fairness ordinance

Best known for his classic hit "American Pie" singer-songwriter Don McLean joins us as the first guest for the better part of today's show. He and Jim discuss his early career in music, his early musical heroes like Buddy Holly, and how he came to write the song he is perhaps most famous for after almost fifty years. Don McLean we'll be coming to Baton Rouge Rouge next Friday August 22 at the River Center Theater.

Also, LSU History Professor Alecia P. Long joins Jim in studio to discuss last nights Metro Council meeting which voted 8-4 against the Fairness Ordinance, and Alecia uses history to draw comparisons between the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's to the LGBT rights movement of today.


'Fairness Ordinance' Defeated, Debate to Continue

Aug 13, 2014

The Baton Rouge Metro Council picked up where they left off at the last meeting in July and took a vote Wednesday on the so-called “fairness ordinance”. The anti-discrimination measure failed on an 8-4 vote. 


Kathleen Benfield of the American Family Association of New Orleans and Veteran Journalist Maxine Crump join the show today to discuss the Fairness Ordinance; a metro council bill that would ban discrimination against veterans, seniors and LGBT people when it comes to housing, employment and public accommodation. The bill will be voted on tonight by the Baton Rouge Metro Council.

Also, Actress Janine Turner closes out today's show to promote her new book A Little Bit Vulnerable. She and Jim as well discuss the recent passing of comedian Robin Williams.


TUESDAY: Mayor-President Kip Holden

Aug 5, 2014

Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden of Baton Rouge joins the show for the full hour today to discuss the Fairness Ordinance, his bid for Lieutenant Governor, the latest from the City of St. George proposal, and much, much more. 


The sixth annual CityStats report is out.

It shines some light on where people are on some of the biggest debates in East Baton Rouge Parish at the moment— including the rights of gays and lesbians, and the state of the public schools.

Mukul Verma of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which produced the report, reads between the lines a little bit.


Jeremy White, publisher of Baton Rouge's Red Shtick Magazine, joins Jim in the studio for the first half of today's show to discuss Wednesday's Metro Council forum on the Fairness Ordinance. While he does shed a comedic light on the issue, he also brings a fresh perspective and some serious thoughts to the much debated subject surrounding Baton Rouge at the moment.

Reverend Reginald Pitcher joins Jim on the air to discuss his new position on the Fairness Ordinance. Just a few days ago, the Reverend stated openly on the air that he was an opponent of the ordinance, but on Wednesday at the EBR Metro Council meeting he openly changed his mind, and today on the show he discusses with Jim just why he changed his mind.


Judge Darrell White and Activist Joe Traigle join Jim in studio to discuss/debate the Fairness Ordinance. The ordinance, which was to be voted on last night at the EBR Metro Council Meeting and was not, is an ordinance which seeks to not discriminate against members of the LGBT community when it comes to housing and employment. 

Veteran Actress Lee Grant joins Jim for the second half of today's show to discuss her life in films and her new memoir "I Said Yes to Everything."


Vote on 'Fairness Ordinance' Will Have to Wait

Jul 24, 2014
Barrington Neil, who spoke of experiencing discrimination for being in an interracial marriage, listens to the hearing on the "Fairness Ordinance" at the Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, July 23, 2014.
Amy Jeffries / WRKF

The Baton Rouge Metro Council heard hours of public comment Wednesday on an anti-discrimination ordinance. But the meeting time expired before the council could vote. 


Former President and CEO of Capital City Alliance Kevin Serrin and Libertarian Attorney Mike Wolf join Jim in the studio to further debate yesterday's topic of the Fairness Ordinance. The ordinance, written up by EBR Council Member C. Denise Marcelle, will be voted on today.

Also, former WAFB Anchorman George Sells joins Jim in the studio to discuss the happenings in  Ukraine and its relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the recent international terrorist attack on flight MH17.

    

On Wednesday, the Metro Council will again be asked to vote on an ordinance that will impact LGBT people in the capital city. The proposal, which is similar to laws passed in Shreveport and New Orleans, is a local law that bans discrimination of gays, lesbians and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations.

East Baton Rouge City Council Member C. Denise Marcelle who is backing the ordinance, and Reverend Reginald Pitcher debate the subject while the phone lines explode.


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