A couple of this fall’s congressional races could be particularly entertaining — with the “kissing Congressman”, Vance McAllister running for re-election in the 5th District in northern Louisiana, and ex-con/ex-governor Edwin Edwards running here in the 6th District. Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics.com, says both will be asking voters for forgiveness.
Meanwhile, the Republican field in the senate race got a little thinner this week, with State representative Paul Hollis of St. Tammany dropping out. Congressman Bill Cassidy, of course, is still the GOP frontrunner to unseat Mary Landrieu. But another Republican, retired Air Force Col. Rob Manness, who has Tea Party support, is proving to be a factor. And Alford says this Senate race is already the most expensive Louisiana has ever seen.
David Clohessy, the Executive Director of the Snap Network (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) joins Jim for the first part of today's show to discuss the Louisiana Supreme Court's 6-1 ruling against seal of confessional in a recent case against a Baton Rouge Priest. Also, Attorney Michael Wolf joins the conversation in studio to discuss the recent court decision and explain the legal action taken.
Author Suzi Parker joins the show to talk with Jim about her book Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt. Her book takes the reader on a private journey to an eccentric side of sin where Southerners secretly (and not-so-secretly) defy sexual convention.
Columnist for The Advocate Quin Hillyer and Director for the Louisiana Budget Project Jan Moller join Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss recent updates concerning Common Core, and much, much more.
Also, Executive Director of BR Walls Project Casey Phillips talks with Jim about the projects and murals his non-profit has set up around the city.
LPB President and CEO Beth Courtney joins Jim as the day's first guest to discuss the documentary Breaking Away. Airing tonight on LPB, Breaking Away asks the question: would the breakaway city of St. George quash Baton Rouge's school desegregation process? It airs tonight on LPB at 10pm after the Frontline special Separate and Unequal.
Today on The Jim Engster Show, longtime political consultant Raymond Strother joins us for the full hour to discuss the upcoming U.S. Senate battle: Democrats v. Republicans. Considered the father of modern political consulting, Strother's former clients include Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Gary Hart. He predicts a Landrieu victory in the Louisiana Senate election coming up this November; talks on how campaigns strategically target gender; and even chimes in on Governor Bobby Jindal's bid for the presidency.
Dr. Charles Wood, now a radiation oncologist at the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, thought he was communicating well with all his patients while in training in Philadelphia a decade ago. But he found that twice as many non-white than white patients there believed they'd been treated in a clinical trial unknowingly.
New Orleans passed a so-called "fairness ordinance" in 1999, banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation. Shreveport followed suit last year. Later this month, the Baton Rouge Metro Council is slated to consider an ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, veteran status, and, yes, gender identity and sexual orientation. But here it looks to be a tougher sell.
Rebekah Allen, city hall reporter for The Advocate, discusses the dynamics at play.