Louisiana State Representative Edward "Ted" James joins us in studio this morning to discuss and rebut some of the remarks made by Senator Elbert Guillory on yesterday's show. Ted defends U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's support of not only the black community but all communities of Louisiana, and he refers to Guillory's political ad against Landrieu as a slap in the black community's face. Furthermore, Ted turns the tables and begins to ask where Senator Guillory has been lately for the community he serves.
Also, local attorney Cassie Felder joins us in studio to announce that she is withdrawing her candidacy for Congress to represent Louisiana's sixth district, and announce instead her full support for State Senator Dan Claitor. Cassie cites her lack of experience in fundraising as a key reason for her withdrawal from the race, saying simply that she could not afford to compete for local television ad space.
Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory is our first guest today, and Elbert has been in the news recently for a number of reasons. He first made waves when he switched parties from the Democrats to the Republicans about a year ago, and last week he was back in the news again for his political attack ad against U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. Elbert discusses this, his bid for Lieutenant Governor, and fields a number of questions from callers on today's show.
Composer Augusta Read Thomas is our second guest today and she joins us to discuss her upcoming appearance at LSU. She will be on campus October 13th & 14th to give a lecture on the composition of classical music, meet with students, and then join the LSU Wind Ensemble to perform her music.
Also, author Mike Kelly closes out the show with us today to promote his latest book The Bus on Jaffa Road, and he discusses with Jim the real events which took place in Jerusalem on February 25, 1996 which inspired Kelly to write his book. The Bus on Jaffa Road takes readers through the streets of Jerusalem on that day in February when two buses were attacked by Hamas suicide bombers, then follows the victim's families all the way back to Washington where they filed lawsuits against Iran for the attacks. Kelly even takes readers all the way back to the man who created the bombs himself.
Edwards is a leader of the minority party. Republicans have two-thirds supermajority control over the Senate (thanks to a few recent aisle-jumpers), a majority in the House, and every statewide office other than US Sen. Mary Landrieu's seat.
Another visit with Opelousas state Senator Elbert Guillory, who recently switched to the GOP; making him the only black Republican in the state legislature. Guillory's video explaining why has gone viral, and he's appeared on numerous national talk shows.
Also, Fairleigh Cook Jackson, from the LSU Museum of Art, talks about the 10th anniversary of Art Melt