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RELEASE: Landry Sued For Breaking The Law

Landry Sued For Breaking The Law
Pledged Transparency During 2015 Campaign

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

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

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

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

“What are you hiding, Jeff?”

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What are you waiting on Jeff?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

1/31/2017

For additional information contact Bri at 225-336-4155

What are you waiting for Jeff?

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

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

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

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

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Louisiana Democrats Congratulate Sharon Weston Broome Mayor-President Elect

CLEAR AND DECISIVE VICTORY FOR BROOME

East Baton Rouge Parish chose a leader for all the parish

 

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

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

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

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

Congressman Richmond Elected As Congressional Black Caucus Chair

Louisiana Democrats congratulate and support Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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CLEAR AND DECISIVE VICTORY FOR BROOME IN WBRZ MAYORAL DEBATE

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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.

Louisiana Democrats Congratulate Commissioner Foster Campbell in making Runoff

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

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

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Louisiana Democrats Congratulate Marshall Jones in Making the Runoff in CD4

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

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

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

 

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Louisiana Democrats Congratulate Congressman Richmond on his decisive Re-election

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

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

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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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