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The Jim Engster Show
10:34 am
Mon May 26, 2014

MONDAY 5/12/14: Rev. Chris Andrews; Col. Rob Maness; Author Peter Stark

Rev. Chris Andrews, who was pastor at First United Methodist Church for 22 years and who is now head of the Jubilee Pioneers, talks with Jim about Governor Bobby Jindal's recent commencement speech at Liberty University where the governor said our religious liberty in America is in jeopardy.

Colonel Rob Maness discusses his bid for the U.S. Senate, his platform he is running on, as well as his recent endorsement from Sarah Palin.

Also, author Peter Stark talks with Jim about his recent book Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire - A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival.


The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Mon May 26, 2014

MONDAY 5/5/14: Political Reporter Tyler Bridges; State Senator Ben Nevers

Long time political reporter for the Picayune, Tyler Bridges, talks with Jim about covering the state capitol and the 2014 Legislative Session as a reporter now for The Lens.

Also, State Senator Ben Nevers talks with Jim about the Legislative Session as well as his Medicaid Bill which he has decided to revise.


The Jim Engster Show
10:05 am
Mon May 26, 2014

MONDAY: LSU MassCom Prof. Judith Sylvester; Financial Adviser Ameen Walker; James Dean Claitor

LSU Mass Communication Professor Dr. Judith Sylvester talks about the new tobacco-free campus at LSU; a policy she had been working on for the university for the past fourteen years.

Owner and Founder of First Financial of Baton Rouge, LLC Ameen Walker, talks with Jim about BP's recent decision to ask the Supreme Court to review Deep Water Horizon settlements. Ameen's company has filed over 500 BP oil spill claims since the Deep Water Horizon oil spill.

Also, musician James Dean Claitor talks about his latest album as well as what it's like being the brother of Dan Claitor.


Capitol Access
1:59 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Remembering John Maginnis

It was just a couple of months ago that John Maginnis appeared on WRKF’s “The Jim Engster Show,” talking about Governor Bobby Jindal’s presidential aspirations.

“Outside Louisiana, there’s no serious talk about Jindal being a serious contender,” Maginnis told Engster and WRKF’s listeners. “But I think he’s still a viable vice-presidential contender, a running mate.”

Longtime political reporter John Maginnis passed away unexpectedly Sunday, at the age of 66. 

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Bayou Garden
6:17 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Tomato Trials and Triumphs

Credit Linda Foster Benedict

Of all the vegetables we grow in our gardens, tomatoes remain the most popular. And why not? Tomatoes form a very important part of Louisiana cuisine. But growing tomatoes is not without its challenges.


The Jim Engster Show
10:07 am
Fri May 23, 2014

FRIDAY: Mary Stein of EBR Library; Planned Parenthood's Melissa Flournoy; LFT Pres. Steve Monaghan

Mary Stein, Assistant Library Director for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library stops by to talk about the new 129,000 sq.ft. library which recently opened up on Goodwood Blvd.

Melissa Flournoy, President of Louisiana Planned Parenthood, joins the show to discuss recent legislation that her and many others are describing as unconstitutional and direct attacks on planned parenthood.

Also, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers Steve Monaghan discusses issues surrounding BESE and Common Core in relation to Governor Jindal and the State Legislature. He as well chimes in on recent legislation concerning education which has been debated throughout this years legislative session.  


Politics
5:40 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Insight: Ideas to Balance State Budget in Short Supply

With just 10 days left in the legislative session, we’re down to the nitty gritty: lawmakers are trying to figure out how to sew up the state budget. And earlier this week, the Revenue Estimating Committee rebuffed the Jindal administration’s wish to include $54 million in revenue that could come with changes to how the state Dept. of Revenue does its tax collecting, according to a group of consultants on the hunt for savings in the state budget.


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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