January 10, 1995 |
Sen. J. Bennett Johnston (D-La.), one of the Senate's premier deal-makers who wielded enormous influence on energy and environmental issues, announced his intention to retire, after 22 years in Congress, when his term expires in two years. "There are rhythms and tides and seasons in life," Johnston, 62, said. "And now I believe that the season for a new beginning approaches." Louisiana political analysts were not surprised.
June 25, 1998 |
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston represents the other LA. Louisiana--that down-home Southern state--is Livingston's home base. But you wouldn't know it from his travel schedule this election season. As part of an unorthodox quest for one of the most important jobs in Washington, this former New Orleans prosecutor will be campaigning in Southern California soon, along with numerous other spots far from the Big Easy.
August 5, 1995 |
Louisiana Rep. W. J. (Billy) Tauzin, a conservative Democrat serving his eighth term in the House, is expected to switch to the Republican Party this weekend, congressional sources said Friday. Tauzin would join four other Democratic lawmakers who have made the move to the GOP since last fall's election, two in the House and two more in the Senate. Several lawmakers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he had talked with them in recent days of his intentions to change parties.
August 7, 1995 |
Rep. W.J. (Billy) Tauzin, a conservative Democrat serving his eighth term, announced Sunday that he is becoming a Republican. "You know it is time to move when you don't want your own leadership to come back into power," he said at a news conference in his district. Tauzin said he is switching because he is tired of being repressed by his own party. He said he was often locked out of the room when decisions were being made. "My views are not going to change. I'm still the same Billy Tauzin.
October 22, 1995 |
Mike Foster, a little-known legislator until he switched to the Republican Party last month and launched an advertising blitz preaching conservatism, won a runoff spot in Saturday's primary to succeed Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards. Three other candidates, including former Republican Gov. Buddy Roemer and Rep. Cleo Fields (D-La.), the only black candidate, fought for the second spot in the likely runoff. No candidate was expected to get more than 50% of the vote and win outright.
July 31, 1990 |
As he was pondering whether to sign the nation's strictest abortion bill last week, Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer listened to his estranged wife, Patti, his 23-year-old daughter, Caroline, and the three women members of his Cabinet. All, Roemer said Monday, independently arrived at the same conclusion: "Veto." Then Roemer did just that.