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Wallis Watkins

Gov. John Bel Edwards has called legislators into a special session starting Monday to address the state's looming budget crisis. Come July 1, Louisiana is set to lose more than a billion dollars in revenue. 

Cliff Consensus: 'So Far, No Solutions'

Dec 11, 2017
Sue Lincoln

When three members of the Capitol Press Corps’ best gathered for a panel discussion at the Council for a Better Louisiana’s annual meeting, they tried to answer one of state government’s most burning questions: What’s going to happen with the fiscal cliff?

Congress Isn't What It Used To Be

Dec 8, 2017
Sue Lincoln

What's wrong with Congress?

"It's become the blame game," says former U.S. Senator John Breaux.

When he joined former congressmen Billy Tauzin and Rodney Alexander at the Council for a Better Louisiana's annual luncheon Thursday, they discussed the differences in D.C., then and now.

Senate Candidates In Attack Mode

Oct 19, 2016
screen capture by Wallis Watkins

Five of the candidates for U.S. Senate met in a Tuesday night debate, put on by the Council for A Better Louisiana and Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The name calling began immediately.

“I am the one true conservative here tonight among those who are pretenders,” Congressman John Fleming said in his opening statement.

U.S. Senate Debate Criteria Goes To Court

Oct 13, 2016
Wallis Watkins

Former state lawmaker Troy Hebert, an independent candidate for U.S. Senate, is suing to halt the debate LPB and the Council for A Better Louisiana are putting on next week.

“The million dollar criteria, I just can’t see how it’s constitutional,” Hebert said, referring to the list of requirements for inclusion in the debate.

Governor-Elect Promises Changes, Asks for Help

Dec 3, 2015
Sue Lincoln

“We have to do things differently. And I need your help,” Governor-elect John Bel Edwards told the Council for a Better Louisiana annual meeting Wednesday, giving every indication he’s fully focused on the job of governing, and the challenges he faces.


Fur Flies at Vitter/Edwards Debate

Nov 11, 2015
Courtesy LPB

They talked over each other, and the moderators. And by the end of Tuesday night’s debate between David Vitter and John Bel Edwards, one thing was abundantly clear: the two candidates for governor despise each other.

“John Bel, you’re just wrong,” Vitter flung at his opponent.

“Senator Vitter, you’ve been lying sideways in the public trough since 1992,” Edwards said.

Governor Candidates' Camaraderie Now Showing Cracks

Oct 16, 2015
Courtesy lpb.org

Without David Vitter in attendance, the Wednesday night debate put on by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Council for a Better Louisiana had Jay Dardenne, John Bel Edwards and Scott Angelle delving into the issues affecting the state.

The candidates were asked for specifics on the special session each has promised first thing after taking office.

Jim talks with Council for A Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin about the direction Louisiana is headed, and what the state can learn from its last industrial boom, as it goes into another.

Director of Museum Advancement Fairleigh Cook-Jackson stops by to talk about American poet Emily Dickinson birthday party being held tonight at the LSU Museum of Art from 6pm - 8pm.