Kennedy opposes national criminal justice reform bill
Posted on 12/12/2018 12:42:00 PM.

Congress is set to vote this month on a criminal justice reform bill that would give judges more leeway in sentencing non-violent offenders, and would increase funding for rehabilitation programs for prisoners. The bill is backed by President Trump, but opposed by Senator John Kennedy and other Republicans.

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Governor Edwards hopes Senator Kennedy will now focus on his duties in Congress
Posted on 12/4/2018 12:43:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards  hopes Senator John Kennedy’s decision to stay out of the 2019 governor’s race and remain in D.C. will give the Senator a new-found focus on his federal responsibilities, instead of using his time to verbally spar with state leaders. Edwards responded to the news as a guest on WWL's Newell Normand show. 

“I wasn’t surprised, I guess I wouldn’t have been surprised ether way. He has a lot of work to do in the Senate if he would just focus his attention there and get it done.”
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Kennedy decision leaves wide open GOP field
Posted on 12/4/2018 2:28:00 AM.

The Republican side of the 2019 governor’s race is now wide open after Senator John Kennedy bowed out yesterday, leaving the GOP with no clear standard-bearer to lead the charge against the southeast’s only Democratic governor.

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Senator Kennedy will NOT run for Governor
Posted on 12/3/2018 9:22:00 AM.

Senator John Kennedy says he will not run for governor, ending months of speculation that he would challenge Governor John Bel Edwards in the 2019 contest. Kennedy says after much consideration, he’s decided he can get the most done for Louisiana, and the country, in the Senate.

“It was a tough call. I can’t do both jobs, so I tried to trust my gut in terms of serving where I think I can do the most good right now.”
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Kennedy beats Edwards in new poll
Posted on 11/29/2018 2:14:00 PM.

A statewide poll of 500 Louisiana chronic voters finds that Republican US Senator John Kennedy leads Democratic incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards 49-to-45-percent in a head-to-head race for governor. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says Kennedy has several advantages in his favor, including an increase in popularity

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Kennedy pushes back gov's race announcement
Posted on 11/29/2018 11:53:00 AM.

Senator John Kennedy is delaying his announcement on whether or not he’ll run for governor until Monday, siting travel issues. The 2019 race is now less than a year away, and only one Republican, Eddie Rispone, has declared against Governor Edwards. ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says the Senator’s repeated delays are beginning to look like non-interest.

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Flood Insurance Program running out of time for renewal
Posted on 11/28/2018 3:22:00 AM.

Time is running out for Congress to renew the National Flood Insurance Program. Flood insurance will lapse if a six-month extension is not passed by Friday. Senator John Kennedy says they’re working towards an extension, but there are lawmakers who are trying to kill the program, permanently.

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Analysts predict Kennedy will join the 2019 race this week
Posted on 11/25/2018 1:35:00 AM.

Senator John Kennedy is expected to announce this week on whether he’ll run for Governor in 2019 against John Bel Edwards. Earlier this year, Edwards reported five-million dollars in his campaign war chest. Southeastern Louisiana Professor Dayne Sherman says Kennedy will do well in fundraising and one of the reasons is because he’s a US Senator. 
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Long term flood insurance fix unlikely in the lame duck
Posted on 11/16/2018 2:11:00 AM.

Senator John Kennedy says the chances for a passage of any long term flood insurance program renewal in the lame duck session are slim. The program is set to expire November 30th, and in the meantime Kennedy says he’s proposing a six month renewal while a long term fix continues to be hashed out. He says it’s been a frustrating process.

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Rep. Morris: Kennedy needs to run in 2019
Posted on 10/31/2018 12:16:00 PM.

Monroe Representative Jay Morris is publicly calling for U.S. Senator John Kennedy to jump into the 2019 governor’s race against John Bel Edwards. The north Louisiana Republican says it’s clear the Senator would be Edwards most formidable challenger, and…

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