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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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Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.