Edwin Edwards

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
6:03 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Insight: On Ethics, Things Have Changed, Dilligence Needed to Keep it That Way

This week the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana put out a commentary on state ethics policies.

PAR President Robert Travis Scott says tweaks are needed to require officials to disclose their reasons when they recuse themselves from a debate or vote. And he says the state needs to be careful not to create an environment ripe for corruption by allowing even modest gifts worth up to $25, as is being considered by the legislature this session.

The discussion comes in light of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who was convicted of racketeering, announcing a Congressional run and Gov. Bobby Jindal touting his record on ethics reform.


The Jim Engster Show
10:27 am
Tue March 18, 2014

TUESDAY: Edwin Edwards, Al & Jed Robertson, John Spain and Abram McGull

Jim Engster interviews former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards who discusses his life, political career and his run for the 6th congressional district seat.  Al Robertson and Jep Robertson of the "Duck Dynasty" TV series talk about their children's book "Everything is better with a beard."  Former WBRZ TV news director John Spain and former TV news photographer Abram McGull recount the shooting death of Jeffrey Doucet by Gary Plauche that was video taped at the Baton Rouge Airport and broadcast on WBRZ 30 years ago.

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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The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Fri March 14, 2014

FRIDAY: Political Analyst and Pollster Elliott Stonecipher

Political Analyst and Pollster Elliot Stonecipher speaks on Senator Mary Landrieu's possibilities of a fourth term. He also discusses the role that the minority vote has contributed to Landrieu's race in the polls. In addition, he touches on Edwin Edwards pursuit for a seat in Congress and Bobby Jindal's legitimacy for a presidential run.


The Jim Engster Show
10:57 am
Fri March 7, 2014

FRIDAY: Jim Nickel and Representative Dalton Honore

Jim Engster interviews lobbyist Jim Nickel who is former chairman of the Louisiana Democratic party on politics including Senator Mary Landrieu, Governor Edwin Edwards, Senator David Vitter, the Koch brothers, and the upcoming Louisiana legislative session.  Representative Dalton Honore discusses issues surrounding his bill regarding medical marijuana and also his bill to reduce sentences for simple marijuana possession.

Politics
9:40 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Edwin Edwards: Governor, Convict, Reality TV Star — Congressman?

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and his new wife, Trina Grimes Scott, after getting married in the French Quarter in New Orleans, La., in July 2011.
CHERYL GERBER AP

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 3:43 pm

Rascally former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was once so confident about re-election that he declared "the only way I can lose is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy."

That was 30 years ago, when Edwards, 86, was a much younger man. It was long before the Democrat served eight years in prison for racketeering, conspiracy and extortion.

And it was a lifetime – or two — before a recent cringe-inducing reality television show about life with his young wife, her teenage sons and his own grandmother-aged daughters from a previous marriage.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:33 am
Thu February 20, 2014

THURSDAY: Gus Weill, Rudy Macklin, & J. Boyce Gleason

Jim Engster interviews political consultant, Gus Weill about former Governor Edwin Edwards possible run for the 6th congressional district.  Former LSU basketball player Rudy Macklin and current Director of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports talks about the Golden Gloves boxing program.  Author J. Boyce Gleason discusses his book, "Anvil of God."


Politics
9:18 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Governors Gone Wild: A Recent History

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell makes a statement as his wife, Maureen, listens during a Tuesday news conference in Richmond, Va.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 11:58 pm

In the annals of corrupt governors, former Virginia GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell's place remains to be seen.

He was indicted along with his wife Tuesday for allegedly taking illegal gifts, vacations and loans while in office, but the governor says he's innocent.

Either way, in light of the allegations against McDonnell, the first governor in Virginia history to face felony charges, we thought we'd take a look back at other examples of gubernatorial bad behavior in recent decades that resulted in fines, probation or even a prison stint.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:58 am
Tue January 15, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Biographer Leo Honeycutt, Treasurer John Kennedy, Jewish Film Festival CoChair Ara Rubyan

Author and biographer Leo Honeycutt visits with Jim to talk about the passing of Marion Edwards, the brother of former Gov. Edwin Edwards and about what news with the governor, his wife Trina and their cable reality show. 

Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy drops by the program, to discuss Governor Jindal's proposed tax swap--eliminating income taxes while raising sales taxes. 

Ara Rubyan discusses this year's Jewish Film Festival and Bobbie Robertson talks about the upcoming Pre-K Round Up for the East Baton Rouge School System.


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