Rep. John Bel Edwards

With three whacks of the gavel, Speaker Chuck Kleckley called the Louisiana House to order, starting the 2015 legislative session. The main event of day one was Governor Bobby Jindal’s address.

“Here we are—the moment so many of us have been waiting for: my last state-of-the-state speech,” Jindal began, to appreciative laughter from senators and representatives alike.

Joking aside, the governor made several claims regarding the state of Louisiana’s economy. Democrats, led by Amite Rep. John Bel Edwards, challenged several of those statements. Let’s check both for spin.

It's been a few weeks since we've last heard from him, but Gus is back to start out today's show. Famed Louisiana political consultant, author, and mentor to James Carville, Gus Weill joins us to share his opinion on the latest happenings around the state. He and Jim talk about the latest news concerning former DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein being indicted by a grand jury on charges of perjury, the LSU football team losing to Miss State on Saturday, Bill Cassidy's latest endorsement announcement, the upcoming November 3rd elections, and much, much more.

Democratic State Representative and candidate for Governor in 2015 John Bel Edwards is our second guest today, and he talks with Jim about what he feels are illegal Office of Group Benefits plan changes. He talks with Jim about his firm belief that when Governor Bobby Jindal's administration made changes to insurance health plans offered by the OGB, they were not following the Administrative Procedures Act and therefore not following the law. 

Also, attorney, jazz musician, and local author Michael H. Rubin closes out today's show to promote and discuss his latest work of fiction, The Cottoncrest Curse. Published by LSU Press earlier this month, Rubin's mystery-thriller centers around the double murder of a Colonel and his wife on a southern plantation two decades after the Civil War, and follows accused Jewish immigrant Jake Gold as he tries to clear his name and prove his innocence.

  A bill that would take students attending “C” rated public schools out of eligibility for the voucher program failed to get out of the House Education Committee Wednesday.

“Either ‘C’ schools are failing schools, or they’re not,” stated Amite Representative John Bel Edwards, explaining the proposed program change as simple logic. “This program was premised upon giving choices to parents whose kids were trapped in failing schools. A ‘C’ school is not a failing school. It’s just that simple.”