John Bel Edwards

Wallis Watkins

The four major candidates for governor signed up Tuesday, on the initial day of qualifying.

David Vitter was first up, greeting the media with a joke about his wife who accompanied him.

“Wendy just signed up to run for Governor.”

Vitter said he was flying back to Washington, as the U.S. Senate was reconvening, and it was noted there’s not another congressional recess until October 12th. When asked if he would be participating in any forums or debates before the October 24th primary, he replied, “Absolutely.”

Those seeking the state’s highest offices are making their way to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office, today through Thursday. They’re paying fees and filing their qualifying documents for the October 24th primary.

That means the campaigns are about to bombard you with ads. Expect more of what we’ve already heard from John Bel Edwards, Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle. 

Sue Lincoln

While the candidates for governor are obviously running against each other, they are also running hard against Bobby Jindal and his record. Speaking to the Louisiana Municipal Association on Friday, all four of the top contenders in the governor’s race endeavored to draw a line of difference between themselves and the current governor.

Sue Lincoln

What’s it like out on the campaign trail? Over the next couple of months, I’ll be checking that out with candidates for governor. First up is Democrat John Bel Edwards. I caught up with him just past the midpoint of last week’s statewide tour, and traveled with his caravan around DeRidder and up to Leesville.

Unlike David Vitter, Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle -- who have held statewide posts – it’s a constant round of introductions.

“Lettin’ us know who you are?” asked a barber in DeRidder.

“I’m known more than you might think,” Edwards replied, “But I’ve got the most room to grow.”

“This is not, and should not be a partisan issue, Rep. John Bel Edwards said last Thursday.

When it comes to Medicaid expansion, want to bet? The same concept with the same arguments supporting it was heard from a different author in a different committee Monday, and got a very different reception.

Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckley’s resolution sailed through House Appropriations yesterday, while Democratic Rep. John Bel Edwards’ resolution failed to pass out of House Health and Welfare last Thursday.

The four major candidates for governor participated in a forum Thursday, put on by the Public Affairs Research Council in Baton Rouge. Scott Angelle, Jay Dardenne and John Bel Edwards each appeared in person, while David Vitter participated via pre-recorded video.

Predictably, they sniped at Governor Bobby Jindal.


“We need to appreciate what we’re saying when we say those words,” LSU economist Jim Richardson admonishes, as Louisiana is standing on the edge of a fiscal cliff.

“We simply do not have enough,” Richardson states.

Sue Lincoln

The $1.6-billion state budget deficit is going to be a major factor in the in the gubernatorial election this fall. All four announced candidates for governor appeared at a forum earlier this month, and offered their ideas on how to deal with the shortfall.

Editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report,  Stephanie Riegel, takes time out of her busy day to join us in studio for the first half of today's show. She and Jim start off by discussing the recently developed feud that's emerged between Mayor Kip Holden and his one-time Chief Administrative Officer Walter Monsour, over funding for the Redevelopment Authority. Monsour, the RDA Executive Director, announced Monday his plan to refill the RDA's shrinking budget with $3 million from the city; a move that overruled Mayor Holden. And Holden, in retaliation, came out accusing Monsour and the RDA of reckless spending and an inability to work well with others; Holden also then criticized Monsour's annual salary of $350,000. Stephanie also discuss an article she wrote pertaining to the upcoming closure of Highland Coffees.

Also, two Tangipahoa natives and State Representatives from different parties join us over the phone for the last half of today's show: Rep. Chris Broadwater (R) and Rep. John Bel Edwards (D). They join us in a rare display of bipartisanism to discuss their efforts to help fix some of the problems surrounding the Office of Group Benefits since its funding has been depleted. They also discuss the upcoming Amendments on the November 4th ballot that deal with changes to Louisiana's hospitals and healthcare system.

LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication Professor Bob Mann talks about Congressman Vance McAllister's scandal and what it means for the GOP. He also touches on Edwin Edwards' congressional campaign and Senator David Vitter.

State Rep. John Bel Edwards speaks on his candidacy for governor of Louisiana.