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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.

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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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This program was also funded in part by the Louisiana Forestry Association
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     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square 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.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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