Congressional race

The Jim Engster Show
10:08 am
Thu September 4, 2014

THURSDAY: Congressional Candidate Cassie Felder; CATS CEO Bob Mirabito

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.


The Jim Engster Show
10:05 am
Tue August 19, 2014

TUESDAY: Congressional Candidate Garret Graves; and Author & Investigative Reporter Dan Moldea

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.


Politics
5:21 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Insight: Lots of Forgiveness in Congressional Elections; Lots of Money in Senate Race

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.


Politics
3:07 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Insight: Congressman's Scandal Yields Political Turf War

Vance McAllister, shown in a photo provided by his campaign, will be the next representative from Louisiana's 5th Congressional District after winning Saturday's special election.
Credit AP

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. 


Politics
3:38 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Edwin Edwards Draws Spotlight with Congressional Campaign Announcement

Edwin Edwards is swarmed by reporters after announcing his run for Congress in the 6th District at the Baton Rouge Press Club, March 17, 2014.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

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.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Will New Congressman Make a Mark with Pragmatism?

Vance McAllister took the oath of office Thursday, assuming the seat representing north Louisiana in Congress.

McAllister, a political newcomer, ran as a pragmatist and was not expected to win the 5th District seat.

State Sen. Neil Riser, a known quantity in Louisiana’s GOP,  had launched his campaign almost as soon as Rep. Rodney Alexander stepped down to take a job in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet last summer.

And, as Associated Press capitol correspondent Melinda Deslatte discusses with WRKF’s Amy Jeffries, Riser had been the obvious front-runner.

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Election 2012
3:33 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Name Recognition Key to Down Ballot Races

Many names follow Obama and Romney on the Nov. 6 ballot here in southeast Louisiana.

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3rd Congressional District Race
5:03 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Congressional Candidates Debate Federal Deficit, Farm Bill

Two long-shot contenders for Louisiana's Third Congressional District seat were the only candidates to attend a debate Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club.

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6th Congressional District Race
10:35 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Congressional Candidates Criticize Obamacare

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.

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The Jim Engster Show
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Libertarian Congressional Candidate Rufus Craig

Jim talks with Libertarian candidate for the 6th Congressional district, Rufus Craig, who is challenging Republican incumbent Bill Cassidy.