Where do the candidates stand and what does it mean for Louisiana?
A new Energy Policy? National Healthcare? Coastal Restoration and Recovery? Where do the candidates stand and what does it mean for Louisiana? Join political pundits and citizens as they explore the possible ramifications to the state from the upcoming Presidential election.
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* Democratic National Committeewoman and State Representative Karen Carter Peterson
* Charlie Davis, State Director of Victory 2008, the Louisiana Republican Party’s federal campaign effort
* John Maginnis, an independent author and journalist on Louisiana politics
On November 4th, Louisiana voters, like those in the rest of the nation, will be casting their ballot for the next President of the United States. With the nomination of an African-American for the top of one ticket and a woman as the running mate on the other, this election already promises new possibilities for the country.
But America’s next leader will inherit rising unemployment, a projected economic recession and the largest market intervention plan in the nation’s history. It’s no wonder that 69% of voters surveyed in a recent Gallup poll listed “the economy” as their biggest concern.
The following guide gives an overview of both presidential candidates’ positions on that issue plus others of special interest to Louisiana voters. Included are statements provided by spokesmen from both the Louisiana Democratic and Louisiana Republican Party on the value of their respective candidate’s proposals to the state.
For a more detailed explanation of the candidates’ positions on the topics listed as well as other issues not addressed, please visit the following websites:
* Senator John McCain (R) http://www.johnmccain.com
* Louisiana Republican Party http://www.lagop.com/
* Senator Barack Obama (D) http://www.barackobama.com
* Louisiana Democratic Party http://www.lademo.org/
For a thorough analysis of the candidates’ tax proposals, visit the Tax Policy Center website at: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org.The Tax Policy Center is a joint venture of the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization; and the Urban Institute, an economic and social policy research association.
To substantiate the accuracy of many of the claims made during this year’s presidential campaign, visit Fact Check.org’s website at: http://www.factcheck.org Fact Check.org identifies itself as a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters.
Voters are invited to explore these and similar websites for an objective examination of the candidates’ positions. All Louisianans are also strongly encouraged to participate in the political process by casting their vote on November 4th.
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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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