Senator David Vitter en MONDAY: Political Consultant Roy Fletcher; Author Chris Colin <p>Roy Fletcher, former National Deputy Campaign Manager for Sen. John McCain, and now a Political Consultant and Strategist, joins Jim in studio for the better part of today's show. He and Jim discuss the unexpected and surprisingly successful rise of Rep. Steve Scalise to House Majority Whip; Sen. David Vitter's bid for the Governor's mansion and his sudden shift to the middle; Bill Cassidy running for Senate; Common Core and Superintendent John White; Governor Jindal; the Landrieu Family; and much, much, much, much more.</p><p>Also, Author Chris Colin talks with Jim for the last segment of today's show about his latest book <em>What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss's Boss</em>.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:05:14 +0000 Jim Engster 28389 at TUESDAY: GOP Activist Mike Chittom; La. Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson <p>Louisiana GOP Activist Mike Chittom&nbsp;talks with Jim throughout the first half of today's show about the Republican Party surge in the state. They discuss David Vitter's&nbsp;remarks at the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday, as well as his chances of becoming Governor. Mike also chimes in on his opinions about Vance McAllister, the economy, and Mary Landrieu v. Bill Cassidy.</p><p>Louisiana State Senator and Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson fills the second half of the show to talk about the other side of today's topic of politics. She gives her own rebuttal and shares her opinions on David Vitter's&nbsp;comments at the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday, and she also discusses jobs in the state, where our workforce is headed, and what to expect in the future.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:08:07 +0000 Jim Engster 28119 at 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 WEDNESDAY: Louisiana Political Writer John Maginnis; Novelist Laurie Halse Anderson <p>John Maginnis, Louisiana political writer and co-publisher of, joins Jim to discuss the issues surrounding Governor Bobby Jindal's supposed presidential bid for 2016 and Senator David Vitter's announced run for governor of Louisiana. Also, young adult fiction author Laurie Halse Anderson talks with Jim about her new novel <em>The Impossible Knife of Memory</em>.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:08:31 +0000 Jim Engster 22762 at TUESDAY: Roger Villere, state G.O.P. Chair, & Steven David Beck, Dir. of Music at LSU <p>Jim Engster interviews: Roger Villere, State Chair of the Republican Party, about the President's State of the Union address and Senator David Vitter's run of Governor in 2015, as well as,&nbsp; Steven David Beck, the Director of Music at LSU talks about the Concert Spectacular on Friday night at the LSU Union Theater.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:39:56 +0000 Jim Engster 21842 at THURSDAY: Gus Weill, Political Consultant, and Attica Locke, author of "The Cutting Season" <p>Jim Engster interviews political consultant Gus Weill about Senator David Vitter's intent to run for governor in 2015, and Attica Locke, winner of the 7th Annual Ernest Gaines Award, &amp; author of "The Cutting Season"</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:33:27 +0000 Jim Engster 21610 at TUESDAY: Sidney Coffee, Val Marmillion, Tony Guarisco, Vincent Bruno, & Michael Mann <p>Jim Engster interviews Sidney Coffee &amp; Val Marmillion of America's Wetlands about coastal erosion, former Democratic state senator Tony Guarisco and Republican Vincent Bruno discuss Senator Vitter's announced intent to run for the Governor's office&nbsp; in 2015 and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's scandals, and Michael Mann of the Better Government Party on his organization's goals.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:24:40 +0000 Jim Engster & Jim 21520 at FRIDAY: Roy Fletcher, Howard Sounes, Kenn Kaufman <p>British author Howard Sounes joins Jim to talk about his latest book "27: History of the 27 Club". The book gives a detail account of six artist that died at the age of 27.</p><p>Roy Fletcher talks with Jim about the upcoming Louisiana elections in 2015 and Sen. David Vitter's possible run for Governor.</p><p>Field Editor Ken Kaufman stops by to talk about his upcoming visit to the Baton Rouge Audubon Society and discuss his popular field guides on birds.</p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:17:03 +0000 Jim Engster 19726 at Vitter's New Clout Could Bring Changes to Army Corps <p>The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meets Thursday to discuss reforms to the Army Corps of Engineers.</p><p>One of Louisiana’s senators, David Vitter, now sits as the ranking minority member of the committee.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vitter saif the Corps has a history of putting projects on the back burner because of cost and bureaucratic entanglements. </span></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:26:32 +0000 Kelly Connelly 5757 at Vitter's New Clout Could Bring Changes to Army Corps Senators Push Again For Pipeline Permit <p>On Tuesday, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved an adjusted route for the <a href="">Keystone XL Pipeline</a> that avoids that state’s fragile Sand Hills. Soon after, 53 senators – including both from Louisiana – wrote a <a href="">letter</a> to President Obama supporting the project.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:09:26 +0000 Ashley Westerman 5224 at