Roy Fletcher, former National Deputy Campaign Manager for Sen. John McCain, and now a Political Consultant and Strategist, joins Jim in studio for the better part of today's show. He and Jim discuss the unexpected and surprisingly successful rise of Rep. Steve Scalise to House Majority Whip; Sen. David Vitter's bid for the Governor's mansion and his sudden shift to the middle; Bill Cassidy running for Senate; Common Core and Superintendent John White; Governor Jindal; the Landrieu Family; and much, much, much, much more.
Also, Author Chris Colin talks with Jim for the last segment of today's show about his latest book What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss's Boss.
Louisiana GOP Activist Mike Chittom talks with Jim throughout the first half of today's show about the Republican Party surge in the state. They discuss David Vitter's remarks at the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday, as well as his chances of becoming Governor. Mike also chimes in on his opinions about Vance McAllister, the economy, and Mary Landrieu v. Bill Cassidy.
Louisiana State Senator and Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson fills the second half of the show to talk about the other side of today's topic of politics. She gives her own rebuttal and shares her opinions on David Vitter's comments at the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday, and she also discusses jobs in the state, where our workforce is headed, and what to expect in the future.
Jim Engster interviews lobbyist Jim Nickel who is former chairman of the Louisiana Democratic party on politics including Senator Mary Landrieu, Governor Edwin Edwards, Senator David Vitter, the Koch brothers, and the upcoming Louisiana legislative session. Representative Dalton Honore discusses issues surrounding his bill regarding medical marijuana and also his bill to reduce sentences for simple marijuana possession.
John Maginnis, Louisiana political writer and co-publisher of LaPolitics.com, joins Jim to discuss the issues surrounding Governor Bobby Jindal's supposed presidential bid for 2016 and Senator David Vitter's announced run for governor of Louisiana. Also, young adult fiction author Laurie Halse Anderson talks with Jim about her new novel The Impossible Knife of Memory.
Jim Engster interviews: Roger Villere, State Chair of the Republican Party, about the President's State of the Union address and Senator David Vitter's run of Governor in 2015, as well as, Steven David Beck, the Director of Music at LSU talks about the Concert Spectacular on Friday night at the LSU Union Theater.
Jim Engster interviews political consultant Gus Weill about Senator David Vitter's intent to run for governor in 2015, and Attica Locke, winner of the 7th Annual Ernest Gaines Award, & author of "The Cutting Season"
Jim Engster interviews Sidney Coffee & Val Marmillion of America's Wetlands about coastal erosion, former Democratic state senator Tony Guarisco and Republican Vincent Bruno discuss Senator Vitter's announced intent to run for the Governor's office in 2015 and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's scandals, and Michael Mann of the Better Government Party on his organization's goals.
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.