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02/11 - Redistricting Louisiana

How will Redistricting affect you?

Lackluster population growth has caused Louisiana to lose one of its seven seats in Congress. In March, the state legislature will meet for a special session to determine how to redraw congressional and other election districts. How will Louisiana’s loss in D.C. affect its political clout and share in federal aid? Should there be one coastal congressional district in south Louisiana or one merged district for the northern part of the state? And will proposed changes create polarization or a district that truly represents you? Join “Louisiana Public Square” as it explores these issues and more on “Redistricting Louisiana” on Wednesday, February 23rd at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

Backgrounder

Every ten years, state legislatures around the country go through the process of redrawing congressional and legislative district maps to reflect population changes. How these maps are drawn ultimately can affect what types of candidates are able to win elections. The Louisiana Legislature has called a special session in March to determine how to reconfigure congressional as well as state election districts to reflect the state’s population changes since the last census. Which areas of Louisiana will be most affected? And how will redrawn boundaries for both local and congressional districts impact you and your representation?

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EXTERNAL LINKS:

Louisiana House of Representatives Redistricting Information

Louisiana State Senate Redistricting Information

U. S. Census 2010 Redistricting Information

Louisiana Redistricting Timeline

Public Input Meeting Schedule

Redistricting Game

PAR Redistricting Progress Report

Proposed I-20 & Alexandria Districts


This program was also funded in part by the Louisiana Forestry Association

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I plan to watch tonight’s program on redistricting and I wanted to ask in advance if someone during the program could point out that places like Beauregard Parish have not yet been given the detailed census data. That means that time is being wasted. Ten years ago there was what I would call gerrymandering of our entire parish to pander to the old existing power clique. Holding back the data now worries me that we citizens will not have time to study the information and perhaps propose truly fair districts. Thanks! Michael Tritico

Posted by Michael Tritico  on  02/24  at  10:38 AM

If you are concerned about fair and just representation, even in the judicial system, it is important to have representation with similar ideas, culture, and backgrounds. I believe in the democratic process, but politics can be corrupt. As a minority, one could feel as though gerrymandering could have adverse effects.

Posted by Joyce Wayne Rogers  on  02/24  at  10:39 AM

I am hearing a lot about minority/majority redistricting….I do not feel this should be and issue. Redistricting should be based on population = re- districting by the number of people in each district as equal as possible, weather it is a large area, or small our legislators representing an equal number of people.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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