: D’Seante Parks
dparks@ledemo.org
225-336-4155

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

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

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

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

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