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Accountability | Louisiana

Analysis: Ralph Abraham Bests Bobby Jindal’s Absenteeism, Misses Record Number of Votes During Louisiana Gubernatorial Bid

By Cole Driver on July 17, 2019.

Republican candidate for Louisiana Governor Ralph Abraham missed more votes in Congress in 2019 than even fellow Republican Bobby Jindal did in the same time period during Jindal’s campaign for Governor in 2007.

Between April 2019 and June 2019, Abraham, who is currently a U.S. Congressman representing Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, missed 55.4% of all Congressional votes, placing him in the 99th percentile in absences for all members of the current U.S. House of Representatives.

Accountability | Louisiana

Rispone Holds Fundraiser with Private Education Executive Involved in State Program that Let Him Save $300K on Tax Bill

By Cole Driver on May 23, 2019.

Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone held a fundraiser Wednesday with a charter-school advocate who participates in a scholarship program that allowed wealthy donors -- including Rispone himself -- to avoid paying taxes.

Accountability | Louisiana

Despite Labeling Himself ‘Outsider,’ Gov. Candidate Eddie Rispone Has Long Been a GOP Insider

By Cole Driver on April 17, 2019.

Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone has painted himself as a "conservative outsider," but campaign-finance records show that he has contributed millions of dollars to Republicans in the past two decades.

Accountability | Louisiana

Ralph Abraham Touts Endorsements from Controversial Local Officials Accused of Peddling Racist Rhetoric

By Chad Smith on April 11, 2019.

Rep. Ralph Abraham’s campaign for governor of Louisiana is boasting about the endorsements of a local official who caused a stir with a campaign sign evoking the state’s lynching past and a mayor who last week downplayed a racist meme shared by his town's police chief.

Health Care | Louisiana

Steve Scalise Stays Quiet on Ralph Abraham‚Äôs Remark That Medicaid Recipients ‘Vote for a Living’

By Chad Smith on March 26, 2019.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise took a fellow Republican to task last week for saying his constituents sat idly waiting for the government‚Äôs help after Hurricane Katrina, but he‚Äôs been mum on a fellow Louisianan‚Äôs characterization of Medicaid recipients as lazy people who vote in order to stay on the dole. Rep. Ralph Abraham, a third-term Republican now running for governor, was recorded last week telling donors at a fundraiser that Medicaid recipients were ‚Äúvoting for a living instead of working.‚ÄĚ

Accountability | Louisiana

Ralph Abraham’s Congressional Office Posted, Then Deleted, Stories About Campaign in Violation of Ethics Rules

By Sam Falconer on February 4, 2019.

Rep. Ralph Abraham’s congressional website shared more than 20 articles covering his campaign for governor of Louisiana last month, seemingly in violation of House ethics rules against using official resources to campaign.

Accountability | Louisiana

Abraham Skips Votes to Campaign As Thousands of Louisianans Go Unpaid

By Chad Smith on January 24, 2019.

With the House in session Wednesday looking for a way out of the longest-running government shutdown in U.S. history, Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., was in his home state holding a fundraiser for his gubernatorial run with a campaign donor.

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