The Jim Engster Show

Since 2004, Jim Engster has hosted intelligent discussion with newsmakers from around the corner and around the world.

The Jim Engster Show
12:56 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Pollster Bernie Pinsonat on a Surprising Study; Rev. Raymond Jetson

From Southern Media & Opinion Research, pollster Bernie Pinsonat is out with a new survery on Louisiana and national politics, and he discusses with Jim the surprisingly close race in Louisiana between President Obama and Gov. Romney.

Also, Rev. Raymond Jetson joins Jim in the studio to talk about his church and upcoming summit. 


Education Overhaul
10:53 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Denied Request Could Help Clarify Public Records Exemption

The state Department of Education is again denying a request from the Associated Press for information on how schools were chosen to participate in Governor Jindal's voucher program.

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