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It seems like the presidential election just ended — Georgia certified its election results on Thursday — but Louisianans are already heading back to the polls for the start of early in-person voting for the Dec. 5 runoff elections.

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A Baton Rouge judge sided with Gov. John Bel Edwards Thursday, blocking a petition filed by Republican state lawmakers attempting to end the current public health emergency and lift the governor’s coronavirus restrictions. The judge also ruled that the petition process used by GOP House members was unconstitutional.

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A member of Gov. John Bel Edwards staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday evening, according to a tweet from Edwards’ office.

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Republican U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy won a second term Tuesday, avoiding a Dec. 5 runoff by rising above a crowded field and earning 62 percent of the vote in Louisiana’s open primary at the time the Associated Press called the race.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have expanded the legislature’s power to shape the state’s coronavirus response by stripping individual coronavirus restrictions put in place by the governor.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking a Louisiana judge to weigh in on Republican state lawmakers’ latest effort to strip his public health emergency declaration and all the coronavirus restrictions that go with it.

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This story has been updated.

Nearly every Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives signed a petition Friday that would force Gov. John Bel Edwards to temporarily end the COVID-19 public health emergency and revoke all of his coronavirus restrictions.

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Republican state lawmakers narrowly passed a bill Tuesday that would rein in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ emergency powers, accomplishing the top item on their to- do list for this special session.

But lawmakers’ efforts may be rendered moot by the Democratic governor’s veto pen.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Tuesday that the state has signed on to a Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust lawsuit against Google, alleging that the tech giant unlawfully maintained monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices.

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Louisianans headed to the polls in record numbers during the first two days of early, in-person voting for the upcoming presidential election.

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