Louisiana Democratic Party

Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk assesses the state of the Democratic Party in Louisiana and nationally.

American Gaming Association Spokesperson Kasey Clark responds to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow sports gaming outside of Nevada.

Singer Chuck Hawthorne previews his performance tonight at the Dyson House.

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on the state of the Democratic Party in the South and his appearance at the True Blue Gala for Louisiana Democrats next week. Malcolm Suber of Take ‘Em Down Nola on his quest to have more monuments removed in New Orleans. Baton Rouge gardening icon Walter Imahara on his profession and his days as a young man in a Japanese Internment Camp.

Pictured: Walter Imahara 

Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, talks about his party's struggle to stay relevant in a red state. Gov. John Bel Edwards is the only Democrat elected to a statewide office in Louisiana.

Taking the High Road in the 4th Runoff

Nov 25, 2016
courtesy: Johnson and Jones campaigns

Fifteen days till the runoff election, where the 4th Congressional District has Democrat Marshall Jones and Republican Mike Johnson each vying for the opportunity to go to Washington. But it’s not turning into the typical partisan pugilism.

Damon J. Baldone & Associates

When former state representative Damon Baldone walked into the Terrebonne Parish Registrar’s office on Monday, he didn’t think he was doing anything unprecedented. 

Jim Nickel, former Louisiana Democratic Party Chair and part-time fill-in host on The Jim Engster Show, is our lead off guest for today's show. He and Jim talk about the state of the Democratic Party in Louisiana as we approach November's election and how the candidates are fairing thus far. They also discuss the recent remarks from U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy that Senate Majority leader Harry Reid runs the Senate like it's a "plantation."

Attorney and Libertarian candidate for the 1st Congressional District of Louisiana Jeffry Sanford is our second guest today and he discusses why he's running for Congress: "To make as many points as I can." He talks with Jim about how he feels our first, second, fourth and fifth amendments are being threatened by votes cast by both Democrats and Republicans, and he touches on what it's like to run in the district being represented by newly appointed Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Also, author Daniel James Brown closes out today's show with Jim to promote and discuss his most recent book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Brown's book tells the true story of nine working class boys from the American West who transformed and redefined the sport of rowing during the Great Depression. Through a series victories over America's elite Ivy League teams and Great Britain's Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Brown's book culminates in the boy's arrival to Berlin for the 1936 Olympics where they stun the world and Nazi Germany by winning gold in true Cinderella fashion.

Louisiana GOP Activist Mike Chittom talks with Jim throughout the first half of today's show about the Republican Party surge in the state. They discuss David Vitter's remarks at the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday, as well as his chances of becoming Governor. Mike also chimes in on his opinions about Vance McAllister, the economy, and Mary Landrieu v. Bill Cassidy.

Louisiana State Senator and Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson fills the second half of the show to talk about the other side of today's topic of politics. She gives her own rebuttal and shares her opinions on David Vitter's comments at the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday, and she also discusses jobs in the state, where our workforce is headed, and what to expect in the future.

Louisiana State Senator and Louisiana Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson talks with Jim about the status of the Democratic Party and what the the future will hold for it within the predominantly Republican state of Louisiana, as well as other political issues concerning the state.

Judy Benitez, Executive Director of the Iris Domestic Violence Center in Baton Rouge, stops by the station to discuss the serious issues concerning the link between domestic violence and female homicides in the state of Louisiana.

And Veteran Politico Roy Fletcher calls in to talk about his favorite basketball player, Bill Russell, who turns 80 years old today.

Jim Engster interviews Kirsten Alvanitakis, Communications Director for Louisiana Democrats about political issues and Sandy Parfait of the Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council highlights the Laurel Street Palooza event.

Jim talks with the new chairmen of LSU Sociology department Professor Ed Shihadeh about the crime rate in Baton Rouge.

Senator Karen Carter Peterson stops by to talk about the Louisiana Democratic Party and the upcoming elections.