Mark Ballard

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for The Advocate, surveys the local and national political landscape. Conservative columnist and commentator Quin Hillyer of New Orleans on the nomination to the Supreme Court of Brett Kavanaugh and the New York Times report of shaky financial dealings by the Trump family. Katherine Marsh, author of “Nowhere Boy,” on here move to Belgium for three years to excape the politicizations of American life. Chair Prescott Bailey on the LASM Gala tomorrow night.

Veteran Political Strategist Mary Matalin comments on the contentious U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday featuring Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the likely votes for conformation for Judge Kavanaugh from Louisiana Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy. Former LSU Sports Information specialist Bud Johnson on the 60th anniversary of the 1958 LSU national champions and the unveiling of the statue of Billy Cannon at Tiger Stadium on the eve of Saturday’s game against Ole Miss. Bridget Gardner, RN, on the importance of child safety seats

Former LSU All American and current color analyst for Tiger football broadcasts, Doug Moreau, reflects on his career and the fast start of No. 6 ranked LSU. Public Service Commisioner Foster Campbell discusses excessive expenses at rural co-ops. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard assesses U.S. Sen. John Kennedy’s role in the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and looks at possible stumbling blocks in the state’s push to collect taxes from the internet. Author Sarah Smarsh discusses her book, “Heartland, A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.”

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief of the Advocate, comments on the continuing friction between Attorney General Jeff Landry and Governor John Bel Edwards. Secretary of State candidate Renee Free on her quest to succeed the departed Tom Schedler with a special election in less than two months.

Veteran LSU Professor Kevin Cope on the controversy at the state’s flagship university over changing admission standards. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on admission standards and the politics of funding LSU at the expense of other state institutions. Author Linda Kay Klein on her book: “Pure, Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free.”


Baseball great Denny McLain recalls his HOF Manager Ted Williams, a great player, a lousy manager and a complex person. The 100th anniversary of the birth of Ted Williams is Thursday. Fred Hickman, anchorman for Channel 33 in Baton Rouge for the past three years and a legendary sportscaster, is leaving the Louisiana Capital for a post in the Washington D.C. area. Mark Ballard joins to discuss the impacts of banning anti-gun banks on interest rates for Louisiana infrastructure construction. 


Peter Olson of the Knock Knock Children’s Museum on the one-year anniversary of the facility near City Park. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, comments on the friction between the Bond Commission and Gov. John Bel Edwards. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges on his latest book: “America, the Farewell Tour.” Investigative journalist Craig Unger analyzes links between the Russian mafia, Vladimir Putin and the Trump Organization. Unger says 59 Russians have been long-term business associates of the President Trump.


Louisiana Education Superintendent John White on his evaluation by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the state of education in our state.

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, comments on the GOP search for a challenger to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Dr. Karen Dantin (pictured) of Baton Rouge discusses the keys to managing stress.


Angus Kennedy, author of “Bitter Sweet,” on his reputation as the world’s leading chocolate taste. Quin Hillyer, conservative columnist and commentator, offers criticism of President Trump for his presidential and personal conduct. Public Service Commission Chairman Eric Skrmetta praises President Trump for his 18-month performance in office and warns utility companies not to disconnect service during a record heat wave. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, assesses the race for Secretary of State and looks at the re-election prospects for Congressmen Clay Higgins and Garret Graves.


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.

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