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After months of campaigning as a political outsider and self-financing his bid to become Louisiana’s governor to the tune of $11 million, Eddie Rispone is now welcoming the endorsement and support of the Louisiana Republican Party.

Throughout the primary contest, GOP leaders had been wary of returning to the partisan in-fighting that cleared the way for Gov. John Bel Edwards’ long-shot victory 2015.

They took a wait-and-see approach, confident that one of their candidates would earn a spot in a runoff against Edwards.

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Controversies in national politics have simmered on the back-burner in the Louisiana Governor's race for months. However, over the weekend President Donald Trump and his allies turned up the heat, announcing a flurry of campaign events in the state in the last days before the October 12 primary.

Vice President Mike Pence appeared at a "Unity Rally" for U.S. Congressman Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone, the top-two GOP challengers in the race. Donald Trump Jr. headlined a similar event in Lafayette on Monday, and President Donald Trump will hold a rally on Friday.

On this week's Capitol Access, Stephanie Grace, columnist for The New Orleans Advocate/Times-Picayune discusses how that could affect the Gov. John Bel Edwards reelection bid.

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President Trump is delivering a State of the Union address after a delay due to the government shutdown. Watch his speech live, followed by a Democratic response delivered by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

Lt. Gen. Russel Honore
Restore Louisiana Now

Russel Honore addresses the 12th anniversary of Katrina this month, danger in North Korea, unrest in Charlottesville, and environmental issues in Louisiana. An update on the Green Army is in store from Gen. Honore.


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Louisiana political consultant Gus Weill talks about President Donald Trump's challenges.


Professor Mak Lilla of Columbia University talks about his book, "The Once and Future Liberal." Lilla's op-ed piece in the New York Times last year, "The End of Identity Liberalism," was the most read op-ed essay of 2016, with 1.6 million views.


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Former state lawmaker Ben Bagert, a Republican, and Democrat Lamar White, publisher of Bayou Brief, discuss President Donald Trump and North Korea.


Maj. Gen. Ron Richard discusses his former colleague Gen. John Kelly and Kelly's new role as chief of staff for President Donald Trump. Richard served in in the Marines for more than 30 years before becoming head of the Tiger Athletic Association.


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Pollster and former politician Ron Faucheux talks about President Trump's remaining popularity in the South despite Monday's Rasmussen poll finding the President's popularity falling below 40%.


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Marjorie Esman with the Louisiana ACLU talks about President Trump's decision to keep transgender soldiers out of the nation's armed forces.


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