U.S. Congressman Vance McAllister (R - La.) joins Jim as the first guest for today's show. Vance comments on the recent Virginia Congressional primary upset with Tea-Party backed Dave Brat defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. He also talks about his recent infidelity scandal, what he's learned from it, and how he's moving forward.
Tom Aswell, publisher of the news blog Louisiana Voice, talks Louisiana politics with Jim, covering everything from McAllister to Jindal, to Cassidy v. Landrieu.
Dr. Laura Cassidy and Evelyn Gautreau, with the Louisiana Key Academy, stop by the studio to discuss dyslexia in Louisiana schools and the troubles it can bring about, (i.e.: learning the alphabet, spelling, reading, and even rhyming words). They promote the Louisiana Key Academy, a school in Baton Rouge devoted to children grades 1st-3rd who suffer from dyslexia.
Efforts to get payday loan reform in Louisiana failed in the state legislature during the recently concluded session. The advocacy group Together Louisiana has since sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau asking for safeguards to be enacted nationally.
Together Louisiana wants the bureau to implement new rules that would prohibit issuing payday loans to borrowers already in debt or unable to afford repayment, and increase the reporting requirements on payday loan transactions.
Doctors providing abortions in Louisiana will need admitting privileges at a nearby hospital according to a law signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal Thursday.
Supporters of Louisiana’s new law say it’s aimed at protecting a woman in the event something goes wrong with an abortion.
Advocates for access say the requirements could lead to the closure of all the clinics providing abortions in Louisiana, except for two in north Louisiana whose doctors already have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
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.