Louisiana politics

Sue Lincoln
Kelly Tate

Sue Lincoln with Capitol Access reviews a lively week at the State Captiol, where they have addressed everything from budget issues to hair braiding.


Sue Lincoln
Kelly Tate

We hear from WRKF's Sue Lincoln from Capitol Access on the fourth week of the state legislative session.


Columnist and capitol reporter Jeremy Alford updates us about the collapse of the governor's tax plan.

With the tax bill prepped for almost certain defeat in the House Ways and Means Committee, the Edwards administration pulled the gross receipts tax proposal from a vote Tuesday.

The measure saw strong opposition from business groups.


Sue Lincoln
Kelly Tate

WRKF's Sue Lincoln on the week that was at the State Capitol as lawmakers and the governor remain apart on a budget consensus.

We talk with Baton Rouge based political consultant Michael Beychok. He and his partner Trey Ourso were recognized nationally for their work with Gumbo PAC in 2015. Beychok will assess the political landscape in Louisiana two years from the next statewide election cycle when Gov. John Bel Edwards will be seeking re-election.


Sue Lincoln
Kelly Tate

WRKF's Sue Lincoln, from Capitol Access, joins us to review the first week of this year's regular legislative session.


Guest host Robert Travis Scott of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana sits in for Jim Engster. Editorial writer Lanny Keller and columnist Stephanie Grace touch on their views from a journalist perspective of Louisiana's image. Corporate recruiter, Mark Arend, speaks on the industrial, real estate and business growth in Louisiana in comparison to Georgia.  Baton Rouge Area Chamber Ian Vasey touches on the exponential growth of business and industry in Louisiana and what it means for the future. 

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.


Louisiana Budget Project Director , Jan Moller, speaks on Louisiana Politics. Moller touches on Governor Bobby Jindal's decline for 16 Billion Dollars from  the federal government for Medicaid funding and Jindal's candidacy for president in 2016.  Also composer Gwyneth Walker talks about her time in Louisiana. She will be hosting a concert on March 22 at the University Methodist Church at 6:30 PM. 


Jim Engster interviews "The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report" editor, Stephanie Riegel about legislation to reform political fundraising activities in Louisiana, her responsibilities at the magazine, the rise of digital media tools and platforms in publishing, the St. George movement to break away from Baton Rouge to create their own city and other current topics.  State Representative John Bell Edwards discusses his run for governor in 2015, a recent poll of his appeal to voters compared to other candidates, his West Point education, military service, his LSU Law School education, his political career, his views of Governor Jindal's record, and pending legislation in the upcoming legislative session.

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