Edwin Edwards 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 Insight: On Ethics, Things Have Changed, Dilligence Needed to Keep it That Way http://wrkf.org/post/insight-ethics-things-have-changed-dilligence-needed-keep-it-way <p>This week the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana put out a <a href="http://www.parlouisiana.com/explore.cfm/parpublications/commentariesandletters/100102" target="_blank">commentary</a> on state ethics policies.</p><p>PAR President Robert Travis Scott says tweaks are needed to require officials to disclose their reasons when they recuse themselves from a debate or vote. And he says the state needs to be careful not to create an environment ripe for corruption by allowing even modest gifts worth up to $25, as is being considered by the legislature this session.</p><p>The discussion comes in light of former<a href="http://wrkf.org/post/edwin-edwards-draws-spotlight-congressional-campaign-announcement" target="_blank"> Gov. Edwin Edwards, who was convicted of racketeering, announcing a Congressional run </a>and <a href="http://wrkf.org/post/full-audio-state-state-2014" target="_blank">Gov. Bobby Jindal touting his record on ethics reform</a>.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:03:52 +0000 Amy Jeffries & Robert Travis Scott 24069 at http://wrkf.org TUESDAY: Edwin Edwards, Al & Jed Robertson, John Spain and Abram McGull http://wrkf.org/post/tuesday-edwin-edwards-al-jed-robertson-john-spain-and-abram-mcgull <p>Jim Engster interviews former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards who discusses his life, political career and his run for the 6th congressional district seat.&nbsp; Al Robertson and Jep Robertson of the "Duck Dynasty" TV series talk about their children's book "Everything is better with a beard."&nbsp; Former WBRZ TV news director John Spain and former TV news photographer Abram McGull recount the shooting death of Jeffrey Doucet by Gary Plauche that was video taped at the Baton Rouge Airport and broadcast on WBRZ 30 years ago.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:27:39 +0000 Jim Engster 23920 at http://wrkf.org Edwin Edwards Draws Spotlight with Congressional Campaign Announcement http://wrkf.org/post/edwin-edwards-draws-spotlight-congressional-campaign-announcement <p></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-076291aa-d1b7-cf56-c6a6-940d11400694" style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">86-year-old Edwin Edwards spent 7 years in Congress, <span id="docs-internal-guid-076291aa-d1b7-cf56-c6a6-940d11400694" style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">16 years as Louisiana’s governor, </span>and then 8 years in prison for racketeering. And wherever he goes in the state, he draws a crowd, as he did Monday when he announced his run for Congress in the 6th District. </span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:38:22 +0000 Amy Jeffries 23891 at http://wrkf.org Edwin Edwards Draws Spotlight with Congressional Campaign Announcement FRIDAY: Political Analyst and Pollster Elliott Stonecipher http://wrkf.org/post/friday-political-analyst-and-pollster-elliott-stonecipher <p>Political Analyst and Pollster Elliot Stonecipher speaks on Senator Mary Landrieu's possibilities of a fourth term. He also discusses the role that the minority vote has contributed to Landrieu's race in the polls. In addition, he touches on Edwin Edwards pursuit for a seat in Congress and Bobby Jindal's legitimacy for a presidential run.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:24:55 +0000 Jim Engster 23756 at http://wrkf.org FRIDAY: Jim Nickel and Representative Dalton Honore http://wrkf.org/post/friday-jim-nickel-and-representative-dalton-honore <p>Jim Engster interviews lobbyist Jim Nickel who is former chairman of the Louisiana Democratic party on politics including Senator Mary Landrieu, Governor Edwin Edwards, Senator David Vitter, the Koch brothers, and the upcoming Louisiana legislative session.&nbsp; Representative Dalton Honore discusses issues surrounding his bill regarding medical marijuana and also his bill to reduce sentences for simple marijuana possession.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:57:36 +0000 Jim Engster & Jim 23434 at http://wrkf.org Edwin Edwards: Governor, Convict, Reality TV Star — Congressman? http://wrkf.org/post/edwin-edwards-governor-convict-reality-tv-star-congressman Rascally former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was once so confident about re-election that he declared "the only way I can lose is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy."<p>That was 30 years ago, when Edwards, 86, was a much younger man. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:40:40 +0000 Liz Halloran 22856 at http://wrkf.org Edwin Edwards: Governor, Convict, Reality TV Star — Congressman? THURSDAY: Gus Weill, Rudy Macklin, & J. Boyce Gleason http://wrkf.org/post/thursday-gus-weill-rudy-macklin-j-boyce-gleason-1 <p>Jim Engster interviews political consultant, Gus Weill about former Governor Edwin Edwards possible run for the 6th congressional district.&nbsp; Former LSU basketball player Rudy Macklin and current Director of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness &amp; Sports talks about the Golden Gloves boxing program.&nbsp; Author J. Boyce Gleason discusses his book, "Anvil of God."</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:33:22 +0000 Jim Engster & Jim Engster 22811 at http://wrkf.org Governors Gone Wild: A Recent History http://wrkf.org/post/governors-gone-wild-recent-history In the annals of corrupt governors, former Virginia GOP Gov. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:18:27 +0000 Liz Halloran 21607 at http://wrkf.org Governors Gone Wild: A Recent History WEDNESDAY: Biographer Leo Honeycutt, Treasurer John Kennedy, Jewish Film Festival CoChair Ara Rubyan http://wrkf.org/post/wednesday-biographer-leo-honeycutt-treasurer-john-kennedy-jewish-film-festival-cochair-ara <p>Author and biographer Leo Honeycutt visits with Jim to talk about the passing of Marion Edwards, the brother of former Gov. Edwin Edwards and about what news with the governor, his wife Trina and their cable reality show.&nbsp;</p><p>Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy drops by the program, to discuss Governor Jindal's proposed tax swap--eliminating income taxes while raising sales taxes.&nbsp;</p><p>Ara Rubyan discusses this year's Jewish Film Festival and Bobbie Robertson talks about the upcoming Pre-K Round Up for the East Baton Rouge School System.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:58:35 +0000 Jim Engster 4826 at http://wrkf.org