Sen. Ben Nevers

Governor-Elect John ‘Bel’ Edwards has tapped Democratic State Senator Ben Nevers to coordinate his transition team and be the administration Chief of Staff. 

W. Watkins

“It’s time to have and honest and disciplined approach to governance, and that’s what we intend to do,” Governor-elect John Bel Edwards said, as he met with the press in New Orleans Sunday afternoon, ready to start talking transition.

“Co-chairs of the transition team will be Miss Laura Leach of Lake Charles, Mayor Jamie Mayo of Monroe, Sheriff Newell Normand of Jefferson Parish, Senator Sharon Weston-Broome of Baton Rouge, Mr. Taylor Townsend of Natchitoches, and Mr. Richard Lipsey of Baton Rouge.”

During the last legislative session, state Sen. Ben Nevers fought hard for the expansion of Medicaid in Louisiana under the Affordable Care Act. But ultimately, a bill to put the issue on the ballot didn’t even make it out of committee. 

But the legislature did pass another bill from Nevers, compelling the state Department of Health and Hospitals to come up with a plan for Louisiana to pilot “America Next” — Gov. Bobby Jindal’s alternative to Obamacare. 

DHH put out their initial report in response a few weeks ago.

Jim Nickel, former Democratic Campaign Advisor/Director and now with Courson Nickel, LLC, hosts today's show while Jim is away.

Stephen Waguespack, President of LABI (Louisiana Association of Business and Industry), joins Jim as the first guest and discusses recent legislation (SB 469) signed by Governor Bobby Jindal that squashes a lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East against 97 Oil & Gas Companies. They as well discuss the recent decision by the Governor to speak out against Common Core.

Louisiana State Senator Ben Nevers joins today's line-up of guests and discusses his Public School Choice Act bill which is awaiting the Governor's decision. He as well touches on the recent anti-fracking push by the St. Tammany Parish Council.

Michael Bonnette, the LSU Associate Athletics Director and Sports Information Director wraps up this past year in LSU Athletics; a year that saw great performances not only in football, but golf and gymnastics as well. Also, Michael talks about the highly anticipated new SEC Network for television; who can get it, and who benefits?

Long time political reporter for the Picayune, Tyler Bridges, talks with Jim about covering the state capitol and the 2014 Legislative Session as a reporter now for The Lens.

Also, State Senator Ben Nevers talks with Jim about the Legislative Session as well as his Medicaid Bill which he has decided to revise.