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12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

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

With Louisiana’s gubernatorial election finally over, LPB joins with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communications to review the 2015 race to the Governor’s Mansion. Campaign managers, journalists, political analysts and pundits explore the spirited contest and the winning strategy. Panelists also examine the role that money from Super PACs played in the contest. Catch “Election 2015: An Analysis” Wednesday, December 16 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The first panel will cover Campaign, Strategy & Analysis.
Moderators are:
• Shauna Sanford, Louisiana Public Broadcasting
• Elizabeth Crisp, The Advocate
Panelists are:
• Ryan Cross, Campaign Manager, Scott Angelle
• Ryan Fletcher, media consultant, Scott Angelle
• Jay Vicknair, Campaign Manager, Jay Dardenne
• Mary Patricia Wray, Communications Director, John Bel Edwards
• Jared Arsement, media consultant, John Bel Edwards
• Kyle Ruckert, Campaign Manager, David Vitter

The second panel explores Super PAC’s & the 2015 Campaign Moderators are:
• Melinda Deslatte, The Associated Press
• Julia O’Donoghue, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
Panelists are:
• Joel DiGrado, Fund for Louisiana’s Future
• Trey Ourso, Gumbo PAC

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     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication 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.

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