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Democrats have a formula-- a recipe for success in Louisiana elections. Demographer Greg Rigamer explains.

"You need, as a Democrat, to win 90% of the African American voter and a third of the white vote," Rigamer said.

And African Americans need to account for at least 30% of the votes cast.

"That's been the formula that has held true for every every race since really 2003," he added.

Lobbyist Jim Nickel (pictured), former Louisiana Democratic Party Chairman, on the partisan divide in Baton Rouge and in the Beltway and his insights on state and national politics. Author, attorney and banker Stephen Maitland-Lewis on his lifelong passion for his former pen pal  Louis Armstrong. Maitland-Lewis, who is a Board Trustee of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York, is in New Orleans for this week’s 18th annual Satchmo Summerfest.

Former Louisiana Democratic Executive Director Trey Ourso. Journalist Marc Ambinder reflects on a close call in 1983 as the U.S. and the Soviet Union weighed the prospect of a nuclear exchange. Ambinder’s book is “The Brink.” Advocate Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on qualifying for the Secretary of State election, controversy on the Metro Council and Gov. John Bel Edwards facing Bayou Bridge protestors.

Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk assesses the state of the Democratic Party in Louisiana and nationally.

American Gaming Association Spokesperson Kasey Clark responds to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow sports gaming outside of Nevada.

Singer Chuck Hawthorne previews his performance tonight at the Dyson House.

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on the state of the Democratic Party in the South and his appearance at the True Blue Gala for Louisiana Democrats next week. Malcolm Suber of Take ‘Em Down Nola on his quest to have more monuments removed in New Orleans. Baton Rouge gardening icon Walter Imahara on his profession and his days as a young man in a Japanese Internment Camp.

Pictured: Walter Imahara 

Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, talks about his party's struggle to stay relevant in a red state. Gov. John Bel Edwards is the only Democrat elected to a statewide office in Louisiana.

Taking the High Road in the 4th Runoff

Nov 25, 2016
courtesy: Johnson and Jones campaigns

Fifteen days till the runoff election, where the 4th Congressional District has Democrat Marshall Jones and Republican Mike Johnson each vying for the opportunity to go to Washington. But it’s not turning into the typical partisan pugilism.

Former Representative Takes Two-Party System to Heart

Aug 13, 2015
Damon J. Baldone & Associates

When former state representative Damon Baldone walked into the Terrebonne Parish Registrar’s office on Monday, he didn’t think he was doing anything unprecedented. 

Jim Nickel, former Louisiana Democratic Party Chair and part-time fill-in host on The Jim Engster Show, is our lead off guest for today's show. He and Jim talk about the state of the Democratic Party in Louisiana as we approach November's election and how the candidates are fairing thus far. They also discuss the recent remarks from U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy that Senate Majority leader Harry Reid runs the Senate like it's a "plantation."

Attorney and Libertarian candidate for the 1st Congressional District of Louisiana Jeffry Sanford is our second guest today and he discusses why he's running for Congress: "To make as many points as I can." He talks with Jim about how he feels our first, second, fourth and fifth amendments are being threatened by votes cast by both Democrats and Republicans, and he touches on what it's like to run in the district being represented by newly appointed Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Also, author Daniel James Brown closes out today's show with Jim to promote and discuss his most recent book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Brown's book tells the true story of nine working class boys from the American West who transformed and redefined the sport of rowing during the Great Depression. Through a series victories over America's elite Ivy League teams and Great Britain's Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Brown's book culminates in the boy's arrival to Berlin for the 1936 Olympics where they stun the world and Nazi Germany by winning gold in true Cinderella fashion.

Louisiana GOP Activist Mike Chittom talks with Jim throughout the first half of today's show about the Republican Party surge in the state. They discuss David Vitter's remarks at the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday, as well as his chances of becoming Governor. Mike also chimes in on his opinions about Vance McAllister, the economy, and Mary Landrieu v. Bill Cassidy.

Louisiana State Senator and Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson fills the second half of the show to talk about the other side of today's topic of politics. She gives her own rebuttal and shares her opinions on David Vitter's comments at the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday, and she also discusses jobs in the state, where our workforce is headed, and what to expect in the future.