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The names Melissa Sellers, Kyle Plotkin, Frank Collins, Sean Lansing, Sarah Haley, Shannon Bates, Mike Reed, Alexis Nicaud, and Doug Cain may not mean anything to you, but each of them has served in Governor Bobby Jindal’s press office at some point during the past seven and a half years.

“I’ve never seen this kind of revolving door,” says Marsanne Golsby, who served as Governor Mike Foster’s press secretary for his entire two terms. “And before I was Governor Foster’s press secretary, I was a reporter covering the capitol, and I don’t remember this much turnover. I do think it’s unusual.”

Jan Moller, the Director of the Louisiana Budget Project, joins guest-host Bob Mann in studio today to discuss Louisiana's surplus money. Governor Bobby Jindal's administration says we have a $178.5 million surplus, but others are saying different. Jan and Bob discuss this, as well as the money in the reserve fund for the Office of Group Benefits which Jan says the Jindal Administration "blew through", and what that means for state employees.

Louisiana blogger at Lamar White, Jr. is with us for the last half of the show today to discuss Texas and Louisiana Politics. They start by discussing a controversial TV ad running in Texas by the Wendy Davis campaign that accuses opponent Greg Abbott of not supporting the disabled. Bob and Lamar also touch on the recent Senate debate on Tuesday night, the status of the 6th Congressional District race, how the Louisiana campaigns are doing thus far, and more.

Bob Mann, the LSU Manship Chair in Journalism at the Manship School of Mass Communications and former Press Secretary for Governor Kathleen Blanco joins us in studio as our lead off guest on today's show. He and Jim discuss how Louisiana's growing conservativism and President Obama's approval rating could have an impact on helping U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy win the upcoming Senate election; and, how Cassidy's reluctance to debate could help U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's chances at winning a fourth term in the Senate. They discuss this, and much, much more.

Also, journalist and author Allen Salkin is with us today to discuss his latest book From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network. Allen's book tells us the story of how The Food Network went from a long shot idea to a cable network staple shown over 100 million American homes a year with profits into the upper billions. Paula Dean, Rachel Ray, Emeril Lagasse, Anthony Bourdain are among the many stars associated with The Food Network, and Allen's book cover's their stories and more.

FRIDAY: Bob Mann; Carley McCord

Aug 29, 2014

Political historian and Media Professor with the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU, Bob Mann, reviews the landscape of Louisiana with Jim this morning. We also hear from St. Michaels and LSU graduate Carley McCored, a current Broadcast Media Professional in Cleveland. Carley was Miss Greater Baton Rouge 2013 and a two-time First Runner-up to Miss Louisiana. She is a model, actress, radio and television personality. 

It was just a couple of months ago that John Maginnis appeared on WRKF’s “The Jim Engster Show,” talking about Governor Bobby Jindal’s presidential aspirations.

“Outside Louisiana, there’s no serious talk about Jindal being a serious contender,” Maginnis told Engster and WRKF’s listeners. “But I think he’s still a viable vice-presidential contender, a running mate.”

Longtime political reporter John Maginnis passed away unexpectedly Sunday, at the age of 66.