state legislature en Insight: State Lawmakers File More Than 600 Bills <p>Friday is the deadline for pre-filing bills for the Louisiana legislative session that starts March 10. So far, the proposals include renewed attempts at state retirement reform, constitutional amendments to expand Medicaid, and the return of the electric chair.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries & Sue Lincoln 23142 at Republican Realignment: What Happens to the LAGOP <p>Republicans have reason to be wary of their newfound power in the state Senate, having recently gained a two-thirds supermajority. Some political analysts say too much power can backfire.</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 15058 at Republican Realignment: Why Politicians Switch Parties <p>State Sen. Rick Ward is dropping out of the race for Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District. According to <em>The Times-Picayune,</em> Ward's changed his mind because the position would require too much time away from his children. This decision comes three weeks after announcing his candidacy, and a month after switching to the Republican party in mid-July.</p><p>Many accused Ward of switching parties because he wanted to run for the higher seat. Ward said he switched because the "R" behind his name would better represent his views.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:15:31 +0000 Kelly Connelly 15012 at Republican Realignment: How Populism, Catholicism Affect LA, Then and Now <p>On Saturday, <a href="">gubernatorial candidate Rep. John Bel Edwards</a> delivered<a href=""> what <em>The Times-Picayune</em> called</a> an animated speech at a Democratic&nbsp;rally, aiming to distance himself from Republican Governor Jindal's&nbsp;practices. Edwards doesn't have to try hard: he's opposed nearly every one, if not all, of the Governor's initiatives since they both assumed office in 2008.</p><p>Edwards is a leader of the minority party. Republicans have two-thirds supermajority control over the Senate (thanks to a few recent aisle-jumpers), a majority in the House, and every statewide office other than US Sen. Mary Landrieu's&nbsp;seat.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:29:18 +0000 Kelly Connelly 14973 at FRIDAY: State Representative Katrina Jackson, DIG Magazine's Chris Brooks <p>State Representative Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe) talks with Jim about issues and proposed legislation coming in the 2013 Legislative session, which starts Monday at noon.</p><p>A visit with Chris Brooks, of DIG Magazine, to chat about the upcoming Baton Rouge Blues Festival and other local hot topics.</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:05:42 +0000 Jim Engster 8453 at TUESDAY: LDOR's Doug Baker, Political Blogger C.B. Forgotston, LELA's Joni Leggio <p>Jim talks with Doug Baker, of the state Department of Revenue on the show,&nbsp;who explains more about Governor Jindal's proposed tax reforms plan.</p><p>Government watchdog and blogger C.B. Forgotston ( talks about the tax swap plan and the coming Legislative session, which starts in two weeks.</p><p>Joni Leggio, with the LA Education Loan Authority, discusses how students can access federal student loan aid...and a new scholarship competition.</p><p><em> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:52:36 +0000 Jim Engster 7993 at