Ted James

TOPS Task Force Named

Aug 4, 2017
Mark Carroll

What to do about TOPS? The popular college scholarship program has grown from $50-million in 1999, to a cost of nearly $300-million this year, and Louisiana is facing a $1.2-billion drop in revenues next year.

“Doing nothing is not an option moving forward,” says Representative Franklin Foil of Baton Rouge.


State Rep. Ted James visits with us on the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Alton Sterling. With Attorney General Jeff Landry reviewing the case involving two police officers, Rep. James comments on the tension lingering from the events of last July 5th.


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“We are a body that’s in complete chaos. The House doesn’t have leadership,” says Baton Rouge Representative Ted James.

A Democrat, James has used his Friday, Saturday  and Sunday away from the Capitol to talk with other members about making a change in House leadership: in particular, “The Speaker, the Chairman of Appropriations.”


State Rep. Ted James
Amy Jeffries

State Rep. Ted James of Baton Rouge weighs in on the Alton Sterling decision. He also addresses the friction at the state legislature as the House battles budget issues in week four of the regular session.


Sue Lincoln

So much social media and conventional media attention in the capital city has been focused on rumors about the Department of Justice release of the Alton Sterling report, late yesterday afternoon, I went to the person who requested the investigation—Governor John Bel Edwards – and asked him what he had heard about the imminent release of the report.


Wallis Watkins

Nearly two thousand students from colleges and universities around Louisiana showed up at the state Capitol on Wednesday. About a dozen lawmakers were in attendance as well. 


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Louisiana’s House Appropriations Committee has been asking every agency to present their worst-case scenario when showing up for budget hearings. Wednesday, the committee got the grim prognosis—full force—from higher education.

“Higher education would be reduced by $600-million. That’s an 82-percent reduction from 14-15,” legislative budget analyst Willis Brewer stated.

Louisiana State Representative Edward "Ted" James joins us in studio this morning to discuss and rebut some of the remarks made by Senator Elbert Guillory on yesterday's show. Ted defends U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's support of not only the black community but all communities of Louisiana, and he refers to Guillory's political ad against Landrieu as a slap in the black community's face. Furthermore, Ted turns the tables and begins to ask where Senator Guillory has been lately for the community he serves. 

Also, local attorney Cassie Felder joins us in studio to announce that she is withdrawing her candidacy for Congress to represent Louisiana's sixth district, and announce instead her full support for State Senator Dan Claitor. Cassie cites her lack of experience in fundraising as a key reason for her withdrawal from the race, saying simply that she could not afford to compete for local television ad space.


Sue Lincoln

Penny Fisher says she got caught in the payday loan trap.

“I borrowed $300 back in ’95, and ended up paying $4,983.30 back.”

Thelma Fleming had two jobs, and lost one. She went to a payday lender to borrow money to pay her bills.

“And I borrowed $300. That really changed my life because I lost my car. My checking account was closed.”

State Senator Ben Nevers of Bogalusa says enough is enough.

Director, actress, dancer Debbie Allen talks with Jim about her upcoming show Pepito's Story coming to the Manship Theater March 13th - 16th, as well as what it's like to direct an episode of the television show Scandal.

Louisiana politico Gus Weill drops in on his 81st birthday to talk about presidents Roosevelt, Obama, and a possible future Jindal.

Louisiana State Rep. Ted James and AARP representative Andrew Muhl talk with Jim about Rep. James' upcoming bill which seeks to cap the Payday Lending loans. These loans, argue's Rep. James, come with outrageously high interest rates and affect thousands who end up finding themselves spiraling into more and more debt.


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