GOP Political Consultant Scott Wilfong and Democratic blogger Lamar White of The Bayou Brief on the challenges of President Trump and Governor Edwards. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on an eventful week for the regular session.
Blogger Lamar White from the left and Political Consultant Scott Wilfong from the right comment on President Trump’s first State of the Union address.
Writer Michael Lennon on the 95th anniversary of the birth of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Norman Mailer and his Wikes University colleague Jeff Talarigo on his work, “in the Cemetery of the Orange Trees.”
Ara Rubyan, Director of the Jewish Film Festival, discusses this week’s event at the Manship Theatre.
Democratic blogger and journalist, Lamar White of Bayou Brief squares off with Republican consultant Ali Akbar, Chairman of the Louisiana Young GOP Federation, on Louisiana politics with Governor Edwards seeking re-election next year and President Trump’s declining approval ratings in Louisiana. The latest survey from Southern Media and Opinion Research has the president at 48 percent approval in Louisiana, down from the 58 percent he received in Louisiana in the 2016 election.
We will open today’s show with Will Sutton, Director of Communication at Grambling State University. Sutton will comment on the shooting deaths of two students overnight on campus. Dr. Laura Cassidy, wife of U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, on her school for dyslexic children in Baton Rouge, The Key Academy. Blogger Lamar White of Bayou Brief and Dan Fagan, columnist for the Advocate and former reporter for WAFB, on violence in Baton Rouge and New Orleans and the issue of race in our culture.
Jeremy Alford of La Politics on the legacy of Louisiana columnist and commentator John James Maginnis, who would have celebrated his 70th birthday Saturday. Mark Ballard of the Advocate on the first week of the Regular Session of the Legislature. Singer Phillip Manuel of New Orleans on the 100th birthday celebration of Nat King Cole tomorrow at Snug Harbor. Lonnie Luce of University Academy on learning in a virtual school.
Julie Baxter Payer sits in for Jim Engster today. Guests are Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne on the budget, Mark Ballard of the Advocate on the special session disaster and the forecast for averting the fiscal cliff and author Elaine Weiss on her book “The Woman’s Hour” about the fight for women to vote a century ago.