Amy Jeffries en Insight: Lots of Forgiveness in Congressional Elections; Lots of Money in Senate Race A couple of this fall’s congressional races could be particularly entertaining — with the “kissing Congressman”, Vance McAllister running for re-election in the 5th District in northern Louisiana, and ex-con/ex-governor Edwin Edwards running here in the 6th District.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeremy Alford, publisher of&#160;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says both will be asking voters for forgiveness.&#160;</span><p>Meanwhile, the Republican field in the senate race got a little thinner this week, with State representative Paul Hollis of St. Tammany dropping out. Congressman Bill Cassidy, of course, is still the GOP frontrunner to unseat Mary Landrieu. But another Republican, retired Air Force Col. Rob Manness, who has Tea Party support, is proving to be a factor.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And Alford says&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">this Senate race is already the most expensive Louisiana has ever seen.</span><p><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:22:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 64740 at Insight: Protection from Discrimination for LGBT People in Baton Rouge Too? New Orleans passed a so-called "fairness ordinance" in 1999, banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation. <a href="" target="_blank">Shreveport</a> followed suit last year. Later this month, the Baton Rouge Metro Council is slated to consider an <a href="$uXvBjavsllACLNr6VhLEUIm2tympBeeq1Fwi7sIigrCfKm_F3DhYfWov3omce$8CAqP1xDAFoSAgEcS6kSQ--&CONTENTTYPE=application/pdf&CONTENTDISPOSITION=Fairness%20Ordinance.pdf" target="_blank">ordinance</a> to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, veteran status, and, yes, gender identity and sexual orientation. But here it looks to be a tougher sell.<p>Rebekah Allen, city hall reporter for&#160;<em><a href="" target="_blank">The Advocate</a>, </em>discusses the dynamics at play.&#160;<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 64252 at Insight: Research Points to Cost Savings for Coverage of Obesity Treatment In their <a href="" target="_blank">long list of recommendations </a>for how the state could save money, the Jindal&#160;administration's consultants, Alvarez & Marsal, suggested Louisiana could find a billion dollars in savings from the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) over the next five years -- largely by redesigning state employee health insurance plans and what they cover.<p><a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Phillip Brantley</a>, senior scientist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, has been looking into whether specifically the state could save money by covering medical treatment for severe obesity.&#160;<p><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 63851 at Insight: With Executive Order Over Common Core, Jindal Upends Testing Plans Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order last week canceling the testing contract that was meant to implement learning benchmarks once adopted by Louisiana and 44 other states.<p>And that has Jindal squaring off against the state superintendent and the president of the BESE board he hand-picked to push through major state education reforms in recent years. &#160;<p>Melinda Deslatte, the Associated Press state capitol correspondent, discusses the clash.<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 63413 at Insight: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Numbers, and Good Stories <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On June 30, </span>WRKF<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is bringing the daily business show </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" target="_blank">Marketplace</a>&#160;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">back to the air, weekdays at 5:30 p.m. And you’ll hear the </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Marketplace Morning Report</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at 51 minutes past the hour during </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Morning Edition</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on weekday mornings.</span><p>The return of <em>Marketplace </em>gives us an excuse to talk with host, <a href="" target="_blank">Kai Ryssdal</a>, about how Louisiana fits in to the bigger economic picture.<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:48:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 62941 at Insight: Super PACs Have Arrived in Louisiana Politics <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">&#160;<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal;">The race for Senate is just starting to heat up. Sen. Mary </span>Landrieu’s<span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal;"> campaign started running a new TV ad recently. </span><p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal;">Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is challenging </span>Landrieu<span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal;"> for her seat, released his first ad this week.&#160;</span><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 24px;"><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 24px;">Each cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to air. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.<p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 24px;">Jeremy Alford, publisher of <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a href="" target="_blank">wrote this week</a> about how the floodgates for campaign fundraising are opening up in Louisiana.&#160;<p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:21:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 62414 at Admitting Privilege Rules for Louisiana Abortion Providers Signed into Law <a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Doctors providing abortions in Louisiana will need admitting privileges at a nearby hospital according to a <a href="" target="_blank">law </a>signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal&#160;Thursday.&#160;<p>Supporters of Louisiana’s new law say it’s aimed at protecting a woman in the event something goes wrong with an abortion. &#160;<p>Advocates for access say the requirements could lead to the closure of all the clinics providing abortions in Louisiana, except for two in north Louisiana whose doctors already have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.&#160;<p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:58:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 62371 at Insight: Inside the Cost-Saving Report <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday, just a few hours before the final gavel came down on the legislative session, the </span>Jindal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> administration unleashed a 400-plus page </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from their consultants who had been asked to find recommendations for saving the state money.</span><p>Robert Travis Scott, <a href="" target="_blank">President of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana</a>, has been combing through the report.<p><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:53:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 62055 at Insight: When Dust Settles on Legislative Session, Will Jindal's Legacy Be Intact? State lawmakers have been showing an independent streak this session. Defying Gov. Bobby Jindal on some of his most defining policy positions that he’s hoping to keep on his resume as he looks beyond his time in the governor’s mansion.&#160;<p><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 06:38:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 61677 at EBR School District Revamp Back to the Drawing Board The state House has rejected a proposal to restructure the East baton Rouge Parish School District.&#160;<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In making his closing argument for <a href="" target="_blank">the bill </a>in the House, Rep. Steve Carter rattled off dire statistics about test scores and arrests at parish schools.&#160;<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The entire business community recognizes the fact we need to do something," Carter said.&#160;</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Baton Rouge Area Chamber offered the plan to restructure the parish district.&#160;</span><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 09:46:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 61618 at