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Pearson Cross

The Louisiana legislature debated a total of seven bills dealing with the issue of abortion during its 2019 session. The bill that got the most attention would make abortion illegal after about six weeks — before many women know they’re pregnant.

SARAH GAMARD/LSU MANSHIP SCHOOL NEWS SERVICE

With the 2019 legislative session wrapped up and a campaign for re-election on the horizon, Governor John Bel Edwards took stock of the successes and failures of his key initiatives. 

Wallis Watkins

Starting today, the Louisiana Legislature will spend two months crafting a budget and debating legislation. At the same time, plenty of focus will be fixed months down the road on October elections.

JESSICA ROSGAARD / WWNO

Primary elections work differently in Louisiana than most other states. In Louisiana's jungle primary system, all candidates - no matter their party - compete against each other. If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers move on to a run off, even if they both belong to the same political party. 

Wallis Watkins

Another special session is underway at the Capitol. But on Tuesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards broke tradition and didn’t address the legislature to open the session. Instead, he left the Capitol and spoke with elected officials and supporters at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service

Increasing the minimum wage, expanding equal pay for women, strengthening policies against sexual harassment — these are all goals Gov. John Bel Edwards wanted to achieve in the regular session. But last week, all three policies hit a wall. 

Edwards campaign: Schroder campaign

Less than 14-percent of Louisiana’s three million registered voters cast ballots in Saturday’s statewide election, but they sent the Treasurer’s race to a runoff next month between Democrat Derrick Edwards and Republican John Schroder.


Senate Race Remains A Toss-Up

Nov 8, 2016
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Which two candidates will come out on top of today’s voting and make the U.S. Senate runoff December 10th?

“Most people assume that it will be one Republican and one Democrat,” says U-L Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross.


Presidential Spillover on Louisiana Senate Race

Oct 31, 2016
courtesy KRVS

With 24 candidates in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race, you might expect it to be a barnburner, but U-L Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says, “This is the most under-the-radar Senate race that I can remember.”

Cross says he has to blame it on the presidential election.

Candidates for Governor Wooing the Ladies

Jul 8, 2015

Just as the summer days are heating up, so is the governor’s race. Some of the candidates are actively wooing the women’s vote.

“I don’t view women as a special interest. I view ‘em as Louisiana’s interest, with an absolutely deserving right to sit at every table, with equal pay for equal work,” Republican Scott Angelle says in one of his ads.

“Scott Angelle’s trying desperately to be in the runoff with Vitter at this point, and he’s appealing to women,” U-L Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross observes.

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