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Wallis Watkins

The Louisiana Legislature met briefly on the last day bills could be introduced for the 2020 Regular Session.

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Just one week into the 2020 Regular Session, Louisiana lawmakers voted to adjourn until the end of the month over growing concerns about the spread of coronavirus in the state.

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Congressman Ralph Abraham will not seek a fourth term to represent the sprawling 5th District, he announced on Twitter.

The district runs from Baton Rouge north to Monroe and includes Alexandria.

Abraham is a staunch supporter of President Trump and says he’s proud of his support of the administration’s military and economic policies. He tweeted that Trump had asked him on a trip to the College National Championship in January to reconsider and seek a fourth term, but he said he stood by his decision six years ago to serve only three terms.

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The Governor's race is heating up. As we approach the October 12 primary, the three major candidates vying to become the state's chief executive, and their supporters, have flooded the airwaves with their pitches to Louisiana voters.

And claims about the economy are front-and-center. 

With candidates referencing their own economic statistics and offering conflicting outlooks, it can be hard for voters to know what to think.

On this week's Capitol Access, Greg Albrecht, chief economist of Louisiana's Legislative Fiscal Office, provides some non-partisan context.

Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer, is testifying on Capitol Hill. Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison, to begin in May. He pleaded guilty last year to charges of campaign finance violations and other charges related to his work for Trump.

In 1979, Ernest "Dutch" Morial became the first black mayor of New Orleans. He won the election with 95% of the black vote, and just 20% of the white vote. He campaigned on a platform of police reform, but it wasn’t just Dutch who wanted to re-organize the NOPD – they were organizing themselves. They wanted a union, pay increases, and better working conditions. Soon after Dutch took office, the police wasted no time. They staged their first strike, in history. Their bargaining tool? Mardi Gras.

Greg Hilburn
LRN

Stephanie Grace of the Advocate joins us to talk about President Donald Trump, health care, and Governor John Bel Edwards.

Greg Hilburn from the News-Star joins us to talk about politics from his viewpoint in the northern regions of the state.


Historian David McCullough assesses the American political landscape and its relationship to our ancestors in his latest book, "The American Spirit, Who We Are and What We Stand For."


Sue Lincoln
Kelly Tate

Sue Lincoln with Capitol Access reviews a lively week at the State Captiol, where they have addressed everything from budget issues to hair braiding.


Timmy Teepell
LRN

Timmy Teepell is the political strategist for Former Governor Bobby Jindal. Teepell discusses the Jindal legacy and assesses the first 15 months of Governor John Bel Edwards. Teepell consults nationally for GOP candidates. He will also provide observations about the first 100 days of President Trump.


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