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Election 2016 Has a Final Rebuke for Democrats

Republican John Kennedy wins runoff Senate race in Louisiana, giving GOP a 52-48 edge

(Newser) - There's a freshman senator named John Kennedy headed for Washington, DC, in January, but Democrats won't exactly be happy to see him: The Republican won a runoff race for a Louisiana Senate seat Saturday night, sending Democrat Foster Campbell packing and delivering a final rebuke to Democrats who...

Onetime Shoo-in Loses Runoff to Succeed Jindal

Dogged by old scandal, David Vitter loses to newcomer, will retire

(Newser) - Democrat John Bel Edwards won the runoff election for Louisiana governor Saturday, defeating the once-heavy favorite, Republican David Vitter, and handing the Democrats their first statewide victory since 2008. Edwards, a state lawmaker, will take over the office from term-limited Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal in January. Voters' rejection of Vitter...

David Vitter Running for Governor in Louisiana

And emerges as an immediate frontrunner

(Newser) - Conservative Sen. David Vitter announced today what pretty much everyone in Louisiana already knew: He's running for governor in next year's election, reports Roll Call . Bobby Jindal can't run again because of term limits, and Vitter "stands a pretty decent (if not better) chance of winning,...

Rand Paul: Put John Roberts on His Precious ObamaCare

Senate firebrand proposes constitutional amendment

(Newser) - Looks like Rand Paul hasn't forgiven John Roberts for declaring ObamaCare constitutional. The Kentucky senator says he's pushing a constitutional amendment stating that no federal employees would get special exemptions from laws—which, he tells the Daily Caller , would kick government employees off their taxpayer-subsidized health plans, and...

David Vitter, NBC Pick Football Over Obama Speech

NBC affiliates in Milwaukee and Green Bay to skip address, senator has Saints party

(Newser) - David Vitter isn’t going to attend President Obama’s speech tonight, not because he’s sending a message to the president, but because he’s got better things to do. “I have a Saints party,” the Louisiana senator told Fox News yesterday, “and I am absolutely...

Dems Pounce on Schlafly's 'Unmarried Women' Comment

'All welfare goes to unmarried moms'

(Newser) - After conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly claimed that "unmarried women" are all on welfare at a recent fundraiser, Dems are training their sights on the 75 GOP candidates endorsed by the Schlaafly-led Eagle Forum, plan to paint those she has endorsed as extremists and pressure them to reject the endorsement....

Sen. Vitter Apologizes to Maddow Over Radio Insult

Looked like a woman a 'long time ago'

(Newser) - David Vitter has apologized to Rachel Maddow for a joke that fell closer to the plane of high school sophomore than US senator. During an appearance on a conservative radio show, the hosts mentioned Maddow's high school yearbook photo (see it here on BuzzFeed), in which she has long blond...

Vitter Backs Birther Lawsuits

Distrusts 'mainstream media' on Obama birth certificate

(Newser) - Sen. David Vitter says he supports conservative organizations challenging President Barack Obama's citizenship in court. The Louisiana Republican, who is running for re-election, made the comments at a town hall-style event in Metairie, La., on Sunday when a constituent asked what he would do about what the questioner said was...

David Vitter Wants to Be BP's Best Friend

 David Vitter 
 Wants to Be BP's 
 Best Friend 

David Vitter Wants to Be BP's Best Friend

And the Louisiana senator still loves offshore drilling, too

(Newser) - Here's an unusual way for a GOP senator facing re-election to court a conservative base he alienated by cavorting with DC prostitutes: Push to limit the liability of a company that just delivered what may be his state's worst-ever man-made disaster. That's what Louisiana's David Vitter is doing: Last week...

Porn Star Drops Senate Run
 Porn Star Drops Senate Run 

Porn Star Drops Senate Run

Stormy Daniels says she just can't afford it

(Newser) - Louisiana-born porn star Stormy Daniels won't be running for the US Senate after all. In an e-mailed statement , Daniels said she simply can't afford to challenge David Vitter. She also compared herself to Sarah Palin, complaining that the media never took her interest in the race seriously. "Simply because...

Scandal Wins GOP a Convert in Porn Star Stormy Daniels
Scandal Wins GOP a Convert in Porn Star Stormy Daniels

Scandal Wins GOP a Convert in Porn Star Stormy Daniels

RNC event at bondage club 'finally tipped the scales'

(Newser) - In addition to apparently helping raise money , the Republican National Committee’s sex-club scandal has won the party a high-profile convert: porn star Stormy Daniels. The gathering “at Voyeur, an LA-based, lesbian-bondage-themed nightclub, finally tipped the scales,” said Daniels, who is mulling a challenge to the Louisiana US...

Juiciest Political Sex Scandals
 Juiciest Political Sex Scandals 

Juiciest Political Sex Scandals

Lovechildren, gay affairs, and hookers, oh my!

(Newser) - From Eliot Spitzer’s $80,000 worth of prostitute action to Mark Sanford “hiking the Appalachian trail,” this decade has been ripe with political sex scandals. The Frisky picks the juiciest. Some of the slightly-lesser-discussed affairs:
  • Mike Duvall: A self-described “family values warrior” in the California State

GOP: Congress, Prez Must Go On Public Option
GOP: Congress, Prez Must Go On Public Option
bluff and counterbluff

GOP: Congress, Prez Must Go On Public Option

If there is one, which we hope there isn't. Good idea, say Dems.

(Newser) - In the circus that is the Senate these days, a couple of anti-public-option Republicans—Tom Coburn and David Vitter—rolled out an amendment to the health care bill Friday requiring members of Congress to enroll in any such plan that might come to pass. When Dems didn’t object—Sherrod...

ACORN Takedown Campaign Overblown, Misguided
ACORN Takedown Campaign Overblown, Misguided

ACORN Takedown Campaign Overblown, Misguided

The actions of a half-dozen employees doesn't represent the huge organization

(Newser) - The conservative campaign against ACORN—which has now, thanks to a few video “sting” operations, lost its federal funding—is built on an outrageous set of exaggerations and falsehoods, writes Joe Conason for Salon. “No doubt it was fun to dupe a few morons into providing tax advice...

Vitter Rides High on Anti-Obama Sentiment

Hostility toward prez helps La. overlook hooker scandal

(Newser) - You might think an acknowledged client of a Washington prostitute would have a tough time being reelected to the US Senate. But you’d be wrong, the New York Times reports. David Vitter of Louisiana appears to be a strong favorite in his 2010 bid, and he owes it all...

Why Sanford May Avoid Spitzer's Fate

(Newser) - The calls for Mark Sanford to resign are growing louder, but recent history suggests that the South Carolina governor has a chance to hold on, writes the Washington Times. While every politician who admits an affair faces calls to quit, only those who have committed real crimes are hounded from...

Porn Star Eyes Move on Vitter's Senate Seat

Stormy Daniels launches 'listening tour' across Louisiana

(Newser) - Louisiana Sen. David Vitter has been tied to the DC Madam, but an election challenger with an even more compelling sexual history is deciding whether to get serious in going after his Senate seat. Politico reports that Stormy Daniels, a porn star whose credits include Operation Desert Stormy, is launching...

Congressional Run-Ins With TSA Continue

(Newser) - It’s not quite a David Vitter, but Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio had his own run-in with airport security this week, the Washington Post reports. DeFazio, one of the architects of the Transportation Security Administration, had to endure what he thought was an unnecessary search. But when he told the...

Vitter Denies Airport Meltdown
 Vitter Denies Airport Meltdown 

Vitter Denies Airport Meltdown

Sen. admits blunder, but says reports of tantrum are greatly exaggerated

(Newser) - Sen. David Vitter says reports he threw a tantrum at Washington's Dulles Airport are way off base, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. The Republican acknowledges that he blundered through the wrong door in a rush to catch a flight back to Louisiana, but denies  reports that he berated an...

Sen. Vitter Throws Tantrum at DC Airport

(Newser) - Sen. David Vitter, perhaps best known for admitting to patronizing a prostitute, had a very public meltdown at Washington’s Dulles Airport last week after arriving late for a flight, Roll Call reports. Finding the gate already closed when he arrived to board, the Louisiana Republican opened the door anyway,...

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