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Donald Cravins
Senator (D)

Senator Donald Cravins has served as a Louisiana State Senator since 1991. The Lafayette native is Chairman of the Juvenile Justice Committee, Vice-Chairman of Judiciary B and serves on the Insurance Committee. Senator Cravins recently author Senate Bill Number 650 which "prohibits the hiring of undocumented illegal aliens." Senator Cravins received his B.A. from Southern University and has worked as an independent insurance agent.

Current Topic


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

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01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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