Mark Ballard

Louisiana Education Superintendent John White on his evaluation by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the state of education in our state.

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, comments on the GOP search for a challenger to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Dr. Karen Dantin (pictured) of Baton Rouge discusses the keys to managing stress.


Angus Kennedy, author of “Bitter Sweet,” on his reputation as the world’s leading chocolate taste. Quin Hillyer, conservative columnist and commentator, offers criticism of President Trump for his presidential and personal conduct. Public Service Commission Chairman Eric Skrmetta praises President Trump for his 18-month performance in office and warns utility companies not to disconnect service during a record heat wave. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, assesses the race for Secretary of State and looks at the re-election prospects for Congressmen Clay Higgins and Garret Graves.


Former Louisiana Democratic Executive Director Trey Ourso. Journalist Marc Ambinder reflects on a close call in 1983 as the U.S. and the Soviet Union weighed the prospect of a nuclear exchange. Ambinder’s book is “The Brink.” Advocate Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on qualifying for the Secretary of State election, controversy on the Metro Council and Gov. John Bel Edwards facing Bayou Bridge protestors.

Dr. Faye Williams, Dr. Chris Warner and Mike Wolf discuss the nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court next week by President Trump with New Orleans native Amy Coney Barrett a leading contender. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on Governor Edwards and the Legislature moving forward after a budget deal in the final hours before the fiscal cliff.


Dr. Faye Williams, Dr. Chris Warner and Mike Wolf discuss the nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court next week by President Trump with New Orleans native Amy Coney Barrett a leading contender. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on Governor Edwards and the Legislature moving forward after a budget deal in the final hours before the fiscal cliff.


Former state lawmaker Elbert Guillory, head of minority outreach for the Louisiana GOP, and Rev. Reginald Pitcher (pictured), a Democratic activist,  square off on issues from Baton Rouge to the Beltway.

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the resolution of the budget impasse one week before the fiscal cliff.


Democrat Lamar White and Republican Darrell Glasper (pictured) exchange views on President Trump and Governor Edwards as the special legislative session enters its final week.

Capitol Bureau chief Mark Ballard of The Advocate on the action in House committees Thursday to address the fiscal cliff.

 

 


East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore on the spiraling murder rate in Baton Rouge, the Truce program and the move to stop non-unanimous jury verdicts.

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the start of another special session next week.

Pictured: Hillar Moore


Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard comments on the conclusion of the late night special session and what it means about the state’s budget.

Executive Director of the Center for Planning Excellence Camille Manning Broom on watershed management and flood control in Louisiana.


Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon on the perils of hurricane season and a large percentage of Louisiana residents without flood insurance.

LSU History Professor Alecia Long on the parallels between Huey Long and Donald Trump and their conflict with media coverage.

 

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard comments on the coming collision of wills between the House and Senate over the fiscal cliff.

 

Pictured: Alecia Long

 

 


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