Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief of The Advocate, comments on the surprise decision from U.S. Senator John Kennedy to stay out of the 2019 governor’s race. Lamar White, Publisher of the Bayou Brief, assesses the potential field of candidates to challenge Gov. John Bel Edwards and assesses the future prospects of Senator Kennedy. Molly Buchmann, Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, previews this year’s Nutcracker presentation.