Cheryl Gerber

Democrat John Bel Edwards has been elected to serve as Louisiana’s next governor. That’s partly because more voters than expected cast ballots in Saturday’s election.  Some go to greater lengths than others to vote… including some current and former inmates.

Ryan Hagerty, National Digital Library of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service

When John Bel Edwards starts his new job as governor in January he will face lots of big decisions on how to spend BP settlement money and bring in more capital to restore the eroding coast.

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer has What the Frack?, We're Not #1, News of the Warm, Apologies of the Week, Harry Reads the Trades, and a surprise phone call from a presidential candidate.

State Rep. John Bel Edwards beat Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter in Saturday's election, marking a change in the political landscape in the conservative South.

Edwards will be the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, where Republicans dominate politically.

You could almost have predicted the outcome of the race based on the candidates' election night parties. Sen. David Vitter was set up at a hotel near the airport, while John Bel Edwards lodged in the historic Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter.

The Louisiana gubernatorial runoff will be held this Saturday, Nov. 20, with polls opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m.

In addition to the tight race for governor, candidates are vying for Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and scores of local propositions and other races statewide, according to Secretary of State Tom Schedler’s office.

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer celebrates the life of Allen Toussaint with a lovely past interview with Mr. Toussaint.  Also, the Apologies of the Week.


The University of New Orleans has released the results of its 2015 Louisiana Gubernatorial Runoff Survey. 

600 likely voters participated in a statewide poll that closed on November 8. These opinions show that currently the public opinion is far from positive. Two thirds of the voters expressed that Louisiana, generally speaking, is headed in the wrong direction.

The two candidates for Louisiana governor spent much of last night’s one-hour debate on Louisiana Public Broadcasting sparring with each other on being tied to their party leadership, and battling over their records.

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer brings another episode of Dick Cheney Confidential, News of the Godly, Reads the Trades, News of the Warm, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

This week the Charles Koch Institute hosts a national summit in New Orleans on criminal justice reform. Yes, that's Koch as in conservative backers the Koch brothers. Called Advancing Justice, the summit draws a wide range of political perspectives.

Vikrant Reddy is a senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute. He says the U.S. is in a hot moment for prison and policing reform.