President Obama

Obama Coming to Baton Rouge

Jan 8, 2016
Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP

The White House confirmed Thursday that President Obama will be making his first trip to Baton Rouge next week.

The President is set to visit the State Capital on Thursday, January 14th, just two days after his final State of the Union address in Washington.

President Obama toured a federal prison in Oklahoma on Thursday and said the nation needs to reconsider policies that contribute to a huge spike in the number of people behind bars.

In an unprecedented visit by a sitting president, Obama met with half a dozen inmates at the El Reno prison, outside Oklahoma City. The trip was part of a weeklong push by the White House to focus attention on the president's call for criminal justice reform.

Political consultant, commentator, and author Dick Morris joins us today for the better part of the first two segments to talk politics with Jim. Dick discusses his worries that President Obama is trying to turn America into a one-party country that favors the "left" by illegally taking power from the Courts and Congress. His new book he co-wrote with wife Eileen McGann, Power Grab: Obama's Dangerous Plan for a One Party Nation addresses these worries and others. 

Also, Deana Martin, daughter of the famous singer and Rat Pack member Dean Martin, joins us for the second half of today's show to discuss her own career as a singer and her upcoming performance in Baton Rouge. She and Jim discuss how her fathers career and her childhood growing up around guys like "Uncle Frank" shaped her life and helped her decide upon a career in show business as a singer. Deana also discusses her recent book Memories are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes.

And Heather Kleinpeter is with us for the last few minutes to discuss her upcoming event "Bust Breast Cancer." The event is an art and fashion show fundraiser this Sunday from 6pm-9pm at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge for the Woman's Hospital Outreach Program. For more info, visit

President Obama plans to meet this spring with Pope Francis.

On Tuesday, a White House spokesman announced the president will visit the Vatican as part of European trip in March. The president is said to be looking forward to talking with the pope about their "shared commitment to fighting poverty" and income inequality.

Senators Push Again For Pipeline Permit

Jan 24, 2013

On Tuesday, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved an adjusted route for the Keystone XL Pipeline that avoids that state’s fragile Sand Hills. Soon after, 53 senators – including both from Louisiana – wrote a letter to President Obama supporting the project.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jim talks with Maxine Crump, President and CEO of Dialog On Race Louisiana,  about President Obama's Second Term Inauguration.

Political blogger C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the corruption indictment of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Jindal's tax reform plan, which would eliminate income taxes while raising sales taxes and fees.

Republican John Treen and Democrat Joe Delpit voice their opinions about the third and final presidential debate between Romney and Obama.

Walter Monsour, President & CEO of EBR Parish Redevelopment Authority, gives us a three year progress report of his organization.

Liz Frischhertz, Chief Officer for Accountability & Assessment for the EBR Parish School System, talks with Jim about our state's poorly rated public schools and  their optimistic future.