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Barry Weinstein

Rabbi Barry L. Weinstein has long been immersed in volunteer campaigns, interfaith involvement, and charitable fund-raising. Weinstein was one of the founding members of the "LA Ethics 1" coalition, an alliance of leading organizations around Louisiana committed to transforming the state into a national model for governmental ethics laws and enforcement. Weinstein offered testimony in both the Louisiana House and Senate in support of ethics reform in the Spring of 2007. Weinstein resides in Baton Rouge with his wife of forty-three years, Linda Rae Coen Weinstein, where he is currently on retirement sabbatical from B'Nai Israel.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Guest Host: Patricia Smith / Assistant to Dean of Political Science Dept., Southern University

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