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Rispone TV ad attacks Abraham in Louisiana governor's race

Sep. 16, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone is launching a TV attack ad against his fellow GOP contender, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, ending Republican Party leaders' efforts to keep their two main candidates from a slugfest ahead of the Oct. 12 election. Rispone's 30-second spot,...

Louisiana surplus estimate grows to $500M, up from $300M

Sep. 13, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Estimates of Louisiana's latest budget surplus grew to $500 million on Friday, news that adds further fuel to an ongoing debate among candidates for governor over the state's financial stability and tax rates. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, previously said he expected the...

Louisiana to privatize energy systems in state buildings

Aug. 13, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has reached a deal that will privatize energy systems across dozens of state buildings, and possibly more broadly to other state agencies and universities. Gov. John Bel Edwards's administration struck the agreement with LA Energy Partners, a joint venture between Johnson...

Decision ousting firm from Louisiana recovery deal reversed

Aug. 12, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The company that won a multimillion-dollar Louisiana flood recovery contract only to see the deal canceled because of conflict of interest concerns will be allowed to compete again for the work. A top official in Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has ordered a redo of the bid...

GOP intraparty fighting flares up in Louisiana governor race

Jul. 24, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — While Louisiana Republicans have cautioned that infighting among GOP candidates could sink efforts to retake the governor's mansion, a political action committee backing U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham isn't following requests to avoid intraparty attacks. The Securing Louisiana's Future...