Mark Ballard

David Rubenstein on his new book “The American Story”. Quin Hillyer on the Louisiana GOP’s censure of Mitt Romney. Mark Ballard on tort reform efforts.  

Political consultant Ray Strother opines about the U. S. Senate vote on witnesses at the Trump impeachment trial. Mark Ballard of The Advocate comments in the continuing feud between Attorney General Jeff Landry and Governor John Bel Edwards. Accomplished artist Christopher Janney previews his appearance with LASM.

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Tort reform, was a huge issue in last year's elections, and is a key policy goal Republicans now that they have strengthened their majorities in the Louisiana Legislature. 

The GOP pitches tort reform as a silver bullet to reduce Louisiana's car insurance rates-- the second highest in the nation. Critics say it wouldn't.

The debate is playing out as a political tug-of-war between trial lawyers and the business lobby, two of the state's most influential special interests.

Guest Host Julie Baxter-Payer sits in for Jim today and talks with Susanne Romig of ARC of Baton Rouge about their new facility, Mark Ballard of the Advocate about the odds of TORT reform, and author Eitan Hersch about Politics is for Power:  How to Move Beyond Political Hobbyism, Take Action, and Make Real Change.

Dan Borne, the Voice of the Valley for 34 seasons, comments on LSU’s national championship football season and hosting the governor’s inaugural at the State Capitol on Monday. Mark Ballard of the Advocate discusses a big win for Governor Edwards with Clay Schexnayder of Gonzales named House Speaker. Veteran actor Michael O’Neill of Auburn joins us to comment on his latest projects.

Author Molly Carmel comments on the perils of a sugar laden diet. Mark Ballard of the Advocate on the resignations of John White and Rebecca Gee and the Louisiana congressional delegation on Iran and President Trump. Stacy Wolf of Princeton on Broadway in America.

Veteran anchorman George Sells compares media coverage of Watergate with the Clinton and Trump impeachments. Mark Ballard of the Advocate looks at the top stories of 2019.

Democrat Susan Nelson and Republican Scott Wilfong share views about the state and national political scene. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard takes a peek at 2020 politics.

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser assesses the year in tourism. Mark Ballard of the Advocate looks at the impeachment of President Trump and the departure of President King Alexander at LSU. 

Judge Kathleen Richey, executive director of CASA in Louisiana, talks about the 17 state chapters and volunteers who advocate for underprivileged children. Mark Ballard, Capitol Reporter, comments on opposition to Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards from 95 Republicans in the Legislature with inauguration one month away. Emma Reid, LPB producer, details her documentary about duck hunting, “In the Blind.”