Ann Marie Awad

Ann Marie came a long way to WRKF. Originally from Buffalo, NY, where she was a freelance print reporter, she moved to New York City to get a masters in journalism from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. During her time at CUNY, she interned with Brooklyn's Heritage Radio Network and Philadelphia's WHYY FM. When she's not wielding a microphone, Ann Marie loves comic books, politics and a great cup of coffee.

The ACLU of Louisiana has filed a lawsuit against Governor Bobby Jindal over an executive order he issued in May implementing protections for business owners with religious objections to same-sex marriage. 

Is Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckley calling for Medicaid expansion? No, that can’t be right. 

In the 2010 legislative session, Gov. Jindal signed into law a largely symbolic bill declaring all Louisianians free from quote “governmental intrusion in choosing or declining to choose any mode of securing health insurance coverage.” That was shortly after the federal Affordable Care Act passed, and 31 Republican lawmakers, including Kleckley, co-authored the measure.

Fast forward to today. Kleckey pushed the resolution allowing Louisiana’s next governor to pay for Medicaid expansion. Both houses approved, and the governor has no say.

While Oakland, California-based musician Fantastic Negrito has been declared winner of NPR's Tiny Desk contest, we wanted to take a moment to shine a light on all of the entries that came out of the Baton Rouge area.

Back in September, we told you about the Piano Lab at Winbourne Elementary. It was an experiment. O’Neill’s Music House arranged to get a bunch of cutting edge electronic keyboards to the high poverty school in North Baton Rouge. Tuesday, the pianos were rolled out of the lab and into the auditorium for the students’ first recital.


    

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden made it official today. He is running for Lieutenant Governor.


On the same night that Republican Bill Cassidy beat out Sen. Mary Landrieu for senate, the GOP held on to congressional seats. In North Louisiana Ralph Abraham took home the 5th district seat, currently held by Rep. Vance McAllister. And Garret Graves won here in the 6th district.


On Nov. 4, Democratic incumbent Congressman Cedric Richmond won by a landslide. He got nearly 70 percent of the vote in District 2 -- Louisiana's only majority black district.

Dr. William Arp, a political scientist at Southern University, had predicted that when Ann Marie Awad spoke with him before the election.

Arp calls District 2, which encompasses most of New Orleans and north Baton Rouge, a "packed" district -- packed with minority voters. And when Awad visited Arp again he said, that's a bad thing.


Xavier university is looking to triple the number of their minority alumni who go on to receive PhDs in the life sciences in the next decade, with help from an NIH grant. The first obstacle is getting undergraduates to stick with those fields.


On election day, Louisiana voters said yes to protecting state funding for healthcare, and a firm no to measures that would expand the size and reach of state government.


Hurry Up and Vote!

Oct 30, 2014

Voters all over the state are facing unusually lengthy ballots on Election Day. Between the Senate race, all the congressional races, judicial races, school board and other contests, there are more than 4,400 candidates for more than 2,400 offices statewide. No matter where you are in Louisiana, you can expect to see at least 20 items on your ballot. And once you’re in the voting booth, you won’t have much time to decide.


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