Local lawyer Cassie Felder is our first guest of the day and she joins us to discuss her candidacy for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District. Felder is running on a conservative platform with an outspoken focus on repealing the Affordable Care Act and abolishing the IRS, and she talks with Jim about these issues and more which ultimately led to her decision to run for Congress. She also discusses her recent lawsuit filed in court last week against two political consultants who left her campaign to work for the campaign of opponent Garret Graves; the Baton Rouge Fairness Ordinance; the recent decision by Federal Judge Martin Feldman to uphold La.'s ban on same-sex marriage; and much, much more.
Also, CATS (Capital Area Transit System) CEO Bob Mirabito is back to talk with Jim about the latest news concerning our bus system and the changes that have been implemented during his first year as CEO. In a report released this past week, the non-profit organization Together Baton Rouge, who's been monitoring progress of the bus system, gave CATS an A-minus grade overall. Bob says he's pleased with the grade and feels that it's generous, but he's the first to admit that more work can be done.
Garret Graves, GOP Congressional Candidate for Louisiana's 6th District, joins us in studio for the better part of today's show. He's chimes in on Ronald Reagan, global warming, the Gulf Coast, Common Core, the Fairness Ordinance, and much, much, much more.
Also, Author and Investigative Reporter Dan Moldea joins us to promote his latest book Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer: Adventures in the Jungles of Crime, Politics, and Journalism. He as well talks about his investigations and findings on Bob Livingston and David Vitter.
A couple of this fall’s congressional races could be particularly entertaining — with the “kissing Congressman”, Vance McAllister running for re-election in the 5th District in northern Louisiana, and ex-con/ex-governor Edwin Edwards running here in the 6th District. Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics.com, says both will be asking voters for forgiveness.
Meanwhile, the Republican field in the senate race got a little thinner this week, with State representative Paul Hollis of St. Tammany dropping out. Congressman Bill Cassidy, of course, is still the GOP frontrunner to unseat Mary Landrieu. But another Republican, retired Air Force Col. Rob Manness, who has Tea Party support, is proving to be a factor. And Alford says this Senate race is already the most expensive Louisiana has ever seen.
Vance McAllister swept into Congress six months ago, elected in a special election to finish out Rodney Alexander's term representing the 5th District in north Louisiana. And already, McAllister has been ensnared in a scandal, caught on tape kissing a woman who is not his wife.
Now political opportunists on all sides are calling for McAllister's resignation and chomping at the bit to fill his seat.
JR Ball, NOLA.com's news manager in Baton Rouge, has had an ear to the frenzy.
86-year-old Edwin Edwards spent 7 years in Congress, 16 years as Louisiana’s governor, and then 8 years in prison for racketeering. And wherever he goes in the state, he draws a crowd, as he did Monday when he announced his run for Congress in the 6th District.
Incumbent Congressman Bill Cassidy and his two long-shot opponents all want a rewrite of the healthcare law that was passed under President Obama. The candidates met at a debate Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club.