A recent report by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana concludes that with the privatization of the charity hospital system, Louisiana’s safety net is being reinvented.
The reinvention will likely come up again in the legislature when it convenes in March as lawmakers dig up debate on Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. And the candidates for governor will be staking out positions on healthcare reform.
Jim Engster interviews political consultant Gus Weill about Senator David Vitter's intent to run for governor in 2015, and Attica Locke, winner of the 7th Annual Ernest Gaines Award, & author of "The Cutting Season"
For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. In April 2010, Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multiplatform, community-based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American Experience. She is currently reporting for “Frontline” on immigration detention.
As the anchor and managing editor of her own long-running weekly NPR show, Latino USA, and anchor of the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/ La Plaza, Hinojosa has informed millions of Americans about the fastest growing group in our country. Previously, a Senior Correspondent for NOW on PBS, and currently, a contributing Correspondent for Need to Know, Hinojosa has reported hundreds of important stories — from the immigrant work camps in NOLA after Katrina, to teen girl victims of sexual harassment on the job, to Emmy award winning stories of the poor in Alabama. Her investigative journalism presses the powerful for the truth while giving voice to lives and stories that illuminate the world we live in. Hinojosa has won top honors in American journalism including 2 Emmy’s, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking “Child Brides: Stolen Lives.” In 2009, Hinojosa was honored with an AWRT Gracie Award for Individual Achievement as Best TV correspondent. In 2010 she was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, by DePaul University in Chicago, as well as the Sidney Hillman Prize honoring her social and economic justice reporting.
Louisiana Department of Insurance Commissioner, Jim Donelon, talks with Jim about surviving prostate cancer, the Affordable Care Act, and flood insurance, and John S. Treen joins Jim to discuss his special election run in 1989 against former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke, and about Sen. David Vitter running for governor.
Jim Engster interviews Sidney Coffee & Val Marmillion of America's Wetlands about coastal erosion, former Democratic state senator Tony Guarisco and Republican Vincent Bruno discuss Senator Vitter's announced intent to run for the Governor's office in 2015 and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's scandals, and Michael Mann of the Better Government Party on his organization's goals.
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be a candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race.
Vitter announced his plans in an email to supporters on Tuesday, saying "I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana."
The Associated Press obtained the announcement from Vitter's staff.
Vitter's announcement ends months of speculation. His decision is expected to influence which other potential candidates enter the race.
Jim Engster speaks with Dr. Albert Samuels, Southern University Department of Political Science, about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., New Jersey governor Chris Christie, as well as other issues, and Kevin Kane of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy about political matters.
An appeals court ruled against the New Orleans public school system this week — a decision that could bankrupt the Orleans Parish public schools. The five-judge panel ruled that the school board wrongly terminated some 7,000 teachers and other school employees after Hurricane Katrina. For more information, Melissa Block speaks with education reporter Sarah Carr, who has written a book on the changes to the New Orleans school system after Katrina.
Jim Engster speaks with John N. Kennedy, Louisiana State Treasurer, about state budget matters including his support of a plan to reduce state consulting contracts to help improve funding of higher education.