Sunday, December 7, 2014

Congratulations to all my clients and friends who won this cycle. Bill Cassidy and Ralph Abraham are going to do great things in Congress. Locally we have a newly minted Judge Beau Higginbotham and a newly re-elected School Board member Connie Bernard. Great election night!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dr. Ralph Abraham for Congress

    Great night at the old Governor Jimmie Davis house with my friend, client and soon to be Congressman from the 5th Congressional district Dr. Ralph Abraham. If you vote in northeast, central LA or the Florida parishes please vote for Dr. Ralph Abraham for Congress

Democrats Are Giving Up on Mary Landrieu

Democrats Are Giving Up on Mary Landrieu 

 Sen. Mary Landrieu is running out of ways to win her runoff in Louisiana next month.
Even before Landrieu came up one vote short Tuesday night for cloture on her bill to pass the Keystone XL pipeline, a contentious energy project that would have at the very least given her an opportunity to tout her influence in Washington, Landrieu was struggling to break through in what has been a devastating election season for Democrats.
Landrieu is an endangered species, the last Democratic senator in the Deep South, and she can no longer campaign as the powerful chairwoman of the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources committee in her oil- and gas-rich state now that Democrats have already lost their majority in the Senate. An internal poll released last week from her Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, showed Landrieu down 16 points in the polls. The last 15 public polls have shown Cassidy leading, although most merely by single digits. And, even if Landrieu could have convinced enough of her colleagues to get behind Keystone, it's unclear how much of a difference such a victory could have made for her. House Republican leaders already allowed Cassidy to lead the charge last week to approve Keystone in the House.
Now, Landrieu faces the task of running a campaign in Louisiana that few in Washington believe she can win. After 18 years in the Senate, it looks like this is a campaign that Landrieu will finish off alone.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Abraham: 'We remained consistent and persistent'

Abraham: 'We remained consistent and persistent' 

Ralph Abraham may have been the least noticed congressional candidate to make a runoff election this fall even though the rural doctor from Alto was consistently at or near the top of pre-election polls.
Other 5th Congressional District Republicans — most notably incumbent U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, aka "The Kissing Congressman," and "Duck Dynasty" cousin Zach Dasher — were being followed or featured by national media.
"Who is Ralph Lee Abraham?" Houston Chronicle reporter Lauren McGaughy tweeted as election results began rolling in Nov. 4.
But while those outside the 5th District may have been attracted to the scandal of McAllister or the flash of Dasher, those within the district put Abraham (23 percent) into the runoff with Democratic Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo (28 percent). The runoff election is Dec. 6.
"We didn't lose any sleep over it," said Abraham, 60. "We just remained consistent and persistent and the voters responded."

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Landrieu needs 30/30 strategy to defeat Cassidy

Landrieu needs 30/30 strategy to defeat Cassidy 

In the open primary Nov. 4, the Democratic turnout effort hit the first target: Black voters made up 30 percent of the electorate, based on exit polls, which is just shy of their share of all registered voters in Louisiana. And they gave Landrieu 94 percent of their votes, according to those polls, which provide a rough measure of voter behavior.
But Landrieu fell dismally short of the second goal: Only 18 percent of white voters supported her, the exit polls showed.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Louisiana AG joins effort to deem Maryland's gun restrictions unconstitutional

Louisiana AG joins effort to deem Maryland's gun restrictions unconstitutional 

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined 20 other state attorneys general in opposing Maryland's Firearm Safety Act of 2013, which Caldwell says restricts gun rights.

Caldwell's office announced Friday (Nov. 14) that he has joined in filing an amicus brief opposing the law because it "violates citizens' rights to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment."

Amicus briefs are legal opinions submitted by those who are not a party to a case but may have an indirect interest in the case's outcome. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

It's easy for Louisiana GOP to be unified now, but just wait until next year

It's easy for Louisiana GOP to be unified now, but just wait until next year

The Republican bigwigs who converged at Huey’s Bar in Baton Rouge on Monday billed the lunchtime gathering as a unity rally. And indeed, Republican leaders are unified around the common cause of ending Democrat Mary Landrieu’s 18-year U.S. Senate tenure next month and completing a remarkable clean sweep of statewide offices.
They should enjoy it while it lasts.
All this comes as the state’s politicians start to gear up for the 2015 election, in which the major obstacles to some Republicans’ success aren’t going to be Democrats, but other Republicans. For governor alone, Vitter already faces two big GOP names, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, and Kennedy has yet to announce his plans. Expect a similar dynamic up and down the ballot. And expect a whole lot more intra-party conflict, over both issues and primacy.

So yes, it’s easy to be unified now, when all the blood in the water is coming from Democrats. Just wait until next year.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ralph Abraham Statement on Veterans Day

Ralph Abraham Statement on Veterans Day

November 11, 2014 - ARCHIBALD – Dr. Ralph Abraham released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day.

“As I travel the 24 parishes in Louisiana’s Fifth Congressional District, I am humbled to meet brave men and women every day who have served our country in the armed forces. As a veteran myself, I understand the deep sense of duty ingrained in each of these citizens who have volunteered to put their own lives on the line, ensuring that America’s future generations can enjoy the same freedoms we grew up with.

“As Americans, we should make every day a day to honor our veterans. I will never forget how much we owe our veterans, and I thank them deeply for their service. ” RALPH ABRAHAM, M.D.

Dr. Ralph Abraham served as a 1st Lieutenant, Co C 2/20th Special Forces from April 1986 – June 1989. He continues to be involved with the military by serving as a Mission Pilot with the Civil Air Patrol and an Aircraft Commander with the U.S. Coast Guard. 



Republicans rally for Bill Cassidy 


Steve Scalise other GOP leaders object to President Obama's call for equal access to all Internet providers

Sen. Elbert Guillory calls Rep. Ted James a Chihuahua, hangs up on radio interview


Monday, November 10, 2014

Foster Campbell- "The last Democrat standing"

Democratic future looks bleak in Louisiana and the Deep South 

An anemic vote tally for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, the last Democrat elected statewide, has politicians wondering if, like the rest of the Deep South, Louisiana has become a place where only Republicans can win the major offices.
“It looks like a long, dark tunnel for Democrats in this state,” said LSU political science professor Robert E. Hogan, who specializes in state level politics.
Should Landrieu lose on Dec. 6, the last Democrat standing will be the pugnacious Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, of Bossier Parish. His predominantly rural district only covers the northern third of the state and has about 1 million residents. But they are among the most conservative voters in Louisiana.
Yet, Campbell on Tuesday thumped a well-funded, professionally managed Republican challenger who had the backing of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.
Campbell says the key is to take care of constituents’ needs and serve as their voice before the mighty.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

POLITICO: Democrats bail on Mary Landrieu!

POLITICO: Democrats bail on Mary Landrieu!

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has canceled its advertising reservations for Sen. Mary Landrieu ahead of the December runoff in Louisiana.

The committee canceled all broadcast buys planned from Monday through Dec. 6 in the state’s five major media markets, three sources tracking the air war told POLITICO. That’s about $1.6 million worth of time.



Mary Landrieu’s pile of bad news

While she won 94 percent of the black vote, she drew only 18 percent of the white vote and 22 percent among white women. In 2008, according to CNN’s exit poll, she got 33 percent of the white vote and 34 percent from white women. That’s a pretty devastating drop-off. 

6th Congressional District primary election: were you surprised by the results?

Mayo vs. Abraham: Time to go to work

Bobby Jindal endorses Bill Cassidy 

Maybe lawsuit wasn’t so frivolous 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014




Republicans surge to control of U.S. Senate 

Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy move on to Dec. 6 runoff for U.S. Senate 

Edwin Edwards: ‘I have all the advantages’ against Garret Graves in Louisiana runoff 

Congressman McAllister runs 4th in 5th district race 

Louisiana voters reject eight proposed constitutional amendments, pass six 


Monday, November 3, 2014

Congressional race in 6th District takes last-minute, ugly turn

Congressional race in 6th District takes last-minute, ugly turn 

A mailer sent out by Garret Graves, who has a substantial lead on the fundraising front, says one of his many Republican competitors, Paul Dietzel, worked for a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group and for the state Democratic party.

Around the same time, a webpage was published that has since been taken down but reportedly included "gay innuendo" about Dietzel, his campaign manager J. Hudson said. The webpage questioned the candidate's family values based on the fact that he was 28, had never been married, never had children and didn't have a girlfriend.

Before the webpage was wiped, Democrat Edwin Edwards' wife Trina Edwards tweeted a link to it on Oct. 29 with the heading: "BREAKING: New Details: Who is Paul Dietzel II?"

When asked on Twitter if the Edwards' campaign was responsible for the website, Trina Edwards deflected it by tweeting, "Pretty sure you should look to Garret for that answer."

It notes Graves did not earn a college degree, that he worked for Democrats in Washington, D.C., and that his residence is in Washington, D.C. Graves has acknowledged that he owns a house in Washington, D.C.

One could argue the race's sudden negative tone was set at the candidates' final debate, when as reported by The Advocate, the leading Republicans in the race attacked Graves, regarding his father's contracts with the Army Corps of Engineers around the same time candidate Graves ran Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund.


Endorsement comparison for Piedrahita Caldwell judicial race

Endorsement comparison for Piedrahita Caldwell judicial race

Across the South, polls show Republicans ahead before Tuesday's elections

Across the South, polls show Republicans ahead before Tuesday's elections

Though Mary Landrieu is expected to get more votes than either of her two main Republican challengers in Tuesday's election, an NBC News / Marist Poll conducted Friday shows the Democratic incumbent losing in a head-to-head match-up with Bill Cassidy and losing in an head-to-head to match-up with Rob Maness.

According to that poll, if she were to face Cassidy in a Dec. 6 runoff, she would get 45 percent of the vote to his 50, and if she were to face Maness, she would get 44 percent to his 49. 

I think a poll showing her trailing Maness illustrates that.  He's never been elected to office, doesn't have a political record to offer and doesn't have the name recognition that Landrieu has. But he has an R beside his name, and I think we've reached the point in Louisiana where an R beside a name is enough to win against against a candidate whose name runs beside a D.  

Such a shift suggests their belief that the D is now deadly.

Political consultants win big in 6th District Congressional race

Political consultants win big in 6th District Congressional race 

The biggest earner was Baton Rouge-based The Political Firm, to which the Graves campaign paid $486,000 in a seven-and-a-half-month period from April 1 to October 15, according to the Federal Election Commission. Graves' campaign manager Kevin Roig said the cost of the campaign's TV ad buys (totaling $468,000 for the period) was included in The Political Firm's compensation, under "placed media" line items.

The Political Firm is the consulting business that former Sixth District candidateCassie Felder sued after leaving her campaign for Graves'. Felder later dropped out of the race. The Republican-bent firm is comprised of consultants Scott Hobbs and Jason Hebert.

Louisiana Spotlight: Another month of election ads on horizon

Louisiana Spotlight: Another month of election ads on horizon

While voters around the country eagerly await Tuesday as the end of the campaign ad season, Louisiana’s residents need to brace for another month of the onslaught of negative TV ads and mailboxes spilling over with attack fliers.
The quirk of the state’s election calendar for congressional races means the barrage of ill will from campaigns and outside groups is expected to continue through the Thanksgiving holidays and most of the college football regular season.
High-profile U.S. Senate and U.S. House races seem all but certain to be decided Dec. 6, because the slate of candidates is long. If no candidate in a field gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the race heads to a runoff between the top two vote-getters.
That means Louisiana will be one of the last, if not the last, state in the country to decide some of its congressional seats — well past the Election Day everyone else around the nation expects to decide their lineups in Congress.

Sunday, November 2, 2014



Bob Mann:

Until this weekend there was only one unacceptable candidate in Louisiana’s 6th district congressional race. Now there are two. 
Add to the list Republican Garret Graves, who along with the wife of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, have descended into the sewer with personal attacks on Republican candidate Paul Dietzel. In particular, both campaigns have pushed the implication that Dietzel is gay or secretly supports gay rights. Both campaigns are playing to the homophobia of some 6th district voters.
As readers of this blog know well, I am no fan of Edwards. He’s an unrepentant felon whose election would further sully Louisiana’s reputation. I had long ago decided that I would vote for one of Edwards’ Republican opponents. It’s a safe GOP district, so my plan was to vote for the least objectionable Republican, the person most likely to listen to the other side and least likely to contribute to partisan gridlock.

Until a few days ago, I thought that might be Graves. After all, he’d worked in D.C. for Sen. Mary Landrieu. People who know him well — I don’t know him, except by reputation — tell me he’s a fairly liberal person who simply sold out to run for public office.




"Big Talk" Dan Claitor for Congress 





Edwin Edwards really needs a miracle  

6th District’s crowded field jockeys for votes 

In a nationally watched race for a key U.S. Senate seat, clear strategies emerge 

Ben Carson and Northshore Tea Party rally for Bill Cassidy, signaling support from right 

Hillary Clinton recalls Mary Landrieu's leadership post-Katrina at New Orleans rally 

Boustany faces smoother re-election bid than 2012 

#LASEN. #LA03, #LA05, #LA06 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Randy Piedrahita receives major pro life endorsement. Caldwell Blasted for pro-abortion ruling.

Randy Piedrahita receives major pro life endorsement. Caldwell Blasted for pro-abortion ruling.

From Ben Clapper:

Dear Baton Rouge area friends - I want to let you know that I am personally supporting Randy Piedrahita for 19th Judical Court District Judge. I encourage you to do the same and share this post!

Randy is a pro-life man running against current Judge Mike Caldwell. In 2010, Judge Caldwell disappointed Louisiana by allowing an unsafe abortion facility to reopen after the Department of Health and Hospitals closed it due to safety violations. The DHH said the following after Judge Caldwell's decision:

"The findings of the Department’s survey included several egregious safety violations and at least one resulting in immediate jeopardy. The Department’s conclusion was that women visiting this facility would have their health and safety compromised. So, today, we are very disappointed that the judge would put the special interests of this abortion facility over the health and safety of women. This order was signed without any notification to us and without any effort to hear from medical professionals about the risk to the facility’s clients posed by the violations our inspectors found. We will continue to fight to protect Louisiana residents and to shut down activities that put women in harm."

I could not agree more. We need a judge that will not placate the wishes of the abortion industry. Be sure to vote on November 4th for Randy Piedrahita for Judge!
-- Ben Clapper

National Review: Bobby Jindal’s ‘beefing up’

National Review: Bobby Jindal’s ‘beefing up’ 

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has gained 13 pounds as he mulls a run for president, according to the National Review.

The conservative news outlet cites “a source close to” Jindal in its report on his weight gain.
Jindal, who weighs 156 pounds and is 5-foot-11, according to information provided to The Advocate, is expected to announce early next year whether he will seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

Jindal’s slight frame already has drawn attention as he amps up a potential run for president. Jindal, himself, has joked that he was “too skinny” to run for president.

The National Review post reports him as the ”only potential 2016 contender … packing on the pounds” while others look to lose weight.

Mary Landrieu to NBC: Race a major reason Barack Obama struggles in South; Bobby Jindal fires back

Mary Landrieu to NBC: Race a major reason Barack Obama struggles in South; Bobby Jindal fires back

President Barack Obama has a difficult time politically in the South in part because of his race, Sen. Mary Landrieu told NBC News on Thursday.

“I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader,” Landrieu said in the report.

Landrieu is locked in a heated Senate race against Republican Bill Cassidy, who has used time in political ads and debates to closely link Landrieu to the president.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal released a statement in response to Landrieu’s comments, saying the senator “appears to be living in a different century.”

“Implied in her comments is the clear suggestion that President Obama and his policies are unpopular in Louisiana because of his ethnicity. That is a major insult by Senator Landrieu to the people of Louisiana, and I flatly reject it,” Jindal said.

Bad rulings from Mike Caldwell have been resurfacing all week. This one takes the cake!

Again, another bad ruling by Judge Mike Caldwell resurfaces. Caldwell gave a violent sexual predator probation and the predator struck again. And Caldwell gave him probation again. 

Bad rulings from Mike Caldwell have been resurfacing all week. This one takes the cake! 

Judge Caldwell gave probation to a violent sexual predator and then he struck again. And Caldwell gave him probation again. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEW TV: Ralph Abraham - LA05 - "Enough"

NEW TV: Ralph Abraham - LA05 - "Enough" 

"In today's dangerous world...we must elect a strong leader who understands the dangers we face." Ralph Abraham for Congress.

Mike Caldwell continues to be haunted by bad rulings. Caldwell ruled in favor of the radical left wing animal rights group the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)

Mike Caldwell continues to be haunted by bad rulings. Caldwell ruled in favor of the radical left wing animal rights group the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) 

More bad rulings from Mike Caldwell. This time "consistently conservative" Mike Caldwell ruled in favor of a radical animal rights group.   

Ruled in favor of the radical left wing animal rights group Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) to try and remove the tiger. The Louisiana legislature voted overwhelmingly in favor of allowing Tony to stay.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Louisiana early voting has concluded: What we learned

Louisiana early voting has concluded: What we learned

Black early voter turnout wasn't particularly high.

Black voters made up about 33 percent of the overall early voting electorate, and they make up about 31 percent of Louisiana's registered voters. This means the black community didn't overwhelm the early voting period statewide.

Around 77,500 black voters participated in early voting -- up from the 26,600 who participated during Vitter's Senate race in 2010 -- but far down from the 103,650 black voters who early voted in 2008, when Landrieu was last on the ticket.

A high turnout among the black community would likely be good news for Landrieu, who has typically had strong support among black voters. 

#lasen, #la05,#la06  

Another bad ruling coming back to haunt Judge Caldwell- ruled in favor of an unsafe abortion clinic

Another bad ruling coming back to haunt Judge Caldwell. He ruled in favor of an unsafe abortion clinic and allowed them to stay open. 

Day two and another bad ruling from Judge Mike Caldwell resurfaces. This one could hurt as Judge Caldwell claims that he's a conservative,

Judge Mike Caldwell allowed, over State Health Department objection, a "seedy abortion mill" to "reopen for business even though it had not fixed the problems that made it a danger to the public." (Operation Rescue press release, 9/15/2010).

The Health Department found "several egregious safety violations and at least one resulting in immediate jeopardy," and was "disappointed the judge would put the special interests of this abortion facility over the health and safety of women." (DHH Press Release, 9/22/2010). Operation Rescue said Caldwell's ruling allowing Hope Women's Clinic in Shreveport to stay open was "a betrayal of his oath to uphold the laws of Louisiana." (Operation Rescue Press Release, 9/22/2010).


Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Abraham leads in 5th District poll

Republican Ralph Abraham has surged into the lead in the 5th Congressional District race, while “Duck Dynasty” cousin Zach Dasher also made a move and incumbent U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister has slipped to third, according to the latest poll from The Glascock Group.

It’s the latest shakeup in the topsy-turvy 5th District race, which had McAllister leading with 24 percent less than a month ago in a previous Glascock poll.

Abraham, a rural doctor from Alto, led the latest poll of 501 respondents with 24.5 percent, followed by Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, the only Democrat in the race, with 18.3 percent.

McAllister, R-Swartz, was next at 15.7 percent, followed closely by Dasher, R-Calhoun, with 15.1 percent, a 4-percent improvement from the previous poll.

Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway, R-Forest Hill, climbed to 10 percent after his first campaign ad hit TV last week, followed by businessman Harris Brown, R-Monroe, at 6.6 percent, former Grant Parish District attorney Ed Tarpley, R-Alexandria, at 5.6 percent, Eliot Barron, Green Party-New Orleans, at 2.4 percent and Libertarian Charles Saucier of Ponchatoula at 1.8 percent.


Judge Mike Caldwell's past rulings coming back to haunt him

Judge Mike Caldwell's past rulings coming back to haunt him 

Caldwell unanimously overturned by supreme court after ruling against education reform and in favor of teacher unions.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Latest Poll: GOP poised for December runoff win in Louisiana

Poll: GOP poised for December runoff win in Louisiana 

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy appears to be in a strong position to unseat Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, but he is likely going to have to wait until December to do it.

A new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll shows neither Cassidy nor Landrieu taking the 50% required to avoid a runoff in the crowded Nov. 4 race. The poll of 500 likely voters found 36% supporting Landrieu, 35% supporting Cassidy, 11% supporting Tea Party favorite Rob Maness and 18% undecided or backing other minor candidates. The poll was conducted in association with The (Lafayette, La.) Daily Advertiser and WWL-TV.

But in a head-to-head matchup, Cassidy has a 48%-41% edge over Landrieu with 11% undecided.

According to David Paleologos, "Maness supporters are basically a holding place for Cassidy … the unfavorables are 89% for Landrieu among the Maness voters." That means that in a runoff, Cassidy can count on nearly all of those voters to jump to his side, assuming they return to the polls in December.

Poll: GOP Expands Advantage Days Before Midterm Election

Poll: GOP Expands Advantage Days Before Midterm Election

Republicans have expanded their advantage in the final days of the midterm campaign and now hold an 11-point lead among likely voters on the question of which party should control Congress, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg survey finds.
Some 52% of likely voters in the survey said they wanted the election to produce a Republican-led Congress, while 41% favored Democratic control.
A week earlier, Republicans had held a narrower, 5-point lead on the question in the Journal/NBC/Annenberg survey.