Sue Lincoln

Reporter

Sue Lincoln is a veteran reporter in the political arena. Her radio experience began in the early ’80s, in “the other L-A” — Los Angeles.

Since her transplantation to Louisiana 25 years ago, she has covered the state, the capital, and its colorful cast of characters for Louisiana Radio Network, LPB and the Southern Education Desk.

Now she’s focusing her experience and expertise on producing WRKF’s Capitol Access.

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With nearly a third of the House members in their first term, Speaker Taylor Barras recently asked House Clerk Butch Speer, “Just review the rules on voting.”

Speer says the basic rules are simple.

“If you’re in the chamber, you are required to vote. If you are not in the chamber, you are not allowed to vote.”

The next rules follow from that, Speer explained.

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“This bill would prohibit requiring school uniforms,” Representative Chris Broadwater of Hammond  told the House Education Committee Wednesday. And he acknowledged it’s one of the most controversial bills he’s ever authored.

But there’s a backstory to the measure. It’s part of a practical lesson in civics.

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The latest Louisiana Survey data released by the LSU Public Policy Lab shows what appears to be a deepening divide between Republicans and Democrats in this state.

“Breaking news: Democrats and Republicans don’t get along. They don’t like each other,” survey director Dr. Michael Henderson told the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.  And he says that appearance of major differences is compounding the division.

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Have you ever tried to figure out where your money went, when you have too much month left at the end of your money? Tracking down the cup of coffee here; a loaf of bread there – plus $20 in unplanned groceries – shows how it slips away. That’s what the state legislature and administration are trying to figure out, though the hole ahead is $750-million deep.

Some say, “It’s easy. Just cut state contracts.” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says that’s no simple task.

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Governor John Bel Edwards opened the 2016 regular legislative session with an apology to the people of the state, because he cannot tell us how deep in the hole we still are.

“For the current year, it’s at least $30-million -- perhaps as much as $60 million,” Edwards said. “For the next fiscal year, our deficit’s somewhere in the $800-million range. We just don’t know.”

The governor outlined his agenda for the session, which includes raising the minimum wage, requiring equal pay for women, and revising voucher rules. He also urged lawmakers to work together for the greater good.

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