U.S. Senate forums stacking up

by Jeremy Alford, LaPolitics

From left: Boustany, Campbell, Fleming and Kennedy

There’s at least one televised debate already on the books for the U.S. Senate race. It’ll take place Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Baton Rouge and is being hosted by Raycom Media.

The carrying stations include WVUE-TV New Orleans, WAFB-TV Baton Rouge, KSLA-TV Shreveport and KPLC-TV Lake Charles.

To participate candidates must be polling at at 5 percent or higher in a survey that will be commissioned by Raycom Media and its partners after qualifying. In the event of a runoff, a second debate will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8, in Baton Rouge. The debates will be broadcast live statewide and candidates have until June 15 to agree to participate.

Once again the Louisiana chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business will be partnering with the Restaurant Association and the Retailers Association to host a forum focused on small business issues this cycle.

The U.S. Senate forum will be held at Ruffino’s De La Ronde Hall in downtown Baton Rouge on Wednesday, June 29 at 11:30 a.m. Invited candidates include Congressman Charles Boustany, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, Congressman John Fleming and Treasurer John Kennedy.