Former U.S. Congressman from Napoleonville, La., Charlie Melancon joins Jim for today's show. Charlie and Jim discuss the recent upset in Virginia with Eric Cantor losing his congressional seat to David Brat; whether Mary Landrieu can win reelection; Melancon's 2010 Senate race against Vitter; and much, much more. Melancon even talks about how he got into politics: by starting out as a driver for then Governor Edwin Edwards.
The last guest for today's show is a person who Jim describes as: "Of all the guests I've had this is my favorite one, because without her there would be no other guests." Molly Sullivan joins Jim in the studio to talk about June 12, 2004: the date in which Jim barley survived a terrible car wreck after being pulled to safety by a passerby, Molly Sullivan.
Jim Nickel, former Democratic Campaign Advisor/Director and now with Courson Nickel, LLC, hosts today's show while Jim is away.
Stephen Waguespack, President of LABI (Louisiana Association of Business and Industry), joins Jim as the first guest and discusses recent legislation (SB 469) signed by Governor Bobby Jindal that squashes a lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East against 97 Oil & Gas Companies. They as well discuss the recent decision by the Governor to speak out against Common Core.
Louisiana State Senator Ben Nevers joins today's line-up of guests and discusses his Public School Choice Act bill which is awaiting the Governor's decision. He as well touches on the recent anti-fracking push by the St. Tammany Parish Council.
Michael Bonnette, the LSU Associate Athletics Director and Sports Information Director wraps up this past year in LSU Athletics; a year that saw great performances not only in football, but golf and gymnastics as well. Also, Michael talks about the highly anticipated new SEC Network for television; who can get it, and who benefits?
Today, Robert Travis Scott has Melinda Deslatte of The Associated Press and Lanny Keller of The Advocate to discuss the "winners" and "losers" of this years Louisiana Legislative Session. Some of the "winners" they discuss: Oil & Gas Companies and Payday Lenders to name a few. "Losers": Most of the Democratic bills. Tune in to hear the rest.
Also, Editor of the Louisiana Sportsman Andy Crawford joins Robert in the last segment to discuss the coastal protection, the recent saltwater fishing license fee increase, how to catch a Redfish, and much, much more.
Robert Travis Scott, President of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, fills in for Jim today and the topic of conversation is Louisiana Roads and Transportation.
Louisiana State Rep. and Chair of the Transportation Committee, Karen St. Germain joins Robert in studio along with the head of the Louisiana Good Roads & Transportation Association Inc., Major General John Basilica. Together the three of them talk about roads, traffic, bridges, and everything else in between that Louisianians face on a daily basis when they get in their cars.
Also, Comedian Kent Gonsoulin joins Robert in the studio to talk about his career in Comedy and discuss well-know legendary Louisiana Boudreaux and Thibodeaux joke.
Now that hurricane season is here, it's time to look at the trees in your landscape. A tree that's sickly, low in vigor, and shows significant signs of rot can be a real liability during storms. In the high winds of a hurricane, trees with weakened trunks are likely to go over. The extreme rains can soak the soil so much that trees can topple over if their weight is not balanced.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill designed to kill a levee board lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies. Legal scholars say this could imperil the state’s BP claims.
Despite an opinion from Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell urging Gov. Jindal to veto Senate Bill 469 because, “No one can currently quantify or identify all the causes of action which will be swept away if this bill becomes law”, the governor has signed the bill.
Brought at Jindal’s request, the bill seeks to retroactively quash the levee board lawsuit charging oil and gas companies with coastal destruction. Dozens of legal scholars from around the U-S have warned that the measure may also impact pending lawsuits over the 2010 BP oil spill.
Jindal’s signing of the bill is being touted as “a victory” by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association.
Fresh off the closing of the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session, State Senator Robert Adley joins Jim for the first half of today's show. Adley is the author of Senate Bill 469, a bill that would kill the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies for coastal damage. The bill is still in the news as it awaits either the signature or veto by Governor Bobby Jindal.
Retired Lieutenant General Russel Honore, now with the Green Army, is back on the show to discuss his ever continuing fight for Louisiana clean air and water, as well as his fight for holding those who pollute them accountable.
Also, on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, Nicholas Kariouk, a World War II veteran and French Native, stops by the studio and talks with Jim about his service and his memory of D-Day.
Shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday, just a few hours before the final gavel came down on the legislative session, the Jindal administration unleashed a 400-plus page report from their consultants who had been asked to find recommendations for saving the state money.
Actors John Schneider and Shanna Forrestall join Jim in studio to discuss movies and the Louisiana film industry. Schneider, famous for The Dukes of Hazard, and Forrestall, a Louisiana native actress, discuss their recent film Smothered. The film, directed by Schneider and starring Forrestall, was filmed in Louisiana at the newly established John Schneider Studios.
Also, musician Bill Grimes and Vocalist Phillip Manuel join the show to discuss their upcoming concert Hot Summer Nights with Phillip Manuel and Wess WARMDADDY Anderson tonight, June 5th, at the LSU School of Music Recital Hall on the LSU campus.