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The 2019 Election | Engaging Louisiana | August 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Jeremy Alford, journalist and publisher of LaPolitics.com, explains why the 2019 gubernatorial race is so important.

Redistricting | Engaging Louisiana | August 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Jeremy Alford, journalist and publisher of LaPolitics.com, describes why redistricting is significant to both parties.

Youth Vote | Engaging Louisiana | August 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Jeremy Alford, journalist and publisher of LaPolitics.com, touches on the impact of the youth vote in elections.

Better Engagement | Engaging Louisiana | August 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Jeremy Alford, journalist and publisher of LaPolitics.com, gives his take on why voter turnout has declined.

Evolution of V.O.T.E. | Engaging Louisiana | August 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Norris Henderson was incarcerated for 28 years for a crime he didn’t commit. He used that time to develop a grassroots movement.

Highest form of Rehabilitation | Engaging Louisiana | August 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Norris Henderson with Voice Of The Experienced, says that civic engagement has a tremendous impact on decreasing recidivism.

Lobby Day | Engaging Louisiana | August 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Norris Henderson brings members of Voice Of The Experienced to the state capitol each year to introduce them to the legislative process.

Why I Vote | Engaging Louisiana | August 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Norris Henderson, head of Voice Of The Experienced, explains why voting is important.

What I’ve learned | Engaging Louisiana | August 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

First term Senator Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, describes what surprised and disappointed her during her first term.

Role of lobbyists | Engaging Louisiana | August 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Senator Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, says that lobbyists provide a valuable role in the legislature.

Easier ways to vote | Engaging Louisiana | August 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Dr. Joshua Stockley, ULM Political Science professor, describes voter registration options other states are using.

Lobbyists | Engaging Louisiana | August 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Dr. Joshua Stockley, ULM Political Science professor, says first-time legislators need to be careful about who has their ear.

ENCORE: August 2019 - Engaging Louisiana

In 2019, an additional 150,000 early votes were cast in the primary election for governor than in the 2015 gubernatorial election. Governor John Bel Edwards defeated businessman Eddie Rispone by just over 40,000 votes in the runoff due in large part to an increased turnout of voters in Louisiana’s urban areas. But, voters aren’t usually this engaged in statewide elections.

So, how can Louisianans be encouraged to be more active in the political process? What influence should and do lobbyists have in legislative affairs? With a crucial election looming in November, Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on an encore presentation of “Engaging Louisiana” Wednesday, August 12 at 7pm on LPB.


Our panelists are:

  • Daniel Erspamer, CEO, The Pelican Institute
  • Jim Nickel, Courson Nickel Governmental Relations
  • Melanie Oubre, Executive Director, Emerge
  • Dr. Albert Samuels, Chair, Political Science Dept., Southern University

The program includes interviews with Dr. Joshua Stockley, ULM political scientist; Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics.com; Norris Henderson, founder of V.O.T.E. and Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Council for A Better Louisiana CEO, Barry Erwin, host.

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