Jim Engster

CEO of Stirling Properties and President of TAF Jim Maurin talks with Jim about his support of the Marketplace Fairness Act, and what he's doing to make sure it's implemented in the state.

Also, GOP political consultant Scott Wilfong and Melissa Flournoy with Louisiana Planned Parenthood discuss/debate recent legislature that restricts abortion in the state, and answer a plethora of questions from listeners.

Today's guests include Michael Vince, Senior Scientist with the Department of Environmental Quality; Ann Shaneyfelt, Director of Louisiana's Clean Fuels Coalition; and former U.S. Representative and U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux.

Rev. Chris Andrews, who was pastor at First United Methodist Church for 22 years and who is now head of the Jubilee Pioneers, talks with Jim about Governor Bobby Jindal's recent commencement speech at Liberty University where the governor said our religious liberty in America is in jeopardy.

Colonel Rob Maness discusses his bid for the U.S. Senate, his platform he is running on, as well as his recent endorsement from Sarah Palin.

Also, author Peter Stark talks with Jim about his recent book Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire - A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival.

Long time political reporter for the Picayune, Tyler Bridges, talks with Jim about covering the state capitol and the 2014 Legislative Session as a reporter now for The Lens.

Also, State Senator Ben Nevers talks with Jim about the Legislative Session as well as his Medicaid Bill which he has decided to revise.

LSU Mass Communication Professor Dr. Judith Sylvester talks about the new tobacco-free campus at LSU; a policy she had been working on for the university for the past fourteen years.

Owner and Founder of First Financial of Baton Rouge, LLC Ameen Walker, talks with Jim about BP's recent decision to ask the Supreme Court to review Deep Water Horizon settlements. Ameen's company has filed over 500 BP oil spill claims since the Deep Water Horizon oil spill.

Also, musician James Dean Claitor talks about his latest album as well as what it's like being the brother of Dan Claitor.

Mary Stein, Assistant Library Director for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library stops by to talk about the new 129,000 sq.ft. library which recently opened up on Goodwood Blvd.

Melissa Flournoy, President of Louisiana Planned Parenthood, joins the show to discuss recent legislation that her and many others are describing as unconstitutional and direct attacks on planned parenthood.

Also, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers Steve Monaghan discusses issues surrounding BESE and Common Core in relation to Governor Jindal and the State Legislature. He as well chimes in on recent legislation concerning education which has been debated throughout this years legislative session.  

Louisiana native and GOP activist Charlie Davis talks about the upcoming Republican Leadership Conference coming to New Orleans next weekend. He also talks about how Louisiana transitioned from a blue state to a red state, as well as Jindal's chances of becoming president in the next election.

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy talks about Governor Jindal's recent decision to further cut funding to higher education in the state.

Also, Baton Rouge native and singer/songwriter Casey Kelly joins Jim in the studio to discuss his long career which began with his first song in the fourth grade and continued all the way through to writing hits for George Strait. He also brings his guitar with him and preforms his hit song "The Cowboy Rides Away."

Louisiana gay rights activist Joe Traigle talks with Jim about legislation at the state capitol concerning anti-sodomy laws; the paucity of gay business leaders in the city and state; and he talks about the openly gay and recent St. Louis Rams NFL draft pick Michael Sam.

Also, Press Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Revenue, Byron Henderson, talks with Jim about the upcoming sales tax holiday on May 24th-25th for hurricane preparedness purchases. The sales tax exempts the 4% state tax and it applies to purchases of amenities such as portable generators, flashlights, batteries, and storm shutters.

Journalist, political commentator and contributor to The Advocate Quinn Hillyer joins Jim for the first half of today's show. Quinn talks about running for political office in the past, President Obama's Affordable Care Act, and what it's like to be now writing for The Advocate. 

Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, and recent author of the critically acclaimed book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change, Adam Braun talks with Jim about his book and the work his non-profit organization is doing to make sure every child has access to quality education. To learn more about Adam's organization, visit www.pencilsofpromise.org.

The LSU Alumni Association takes over the first half of Jim's show today. He talks with past chair of the Alumni Association Jack Andonie; current president of the Alumni Association Charlie Roberts; and Alumni Association Board member and well known figure Lod Cook. Also, U.S. Army Trumpet Soloist and LSU Alum Graham Breedlove joins them to play a tune and promote a concert he will be performing in tonight at 7pm at the new LSU Band Hall.

Political blogger and frequent guest C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the recent education cuts made by the Louisiana Legislature, and much, much more.

Sashika Baunchand founder of OMG and Youth Advocate (Outstanding Mature Girls), promotes her OMG Conference on May 31st at Southern University's campus beginning at 9:30am. The event is in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Register to join online at www.omgyouthconference.com.