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GOP Congressman Feels #Blessed To Have A Devoted Wife After Kissing Scandal

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

A married Republican congressman who was caught kissing one of his staffers has brought out his wife to speak positively of his character in a new tel...

Conservative Group Targets 'Kissing Congressman,' Backs 'Duck Dynasty' Relative

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

The conservative Club for Growth said Tuesday that it would support Zach Dasher, a businessman with ties to the infamous "Duck Dynasty" family and one...

Kissing Congressman Reverses Resignation Decision, Will Run For Re-election

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), who initially said he would not run for re-election after he was caught on video kissing a female staffer, said Monday ...

GOP Senate Candidate Wrestles An Alligator In His First Ad

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

A tea party-backed Senate candidate wants to take his alligator wrestling skills from the Louisiana swamps to the swamps of Washington, D.C. In hi...

GOP Senate Candidate Warns Vladimir Putin Is Closely Watching His Race

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

Louisiana's Senate race could determine which party controls the upper chamber. But Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who is running to unseat Sen. Mary Land...

Vance McAllister's Potential Challenger Calls On Him To Resign

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

A potential challenger to married Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), who was caught on tape kissing a staffer, has called on him to resign. "This is an...

GOP Senate Candidate And Physician Helps Treat Fellow Airplane Passenger

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who is challenging Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in a close Senate contest, put his professional background as a physician to ...

Jindal Releases Plan To Repeal Obamacare, With 2016 In Mind

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) released his proposal Wednesday to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as he makes moves to be seen as a seriou...

GOP Senate Candidate Explains Why The Uninsured Are Less 'Educated,' 'Sophisticated'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who is running to unseat Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), sought Thursday to explain his controversial comments about how, in hi...

Contentious Dem Candidate Explains Why He Couldn't Have Voted For Obama

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards (D) drummed up support for his newly-announced Congressional bid on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown" Tuesday by explain...

Samantha Lachman

Bill Cassidy Attacks Obamacare Medicare Savings, But Admits He Voted For Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has been running for Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-La.) Senate seat in part by attacking the Affordable Care Act and its impact on...

This Ex-Con And Former Governor Will Reportedly Run For Congress

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

Louisiana's former Gov. Edwin Edwards (D) will reportedly launch his campaign for the state's Sixth Congressional District on Monday, according to The...

Ex-Con And Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards May Run For Congress

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

Louisiana's former Gov. Edwin Edwards (D) is considering launching a campaign for the state's Sixth Congressional district, he told Bloomberg Wednesda...

Koch Brothers-Backed Ad Uses Paid Actors To Attack Mary Landrieu

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

The conservative nonprofit group Americans for Prosperity (AFP), which is backed by the Koch Brothers, released an ad Wednesday attacking Sen. Mary La...

Louisiana and New Orleans: Goodbye to the Good Old Boys?

Don McNay | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Don McNay

Even if they weren't crooked, Louisiana seemed to pick leaders for reasons other than their executive ability. Jimmy Davis served two terms as governor on the strength of his hit song, "You Are My Sunshine."

St. George and Its Dragons: A Fiery National Discussion

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

After studying Louisiana poverty in university, I hold a different view, and I was ready to slay St. George before it could materialize. Admittedly, I did not know its context, but I saw this same dilemma play out across the state.

Richer White People In Greater Baton Rouge Seek To Secede From Poorer Black Neighbors

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

In what began as a push to set up an independent public school district, the Village St. George community in Louisiana has now gathered almost half th...

This Is What New Orleans Looks Like: Letters And Photos From The Real NOLA

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.02.2013 | Travel

This week, a HuffPost reader in New Orleans complained to us that his city is pretending to be something it's not -- namely, a clean, safe place. "...

Abortion Bill Contains Interesting Ban

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

A Republican state legislator in Mississippi has proposed a ban on human-animal hybrids. State Rep. William Tracy Arnold (R-Booneville) proposed t...

Bobby Jindal Proposes Ending Income Tax In Louisiana

Reuters | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Republican Governor Bobby Jindal said on Thursday he wants to eliminate all Louisiana p...

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Of Former Congressman

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics

(Adds background) WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the appeal of former Louisiana cong...

GOP Governor Rebounds Following Rocky Debut

AP | MELINDA DESLATTE | Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics

BATON ROUGE, La. — Bobby Jindal's rough national debut seems long forgotten. Louisiana's youthful governor routinely now receives praise in GOP...

John Celock

Bobby Jindal Faces Recall Over 'Fascist' Policies

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics

Two teachers have launched a recall drive to oust Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and state House Speaker Chuck Kleckley (R-Lake Charles) from office....

John Celock

Louisiana Governor Leading Opponents By 50 Points

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is on track to easily win a second term during Saturday's statewide elections, which have something of a one-party feel. ...

My Mentor: Better Than Journalism School

Donna Dees Thomases | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Dees Thomases

Veronica "Ronni" Patriquin was the State Capitol bureau chief for the now defunct afternoon daily, The Shreveport Journal. She hired me during my sen...