Raegan Carter of Planned Parenthood talks with Jim about House Bill 388 written by Katrina Jackson, which Carter says could shut down three of the five abortion clinics in the state.
Deputy Press Secretary for America's Health Insurance, Plans Clare Krusing, joins us from Washington to discuss the Medicare program's budget cuts to the states, and what it means for senior citizens.
Sam Irwin joins Jim in the studio to discuss his new book Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean, and Darlene Rowland with the Red Stick Farmer's Market drops by the studio to talk about new things you can expect from the Red Stick Farmers Market in the near the future.
This week the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana put out a commentary on state ethics policies.
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.
Whether you love it--like Vera Collins of Jefferson Parish, who says, “Louisiana’s Common Core State Standards is vital to making the dream a reality”—or hate it, like Ralph Roshto of Lacombe, who says, “Supporting Common Core is like a chicken supporting Colonel Sanders,”—Common Core is driving parents to the state capitol in droves.
But just what is this education issue that’s polarizing Louisiana moms and dads?
Jim Engster interviews LSU Professor of Psychology, Dr. Katie Cherry about tonight's speaking presentation by Auschwitz child prisoner and Dr. Mengele medical experiment twin survivor, Eva Mozes Kor who authored the book, "The Triumph of the Human Spirit, from Auschwitz to Forgiveness." LSU History Professor, Dr. Karl Roider speaks of the escalating Crimean crisis in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin's role, and the various political responses and potential economic implications. Baton Rouge trial attorney Yigal Bander talks about the recent arrest of his client Baker school teacher, Deborah Anderson for simple battery of a 13 year old student by Baker police.
A bill that would impose tighter restrictions on abortion providers is headed to the House floor. Monroe Representative Katrina Jackson is the author of the measure, HB 388, which requires any doctor who performs more than five abortions annually to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of his or her practice. That rule is not just for those who perform surgical abortions, either. It’s required for doctors prescribing the so-called “abortion pill”, also known as RU-486.
Louisiana Budget Project Director , Jan Moller, speaks on Louisiana Politics. Moller touches on Governor Bobby Jindal's decline for 16 Billion Dollars from the federal government for Medicaid funding and Jindal's candidacy for president in 2016. Also composer Gwyneth Walker talks about her time in Louisiana. She will be hosting a concert on March 22 at the University Methodist Church at 6:30 PM.