Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne


Global Ministries Foundation’s quest for Louisiana bond money to buy a New Orleans-East apartment complex may finally be over.

“I would like to make a motion again that we not approve this project, or defer it permanently, if we can,” State Senator Edwin Murray said during Thursday’s Louisiana Bond Commission meeting. “I don’t know what it takes to keep it off the agenda any further, but I just hope that it’s gone.”

It was the fifth time in as many months that GMF’s $24.5-million request encountered objections from residents of the surrounding community. The project is in State Representative Wesley Bishop’s district.

“We’re not against development. We’re not against anything that benefits New Orleans-East,” Bishop told fellow Bond Commission members. “But this is wrong. This is wrong as two left shoes.”

We know their public personas, but what do Louisiana’s statewide elected officials do when they’re off the clock?

“Collecting sports memorabilia and Louisiana history stories have been my passions, as of late,” says Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne. He loves to recount those stories he’s learned of the characters and quirks that have made the Bayou State both strange and wonderful. One of his favorite tales involves former state Senator Dudley LeBlanc of Abbeville.

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee meets today to vote on the governor’s plan for slicing $103-million from current year spending.

“These mid-year cuts are critical,” House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says of the painful necessity.

Statewide elected officials believe the Jindal administration’s budget ax must have become dull from overuse, since the latest round of proposed cuts are far from even.

“The cuts seem to be disproportionate,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne observes.

Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne is currently attending a series of town hall meetings to promote Louisiana tourism, and he joins from the road this morning to discuss the upcoming 11th annual Louisiana Book Festival. The La. Book Fest is an event Jay had pushed for for years, and on Novemeber 1st at the Louisiana State Capitol grounds from 10:00am-5:00pm, more than 100 different authors will be in attendance. The event is open and free to the public, and for more info visit

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is in Baton Rouge today and he joins Jim in studio to talk about the upcoming elections and more. Mitch talks to Jim about how Louisiana politicians should put "Louisiana first" if they're going to run for office, and he tells Jim that he believes his sister U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu does exactly that. He also expresses his concerns of another hurricane coming to Louisiana in the future; the possibility of a light rail train between New Orleans and Baton Rouge; and much, much more.

Also, Virginia Johnson, the Artistic Director of the Dance Theatre Harlem, joins us briefly to discuss her upcoming performance and trip to Baton Rouge. For more info, visit