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10/08 - Louisiana’s Stake: Presidential Election 2008

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.

Click here to take survey and here to view responses!

Panelists:

* 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

Backgrounder

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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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” 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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