2014 elections

A Long Election Season Finishes in a Brief Runoff

Dec 7, 2014
Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

On the same night that Republican Bill Cassidy beat out Sen. Mary Landrieu for senate, the GOP held on to congressional seats. In North Louisiana Ralph Abraham took home the 5th district seat, currently held by Rep. Vance McAllister. And Garret Graves won here in the 6th district.

Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

On Nov. 4, Democratic incumbent Congressman Cedric Richmond won by a landslide. He got nearly 70 percent of the vote in District 2 -- Louisiana's only majority black district.

Dr. William Arp, a political scientist at Southern University, had predicted that when Ann Marie Awad spoke with him before the election.

Arp calls District 2, which encompasses most of New Orleans and north Baton Rouge, a "packed" district -- packed with minority voters. And when Awad visited Arp again he said, that's a bad thing.


Former Louisiana Congressman and U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux is in studio this morning with Jim for the better portion of today's show. They discuss former President Bill Clinton's visit to Baton Rouge yesterday to attend a campaign rally for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and how much his appearance will help Landrieu in her bid for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Don also talks with Jim about his loyalty to the Democratic Party, even after his failed bid at a full term in Congress back in 2008 to now U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. He and Jim as well discuss some of the issues surrounding the upcoming elections like fracking, free trade, social security, minimum wage, and others.

Also, the new LSU Dean of Libraries Stanley Wilder joins us today to talk about his recently appointed position that he's held now for almost four months. He and Jim talk about the libraries on campus, and the new Smith-Lever Act Exhibit at the famous Hill Memorial Library.

And Kirk S. Lippold, the Commander of the USS Cole, joins us in studio for the last few minutes of today's show to discuss his book Front Burner: Al Qaeda's Attack on the USS Cole. His book details the true accounts of what happened aboard the USS Cole when it was bombed by Al-Qaeda on October 12, 2000.

Political Consultant Roy Fletcher is our guest for the two segments of today's show and he joins us in studio to talk about what he knows best: political elections and campaigns. Being the former National Deputy Campaign Manager for Senator John McCain during his bid for president in 2000, Roy comments on Senate candidates Rob Maness, Mary Landrieu, and Bill Cassidy, as well as David Vitter and his bid for Governor of Louisiana.

Former Pepperdine University Professor and Conservative Commentator Bruce Herschensohn joins us by phone to close out today's show and he expresses his concern with passion for what is happening in the Middle East, and our country's involvement. He comments on the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley at the hands of ISIL, what he thinks we should do about ISIL, his opinion on President Obama's actions, and much, much more.

McAllister Makes a Splash on Last Day of Qualifying

Aug 22, 2014
Sue Lincoln

Embattled Congressman Vance McAllister  made quite a splash when he appeared at the Secretary of State’s office first thing Friday, signing up to run again.  Even after facing down calls for his resignation earlier this year McAllister was quite gracious about the nine challengers seeking to unseat him.

“C’mon! More! The more the merrier!” McAllister said, adding by way of explanation, “When you have more ideas, more people, more views, you learn from it.”

Candidates for U.S. Congress inundated the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office first thing Wednesday, as the three-day qualifying period for the Nov. 4 election opened. The frontrunners for U.S. Senate didn’t hesitate to start brandishing their swords in the war of campaign words.

Jim Engster is out and Jim Nickel is in as his guest host. Starting us out today as the first guest is Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report. He and Jim discuss who is running for Congress throughout the country come November, who is officially signing off to run, what will happen in the U.S. Senate and House come January 2015, and much, much more.

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler joins us in the studio to discuss election season leading up to November 4th. He discusses when you can vote, where you can vote, how to vote early, how to vote absentee, how much it costs the state to conduct a statewide election, etc...

Associate Commissioner of Communications for the SEC Herb Vincent joins us over the phone to close out today's show. He discusses the new SEC channel, explains who owns it (which is a collaboration between SEC and ESPN), and much more.

Jim talks with political analyst and government watchdog C.B. Forgotston; looking at the past year in politics, and a look ahead at what's in store for 2014. Can Mary Landrieu win another term in the U.S. Senate? Or will she be un-seated by one of her three announced GOP challengers?