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LSU Manship School Professor Bob Mann and Advocate Editorial Writer Lanny Keller exchange rankings of the ten Louisiana governors in their lifetime…from Earl Long to John Bel Edwards. Mann worked for Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Keller was on the team of Gov. David Treen. Keller and Mann also talk about the testimony of Special Counsel Robert Mueller before two U.S. House committees and the discussion about LSU’s new multimillion dollar football operations building.

LSU Manship School Professor Bob Mann previews his forthcoming biography of Ronald Reagan. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie comments on the struggles of veterans who have an all-time high rate of suicides. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief of the Advocate, on the prospect of a parish wide vote on the fate of the Village of St. George.

America's Wetland Foundation President Val Marmillion assesses costal challenges threatening Louisiana and previews a major summit on Wednesday at LSU featuring leaders from politics, industry, and the environment. Manship School Professor Bob Mann surveys the midterm elections and remembers his former boss, Russell Long, who was born 100 years ago this month. Congressional candidate Larry Rader who finished fourth in the 2016 Congressional election for the 3rd district, discusses his candidacy. Writer and historian Gary Pomerantz talks about his new book “The Last Pass: Cousey, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End.” a tome detailing the transformative Celtics dynasty and the relationship between Bob Cousey and Bill Russell amid racial tensions nationwide.

Yale Law Professor Stephen L. Carter recalls his grandmother, Eunice Carter, who helped bring down Mafia kingpin Lucky Luciano. Carter was an African-American female who was part of a team of 20 lawyers, the others were white males. It was Carter who recommended prosecuting Luciano successfully on prostitution charges. Eunice Carter began her career as a professor at Southern University. LSU Manship School Professor Bob Mann comments on the tortured confirmation process which ended with a 50-48 U.S. Senate vote in favor of Brett Kavanaugh, who is the 114th member of the Supreme Court. Mann is a former aide to three Louisiana U.S. Senators and reflects on the political swing by Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, both of who were lifelong Democrats 15 years ago when Cassidy was 46 and Kennedy was 52.

Missouri Law Professor Rigel Oliveri on the continuing issue of segregated neighborhoods 50 years after the Fair Housing Act. LSU Mass Communication Professor Bob Mann on what’s happening at the State Capitol, in national politics and in Baton Rouge with the aftermath of the decision in the Alton Sterling case. Marc Perrusquia, author of “A Spy in Canaan,” on a story about the FBI using a famous photographer to infiltrate the Civil Rights movement.


  LSU Mass Communications Professor Bob Mann comments on the victory by Democrat Doug Jones in the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama. Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore by about 20-thousand votes in the election to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became attorney general. Mann will assess the significance of the outcome and also discuss the cancer diagnosis of former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and the death of Federal Judge Jim Brady, former head of the Louisiana Democratic Party. Also, we are slated to talk with Ernest Johnson, head of the Louisiana NAACP, on the heavy African-American turnout which propelled Jones to victory in Alabama.        

Tuesday, October 24,2017: Edwin Edwards, Bob Mann

Oct 24, 2017

  Former Governor Edwin Edwards remembers his only defeat in five races for governor. It happened on this date 30 years ago as Edwards conceded the election to Buddy Roemer after running second in the Oct. 24, 1987 primary. Manship School of Mass Communications Bob Mann reflects on the impact of the Edwards loss to Roemer three decades ago, and Mann has sparked a debate about President Trump with a critical column in the Times-Picayune and at NOLA.Com. 

LSU Manship School Professor Bob Mann will discuss his recent column which took aim at Louisiana’s continuing problems with its economy, education and environment. Mann, who served as aide to three U.S. Senators as well as Governor Kathleen Blanco, will reflect on why Louisiana has increased less than ten percent in population in the past 45 years while the nation has gained 60 percent. Mann will also talk about the death of an LSU pledge and how the alleged hazing of Maxwell Gruver will impact the Greek system on campus.


LSU mass communications professor Bob Mann talks about Louisiana U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy's decisions to cast votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Senator Cassidy, a medical doctor, had said any repeal of Obamacare would have to pass the Jimmy Kimmel test. 


Jindal's 4th Floor Revolving Door

Jul 15, 2015
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The names Melissa Sellers, Kyle Plotkin, Frank Collins, Sean Lansing, Sarah Haley, Shannon Bates, Mike Reed, Alexis Nicaud, and Doug Cain may not mean anything to you, but each of them has served in Governor Bobby Jindal’s press office at some point during the past seven and a half years.

“I’ve never seen this kind of revolving door,” says Marsanne Golsby, who served as Governor Mike Foster’s press secretary for his entire two terms. “And before I was Governor Foster’s press secretary, I was a reporter covering the capitol, and I don’t remember this much turnover. I do think it’s unusual.”

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