Ken Perret is president of the organization Louisiana Good Roads. He addresses the last-minute push for approval of a gas tax hike in the state legislature.

Failure To Act

May 31, 2017
Louisiana House of Representatives Broadcast Archives

In a legislative session where tax reform has been a key focus, the one and only comprehensive tax reform package has failed. 


Capitol reporter Julia O'Donoghue for the Times-Picayune assesses the final eight days of the state legislative session. She also critiques national coverage of freeman U.S. Senator John Kennedy.


Former lawmaker Melissa Flournoy and conservative commentator Quin Hillyer exchange views on state and national politics as legislators in Baton Rouge and in the beltway weigh their support for initiatives from Gov. John Bel Edwards and President Donald Trump.


“There isn’t a whole lot looks like that’s going to get accomplished in this session.”

Senate President John Alario admits he’s feeling pessimistic as we head into the final nine days of this fiscal session, and what happens today may tell the tale of the session’s success or failure.

Joey Strickland

May 29, 2017

Joey Strickland.


John Wirt, veteran entertainment writer, on summer entertainment opportunities in southern Louisiana as well as the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' famous album "Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band."

Rinaldi Jacobs, Interim Execution Director of the Baton Rouge North Economic Development District, discusses efforts to revitalize the area north of Florida Boulevard. Jacobs says North Baton Rouge would be the sixth largest city in the state if were a stand-alone incorporated city.

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When House Republican Caucus chair Lance Harris squared off with New Orleans Senator Karen Carter Peterson – who is the chair of the state Democratic Party, it was partisan pugilism of the verbal variety.

Harris’ bill to increase parole fees by 50% was the issue.


Paula Poundstone, the popular personality on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, joins us to talk about her latest work,  "The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness."