Incumbency Isn’t Worth Much Anymore

By: Monday December 8, 2014 1:00 pm

On Saturday, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) lost her re-election bid to Republican Bill Cassidy in the run off in Louisiana. Cassidy won with an impressive 55.9 percent of the vote while Landrieu got 44.1 percent. Landrieu had held the seat since 1997. She previously survived several tough elections, but she couldn’t survive the true nationalization [...]

 

Things are Not Looking Good for Mary Landrieu

By: Tuesday December 2, 2014 7:30 am

With less than a week until the Senate runoff election in Louisiana, things are looking pretty bad for incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu. The early vote turnout appears to clearly favor Republican Bill Cassidy. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: The number of people who cast their ballots early in Louisiana dropped off from the Nov. 4 primary election to [...]

Louisiana Senate: Mary Landrieu Way Behind in New Poll

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 3:40 pm

The lone outstanding election of 2014 is the Louisiana Senate race because of the state’s unique rules. The election which took place two weeks ago was technically an open primary and since no one got 50 percent of the vote, the general election takes place on December 6th.

Keystone XL Fails In Senate

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 6:52 am

In a somewhat encouraging sign for the country and terrible event for the re-election prospects of Senator Mary Landrieu, the Keystone XL bill died yesterday in the Senate by one vote: 59-41. Landrieu has come to believe that getting the Keystone XL pipeline authorized to be built would help her chances to win a run-off in Louisiana. She was able to peel off 14 Senate Democrats to help advance the bill but it was not quite enough.In a somewhat encouraging sign for the country and terrible event for the re-election prospects of Senator Mary Landrieu, the Keystone XL bill died yesterday in the Senate by one vote: 59-41. Landrieu has come to believe that getting the Keystone XL pipeline authorized to be built would help her chances to win a run-off in Louisiana. She was able to peel off 14 Senate Democrats to help advance the bill but it was not quite enough.

State Dept. Keystone XL North Contractor ERM Approved Project Now Melting Glaciers

By: Sunday November 16, 2014 6:43 pm

TransCanada chose Environmental Resources Management Group (ERM) as one of its contractors to conduct the environmental impact statement for Keystone XL on behalf of the U.S. State Department. That contractor, ERM Group also happens to have green-lighted a gold mining project in central Asia that is now melting glaciers.

Congress to Vote on Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 6:50 am

The stars have aligned for the vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans have been demanding the vote for months and used the issue to jam the White House on not supporting job creation in the 2014 election cycle. And now Democrats are also interested in having the vote in hopes that allowing Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to vote for the proposal will help her win her runoff election. Though her opponent, Representative Bill Cassidy, will also get a chance to vote for the pipeline in the House.

Video: Republican Climate Deniers in 2014 Election

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 7:14 pm

This video is a mixture of painfully-awkward, hilarious, and infuriating at the reality of the political system in which we are supposedly represented. Courtesy of Lee Fang, for Republic Report and Huffington Post.

And there’s more out there, if you can bear it. I promise that the end of this blog will not be as pessimistic as what follows.

Senator Mary Landrieu Under Scrutiny For Residency Claims

By: Friday August 29, 2014 6:39 pm

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu has generally been considered the more well behaved senator from the state given her counterpart is David Vitter. But now questions are being raised about Landrieu’s residency claims as to whether she actually lives in the state of Louisiana – a requirement to represent the state in the US Senate under Louisiana law.

And Then There Were Three: Tim Johnson (S.D.-Retiring) Backs Marriage Equality

By: Tuesday April 9, 2013 6:40 am

I’m simply not good at predicting these US Senate turnovers on this issue; not quite as good as Chris Cillizza, anyway. He had Tim Johnson listed first, back when there were six. I had thought not running for re-election immunized Johnson from having to take a stand on this issue; Cillizza claimed not having to face South Dakota voters might free him to speak out.

Exploited Guest Workers from Louisiana to March on Wal-Mart Board Members in NYC

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 6:45 am

I wrote last Friday about the forced labor situation perpetrated on guest workers at a seafood supplier for Wal-Mart in Louisiana. Now, the National Guestworker Alliance, the feisty labor rights group which helped a group of exploited foreign exchange students at a Hershey chocolate factory get justice last year, will take these guest workers on the road to New York City, to challenge Wal-Mart and its subsidiaries at their corporate headquarters and their homes.

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