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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Communism and Crawfishing on Common Core

“I’m not a communist.”

But Senator Conrad Appel isn’t a happy camper, either. He took to the floor of the Senate Thursday to deliver a tirade directed toward Governor Bobby Jindal.

“You can call me a communist. You can call me a socialist fascist—that’s a good one,” Appel declared forcefully. “Anything you want to call me? Do it!”

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The Jim Engster Show
10:05 am
Thu May 22, 2014

THURSDAY: La. GOP Activist Charlie Davis; Treasurer John Kennedy; Songwriter Casey Kelly

Louisiana native and GOP activist Charlie Davis talks about the upcoming Republican Leadership Conference coming to New Orleans next weekend. He also talks about how Louisiana transitioned from a blue state to a red state, as well as Jindal's chances of becoming president in the next election.

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy talks about Governor Jindal's recent decision to further cut funding to higher education in the state.

Also, Baton Rouge native and singer/songwriter Casey Kelly joins Jim in the studio to discuss his long career which began with his first song in the fourth grade and continued all the way through to writing hits for George Strait. He also brings his guitar with him and preforms his hit song "The Cowboy Rides Away."


Capitol Access
3:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Rep. Katrina Jackson: You’ve Come a Long Way, Lady

Rep. Katrina Jackson, at her desk on the House floor
Credit Sue Lincoln

A couple of weeks after the end of the 2012 legislative session, an irate Katrina Jackson called a press conference. She was livid because Governor Jindal had vetoed her signature piece of legislation, supporting public schools.

“This bill passed by a unanimous vote of the House, and only missed one vote in the Senate, Jackson said in June 2012. “He’s defying the expressed will of the Legislature!”

Now, two years later, Governor Jindal is tweeting that he’s looking forward to signing her H.B. 388, which received final concurrence in the House Wednesday afternoon.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:09 am
Wed May 21, 2014

WEDNESDAY: La. Gay Rights Activist Joe Traigle; La. Dept. of Revenue Byron Henderson

Louisiana gay rights activist Joe Traigle talks with Jim about legislation at the state capitol concerning anti-sodomy laws; the paucity of gay business leaders in the city and state; and he talks about the openly gay and recent St. Louis Rams NFL draft pick Michael Sam.

Also, Press Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Revenue, Byron Henderson, talks with Jim about the upcoming sales tax holiday on May 24th-25th for hurricane preparedness purchases. The sales tax exempts the 4% state tax and it applies to purchases of amenities such as portable generators, flashlights, batteries, and storm shutters.


Capitol Access
3:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Crappie and Roosters and Gators, Oh My!

With less than two weeks left in the session, bills are piling up in both chambers. While both the House and the Senate worked on shortening their stacks of paperwork Tuesday afternoon, critters became a recurring theme.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:06 am
Tue May 20, 2014

TUESDAY: Political Commentator and Journalist Quinn Hillyer; Author and Philanthropist Adam Braun

Journalist, political commentator and contributor to The Advocate Quinn Hillyer joins Jim for the first half of today's show. Quinn talks about running for political office in the past, President Obama's Affordable Care Act, and what it's like to be now writing for The Advocate. 

Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, and recent author of the critically acclaimed book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change, Adam Braun talks with Jim about his book and the work his non-profit organization is doing to make sure every child has access to quality education. To learn more about Adam's organization, visit www.pencilsofpromise.org.


Culture
6:35 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The Crawfish Festival: Sights, Sounds and History

Claws up!
Ann Marie Awad WRKF News

Festival season is winding down but crawfish season is still going strong. A few weeks ago, I decided to take a trip to Breaux Bridge for the world famous Breaux Bridge crawfish festival. And who better to show a Yankee girl around than Sam Irwin, a freelance writer who just put out a book all about crawfish. It’s called Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean.


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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The 54-Million-Dollar Question: FY 2015

Louisiana Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield urges Revenue Estimating Conference to keep questioned income in forecast.
Credit Sue Lincoln

The Revenue Estimating Conference, the state’s official income predictors, met Monday afternoon to adopt new revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1.

LSU economist Dr. Jim Richardson had immediate concerns about the Jindal administration’s numbers, which included $54-million extra in anticipated tax collections.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Mon May 19, 2014

MONDAY: LSU Alumni Assc. Lod Cook, Jack Andonie, & Charlie Roberts; Political Blogger CB Forgotston

The LSU Alumni Association takes over the first half of Jim's show today. He talks with past chair of the Alumni Association Jack Andonie; current president of the Alumni Association Charlie Roberts; and Alumni Association Board member and well known figure Lod Cook. Also, U.S. Army Trumpet Soloist and LSU Alum Graham Breedlove joins them to play a tune and promote a concert he will be performing in tonight at 7pm at the new LSU Band Hall.

Political blogger and frequent guest C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the recent education cuts made by the Louisiana Legislature, and much, much more.

Sashika Baunchand founder of OMG and Youth Advocate (Outstanding Mature Girls), promotes her OMG Conference on May 31st at Southern University's campus beginning at 9:30am. The event is in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Register to join online at www.omgyouthconference.com.


Capitol Access
3:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

20/20 Hindsight: Dedicating State Funding Streams

 “I don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling about this,” Senate Finance Committee chairman Jack Donahue said, regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to help Higher Ed.

The House-approved measure that would have dedicated state funding for colleges and universities was shot down in Donahue’s committee late last week. Donahue, who also serves on the Senate Education Committee, said he supported the concept but was reluctant to lock up any more state dollars.

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