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.

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco: a carpet cleaner’s daughter from New Iberia turned school teacher turned stay-at-home mom turned…Louisiana's first female governor. In 2003, her focus was on education reform, juvenile justice, and economic development. And halfway into her first and only term, it looked like she had a good chance at re-election. But that all changed, with Hurricane Katrina. 


Former Gov. Edwin Edwards reflects on his upcoming 90th birthday. Edwards is Louisiana's only four-term governor. He went to trial as a defendant four times, was convicted once, and served eight years in prison.

He discusses his complex legacy and offers insights on state and national politics. He assesses the performance of Gov. John Bel Edwards and of President Donald Trump.

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Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine is traveling the state asking former governors for a job description. Kathleen Blanco was the first woman elected governor in Louisiana, but she wasn't always interested in politics.

Leading up to the gubernatorial election, Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine is asking former governors for a job description. What advice would they give to the incoming governor? We traveled to Oaklawn Plantation in North Louisiana to meet Governor Mike Foster.

Leading up to the gubernatorial election, Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine is asking former governors for a job description. Governor Buddy Roemer was exposed to politics from a young age.

Edwards calls prospective voters Sept. 17, 2014.
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With the gubernatorial election fast approaching, Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine wanted to get an informed opinion: what makes a good governor? We sat down with four-term Governor Edwin Edwards at his home in Gonzalez, Louisiana, and asked him for a job description.

Jim Engster speaks with former Minnesota Governor, ex pro wrestler & author Jesse Ventura about the current state of government, and Manuel Martinez of Martinez Custom Clothier discusses men's fashion.

In the annals of corrupt governors, former Virginia GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell's place remains to be seen.

He was indicted along with his wife Tuesday for allegedly taking illegal gifts, vacations and loans while in office, but the governor says he's innocent.

Either way, in light of the allegations against McDonnell, the first governor in Virginia history to face felony charges, we thought we'd take a look back at other examples of gubernatorial bad behavior in recent decades that resulted in fines, probation or even a prison stint.

In 2014, Texas voters might just see something they haven't experienced in two decades — a competitive race for governor.

Current Republican Gov. Rick Perry isn't running for re-election, so it's an open race, with new faces and new optimism for Texas Democrats.

Earlier this year, the Democrats were once again facing the prospect of scrambling to find someone to run as their candidate. Then, on June 25, state Sen. Wendy Davis came to the Capitol in Austin wearing running shoes and ready to block a restrictive abortion bill.