It's been a few weeks since we've last heard from him, but Gus is back to start out today's show. Famed Louisiana political consultant, author, and mentor to James Carville, Gus Weill joins us to share his opinion on the latest happenings around the state. He and Jim talk about the latest news concerning former DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein being indicted by a grand jury on charges of perjury, the LSU football team losing to Miss State on Saturday, Bill Cassidy's latest endorsement announcement, the upcoming November 3rd elections, and much, much more.
Democratic State Representative and candidate for Governor in 2015 John Bel Edwards is our second guest today, and he talks with Jim about what he feels are illegal Office of Group Benefits plan changes. He talks with Jim about his firm belief that when Governor Bobby Jindal's administration made changes to insurance health plans offered by the OGB, they were not following the Administrative Procedures Act and therefore not following the law.
Also, attorney, jazz musician, and local author Michael H. Rubin closes out today's show to promote and discuss his latest work of fiction, The Cottoncrest Curse. Published by LSU Press earlier this month, Rubin's mystery-thriller centers around the double murder of a Colonel and his wife on a southern plantation two decades after the Civil War, and follows accused Jewish immigrant Jake Gold as he tries to clear his name and prove his innocence.
Author Karen Abbott is our guest for the first part of today's show, and she joins us to promote and discuss her latest work Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. Her book tells the true story of four women (a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow) who risked life and death to become spies during the American Civil War. In this gripping true story, Karen Abbott sheds light on the fascinating and courageous roles these women played during the Civil War and the lives they led.
Also, famed and legendary Louisiana Political Consultant Gus Weill joins us for the last two segments to close out today's show. He and Jim start out by discussing the recent beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff at the hands of ISIS, just weeks after the beheading of American journalist James Foley. They also discuss news of the recent disclosure filing submitted to the Senate last Friday listing former Senator's Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and John Breaux (D-La.) as being the main lobbyists for the Russian bank Gazprombank; a bank which has been targeted with sanctions by President Obama over the Ukraine crisis. And, they talk about what Governor Bobby Jindal has been up to lately as he pushes ahead in his goal for the White House.
Famed Louisiana political consultant Gus Weill joins today's show to talk with Jim about what he knows best: Louisiana Politics. They discuss the upcoming TV debates between La. Senate hopefuls, the Fairness Ordinance, Edwin Edwards running for Congress, and much, much more.
Also, SEC sports analyst Paul Finebaum closes out today's show to discuss his new book My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football. He and Jim talk about the teams to beat in SEC football this upcoming season, Coach Les Miles, and more.
Happy 4th of July! Today's guests include longtime legendary Louisiana political consultant Gus Weill and WAFB Producer Michelle McCalope.
Gus and Jim discuss a wide variety of topics such as: our nation's Independence Day; short Louisiana governors; the feud between Governor Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White; abortion; Ronald Reagan; and so much more.
WAFB Producer Michelle McCalope closes out the show for the last segment to discuss and promote her new book Good Job: A Guide to Pursuing Your Passions and Following Your Dreams. You can get a copy of her new book at her website michellemccalope.net.
Political Consultant Gus Weill joins Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss the last few days in Louisiana Politics. He and Jim touch on Rep. Steve Scalise becoming the U.S. House Majority Whip and what that means for the GOP and Congress; the love/hate relationship between Governor Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White over their Common Core dispute; and much, much more.
Susan Mizruchi joins Jim for the last segment of today's show to talk about her new biography of Marlon Brando titled Brando's Smile. At 19 years old Brando left Nebraska for New York, and by the age of 23 he was one of the worlds greatest actors.
Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon talks about the start of this years Hurricane Season which begins June 1st. Donelon warns that although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is predicting a possible six hurricanes this season, all it takes is one to devastate communities along coastal waters. Donelon also talks about steps one can take to prepare for possible hurricane landfall (i.e.: making an inventory of one's personal possessions), and the importance of Flood Insurance.
Also, famed and legendary Louisiana Political Consultant Gus Weill talks with Jim about the passing of John Maginnis; a loss that not only affects Louisiana Journalism, but the state of Louisiana as a whole.
Director, actress, dancer Debbie Allen talks with Jim about her upcoming show Pepito's Story coming to the Manship Theater March 13th - 16th, as well as what it's like to direct an episode of the television show Scandal.
Louisiana politico Gus Weill drops in on his 81st birthday to talk about presidents Roosevelt, Obama, and a possible future Jindal.
Louisiana State Rep. Ted James and AARP representative Andrew Muhl talk with Jim about Rep. James' upcoming bill which seeks to cap the Payday Lending loans. These loans, argue's Rep. James, come with outrageously high interest rates and affect thousands who end up finding themselves spiraling into more and more debt.
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."
Jim Engster interviews political consultant Gus Weill about Senator David Vitter's intent to run for governor in 2015, and Attica Locke, winner of the 7th Annual Ernest Gaines Award, & author of "The Cutting Season"
Gus Weill joins Jim to talk about the latest in Louisiana politics and Sen. David Vitter's possibly entering the 2015 Governor's race.
The voice of LSU's Tiger Stadium Dan Borne' and Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Conductor Timothy Muffitt talks about their collaboration in the "Home for the Holiday" concert starting tonight at the Baton Rouge River Center. Tickets can be purchased at www.brso.org or by calling 225-383-0500.