Senate race http://wrkf.org en FRIDAY: Author Edward Haslam; Robert Seeman; NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin http://wrkf.org/post/friday-author-edward-haslam-robert-seeman-nprs-political-junkie-ken-rudin <p>Ed Haslam, author of Dr. Mary's Monkey joins Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss his book. The 1964 murder of a nationally known cancer researcher sets the stage for his gripping expose of medical professionals enmeshed in covert government operations over the course of three decades. Learn more at&nbsp;<a href="http://doctormarysmonkey.com">http://doctormarysmonkey.com</a>.</p><p>Baton Rouge Green Program Director Robert Seeman&nbsp;drops by the studio to talk with Jim about the Plant Smart Baton Rouge Green Education Event. The event is tomorrow July 19th at the Hilltop Arboretum. Learn more at&nbsp;<a href="http://batonrougegreen.com/content.cfm?id=39">http://batonrougegreen.com/content.cfm?id=39</a>.</p><p>Also, NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins he show for the last segment of the day to discuss everything politics in Louisiana. He and Jim discuss the upcoming Senate race between Sen. Mary Landrieu&nbsp;and Rep. Bill Cassidy; key issues in the upcoming elections, such as the state of Louisiana's economy; as well as Governor Bobby Jindal's popularity around the nation amidst his political goal of reaching the White House.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:19:04 +0000 Jim Engster 29577 at http://wrkf.org 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 MONDAY: Longtime Political Consultant Raymond Strother http://wrkf.org/post/monday-longtime-political-consultant-raymond-strother <p>Today on The Jim Engster Show, longtime political consultant Raymond Strother&nbsp;joins us for the full hour to discuss the upcoming U.S. Senate battle: Democrats v. Republicans. Considered the father of modern political consulting, Strother's&nbsp;former clients include Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Gary Hart. He predicts a Landrieu&nbsp;victory in the Louisiana Senate election coming up this November; talks on how campaigns strategically target gender; and even chimes in on Governor Bobby Jindal's&nbsp;bid for the presidency.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:07:18 +0000 Jim Engster 29357 at http://wrkf.org Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad http://wrkf.org/post/meet-new-stars-campaign-ads-mom-and-dad It's the summer of a campaign year and once again the airwaves, the Internet, and likely your own Facebook and other social media feeds are full of political ads.<p>In the primaries, we've already seen ads featuring <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EIMkxNhClQ">cartoon turtles</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBNQBx6JOcw">gator wrestling</a>, lots of dogs, horses and, of course, guns — propped against pickup trucks or resting over shoulders.<p>And in one case, there's the candidate <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns">shooting a drone</a> out of the sky. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:25:46 +0000 Don Gonyea 28475 at http://wrkf.org Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad Insight: Super PACs Have Arrived in Louisiana Politics http://wrkf.org/post/insight-super-pacs-have-arrived-louisiana-politics <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal;">The race for Senate is just starting to heat up. Sen. Mary </span>Landrieu’s<span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal;"> campaign started running a new TV ad recently. </span></p><p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fQefC8_Ntc</p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal;">Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is challenging </span>Landrieu<span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal;"> for her seat, released his first ad this week.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 24px;">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K9vJzPfw5A</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 24px;">Each cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to air. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 24px;">Jeremy Alford, publisher of <a href="http://lapolitics.com" target="_blank">LaPolitics.com</a>, <a href="http://lapolitics.com/2014/06/alford-limitless-fundraising-creates-a-political-wild-west/" target="_blank">wrote this week</a> about how the floodgates for campaign fundraising are opening up in Louisiana.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:20:42 +0000 Amy Jeffries 27954 at http://wrkf.org With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map http://wrkf.org/post/wind-its-back-gop-expands-2014-senate-map Republicans seem to have all the momentum lately when it comes to the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.<p>GOP chances were already looking brighter because of the drag on Democrats from the Affordable Care Act and President Obama's low approval ratings. Then came two developments that suddenly expanded the playing field: Former GOP Sen. Scott Brown recently announced his intent to run against New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and GOP Rep. Cory Gardner jumped in against Colorado Democratic Sen. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Frank James 24055 at http://wrkf.org With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map Top Democrat Insists Party Will Hold Senate — But Turnout Is Key http://wrkf.org/post/top-democrat-insists-party-will-hold-senate-turnout-key As increasingly confident Republican leaders predict big midterm election gains, the head of Democratic National Committee put on her game face Tuesday and insisted the party will hold control of the Senate.<p>The Democrats' grass-roots organization, said Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and what she characterized as the GOP's continuing alienation of women, minority, LGBT and middle-class voters, bodes well for her party this fall.<p>"Our best weapon may just be Republicans themselves," said Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the DNC, at a press conference. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 23929 at http://wrkf.org Top Democrat Insists Party Will Hold Senate — But Turnout Is Key Democratic Sen. Landrieu Walks A Fine Line In Red Louisiana http://wrkf.org/post/democratic-sen-landrieu-walks-fine-line-red-louisiana If Democrats are going to keep their majority in the Senate, they'll need to hang on to a few critical seats they hold in conservative states.<p>Mary Landrieu of Louisiana has one of those, and like some of her colleagues up for re-election, her support of the Affordable Care Act could be the mountain to overcome this fall.<p>The question for Landrieu is: Will Louisiana voters define her by Obamacare, or judge her on the entire record she's built over nearly two decades as a senator?<p><strong>For Some, Obamacare's A Dealbreaker </strong><p>There's a sprawling, twisty live oak in Galliano, La. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 23011 at http://wrkf.org Democratic Sen. Landrieu Walks A Fine Line In Red Louisiana Bitcoin Takes Stage In Texas Senate Campaign http://wrkf.org/post/bitcoin-takes-stage-texas-senate-campaign When Texas Rep. Steve Stockman announced recently that he'll accept donations in bitcoins, he raised some eyebrows.<p>Stockman, a conservative who is challenging incumbent Sen. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Emily Siner 21108 at http://wrkf.org Bitcoin Takes Stage In Texas Senate Campaign GOP's 2014 Resolution: Keep Pounding Democrats On Obamacare http://wrkf.org/post/gops-2014-resolution-keep-pounding-democrats-obamacare When a reporter asked Reince Priebus Tuesday if Republicans would respond to a question about any issue by somehow directing the conversation back to the Affordable Care Act, the Republican National Committee chairman answered tongue-in-cheek.<p>"The answer is Obamacare," he said. "No, I'm just kidding."<p>Well, yes and no. The ACA is the definitely the gift that keeps giving as far as national Republicans are concerned. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Frank James 20989 at http://wrkf.org GOP's 2014 Resolution: Keep Pounding Democrats On Obamacare