(CNN) - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who captured the drama of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with an "SOS" call to the nation, was indicted Friday on 21 federal corruption charges, including bribery, money laundering, fraud and filing false tax returns.
Nagin allegedly defrauded the city through "a bribery and kickback scheme" in which he received checks, cash, wire transfers, personal services and free travel from businessmen seeking favorable treatment, the 25-page federal indictment says.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Rep. Charles Boustany defeated Rep. Jeff Landry in the final unsettled U.S. House race of the 2012 campaign on Saturday, according to unofficial election results from the Louisiana secretary of state.
The 2010 census cost Louisiana a seat, and redistricting led to the two Republican incumbents facing off in a head-to-head bid for re-election.
(CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is keeping mum about his interest in running for president in 2016, but is speaking out about the Republican Party's direction and will soon find himself with an opportunity to prove his chops as a party leader.
"I got the best job in the world and I'm going to be focused on being governor of this great state for the next three years and being chairman of RGA next year and getting a bunch of great Republican governors elected," he said in an interview with Politico published Tuesday morning.
Washington (CNN) – Sometimes in politics, things are black and white – like the historically wide gulf between the black community and the conservative movement.
But a new effort by FreedomWorks, a conservative organization associated with the tea party movement, aims to change that. And a prominent African-African progressive activist says he thinks the outreach effort is premature, misguided and, therefore, not likely to be successful.
With an event Wednesday evening in Pittsburgh, FreedomWorks is launching its national "Black and White Tour," an explicit, unapologetic effort to lobby African-Americans on economic policy issues at the core of the agenda of many fiscal conservatives involved in tea party activism.
New Orleans (CNN) - President Barack Obama toured storm-damaged St. John the Baptist parish and Laplace, Louisiana, late Monday afternoon, and received a briefing from local officials on the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Isaac.
Speaking to members of the media following his tour, the president thanked local and federal officials for what he called their "extraordinary work" both preparing for and recovering from the devastation caused by last week's hurricane.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama and Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana spoke about jobs in their Labor Day weekend weekly addresses, with Obama focused on jobs performed by members of the military and Scalise on Republican jobs proposals in Congress.
The Louisiana Republican represents part of the state hit this week by Hurricane Isaac, which left many displaced and hundreds of thousands without power Saturday, as well as by Hurricane Katrina seven years before.
(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney arrived in Louisiana Friday afternoon to tour damage left in the wake of Hurricane Isaac with Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. David Vitter.
Romney, who was accompanied by his wife, Ann, said that the trip was to learn and obviously to draw some attention to what's going [on] here... so that people around the country know that people done here need help."
(CNN) – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will travel to Lafitte, Louisiana Friday to view storm damage from Hurricane Isaac after his joint morning event with Paul Ryan in Lakeland, Florida, according to his campaign.
Romney will join Gov. Bobby Jindal and meet with first responders to thank them for their work, as well as see areas affected by the storm in Lafitte.
Wesley Chapel, Florida (CNN) – Tropical Storm Isaac may have spared the convention halls in Tampa, but a potentially devastating path through Louisiana has delegates from the Bayou State closely monitoring the situation back home.
At a delegate breakfast outside Tampa Monday, several tables remained empty, an indication that some Louisiana Republicans were headed home to secure their property as Isaac drew closer. Those that remained for the Republican National Convention said they were praying the storm wouldn't bring the same levels of destruction that have ravaged parts of the state in the past.
(CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Monday he will not attend this week's Republican National Convention, one day after declaring a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Isaac.
The storm is expected to turn into a hurricane and hit the Gulf Coast within the next two days.