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


April 11, 2018

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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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Louisiana Democratic Party Announces Governor Terry McAuliffe as Keynote Speaker for 2018 True Blue Gala


BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party announced that former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will be the keynote speaker for the 2018 True Blue Gala. McAuliffe is set to speak at the annual fundraiser on Friday, May 18th in Baton Rouge.

“Gov. McAuliffe has been a great friend and took bold steps to move the State of Virginia forward,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “He led Virginia to a thriving, competitive economy that afforded folks a better quality of life. His focus on growing the economy while improving public education, the criminal justice system and public health made his state stronger and represents the values I’m committed to securing right here in our great state.”

“We are excited to welcome the former DNC Chairman who has been a leader in organizing and building the party at every level,” said Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party.  “Governor McAuliffe knows the value of strong state parties and investing early having helped lead presidential campaigns, the DNC and most recently in helping elect Democrat Ralph Northam his successor in Virginia.”

“I look forward to sharing my ideas about the importance of ensuring equality and growing the economy in a way that benefits hardworking people and families,” said McAuliffe. “It’s a fact that Democrats are the party of responsible fiscal policies.  Under John Bel Edwards’ administration we continue to see that Democrats have a holistic approach to improving our society that includes caring for those who have the least among us so they have every opportunity to succeed. Justice reform, access to affordable healthcare, and education are all important components in building a healthy and sustainable economy – and Democrats are delivering in those and other key areas.”

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As Governor of Virginia, McAuliffe conducted a record 35 trade missions, to dozens of countries, personally delivering Virginia’s calling card to business leaders around the globe. As a result, hundreds of thousands of jobs were created and more than $20 billion in capital investment to communities across the Commonwealth, which is billions more than any previous governor. He oversaw the unemployment rate dropping from 5.4% to 3.6% and initial unemployment claims fall to a 44 year low.  Personal income rose 12.3% during his term of office.


Protecting the rights of all Virginians was always a top priority for McAuliffe. He successfully vetoed a record 120 bills that would have taken Virginia backward. In doing so, McAuliffe protected women’s access to health care, Virginia’s world-class education system, the environment, and the integrity of our electoral system.

He made unprecedented progress on the restoration of civil rights to rehabilitated felons who have completed their sentences and paid their debt to society. During his tenure, McAuliffe restored the rights of more than 173,000 Virginians, more than any other governor in U.S. history.

Under the McAuliffe Administration, the Department of Juvenile Justice reduced its population in state-operated Juvenile Correctional Centers by nearly two-thirds. Virginia has boasted the lowest adult recidivism rate in the nation for the past two straight years.

McAuliffe won bipartisan support for a historic $1 billion investment in public education and higher education, the most in Virginia history. As a result of his actions, students saw the lowest tuition increase in 15 years. He also successfully secured passage of a law establishing a pay-for-performance workforce training program, the first of its kind in the Nation.  Virginia became the first state in the nation to adopt computer science and computational thinking standards in its K-12 curriculum.

Virginia became the first state to be designated as employer of National Service.

He led the effort to make Virginia the first state in America to be certified to have functionally ended veteran homelessness.  In addition, 30,000 veterans were hired through the Virginia Values Veterans program, a six-fold increase.


True Blue Gala 2018

The 2018 True Blue Gala will be Friday, May 18th in Baton Rouge!

You won’t want to miss the biggest Democratic event of the year with folks from across Louisiana. This year we will be honoring our Louisiana legislative heroes and we are very excited to welcome keynote speaker, former governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe! 

A lifelong entrepreneur McAuliffe has spent his life fighting to make economic opportunity a right, not a privilege. As governor of Virginia, the unemployment rate dropped to a 44 year low, while personal income rose over 12%. He visited dozens of countries to promote investment in Virginia – and it worked. His administration created hundreds of thousands of jobs and ushered in over $20 billion into their communities.

McAuliffe defended public schools and universities, resulting in a historic $1 billion investment in state education. He led the fight in women’s access to health care, ended veteran homelessness, and reformed the criminal justice system.

Under his direction, the Virginia economy boomed and families from every walk of life reaped the benefit. He focused on equality for all Virginians, enhancing quality of life, and building an economy that makes economic opportunity a right – all Democratic values. And the state of Virginia thrived because of it.

McAuliffe is truly a walking representative of what we’re fighting for, and we hope you will join us in welcoming him to Baton Rouge this May!

Tickets and table packages are available now, but act fast because there is limited space available and tickets are selling faster than usual!

Click here to secure your seat at the 2018 True Blue Gala in Baton Rouge! 

Book your hotel room for the night at our special rate, here!

This year’s Gala is being sponsored by our great friends at LaFleur Printing and Hustle – check back here for more information on them and contact Michelle Brister for information on sponsorship opportunities.




THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2018                                         


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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.





Millennials Respond #WhyIVoteDem

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State Representative Julie Emerson is running to be the next Chair of the LAGOP. Last week she released a slickly produced video where she tries to define Democrats and ponders just why Millennials are not supporting her party.

We decided to ask a few… and here is what they had to say…

Tell us why you vote Dem with #WhyIVoteDem and be sure to tag @lademos !

Justin DeWitt, Candidate for LA’s 6th Congressional District

In this video, Emerson makes some wild claims.  In doing so, Emerson underestimates the critical thinking of an entire generation of Americans. It is true that Millennials are upset with the status quo of crony capitalism. They came of age as the global economy burned around them, fueled by the fire of Wall Street greed. Since then, the Republican controlled state government has gutted our public school system, let our infrastructure crumble to worst in the nation and all in the name of corporate tax cuts.

Millennials see the damage that the unrestrained crony capitalism of Reaganomics has done to their families and communities. Millennials see that when labor is more freely able to unionize, they are better able to negotiate wages and benefits. They see that when the government is able to stop major corporations from dumping pollution in their communities, their health and quality of life improves. They see that when Americans aren’t burdened by the enormous cost of healthcare, they’re free to spend that money in other segments of the economy. They see that when workers have more money to spend, the entire economy benefits.

Millennials see that there is a better way forward and that Democratic Party has the potential to lead the way.

Agree with Justin? Tweet why you vote Democrat with #WhyIVoteDem

Melanie Oubre, Executive Director, Emerge Louisiana

To Rep. Emerson, here are a few reasons Millennials are not Republicans:

1. We don’t believe in taking healthcare away from Americans, including CHILDREN.

2. We believe that Student Loan debt should not have high-interest rates that increase profits of the richest banks in our country while bankrupting YOUR generation, Julie.

3. We believe women should not have to listen to old white men re: what to do with their own damn bodies.

4. We believe in affordable education and healthcare

5. We believe in inclusivity and diversity- something your party has fought against at every turn.

6. We believe people should not be locked up for life because they smoked a joint, or sold one.

7. We acknowledge that institutional racism is real and has held a large portion of our generation back from achieving its potential.


I could go on and on and on. This video is offensive. You are talking about Millennials as if they are stupid and don’t know history. Good luck trying to condescend to us to get our vote.

Agree with Melanie? Post on Facebook why you vote Democrat with #WhyIVoteDem and tag us and EmergeLouisiana!

Maria Harmon, Co-Director of Step Up Louisiana, Communications Chair of Young Democrats of Louisiana

Julie Emerson made some far reaching claims in her video explaining the history of  progressivism and resistance from the Republican Party. She needs to be careful in doing so because the values of the Republican Party are drastically different in these current times. The Grand Ol’ Party has become a groundswell for fascists and White nationalists. We have a President with an administration that has exhibited hate, lies, racist and misogynistic views. Harriet Tubman surely wouldn’t stand for this, she would be siding with the Democratic Party pushing an agenda that is uplifting all people and breaking down barriers of systemic racism and oppression. With the newly passed tax bill lead by the GOP, there’s not much us millennials can benefit from. There’s nothing appealing about the GOP for today’s youth, we’re far too conscious and aware in our views to accept nonsense. There’s a new day for millennials but not for the GOP.

Agree with Maria? Tweet why you vote Democrat with #WhyIVoteDem

Charlie Stephens, President, LA High School Democrats

“Republicans are playing their classic disinformation game with Julie Emerson’s desperate video to recruit new blood into a ever aging party that goes against everything that millenials and high school students across Louisiana stand for.”

Agree with Charlie? Facebook why you vote Democrat with #WhyIVoteDem
Frederick Bell, Former President, Founding member, LA High School Democrats

“I applaud Rep. Julie Emerson’s attempt to court millennials. Too often we’ve been ignored and rarely have a seat at the table. But the representative’s heavily produced video and poor conflation shouldn’t fool anyone, let alone millennials. “Fresh ideas” should include plans that enable the American people to (1) make a decent wage for the work they do, (2) afford world-class healthcare— regardless of income, (3) not go into debt while trying to earn a high-quality education, and so much more. These are the issues we should all care about. When one of us succeeds, we all succeed. That’s the American way.”
Clare Stagg, Indivisible Baton Rouge

I guess what I’d say in response to this video is that it isn’t the case that millennials are progressive because it’s “hipster” to be progressive. Millenials are progressive because we have to be. We’re progressive because wages haven’t risen since our parents were our age, college is unaffordable, and just going to the doctor can wreck our finances. Millennials aren’t progressive because it’s trendy- we’re progressive out of sheer necessity.

Agree with Frederick or Clare? Tweet why you vote Democrat with #WhyIVoteDem
Floyd Tarver, Jr., Nicholls State College Democrats

…echoed President’s John F. Kennedy’s iconic words, stating “If by a Democrat they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Democrat”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Democrat.”
Trey Caruso, Team LDP

I could only laugh after watching Rep. Emerson’s gross misrepresentation of the Democratic Party and our values. Her message is exactly the reason that Millenials dislike and distrust Republicans: It’s disingenuous and condescending, and it lacks any trace of context or substance. Democrats, especially those of us here in Louisiana, are not radical socialists, and certainly do not subscribe to the radically conservative ideology adhered to by Hitler as her poorly thought-out (and poorly produced) video suggests. Young Democrats in Louisiana are concerned with the health and well-being of our family, friends, and neighbors, and the protection of our coast and environment. We’re concerned with the fiscal  and economic health of our state, and understand that when the poor and middle class succeed, Louisiana prospers.
Matthew Schoenberger, Our Revolution, NOLA

Here are a few reasons why millennials are not Republicans:

1. We believe that Climate Change is a reality caused by human activity.

2. We believe that every American has the right to affordable healthcare.

3. We believe in Government regulations that keep our drinking water clean and the American people safe from hazards.

4. We know that lowering taxes for Corporations will hurt and not help the economy. The Kansas Republican experiment was an economic nightmare, and the United States does not need a repeat performance.

5. We believe that harsh prison sentences for minor drug offenses is a form of oppression and must be changed.

6. We believe that everyone, regardless of their sex, creed, religion, or race should be treated with dignity and respect and that equality must be the law of the land.

7. We believe that $7.25 is a starvation wage.

8. We believe that the Dreamers belong in this Country, because this is their home.

9. We believe that Black Lives Matter.

10. We believe that Women should receive equal pay for equal work.
The Democratic Party is rich in it’s diversity – in fact that is our biggest strength!

Each of these folks told us Why They Vote Democrat, we hope you will weigh in on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag – #WhyIVoteDem.  We want to hear from you.  All of Louisiana needs to hear from you!  #WhyIVoteDem






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?”


RELEASE: LDP Mourns Loss of Judge Brady

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2017                                          
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 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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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.”






MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017                                                  

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) enthusiastically endorsed Derrick Edwards, candidate for state treasurer today.

Edwards, a New Orleans native, earned a Bachelor and Masters in Accounting and a Law Degree after suffering a football injury at JFK high school in New Orleans. He has committed to making the Treasurer’s office transparent, focusing on raising Louisiana’s bond rating that is currently declining and bringing unclaimed properties into the 21st century using technology to return any and all property to the citizens of Louisiana.

“Derrick represents the kind of story our state should be celebrating,” said Congressman Richmond.  “As our Treasurer he will never lose sight of what it means for every single taxpayer and citizen of our state to overcome adversity big and small in their everyday lives.

“Derrick is the most qualified candidate in the race. His preparation started at Tulane University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s in Accounting. Combined with his technical qualifications, he will be a smart watchdog guarding our hard earned tax dollars and fighting to prioritize our working families.”

“I thank Congressman Richmond for his endorsement and as the most qualified candidate, I will bring accountability and transparency to Louisiana State Treasurer’s Office, so that every individual in Louisiana knows exactly how their Tax Dollars are being spent,” said Derrick Edwards.

Edwards faces former State Rep. John Schroeder in the runoff election on November 18, 2017.



RELEASE: LDP Exec. Committee Recommends Derrick Edwards Endorsement


MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017                                            

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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.”




RELEASE: How Cassidy Bill Will Impact Louisiana


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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.


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.

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RELEASE: True Blue Gala Postponed Due to Harvey


Friday, August 25, 2017

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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.”







RELEASE: Mayor Landrieu To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award



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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



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

TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017                                                    


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 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.







RELEASE: LDP Congratulates Mayor Landrieu on New Role


MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017                                                            


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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.”





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

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

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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.”


2017 Power UP Trainings


Everyone’s been asking what LDP is doing next for our SUMMER OF RESISTANCE and we’re excited to give you an advance look at our big events! We’re holding day-long training sessions across the state to recruit and train activists, staff, and new candidates who represent our progressive values! 
Power Up Trainings!
These events are designed to teach democrats the secrets of the trade so that they can be more effective than ever. The day will include talks from some of the best in the state on digital strategy, messaging and civic engagement, among other topics!
Join us in a city near you. Space is extremely limited and will fill up fast once we start advertising more widely so sign up today!  
Attendees to these trainings will learn the latest tools, how to run meetings, how to grow our base, how to hold protests and so much more!  Get your tickets NOW and you will help us plan the agenda for each city’s customised trainings!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Questions about these trainings reach out to our Public Affairs Director, D’Seante Parks at  

RELEASE: Chair Karen Carter Peterson Statement on Rep. Scalise Shooting



Contact: D’Seante Parks

(225) 336-4155



Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party on Steve Scalise Shooting

Senator Karen Carter Peterson Offers Response in Light of The Senseless Act of Violence


“I am deeply saddened and troubled that anyone would inflict terror on public servants. Steve Scalise is my friend and former state legislative colleague. My heart goes out to him, the other victims involved, his family, and the brave law enforcement officers injured in this tragic incident.


The upcoming congressional ballgame that he and others were practicing for is one of few occasions that bring Democrats and Republicans together. I know personally that Steve and I share a core philosophy of standing up and fighting hard for what you believe in. He’s strong and I look forward to his full recovery.”




The Organization Brings On Seasoned Local As Director of Public Affairs


BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party announced that D’Seante Parks joined the organization as Director of Public Affairs. Parks’ family is from Shreveport, Louisiana and she graduated from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University.

Parks will manage communications and engagement statewide. An alumna of SKDKnickerbocker in Washington, D.C., she returned home to work on Mary Landrieu’s re-election campaign in 2014. Following the loss, she joined Kamala Harris’ successful U.S. Senate campaign in California. Most recently Parks served as political director for Afghanistan Veteran Jason Kander’s U.S. Senate campaign in Missouri.

“D’Seante is a vital addition to the team,” said Executive Director Stephen Handwerk. “In the face of growing resistance, we have seen folks wanting to run for office and get involved at every level so we’re excited to have a seasoned professional with personal ties to the state to support and grow those initiatives. D’Seante’s combined experience as a communications professional, political strategist, and community organizer are what made her the best candidate for the job.”

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to come back and work to ensure the right people represent Louisianans at every level,” said Parks. “I look forward to building partnerships across the state, recruiting candidates that reflect progressive Louisiana values and growing our voter base.”

“It’s exciting to see talent from Louisiana return. We strive to ensure that the party reflects our vast, diverse state so having someone in the office every day whose family is in Shreveport is a valuable addition,“ said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “D’Seante has worked on some important campaigns across the country and we are thrilled to have her back at such an important time for Louisiana.”