Vance McAllister http://wrkf.org en Insight: Lots of Forgiveness in Congressional Elections; Lots of Money in Senate Race http://wrkf.org/post/insight-lots-forgiveness-congressional-elections-lots-money-senate-race <p>A couple of this fall’s congressional races could be particularly entertaining — with the “kissing Congressman”, Vance McAllister running for re-election in the 5th District in northern Louisiana, and ex-con/ex-governor Edwin Edwards running here in the 6th District.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeremy Alford, publisher of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.lapolitics.com" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">LaPolitics.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says both will be asking voters for forgiveness.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Meanwhile, the Republican field in the senate race got a little thinner this week, with State representative Paul Hollis of St. Tammany dropping out. Congressman Bill Cassidy, of course, is still the GOP frontrunner to unseat Mary Landrieu. But another Republican, retired Air Force Col. Rob Manness, who has Tea Party support, is proving to be a factor.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And Alford says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">this Senate race is already the most expensive Louisiana has ever seen.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:21:58 +0000 Amy Jeffries 29571 at http://wrkf.org TUESDAY: La. Secretary of Economic Development Steven Moret; Rep. Vance McAllister http://wrkf.org/post/tuesday-la-secretary-economic-development-steven-moret-rep-vance-mcallister <p>Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development Stephen Moret joins Jim in the studio for the better part of today's show. With Louisiana having the second lowest unemployment rate in the South, Moret discusses economic growth in Louisiana and gives such examples as: Baton Rouge's IBM plant, Lafayette's Bell Helicopter facility and CGI's new technology center. He also talks on the importance and excitement&nbsp;of the emerging Software Development &amp; Digital Media growth in Louisiana.</p><p>Also, Congressman Vance McAllister calls in for the last segment of today's show to follow up on his announcement yesterday that he will be running for re-election. Also, find out what his surprising answer is when asked whom he'll be supporting for Senator: Cassidy or Landrieu?</p><p></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:15:03 +0000 Jim Engster 28772 at http://wrkf.org FRIDAY: Rep. Vance McAllister; Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice); Dr. Laura Cassidy & Evelyn Gautreau http://wrkf.org/post/friday-rep-vance-mcallister-tom-aswell-louisiana-voice-dr-laura-cassidy-evelyn-gautreau <p>U.S. Congressman Vance McAllister (R - La.) joins Jim as the first guest for today's show. Vance comments on the recent Virginia&nbsp;Congressional primary upset with Tea-Party backed Dave Brat defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. He also talks about his recent infidelity scandal, what he's learned from it, and how he's moving forward.</p><p>Tom Aswell, publisher of the news blog Louisiana Voice, talks Louisiana politics with Jim, covering everything from McAllister to Jindal, to Cassidy v. Landrieu.</p><p>Dr. Laura Cassidy and Evelyn Gautreau, with the Louisiana Key Academy, stop by the studio to discuss dyslexia in Louisiana schools and the troubles it can bring about, (i.e.: learning the alphabet, spelling, reading, and even rhyming words). They promote the Louisiana Key Academy, a school in Baton Rouge devoted to children grades 1st-3rd&nbsp;who suffer from dyslexia.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:05:37 +0000 Jim Engster 27962 at http://wrkf.org WEDNESDAY: Col. Rob Maness; Sam A. Hanna Jr.; Doug Daigle http://wrkf.org/post/wednesday-col-rob-maness-sam-hanna-jr-doug-daigle <p>Retired USAF Colonel Rob Maness talks about his bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate, and his&nbsp; platform in which he is running. Publisher of the Ouachita Citizen, Sam A. Hanna Jr. joins the show to discuss how his small newspaper uncovered and published a now nationwide story based on a video showing U.S. Representative Vance McAllister (who campaigned for office last fall as a devout Christian, family man and devoted husband) kissing and embracing a member of his congressional staff. Also, environmentalist Doug Daigle joins Jim in the studio to discuss his twenty-plus years working toward improving Louisiana's environment, as well as his involvement in the Land and Water Conservation Fund.</p><p>*Note: Due to a recording error, this episode of The Jim Engster Show begins three minutes into the show.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:34:17 +0000 Jim Engster 25284 at http://wrkf.org Insight: Congressman's Scandal Yields Political Turf War http://wrkf.org/post/insight-congressmans-scandal-yields-political-turf-war <p>Vance McAllister swept into Congress six months ago, elected in a special election to finish out Rodney Alexander's term representing the 5th District in north Louisiana. And already, McAllister has been ensnared in a scandal, caught on tape kissing a woman who is not his wife.&nbsp;</p><p>Now political opportunists on all sides are calling for McAllister's resignation and chomping at the bit to fill his seat.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>JR Ball, <a href="http://www.nola.com/baton-rouge/" target="_blank">NOLA.com's </a>news manager in&nbsp;Baton Rouge, has had an ear to the frenzy.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:07:12 +0000 Amy Jeffries & JR Ball 25044 at http://wrkf.org Insight: Congressman's Scandal Yields Political Turf War 'Kissing Congressman' Video Puts Scandal In Unusual Focus http://wrkf.org/post/kissing-congressman-video-puts-scandal-unusual-focus Embattled GOP Rep. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:48:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 24972 at http://wrkf.org 'Kissing Congressman' Video Puts Scandal In Unusual Focus Will New Congressman Make a Mark with Pragmatism? http://wrkf.org/post/will-new-congressman-make-mark-pragmatism <p></p><p>Vance McAllister took the oath of office Thursday, assuming the seat representing north Louisiana in Congress.</p><p>McAllister, a political newcomer, ran as a pragmatist and was not expected to win the 5th District seat.</p><p>State Sen. Neil Riser, a known quantity in Louisiana’s GOP, &nbsp;had launched his campaign almost as soon as Rep. Rodney Alexander stepped down to take a job in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet last summer.</p><p>And, as Associated Press capitol correspondent Melinda Deslatte discusses with WRKF’s Amy Jeffries, Riser had been the obvious front-runner. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:53:07 +0000 Amy Jeffries 19133 at http://wrkf.org