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Eddie Rispone says Louisiana governor bid makes sense: ‘I am … going to turn it around’

From: The Advocate Art Favre, who has known Eddie Rispone for nearly half a century, was taken aback when his friend told him he was thinking about running for governor. “My first comment was ‘Are you crazy, do you want to get into public life?’ ” Favre recalled. “But I also think the one trait […]

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GOVERNOR CANDIDATE PROFILE: Eddie Rispone

From: WAFB BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – As Election Day nears, Louisiana’s major candidates for governor are attempting to distinguish themselves through debates, forums, and interviews. In September, WAFB joined each of the three leading candidates for governor at a campaign event for a look at their vote-getting strategy. At the event’s conclusion, each candidate […]

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MEET THE CANDIDATES: Louisiana’s race for governor

From: BRProud.com BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — Candidates for Louisiana governor are looking to refine their messages in the closing weeks of the race. The three leading candidates recently spoke with BRProud.com to discuss their backgrounds, their campaign strategies — and how each would serve the state’s highest elected office.   (Click […]

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Gubernatorial candidates will head to the polls to cast their vote early

From: BRProud.com Voters have been casting their vote since early voting began over the weekend, and now the candidates for governor will be doing the same. Governor John Bel Edwards and Eddie Rispone will head to the polls Monday for the primary election. The official election day which is October 12th. Recent polls from ‘We […]

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Latest poll shows Rispone forcing runoff with Gov. Edwards

From: The Center Square Polling firm We Ask America, in survey results released Friday, finds incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has the support of 47 percent of likely voters, falling short of the majority he would need in next month’s election to avoid a November runoff. “Incumbent Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards, as public […]

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Eddie Rispone visits Monroe to meet with potential voters

From: KTVE MONROE, La (9/27/19) — Eddie Rispone wants his voice heard in northeast Louisiana. He shared how excited he is to work and focus on jobs, education, and roadwork if elected. Rispone met with potential voters to hear their concerns about northeast Louisiana and they had an opportunity to ask final questions leading up […]

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Eddie Rispone visits Monroe to meet with voters

From: KNOE MONROE, La. (KNOE) – Gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone visited Monroe Friday to meet with voters. He says he wants to bring business into North Louisiana by lowering taxes in order to create a more business-friendly environment. Rispone also said that he wants to update the state’s constitution. He said he wants communities to have […]

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Eddie Rispone: A candidate with a different approach to becoming Louisiana’s governor

From: KTBS He’s the man who may be responsible for a runoff if nobody gets fifty-percent of the vote. A self made millionaire who most of us had never heard of until his commercials started hitting the airwaves. (Click the link to view the entire interview)

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Louisiana governor’s race shakeup: New poll shows significant development as primary nears

From: The Advocate A new poll in the Louisiana governor’s race shows a shakeup among the Republican candidates, with businessman Eddie Rispone surging ahead of Congressman Ralph Abraham as incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards moves closer to being able to win outright in the primary. The poll, conducted by JMC Analytics and Polling on […]

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Louisiana poll shows Rispone edging past Abraham for governor

From: The Center Square A new poll of the Louisiana governor’s race shows businessman Eddie Rispone edging ahead of Congressman Ralph Abraham, though Rispone’s advantage is within the margin of error. The two Republicans are competing to be the main challenger to Gov. John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the deep South. The poll, taken […]

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Before gubernatorial debate, and after. Polls show dramatic change in race

From: KLFY BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA)- Louisiana’s undecided voters are being watched very closely in the final days before the October 12th election, which could decide who takes the governor’s mansion. The election could also determine which candidates face off in the November Runoff election. John Couvillon with JMC and Anylitics and Polling believes that […]

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Governor’s debate takeaways; new poll gives Rispone campaign life

From: News Star Louisiana’s top three contenders clashed Monday in a debate featuring Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and GOP challengers U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone on the heels of a new poll showing Rispone overtaking Abraham for second place. All three fielded a barrage of questions from members of the Press Club, […]

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Eddie Rispone surges to second place in Louisiana gubernatorial race

From: Washington Times A new, privately commissioned poll in Louisiana shows Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone rising to second place behind incumbent Democractic Gov. John Bel Edwards. The surge by Mr. Rispone, a Republican, puts him ahead of Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham, who had occupied the second place slot throughout the summer. The shift also created some unease within the […]

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Nexstar poll: Edwards lead grows in La. Governor’s race; Rispone gaining

From: WGNO SHREVEPORT, La. (NEXSTAR) – A new poll shows Baton Rouge businessman and Republican challenger Eddie Rispone making gains in the race for Louisiana governor, but not likely enough to displace Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham from a runoff slot against incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards. According to an exclusive Nexstar poll conducted by JMC Analytics […]

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APPEL: Rispone Rightfully Brings Up JBE’s Failure On Criminal Justice Reform

From: The Hayride In a bold statement Eddie Rispone has directly attacked one of John Bel Edwards’ main liberal policies, his criminal justice reform. As I recall the governor made a big deal out of the “injustice” of our high incarceration rate. Of course, he didn’t bother to acknowledge that crime is very much a […]

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ONE-ON-ONE: Interview with governor candidate Eddie Rispone

From: KLFY The October election is just about three weeks away. The first gubernatorial debate is tomorrow. As the race for governor heats up, News Ten is profiling the candidates. Lora Lavigne has a one-on-one with Republican Eddie Rispone. The life-long Louisianan and conservative prides himself on being the outsider. He’s a businessman with skills, […]

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GOP Louisiana governor candidates try to show differences

From: AP Louisiana BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The two main Republican challengers to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday started drawing distinctions between their campaigns, with differing opinions on how to achieve the tax and spending changes they both say they want to enact. U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, a doctor and third-term congressman […]

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Republican candidates for governor talk about why they deserve your vote

From: WAFB BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Thursday night was one of the first times we’ve heard from two of the top names running for governor of Louisiana. Congressman Ralph Abraham and businessman, Eddie Rispone, both spoke at a forum at the Louisiana State Archives. Some of the topics they discussed were fixing Louisiana’s roads, […]

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As primary looms, Republicans candidates Abraham, Rispone try to stand out in governor’s race

From: The Advocate The two major Republican candidates for governor tried to draw distinctions with one another Thursday before a room full of mainly Republican voters, as they seek to outmaneuver each other to advance into a runoff election with Gov. John Bel Edwards this fall. Congressman Ralph Abraham, of north Louisiana, and Baton Rouge […]

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State GOP backs both major challengers to Gov. John Bel Edwards

From: The Advocate Two candidates for governor in Louisiana will have the state Republican party’s blessing in the Oct. 12 primary election. The Republican party’s executive committee said Tuesday it has endorsed both Congressman Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone in the primary, where they will face off with Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, […]

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Louisiana business group endorses both GOP candidates in governor’s race

From: The Advocate Louisiana’s largest business lobby did not endorse one of the two major Republican candidates for governor in this year’s election–it is backing both. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s four regional political action committees voted to endorse both Congressman Ralph Abraham and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone in their bids to […]

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TV ad slamming governor candidate Eddie Rispone reworked after complaint

From: KALB BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A political organization supporting Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has tweaked a TV ad slamming one of the Democrat’s opponents, Eddie Rispone, amid claims the ad was misleading. Gumbo PAC has slightly reworked a 30-second spot attacking the Republican candidate, after Rispone’s campaign complained to TV stations. The original […]

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Sam Hanna Jr.: Rispone pressures Abraham

From: The Franklin Sun Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone has quashed any doubts that he would actually spend a sizable share of the more than $10 million of his own money that he’s already pumped into his campaign for governor. Count me as one of those who doubted Rispone would pull the trigger and go […]

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Rispone locks in $5M in TV ads for Louisiana governor’s race

From: AP Louisiana BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican candidate for Louisiana governor Eddie Rispone has committed to spending at least $5 million on television ads in the race, seeking to outspend his fellow GOP competitor and blanket the airwaves until Election Day. The Republican businessman’s campaign said Monday that it has locked in another […]

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GOP Louisiana governor candidate sticks to Trump-centric ads

From: AP Louisiana BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican candidate for Louisiana governor Eddie Rispone is doubling down on his effort to draw voters’ attention with a pro-Donald Trump message. Rispone is releasing his second TV ad in a week that talks of the Baton Rouge businessman’s backing of the GOP president. His campaign says […]

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Eddie Rispone makes first TV splash as ‘La.’s Donald Trump’

From: News Star Eddie Rispone has answered the bell in the Louisiana governor’s race with a TV ad his campaign team says establishes Rispone as “Louisiana’s Donald Trump.” The wealthy Baton Rouge Republican businessman’s campaign told USA Today Network Rispone will begin advertising on statewide TV Tuesday and stay up through Election Day on Oct. 12. […]

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Eddie Rispone launches his first TV ad in governor’s race, praising Donald Trump

From: The Advocate Eddie Rispone is launching his first statewide TV ad blitz in the Louisiana governor’s race with a spot praising President Donald Trump and again hitting on illegal immigration, as he begins spending some of his nearly $10 million war chest in earnest. Rispone, a wealthy Baton Rouge businessman who has loaned his […]

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VIDEO: Eddie Rispone’s First TV Ad

From: The Hayride He’s had a few web ads go out already, so there has been a window into Eddie Rispone’s plans for a campaign message as the 2019 Louisiana gubernatorial election gets rolling. That means this ad, which we understand will be all over television sets tomorrow with a sizable ad buy from Rispone’s campaign – […]

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Eddie Rispone ‘Stands with President Trump’ in first major TV ad for Gubernatorial campaign

From: BR Proud Monday, Eddie Rispone for Governor announced its first major television advertising buy of the 2019 gubernatorial race. The first ad campaign will begin on Tuesday July 23, run for approximately two weeks, and is backed by an over $1 million spend. The ad flight will run statewide in every media market on broadcast, cable, […]

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Republican challengers avoid inner-party jabs in La. governor’s race

From: BR Proud Former President Ronald Reagan popularized a so-called Eleventh Commandment — “thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” The motto seemed to re-surface Tuesday, as a candidate for Louisiana governor addressed a G.O.P. luncheon that bears the late commander-in-chief’s name. At the East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Party’s Ronald Reagan luncheon, […]

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More on Eddie Rispone, Republican running for La. governor

From: WAFB 9 BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – On Tuesday, July 9, WAFB heard from the third person making a run for governor, and he’s from Baton Rouge. Eddie Rispone is a businessman from Baton Rouge and according to reports, his company ISC Constructors, does $350 million per year in business. Rispone is a Republican, […]

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Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone likens himself to President Donald Trump

From: The Advocate Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone on Tuesday blamed the Democratic incumbent for what he says is Louisiana’s lagging behind other Southern states. The message, which fits in with a Republican Governor’s Association commercial that debuted Tuesday, was met with much applause by his audience of about 50 at a Republican Party of […]

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Candidate for Governor, Rispone visits with Ascension Republican Women

From: Plaquemine Post South A Christian Conservative, pro-life, pro-family, and pro-gun, Eddie Rispone spoke at the Ascension Republican Women’s monthly luncheon on Thursday, June 20. Rispone is a candidate for Governor of Louisiana. “I’m a businessman. I started working in construction at the age of 15. Eventually, my brother and I founded the ISC company. […]

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Gubernatorial candidate, Rispone, speaks to Cenla business leaders

From: KALB PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) – One of three candidates for governor spoke at the North Rapides Business and Industry Alliance meeting in Pineville on Monday. Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone, a conservative Baton Rouge businessman, made his case for the position in front of Central Louisiana business and community leaders. Rispone is one of three […]

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Conservative needed to improve Louisiana, Rispone tells Republican Women group

From: Livingston Parish News DENHAM SPRINGS – Eddie Rispone says he sees a lot of good things in Louisiana – its natural resources, oil, natural gas reserves, the hospitality to draw tourists and, “We live in a sportsman’s paradise.” “We have the most diverse and hard-working people in the country here,” he told the Livingston Parish […]

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Will it take a businessman to turn things around in Louisiana?

From: The Hayride If you haven’t seen it, Republican Eddie Rispone’s first ad buy in the Baton Rouge area is hilarious. It’s a nod to the bombardment of trial attorney ads in the state. (The trial lawyer and legal services industry spent $15.6 million for an ad to air every minute, on average, in New […]

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RISPONE: Edwards Ignores Our Illegal Immigration Epidemic

From: The Hayride If you didn’t already know, Governor Edwards and his administration continue to ignore the growing problem of illegal immigration in Louisiana. Just this past weekend, the ICE New Orleans field office arrested over thirty undocumented immigrants. The majority of those arrested had prior criminal convictions or pending criminal charges. The others were fugitives eluding […]

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From humble beginnings to enormous wealth, Eddie Rispone may be facing his biggest test yet

From: Nola.com Titans of industry are often portrayed as men — loud, brash, possibly bombastic. Someone who likes to hear himself talk. Not Eddie Rispone. The lifelong Baton Rouge resident has an almost gentle presence. He’s so soft-spoken, it can be hard to hear him in conversation. “There are quiet leaders in this world and […]

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RISPONE: Louisiana Needs An Outsider

For eight long years under President Barack Obama, Americans were told that our economy was stagnant. We should not expect any better than two percent growth and that this was just the new normal they’d have to live with. Maybe America’s best days really were behind us. Then what happened? Americans shocked the system and elected Donald […]

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RISPONE: Edwards Still Won’t Admit His Mistake on ITEP

From: The Hayride God bestowed our great state with natural resources that would become the catalyst for economic success for generations to come: the mighty Mississippi River, the vast natural resources that lay beneath our feet, and the will of our great people. In 1909, the Standard Oil Company first began operations on the bluffs […]

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Eddie Rispone for Governor Launches First Major Ad Buy

Baton Rouge, LA—Today, Eddie Rispone for Governor launched their first major ad buy for the 2019 gubernatorial campaign. The five-figure buy will begin in the Baton Rouge metro area with more markets likely to follow.   The dynamic advertising campaign features a vibrant yellow background with campaign branding and a nearly 10 foot tall photo […]

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Rispone For Governor Announces Key Campaign Staff

From:  The Hayride Eddie Rispone for Louisiana Governor today provided The Hayride with their key staff hires: General Consultant Jordan Gehrke, of Leverage Public Strategies, is a veteran consultant with experience in numerous high-profile state and federal campaigns. Most recently he served as strategist for Tennessee Governor-Elect Bill Lee, a conservative outsider businessman who came from […]

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2019 Louisiana politics: The calm before the gubernatorial storm

From: Baton Rouge Business Report When U.S. Sen. John Kennedy defied conventional political wisdom in late November, announcing he wouldn’t be challenging Gov. John Bel Edwards in the fall election, some assumed the contest was over before it had really begun. Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone, though well-funded and popular with hardcore conservatives, has little statewide […]

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GOP Louisiana governor candidate: Edwards’ approach is wrong

From:  Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican businessman Eddie Rispone said he entered the Louisiana governor’s race because he disagrees with Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards’ “whole approach to running the government,” from cabinet picks to financial policies. A wealthy industrial contractor and first-time politician, Rispone announced his gubernatorial candidacy three months ago […]

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2016 Businessperson of the Year: Ed Rispone

From: Greater Baton Rouge Business Report Ed Rispone, founder and chairman of ISC Constructors in Baton Rouge, is keenly aware that struggles are a necessary precursor to success. He was raised in a working-class family that lived by the mantra: “You can’t get anything done unless you start; and if you start, you finish.” Anchored […]

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5 key takeaways from Baton Rouge meet and greet with Eddie Rispone, Republican candidate for governor

From: The Advocate Baton Rouge businessman and Republican candidate for governor Eddie Rispone took part in a meet and greet event in Baton Rouge Tuesday night, introducing himself to potential voters. For many (including this Advocate reporter), it was the first event to see Rispone in gubernatorial candidate mode. The event, held in a side […]

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