2:34 PM, Dec 8, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Michael Tomasky is taking the defeat of Mary Landrieu hard. It is, he writes in the Daily Beast, proof of:
... what Louisiana, and almost the entire South, has become.
A place that would gleefully euthanize (his strained image):
... tolerance, compassion, civic decency, trans-racial community, the crucial secular values on which this country was founded… I could keep this list going. But I think you get the idea. Practically the whole region has rejected nearly everything that’s good about this country and has become just one big nuclear waste site of choleric, and extremely racialized, resentment.
Long time hack politician voted out by people who had once elected, and re-elected, her … racism, pure and simple, no other way to account for it.
9:28 PM, Dec 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Associated Press has called the Louisiana Senate race for Republican Bill Cassidy. "BREAKING: Cassidy defeats Landrieu in Louisiana Senate race, bolstering GOP majority in new Senate," the AP tweets.
Mary Landrieu’s last stand.Dec 8, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 13 • By QUIN HILLYER
Atchafalaya Basin, La.
Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu is flailing in the political current. The three-term Democratic senator is a Hubert Humphrey liberal masked as a John Breaux left-centrist, submerged in a national party that’s now left of George McGovern, in a state where political winds are blowing starboard.
6:22 PM, Nov 19, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The United State Senate voted down the Save Mary Landrieu Act of 2014 by one vote last night. Senator Landrieu had hoped to persuade her constituents in Louisiana that she could bring home the pork owing to her seniority and her savvy in the ways of Washington. She would get a pipeline bill passed into law; one that had been languishing in Washington for some six years during which nobody seemed terribly aware of her clout. The pipeline vote, though, would surely show them.
9:46 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Mary Landrieu and Republican Bill Cassidy will continue their race for the U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana in a December runoff, NBC News projects. Cassidy, a congressman from Baton Rouge, leads the incumbent Landrieu, but neither candidate will earn 50 percent of the vote. Under Louisiana's jungle primary laws, the winning candidate must receive a majority of the vote.
6:03 PM, Oct 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu told NBC's Chuck Todd that she has had to work harder for her reelection to the U.S. Senate because the South has "not always been the friendliest place for African Americans."
4:04 PM, Sep 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Elbert Guillory, a state senator in Louisiana, has released a new web video through his Free At Last PAC that criticizes Democratic senator Mary Landrieu's record.
"Since 1996, black unemployment has doubled and the poverty rate for blacks has skyrocketed. Mary hasn't helped us all," says Guillory. "So on November 4, let's send her back home to her father's house or to her mansion in Washington, D.C., or wherever the heck she lives." The Republican pol doesn't mince words as he argues that blacks are "just a vote" to Landrieu and Democrats. Watch the video below:
So why did she build a DC mansion?1:31 PM, Sep 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana lists her parents' New Orleans address as her primary residence for voting purposes. But it's clear she and her husband consider their primary residence to be their multimillion-dollar home on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
11:04 AM, Sep 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is already in the electoral battle of her life this November. Her national party is far out of step with Louisiana voters on health care, abortion, and energy issues, and the national mood is continuing to shift against the Democrats. And the leader of that party, President Obama, is deeply unpopular in the Bayou State.
Democratic senator lives with parents.4:02 PM, Aug 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Washington Post reports that Democratic senator Mary Landrieu doesn't own a home in her state of Louisiana, instead listing her residence on federal election forms as either a mansion she owns in Washington, D.C. or her parents' home in New Orleans. Landrieu, who is facing a tough reelection battle in November, is registered to vote at the New Orleans address.
9:01 PM, Aug 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
How does a Democratic Senate candidate running in a conservative state in 2014 try to win? There are many strategies, from Louisiana’s incumbent senator Mary Landrieu emphasizing her ties to the energy industry to Michelle Nunn of Georgia running as a business-friendly moderate willing to work with Republicans. Behind the various strategies is an underlying principle: These Democrats should distance themselves as far as possible from their unpopular party and its head, the increasingly unpopular Barack Obama.
But the Louisiana Democrat supported similar changes to federal programs.3:14 PM, Jul 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Mary Landrieu campaign is out with a new hit against the Louisiana Democrat's Republican opponent, Congressman Bill Cassidy. The 30-second ad focuses on Cassidy's support for policies that supposedly hurt senior citizens. Watch the video below:
"It was Congressman Bill Cassidy who voted to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70, cut Social Security benefits for retirees, and raise Medicare costs by $6,000," says the voiceover.
2:23 PM, May 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Seven Democratic senators up for reelection in November have said they believe Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki should resign over revelations that his department severely mismanaged treatment of veterans at VA hospitals that may have resulted in the deaths of scores of veterans across the country.
10:08 AM, May 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad campaign from Concerned Veterans for America asks Democratic senators to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable. "President Obama won't hold the VA accountable," says the voiceover in one version of the ad, focusing on Arkansas's Mark Pryor. "Senator Mark Pryor can, but he's done nothing, putting his loyalty to his party and the president ahead of America's veterans."
8:06 AM, Apr 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor has a 10-point lead in his race to retain his Senate seat, according to a new poll from the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation. A two-term senator, Pryor has 46 percent support, while his challenger, Republican congressman Tom Cotton, has 36 percent support. Pryor also has 47 percent approval rating as senator, the poll found.