Politics

Politics
6:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Discussing The Legacy of Former Gov. Edwin Edwards

Then-U.S. Rep. Edwin Edwards, 1969. Edwards served four terms as Governor of Louisiana: 1972-80, 1984-88, and 1992-96.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Former governor Edwin Edwards and his biographer Leo Honeycutt will be on stage at LSU’s Union Theater Sunday with renowned talk show host Larry King.

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Louisiana Senate Supermajority
5:30 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Republican Realignment: What Happens to the LAGOP

Republicans have reason to be wary of their newfound power in the state Senate, having recently gained a two-thirds supermajority. Some political analysts say too much power can backfire.


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Louisiana Senate Supermajority
10:15 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Republican Realignment: Why Politicians Switch Parties

State Sen. Rick Ward is dropping out of the race for Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District. According to The Times-Picayune, Ward's changed his mind because the position would require too much time away from his children. This decision comes three weeks after announcing his candidacy, and a month after switching to the Republican party in mid-July.

Many accused Ward of switching parties because he wanted to run for the higher seat. Ward said he switched because the "R" behind his name would better represent his views.

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Louisiana Senate Supermajority
8:29 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Republican Realignment: How Populism, Catholicism Affect LA, Then and Now

On Saturday, gubernatorial candidate Rep. John Bel Edwards delivered what The Times-Picayune called an animated speech at a Democratic rally, aiming to distance himself from Republican Governor Jindal's practices. Edwards doesn't have to try hard: he's opposed nearly every one, if not all, of the Governor's initiatives since they both assumed office in 2008.

Edwards is a leader of the minority party. Republicans have two-thirds supermajority control over the Senate (thanks to a few recent aisle-jumpers), a majority in the House, and every statewide office other than US Sen. Mary Landrieu's seat. 


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Louisiana Politics
11:49 am
Thu August 15, 2013

THURSDAY: Blogger C.B. Forgotston, Ford Motor Company Sustainability Manager Richard Cupka

C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the upcoming 5th district congressional special election and the latest in news around Louisiana.

Richard Cupka tells Jim about the latest innovations with Ford Motor Co.


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Politics
5:02 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

A Lover Of Horse Races, And Horses: Remembering Jack Germond

Jack Germond, who died Wednesday at 85, was one of the legendary "boys on the bus" covering presidential politics.
David Burnett/Random House AP

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 7:40 am

Political reporter Jack Germond smoked and loved martinis and red wine and fine food and betting on horses — he lived life large and didn't suffer phonies.

But here's the thing about Germond, who died Wednesday at age 85: He liked politicians. That's something you don't find much among reporters today.

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Louisiana Politics
10:45 am
Wed August 14, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Former Gov. Charlie Christ, Rev. Lee Wesley, Linda Johnson, Zack Kopplin

The pastor of Plymouth Rock Baptist Church Rev. Lee Wesley and former BESE board member Linda Johnson talks with Jim about significant events that took place in the city of Plaquemine.

Former  Florida Gov. Charlie Christ reveals the reasons why he decided to become a member of the Democratic Party and his upcoming trip to New Orleans.

Zach Kopplin and Jim talk about the latest developments of the Science Education Act.


Democratic Party
10:31 am
Tue August 13, 2013

TUESDAY: LSU Professor Ed Shihadeh, Louisiana Senator Karen Carter Peterson

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.


Politics
8:17 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

GOHSEP, Guard Adjust After $15M of Ice Wasted

Bags of ice ordered for Hurricane Isaac melting in a Lacombe, La. warehouse.
Credit Louisiana Inspector General

As Hurricane Isaac was bearing down on Louisiana last August, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness bought 773 truckloads of bagged ice from Pelican Ice in Kenner for $17.4 million.

Only $2.4 million worth actually got distributed by the Louisiana National Guard to the public.

Some was given away for free to restaurants and other private businesses. One retailer even repackaged and sold some.

Nearly half of the ice was allowed to melt in an un-refrigerated warehouse in Lacombe.

Last week, the state Inspector General issued a scathing report about the blunder.

GOHSEP spokesman Mike Steele and the Guard’s public affairs officer Lt. Col. Michael Kazmierzak say they have revised supplier contracts and improved tracking to prevent so much ice from going to waste again.


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Politics
12:01 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Ex-Rep. Lindy Boggs: Advocate For Women, Dedicated To Family

Cokie Roberts (far left) and Steve Roberts with Cokie's mother, Lindy Boggs, and children Lee and Rebecca in 1969.
Courtesy of Cokie and Steve Roberts

Lindy Boggs died Saturday morning. She was 97 years old, had served in Congress for close to 20 years and also as the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, appointed by President Bill Clinton.

But those achievements, great as they are, do not begin to sum up the life and accomplishments of Lindy Boggs. As many of you know, she is part of our family at NPR: Her daughter is Cokie Roberts. And she has many friends here, as she does everywhere.

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