Bodi White

State Senator Bodi White of Central discusses his effort to get more of his constituents to sign up for flood assistance.

David Madden

David Madden addresses the removal of New Orleans monuments as state lawmakers take action to prevent future removals of statues of military icons. Madden is a former head of the U.S. Civil War Center at LSU.

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There is much that divides Louisiana’s lawmakers, but when it comes to criminal justice reform and reinvestment…

“Representative Leger and I finally found something we can agree on,” Denham Springs Republican Valarie Hodges said, with a laugh.

“Love it!” New Orleans Democrat Walt Leger responded.

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An active day at the Capitol Tuesday began with the House Ways and Means committee taking up HB 632 by Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter.  The bill aims to increase the gas tax in Louisiana by 17 cents.  Along with Department of Transportation Secretary Sean Wilson, Representative Carter stressed the additional money would be dedicated solely to infrastructure.


Jerome Loving talks about the wild nexus between writer Norman Mailer and fellow author Jack Henry Abbott, a convicted killer who was captured in Morgan City after writing the well-received "In the Belly of the Beast." Loving is a professor at Texas A&M.


Ron Faucheux talks about the changing electorate in Louisiana and its impact on the state’s voting patterns. Faucheux is a former state lawmaker, pollster, and columnist.

McKinley High School principal Herman Brister responds to the shooting death this weekend of quarterback and honor student Bryant Lee.

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“What we constantly are hearing is ‘Our hands are tied because we have dedicated funds in the constitution’,” Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil reminded the House Appropriations Committee Monday.

But the question of whether to dedicate or undedicate state funds may ultimately be left to voters, as state lawmakers are moving forward with constitutional amendments proposing to tie up more money, as well as one to unlock funds that are currently off limits.

Professor Godon Lafer on his book "The One Percent Solution." Lafer believes the 2010 Citizens United decision at the U.S. Supreme Court revolutionized American politics and business. He says it sparked the nation's domination by a small segment of the economic elite.

Editorial writer and columnist Danny Heitman of The Advocate talks the loss of his close friend, Curt Eysink. Eysink, who died suddenly at the age of 53 last month, is the former secretary of Workforce Development and was a reporter for The Advocate.