Latest John Bel Edwards News

Edwards' record challenged in Louisiana governor's debate

Sep. 19, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Facing his two Republican challengers for their first head-to-head debate, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards fended off criticism Thursday that his tax policy and spending decisions are driving people from the state and hampering economic growth. U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham tangled with...

The Latest: La. governor candidates tangle in first debate

Sep. 19, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the Louisiana governor's race debate (all times local): 8 p.m. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards faced his two Republican challengers in their first head-to-head debate, and the Democratic incumbent spent much of his time fending off reproach of his performance in...

Louisiana governor election won't uproot Medicaid expansion

Sep. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, moved quickly to expand Medicaid when he took office in 2016, making his state the only one in the Deep South to embrace that signature piece of President Barack Obama's health care law. And in a conservative state that solidly...

Governor race: Higgins backs Abraham, sheriffs back Edwards

Sep. 18, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his leading Republican opponent Ralph Abraham each have picked up high-profile endorsements. Abraham, a third-term congressman, won the support Wednesday of U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins. Higgins is the first Republican member of Louisiana's...

Mid South Extrusion to expand in north Louisiana

Sep. 18, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A company is investing $4.5 million to add a 10th production line at its facility in north Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Mid South Extrusion President Ron Mason announced the expansion Tuesday. In a news release, the family-owned company said the upgrade at its Monroe,...

Louisiana gets favorable review from national credit agency

Sep. 17, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana received good marks Tuesday from a national credit rating agency for the state's improved financial outlook and work to stabilize its budget, boosting one of Gov. John Bel Edwards' main campaign pitches as he seeks a second term. Moody's Investors Service didn't upgrade...

Abraham says his aim on Edwards in Louisiana governor race

Sep. 17, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, the leading Republican candidate for Louisiana governor, is pledging to keep his campaign ire focused on Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards, after another GOP contender in the race unleashed an attack ad against Abraham. Businessman Eddie Rispone's...

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,...

Edwards holds fundraising lead in Louisiana governor's race

Sep. 13, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republicans challenging Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards couldn't match the Democrat's fundraising pace as they ready for final advertising blitzes ahead of the Oct. 12 election, but GOP businessman Eddie Rispone is using his own money to reach Edwards' spending levels. The Deep...

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...